Pistachios in the News!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014
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Happy National Nutrition Month!

To ring in March’s National Nutrition Month, build a better snack by choosing healthy and filling options to get your snack fill. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1973, this year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” which pertains not only to meals, but also snacks.

As snacks have become an integral part of the daily diet, it has become clear that we really need to make those 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. snack breaks count. Over the past 30 years, we have become a nation of snackers with 97% of Americans now snacking away.¹ What’s more, this upward snacking trend now accounts for nearly 25% of our daily calories (for a 2000-calorie day, that translates to nearly 500 calories).¹

Some snacks are smarter than others. Move away from empty calories and upgrade to nutrient-rich snacks that fill you up and pack in important vitamins and minerals.

Building a better snack can be the bridge between meals to help curb overeating. So, how can you build a better snack to follow this year’sNational Nutrition Month theme to “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”?

  • Think of snacks as part of your daily diet, not just as an indulgence. You can fit snack calories into your personal healthy eating plan without over-spending your day’s caloric budget. For example, look for flavorful and filling snacks like pistachios, where you can get 30 pistachios for about 100 calories.
  • Keep portion control in mind. Have a single-serve container of yogurt or put a serving of pistachios (49 nuts) in a bowl. Eating directly from a multiple-serving package can lead to overeating.
  • Plan snacks ahead of time. Keep a variety of nutritious ready-to-eat snacks on hand, such as whole-grain crackers, nuts such as pistachios, whole fruit such as grapefruit, or low-fat cheese2.

What are your tips for building a better snack?

Piernas, C., Popkin, B. “Snacking Increased among U.S. Adults between 1977 and 2000” J Nutr. 2010, 140:325-332.

http://www.eatright.org/nnm/handoutsandtipsheets/#.UPdQNvJEI20 – “Smart Snacking for Adults and Teens”