Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016

Between BBQs and beach days, the last thing you want this summer is to be weighed down by unhealthy foods. Planning ahead and keeping portable, weight-wise snacks on hand are key to keeping you fueled up wherever your summer adventures take you. Pistachios are a fun and convenient choice—a natural and savory treat that tastes good and is good for you, too!  With 6 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving, pistachios are a satisfying no-brainer.

Grill master or beach bum, no matter your adventure personality, pistachios are a summer must-have. Read on for tips for how this craveable nut can help fuel you!

Beach Bum: Let’s face it, summer is swimsuit season, so picking foods that will help you slim down is important. Pistachios are one of the lowest-fat, lowest-calorie snack nuts. For 100 calories, you can enjoy about 30 in-shell pistachios. Nearly 90-percent of the fats found in pistachios are the healthy unsaturated type, so you can get crackin’ without the guilt.

Hiking Enthusiast: If the great outdoors are calling your name this summer, answer them—and bring snacks! Trail mix is the undisputed king of outdoor snacks, a backpacker’s sweet and savory go-to that is easy to store and easy to eat. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Classic– Lightly salted pistachios, raisins, granola
  • Sweet and Spicy– Sweet chili pistachios, dried mango, toasted coconut chips
  • Savory– Salt and pepper pistachios, spiced chickpeas, whole grain sesame crackers
  • Indulgent– Shelled pistachios, popcorn, dark chocolate chips

Grill Master: Hosting a BBQ for your friends? You’ll need a smart side dish. Pass on the potato chips and choose pistachios instead. Unlike potato chips, pistachios offer a good source of protein and fiber, with more than three times as many pieces per serving. Pistachios give you 49 nuts per serving; compare that to just 15 potato chips per serving (and who eats just 15 potato chips?).

Baseball’s Biggest Fan: Take us out to the ballgame! No, really—pistachios make a great ballpark snack. Cracking open the shells means they take longer to eat, and may encourage you to be more conscious of what you’ve eaten, making them a mindful munch, inning after inning. Not to mention, you’ll get more nuts and more fiber if you pick pistachios over more traditional ballpark peanuts. Talk about a home run!