May is Mediterranean Diet Month

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

The Mediterranean diet is recognized as one of the healthiest eating patterns. In contrast to a typical American diet, which tends to be higher in meat, fast food, sugary desserts and soda, a Mediterranean way of eating is plant-based, including fruits, vegetables, nuts such as pistachios, seeds, beans, and grains, with smaller amounts of fish, poultry, eggs, yogurt and cheese. There is an emphasis on seasonal, fresh, and locally grown foods, olive oil is the preferred main dietary fat over butter and margarine, fresh fruit is the recommended dessert, and wine in enjoyed in moderation, usually with meals.

Pistachios are a traditional Mediterranean treat

Pistachios are a traditional crop for the Mediterranean region dating back thousands of years that today also thrives in California’s central valley. Pistachios make a delicious and healthy addition to any diet, and nuts are one of the cornerstones of the Mediterranean diet, so reach for a handful of pistachios this May in honor of Mediterranean Diet Month. You can also share the great taste and nutrition with mom and celebrate Mother’s Day the healthy way – swap out chocolates in mom’s gift basket for a bag of pistachios.

Pistachios are a craveable healthy snack

As a healthy indulgence, pistachios taste heavenly with their savory, decadent crunch. Nearly 90 percent of the fats are the “good-for-you” unsaturated fats, making this a crave-able snack you can indulge in everyday, not just during special occasions.1 They’re one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat snack nuts so you can enjoy a generous serving of 30 nuts for about 100 calories.1 Each one-ounce serving of pistachios has 6 grams of plant-based protein, 3 grams of fiber, and vitamins and minerals.Smart snacking never tasted so good.

Try some of our favorite Mediterranean-inspired pistachio pairings today

In-Shell Pistachios + Greek Yogurt + Vegetables + Whole Wheat Pita Chips + Mediterranean White Wine (optional)

inshell pistachio pairing and veggies

In-Shell Pistachios + Fresh Ricotta Cheese + Dried Apricots + Challah + Prosecco (optional)

inshell pistachio pairing with dried apricots

In-Shell Pistachios + Pistachio-Stuffed Dates + Smoked Salmon Mozzarella Balls

in shell pistachio pairings with pistachio stuffed dates

1 U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27.