November is American Diabetes Month

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015

The Pistachio Health Institute is proud to acknowledge that November is American Diabetes Month, led by the American Diabetes Association to raise awareness of diabetes and prevention.

What you eat is an important part of the recommended lifestyle changes for diabetes. Small positive changes in food choices can add up. The basics of healthy eating with diabetes are similar to healthy eating recommendations for just about anyone: eat regular, well-balanced meals and snacks, include a variety of healthy foods and keep an eye on portions. Smart snacking can be the bridge between meals to help curb overeating. Nuts like pistachios make a good choice, because they offer nutrients the body needs, are satisfying and can be incorporated into a weight management plan – and they taste good.

This month is a reminder to re-focus on healthy eating habits, especially with the holidays coming up! Instead of reaching for candy, soda, or salty potato chips, aim for craveable pistachios! Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat, and highest protein nuts out there [1]. It’s not only a great healthful alternative to snacks high in added sugars and saturated fat, pistachios offer 3 grams of fiber and a total of 8 grams of carbs per 30 gram serving.

So really, who says you can’t indulge and still be healthy? You sure can with these amazing pistachio pairings:

In-Shell Pistachios + Carrot & Celery Sticks + Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

In-shell pistachios + pumpkin wedges + pears

In shell pistachios + apple slices + hummus

  

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