Pistachios: Small in Size, Big in Heart

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015

 

Pistachio Heart Health

For many Americans, the month of February is all about Valentine’s Day. But, did you know that February is also American Heart Month? It’s time to show your heart some love! Thanks to their “hearty” nutrient profile, pistachios make a great heart-smart snack and fit into a well-balanced, healthy eating plan. Here’s the skinny from a few of our favorite health nuts:

“Pistachios are a great tasting, nutrient-dense pantry staple to have on hand all winter long. Pistachios are one of the lowest-calorie, lowest-fat snack nuts available plus each one-ounce serving contains six grams of protein (one egg’s worth!) and heart-healthy fats to keep you feeling satiated.”

-Katie Cavuto, MS, RD, Culinary Nutritionist, Dietitian for the Philadelphia Phillies

“When salty snack-food cravings strike, enjoy a handful of pistachios for a natural savory treat that tastes great and is good for you too. The satisfying crunch and rich flavor makes this nut a guilt-free indulgence that’s big on nutrition, with six grams of plant-powered protein, three grams of fiber, and nearly 90 percent heart-healthy fats. In-shell pistachios are fun to crack and eat and pair well with other favorites like apples and cheese.”

-Amie Valpone, Personal Chef

“In-shell pistachios are a weight-sensible option amidst the higher-calorie holiday fare–they’re one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat snack nuts with six grams of protein and heart-healthy fats, which may help guests feel full longer so they’re satisfied, not stuffed.”

-Lyssie Lakatos, RD, CDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, CDN, CFT, Co-owners of NutritionTwins.com