A Trendy & Healthy Snack

Looking for a new healthy snack idea?

Add pistachios to your next grocery list! Not because they’re super trendy right now*, but because they have awesome health benefits:

-They satisfy your hunger: a ½ cup serving has the same amount of protein as an egg!

-They’re a great source of non-heme iron

-They’re a great source of vitamin B6, which helps balance hormones & prevents fluid retention (a.k.a the perfect snack for PMS cravings)

-They raise good HDL cholesterol levels, and reduce bad LDL cholesterol levels.

-They’re a source of beta-carotene (same vitamin that’s in carrots & leafy greens), which means they’re good for your eyes, skin, hair & nails

-They’re a great source of the antioxidant manganese. Antioxidants can prevent cancer & premature aging, and prevent cholesterol from being oxidized. Oxidized cholesterol is what leads to high blood pressure & heart disease

-A half-cup is 160 calories. Pair that with an apple or clementine and you’ve got yourself the perfect 250 calorie mid-afternoon snack that will keep your hunger under control until dinner.

-Pistachios are the perfect healthy snack for work – just keep a bag in your desk, and you’re good to go!

Tip: I would recommend that you buy the type in the shell. Taking the time to crack them will slow you down, and prevent you from over-eating. It also makes the ½ cup serving size last longer!

*BTW – I think the “Wonderful Pistachios” company has done a great job re-branding a nut, and I love that a healthy packaged food is being promoted for once!

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2 Responses to A Trendy & Healthy Snack

  1. Cynthia February 25, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    you are so creative, Lauren!! A great way to get important information out for the benefit of everyone who follows your blog.

    • Lauren February 26, 2013 at 7:43 am #

      Thanks Cynthia! xo

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