I received free samples of Wonderful Pistachios mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wonderful Pistachios and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Insider tip: if you want to give your kids a job to do in the kitchen, tell them to Get Crackin’! My kids love cracking open pistachios so much that it easily keeps them occupied for a good 20 – 30 minutes.
Three More Things to Love About Pistachios
- They’re Filling: Pistachios are one of the highest protein and fiber snack nuts, making them a filling food and perfect for a heart-healthy lifestyle. Scientific evidence suggests (but does not prove) that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- They’re Colorful: I’m a big fan of adding color to meals. In fact, research shows that kids prefer at least six colors on their plate. Pistachios’ signature green coloring with bits of purple and red is a great natural way to add color to your child’s plate. But it’s not just about being pretty. Those green and red-purple hues actually come from antioxidants, which help prevent chronic disease.
- They Make You Mindful: Turns out that the time and effort it takes to shelling pistachios has more benefits beyond keeping my kids busy. Seeing leftover shells can provide a visual cue for portion control and help to “fool yourself full.” A recent preliminary behavioral study found that participants who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41-percent fewer calories compared to those who consumed pre-shelled pistachios (average consumption of 125 calories compared to 211 calories, respectively). This study suggests that those empty shells may provide a visual cue for portion control and help to curb intake.
What’s your favorite way to eat pistachios? Share with me in the comments.