Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Smart Snacking with Pistachios #FoolYourselfFull



This April Fools’ Day, play a prank on your appetite and fool yourself full with pistachios!

Smart Snacking with Pistachios #FoolYourselfFull


Hello, my name is Bobbi and I am a snacker. It can be really bad because I am an absent minded snacker AND a bored snacker.

Absent minded comes into play when I am sitting at my computer working (which is most of the time) and I get hungry. It is so easy to just grab a big bag o' something and take it to my desk. There I continue to munch, handful by handful, until OOPS the bag is empty. Uhh Oh! How much did I just eat?

How many calories were in that?

Yikes!


Bored snacker? I know many of you fall into that category right? Come on, it is OK to admit it. No judging here. My problem is my guy works nights. So after he leaves, while I am watching TV, I will get that little rumbly in my tummy.

"Feed me"

Hmmm am I hungry? Dinner was a couple of hours ago. Maybe I just need a little something.

Ahhh danger danger Will Robinson!

Smart Snacking with Pistachios #FoolYourselfFull


When the answer is "a little something", 9 times out of 10 it is going to involve more calories than I should be consuming. That could be in the form of chips, cookies, something crunchy, maybe a bit salty? Ya, you know what I mean. Occasionally a little chocolate needs to be added to the equation, but for the most part, crunchy and salty usually fit the bill.

So this year I started a new trend. I started snack on pistachios, and you know what? They work perfectly. Why pistachios?

  • There are only 100 calories in 30 pistachio kernels.
  • Pistachios provide 12% of the recommended daily value of fiber per ounce ounce serving.
  • Pistachios are a good source of protein and fiber.
  • Pistachios are an excellent source of vitamin B6, copper and manganese
  • Pistachios also provide potassium and is are good source of phophorus and magnesium.Pistachios Pistachios contain almost 90% heart healthy unsaturated fat
  • A one ounce serving only has 8 carbs.
  • The Pistachio Principle may help you fool yourself full.
Pistachio Nutritional Facts from the Pistachio Health Institute

WHAT IS THE PISTACHIO PRINCIPLE?

When you eat in-shell pistachios it keeps you from eating too fast and there is a visual cue showing you how much you have consumed. Which mans no mindless eating folks! 

Want the science behind the theory? Dr. James Painter completed two preliminary behavioral studies that suggest that individuals could reduce their overall calorie consumption without consciously restricting their diets.


Illustrating the “Pistachio Principle,” Dr. Painter’s research found that participants who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41 percent fewer calories compared to those who consumed shelled pistachios. Those who chose shelled pistachios consumed an average of 211 calories, while those who chose in-shell pistachios consumed an average of 125 calories.

In a second preliminary study – Dr. Painter found that snackers who left discarded pistachio shells on their desk throughout the day cut their calorie consumption of pistachios by 18 percent compared to those who routinely cleared away their nut shells.

In-Shell Snacks Provide Visual Cues and may Slow Consumption: The premise is that consumption of in-shell pistachios may help to slow eating when compared to shelled pistachios because the leftover shells may offer an important visual cue about the amount consumed; thereby potentially reducing calorie intake.



Smart Snacking with Pistachios #FoolYourselfFull


Some of my favorite things to pair with pistachios are:

Smart Snacking with Pistachios #FoolYourselfFull


Mid-morning = pistachios + a cup of raw fruit juice/wheatgrass blend.

Smart Snacking with Pistachios #FoolYourselfFull


Mid-afternoon = pistachios + non-fat Greek yogurt.


Smart Snacking with Pistachios #FoolYourselfFull

Or pistachios + string cheese.

YUM!!


DO YOU LOVE SNACKING ON HEALTHY PISTACHIOS AS MUCH AS I DO? HEAD OVER TO THE PISTACHIO HEALTH INSTITUTE’S FACEBOOK PAGE AND ENTER TO WIN A YEAR’S SUPPLY OF FREE PISTACHIOS!!


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