Pistachios just don't get the love they deserve! Most people favor almonds, walnuts or cashews when they shop for nuts.
Pistachios are great for you though and once you read why, chances are, you’ll add them to your shopping list.
5 Reasons to Munch on Pistachios
1. Superior Weight Control
Pistachios tend to lend better to weight management than say almonds, walnuts, or cashews. The reasoning for this is that you’ll have to take time to open each shell as you eat the nuts. This slows down the number you'll end up eating.
Nuts are energy dense foods, but pistachios are one of the lowest-fat and highest-protein tree nuts. A serving (1 oz.) of pistachios has as much protein as an egg! This helps you stay feeling full longer.
Studies show people will eat fewer nuts total when snacking on pistachios compared to any other nut.Tweet
2. Decreased Mortality Risk
If staying lean isn’t enough of a reason, how about staying alive? That’s right, pistachios may help you avoid mortality.
In one study, researchers noted that people who ate more than 3 servings of pistachios (or other nuts) per week had a 39% lower mortality risk than those who ate no nuts at all.
3. Skin Boosters
If you want to look good on both the inside and the outside, pistachios can help with this too. This nut is a rich source of vitamin E, which is key for good skin, hair, and nail health.
Vitamin E helps to increase the production of collagen, boosting skin’s elasticity. This may in turn help reduce your risk of age-related wrinkles.
4. Low Sodium
A lot of nuts are roasted and tossed with salt. But pistachios are low in sodium provided you buy the unflavored variety. Skip the dyed ones that turn your fingers red for hours after you eat them. That's an easy sacrifice.
If you're looking to keep your heart health and blood pressure in check, this makes a great choice.
5. Powerful Source of Prebiotics
Pistachios are a great source of prebiotics. These are necessary to help the healthy good bacteria in your body flourish.
Prebiotics promote the growth of probiotics (healthy bacteria.) Probiotics are important for immune health and digestion, so by getting enough prebiotics, you can help this process.
According to one study, pistachios are much more powerful in this regard than almonds are.
You can feel good about munching on pistachios. A small handful a few times per week could easily provide you with these benefits and more.
These Pistachio and Sesame Bliss Balls are a great way to get more pistachios and they're loaded with other power foods too!
Pistachio & Sesame Bliss Balls
Yields 14 – 16 balls
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
1. Mix everything in a food processor until the pistachios are a fine texture and everything blended.
2. Take a teaspoon of the mixture and roll into a ball.
3. Repeat until mixture is gone.
4. Put bliss balls in the fridge 15 – 30 minutes until firm.
Yours in health,
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