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Enjoy the Skinny Nut Otherwise Known as the Pistachio

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Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.  #PistachioHealth  #Ad



Back when I was a little girl all I remember about the word “pistachio” was this icky looking greenish colored pudding that my Mom and Grandma just loved, and made quiet a bit.  Me, I couldn’t bring myself to trying it because honestly, even though I loved pudding I had no idea what a pistachio was or why someone wanted to eat it in a pudding.   Why ruin pudding, was my thought as a kid.

Years later after meeting my now husband, his Dad used to come and visit and when he did he would bring this huge bag of nuts with him. They were red, in a shell and I remember him just sitting and eating and eating until his hands were so red he couldn’t touch anything.  Little did I know, those were pistachio’s.  It wasn’t until after one of his visits, and the holidays came around and we were trying to decide what to send him for a gift that I came across a pistachio gift tin in a magazine.  WOW… so it all came flooding back to me.  These nuts that my Father in Law loves so much were the same nuts that my Mom and Grandma loved, but in a pudding.  As I never saw anyone in my family actually eat them, in the nut form. (when I was around).   Since I had never tried them myself I put them on my shopping list to grab the next time I was at the store.

After arriving home on one of my shopping trips hubby was helping put groceries away and found my bag of pistachios.  He thought I got them for him, because little did I know, he also loved them.  Funny, that was in our “learning” phase of the relationship as we had only been together maybe a couple years.   I told him I had never had them and bought them to try and see if I liked them.  We sat down, pistachios in a bowl and he watched as I cracked my first one open.  He used to like and watch me try things I never had eaten before.  He is weird that way.  LOL!   Anyhow, I wasn’t sure with the first nut, so had a second, third, forth, and before we knew it, we had eat most of the bag.  Yup.. I now liked pistachios.

Now, it wasn’t until recently (this is now 15 years later), that I learned how pistachio’s are a healthy snack choice.  They are so good for you, and so good in taste that one gets the best of both worlds when you enjoy some pistachio’s as your snack choice.  I like to top my oatmeal with them, or add the nuts (cracked from shell) to my yogurt or pudding or trail mix or even in my homemade protein bars.  I keep a bag of pistachios in my vehicle for when I am out and about and get the urge to snack. One of my favorite snacks is a banana cut in half the long way, topped with a bit of yogurt and sprinkles with crushed pistachios.  That sometimes is my lunch when I am not overly hungry.  I also have made my own pistachio nut butter.  I add 1/2 cup of pistachio seeds to my blender, and blend until creamy.  That is so good, and so good for you!  I feel so good when I can choose a healthy snack that not only tastes good but makes me feel good.  So many things in one little nut.  Satisfying, nutritious, and delicious.  And, if you like to snack and sometimes don’t feel like you get a good amount of your snack choice and that leaves you wanting more, you will be pleased to know that you get more pistachios per serving ~ 49 kernels per ounce, compared to 23 almonds, 14, walnut halves and 18 cashews.  Seriously, what would you rather eat?  Me, for sure pistachios and not only for what I just mentioned but also because a serving of 30 pistachios has only 100 calories, and other health benefits like 12% of the daily value of fiber per 30 gram serving.   These are just a few reasons why I now like pistachios.



Pistachio Health Institute  has so many great tips and info to help you live healthy.   Celebrity Trainer Valorie Waters shares with you some fitness tips for 2014 to get you “Hot in a Hurry”.   I love her tip on “You are just one good workout away from a good mood”.   I relate so much with that.  I can tell when it is time to workout.  When I sit to long, and am at the computer to much my mood changes, and that means it’s time to get upstairs and get in a good sweat!!    The other tip that so resonates with me is the Get fit fast with the minimum effective amount.  That is so me!  I don’t have a lot of time to workout, so I make my time count.   I do a hard core 30 min -45 min most days.  For me, I am not into cardio and concentrate on my strength training.   If I have more time, I do more.  But, I do what I have to do to see results.

What are you doing in 2014 to live healthier ?  Share you tips with me and my readers.  Your tips may help someone else, as we all do things differently.



Do you like to win stuff ?  Well that is a silly question, right?  Enter the  Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes happening on the Pistachio Health Institute’s Facebook page in your blog post.

Details ~

3 winners will receive “Shine like the Stars Sweepstakes” prize packs, which include:

  • (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
  • (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
  • (1) Pistachio Health tote bag
  • (1) Pistachio Health nut container
  • (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
  • (1) $100 VISA Gift Card

To enter, participants must Like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter their name, address and contact information there.

Participants may enter once a day for the duration of the Sweepstakes. The Sweepstakes will end at 3:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, February 14, 2014.

Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.

About Sheila Thomas

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  1. I admit that Pistachios have never been my go to nut snack. My husband loves them though. Maybe I will toss some in my lunch bag next week and see if I can find a new love for them!
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  2. My daughters keep asking me to buy some of these for them. I need to remember to pick some up next time I’m at the store.
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  3. I love pistachios, I just had no idea they were so good for you. We have been eating better and a lot of the things I thought we shouldn’t have, turn out to be good for you.

  4. I love pistachios! I had no idea they were the skinny nut! That is even better
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  5. Like you, all I ever heard for pistachios as a child was in pudding, but I loved it. I never ate an actual pistachio until my mid 20s! Now all health conscious they are one of my favorites!
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  6. I love pistachios & shelling them slows me down. 🙂
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  7. I love pistachios and the fact that they are good for you too!
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  8. We love pistachios, but my husband can eat them like there’s no tomorrow. 🙂 Going to check out the sweepstakes! 🙂
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  9. We love Pistachios. They are our favorite snack right now.
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  10. I used to think pistachios were really weird too, though I did like the pudding in watergate salad. I finally tried them last year and now I love them!
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  11. I love pistachios, they always remind me of my grandparents too.
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  12. I added them to a macaroni and cheese recipe recently and it turned out so yummy!
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  13. Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity says:

    My husband loves to snack on pistachios.
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  14. I really love pistachios, but i dont eat nuts that often after my dad got diverticulities. The dr said that can cause it.

  15. Stacie Connerty says:

    I had no idea that pistachios were so healthy. My whole family loves them. My kids tend to get lazy and want me to shell them for them! LOL I make them do their own. 🙂
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