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