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5 Reasons to Celebrate World Pistachio Day

 

 


February 26 is World Pistachio Day! From their heart-healthy goodness to their unique flavors, there are countless reasons to love pistachios all-year long. Here are a few nutty facts about the beloved nut:  

1. Pistachios are a healthy snack. 
Skip the greasy potato chips and choose pistachios for three times the amount of protein, fiber, and pieces per serving. Compared to 15 potato chips, pistachios have 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per 49-kernel serving, making them a smarter snack choice. 

2. Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat snack nuts: 
Pistachios are a smart, sensible snacking option. They offer about 100 calories for a serving of 30 nuts (just one more reason Wonderful Pistachios are known as the Skinny Nut™). In fact, you get about 49 pistachios per serving, compared to 23 almonds, 18 cashews or 14 walnut halves. That’s more than twice as many nuts per serving as almonds and cashews, and more than three times as many as walnuts. 

3. Pistachios provide inherent mindful eating cues: 
The Pistachio Principle is a mindful eating concept that says in-shell pistachios may help you fool yourself full because the leftover shells may provide a visual cue for portions, potentially helping to curb intake. A study also found that those who consumed in-shell pistachios ate 41% fewer calories than those who snacked on pistachios without their shells. So savor and enjoy this one-of-a-kind pistachio and go nuts for more nuts! 

4. Pistachios are the only green nut: Colorful Nut™: 

We know Wonderful Pistachios are photogenic with their vibrant green kernel, shaded with soft hues of purple. Did you know that Wonderful Pistachios are the Colorful Nut? Those beautiful colors are from antioxidants! 


5. Pistachios are culinary superstars: 

Whether you’re craving something savory, indulgent, or crunchy—pistachios make flavorful pairings, perfect for any occasion. Here are a few of our favorite #pistachiopairings to help you celebrate World Pistachio Day:  

  • In-shell pistachios with vegetables and hummus (or try Greek Yogurt instead of hummus) 
  • In shell pistachios with Sriracha-avocado toast 
  • In-shell pistachios with dark chocolate and strawberries

 

 



Honselman et al. In-shell pistachio nuts reduce caloric intake compared to shelled nuts. Appetite. 2011 Oct;57(2):414-7.