Today is National Nut Day, Let’s Appreciate the Pistachio!
Oct 22, 17
By Inesa Slevaite
|Health Pistachios Snacking
Nuts are nutritional powerhouses which are incredibly versatile. This makes them perfect for snacking, baking, blitzing or topping.
Including nuts in your diet can provide some great health benefits. No wonder why an entire day is dedicated to them.
However, at Borna Foods, the pistachio is the star of the show. So, let’s see what they are cracked up to be…
They are packed full of the good stuff! Pistachios consist of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. This can help to lower bad cholesterol levels, which is known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL). They are an excellent source of Vitamin B-6. This is important for the formation of haemoglobin, a molecule that carries oxygen in red blood cells, and for blood sugar regulation. They contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help promote eye health. Pistachios are a source of vitamin-E, great for improving skin health and radiance.
Perfect for snacking:
We all love to graze, whether we are at work or on the go. Pistachios are easy to transport, tasty, and nutritionally dense making them a guilt-free way to keep you energised and prevent the 3 pm workday slump.
One of the lowest calorie nuts:
Alongside the cashew, pistachios have approximately 557 calories per 100g in comparison to pecans with 691 calories.
They may help you lose weight:
Due to their high protein and fibre content, pistachios can increase satiety. Incorporating them into your meals, or enjoying a handful as a snack may keep you fuller or prevent indulging later in the day.
I’m guessing your ‘nuts about nuts’ like us if you’ve read this far. So, if you’re going to celebrate national nut day the right way, here are a few ideas to enjoy some delicious pistachios and reap their health benefits.
Breakfast – Crown your porridge or smoothie bowl with them
Lunch – Sprinkle them over a couscous salad for some colour
Dinner – Stir in pistachio pesto to your pasta
Dessert – Create a dark chocolate bark topped with pistachios and cranberries
Snack – Top your favourite rice crackers with pistachio nut butter
Drink – Use pistachio milk to create a warming hot chocolate
Aside from these suggestions, you could simply celebrate their vibrant colour, which will certainly make your food more Instagram worthy. Take a look at our shop and don’t forget to tag us using our hashtag #nutsaboutborna to show us how you’ve celebrated national nut day on Instagram this year.
There’s more where this came from, so check back soon for more blogs, articles and recipes to appreciate and celebrate the mighty pistachio!
Ciara Simpson, Content Writer at Borna Foods 🙂