Plant Based Protein Facts & Pistachio Snacking
Pistachios are my favorite nut to eat and serve. I love their unique flavor, the protein packed into each serving, and, of course, the color! The gorgeous green hue adds pop to any cheese tray. In fact, when I’m lost for a theme for a last-minute gathering – and I LOVE a good theme – I stock up on green napkins and let the pistachios play into my color scheme.
Last week, I was unable to attend an amazing event hosted by my friends from Wonderful Pistachios, due to mom duties and no sitter. The event focused on plant-based eating led by New York Times best-selling author Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, followed by a workout with Brian Mazza.
With my new interest in plant-based food, I wanted to share some useful facts for anyone that is curious about a plant-based diet, plus some facts about pistachios.
Plant Based Myths
- Plant-based Eating isn’t boring. You can eat pistachios, tofu, quinoa, edemame, almonds, chickpeas (like Chickapea pasta), kale, broccoli, chia seeds, coconut yogurt (I love Kite Hill & Chobani). There are so many amazing brands coming out now with options, you will be blown away. Just walk the health aisle at your local grocery store.
- Plant-based Eating means no meat/fish/dairy. If you’re a devote follower, yes. But, if you’re like me and just want to clean your diet a bit, you can still work in better-for-you fish/meat – think salmon, lean chicken, cottage cheese.
- Plant-based Eating is going to make it hard to get enough protein in my daily diet. There are tons of meals and snack options in the plant based diet that are packed with protein. Check out: Think Plant-Based Nutrition Isn’t Sustainable? 6 Myth-Busting Facts Say Otherwise.
Pistachio Snacking Facts
- Pistachios are good source of protein
- Pistachios are good source of fiber
- Excellent source of B6, copper and manganese
- Nearly 90-percent of the fat found in pistachios is unsaturated fat, i.e. the good stuff, making them a smarter snack options
- 30 pistachios for about 100 calories
- The colorful greens and red-purples are from antioxidants, which help fight free-radicals
- One of the lowest-fat, lowest-calorie snack nuts
- Pick pistachios over peanuts to get more nuts, potassium, and fiber per serving.
- A serving of roasted and salted pistachios provides 310 mg of potassium and 160 mg of sodium with only 2 g of natural sugars. Compare that to popular sports drinks which contain about 45 mg of potassium, 160 mg of sodium and whopping 21 g of added sugars per 12-ounce serving.
QUESTION: DO YOU KEEP A PLANT BASED DIET? HAVE YOU EVER TRIED A DAY OF PLANT BASED EATING?
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