If you’re looking for that perfect snack to hold you over until your next meal, nuts should be your go-to. Swapping a handful of potato chips or pretzels for a handful of nuts can keep you fuller for longer and still give you that savory crunch you’ve been craving.
But, before you go stock up at the grocery store, it’s important to know that some nuts are healthier than others. We consulted with Lisa Moskovitz, RD, CEO of the NY Nutrition Group and member of our medical expert board to find out which nut is the best to eat. And to learn about the nut to stay away from checking out The #1 Worst Nut to Snack On, Says Dietitian.
Of course, all nuts can still have a place in your diet, but if there’s one nut that you should be buying in bulk, it’s pistachios. Moskovitz explains that snacking on pistachios is the best choice because of their massive nutritional value.
“With a complete source of protein—all nine essential amino acids—and an excellent source of anti-inflammatory monounsaturated fats, gut-healthy fiber, and essential micronutrients including B-vitamins, potassium, iron, and magnesium, pistachios check off all the health-promoting boxes,” Moskovitz says. And as if that list wasn’t exhaustive enough, the positive effects of pistachios on your body’s health don’t end there.
One serving is roughly 1/2 a cup with shells, according to Moskovitz. They’re the perfect midday snack to enjoy on their own, of course, but if you’re looking to start incorporating pistachios into your meals, Moskovitz suggests “mixing them into yogurt, cereal, or a salad”.
Another great idea if you want to spread the pistachio love with your friends and family is to serve this impressive, yet easy-to-make Pistachio and Cranberry Cheese Ball as the perfect appetizer. It only uses five ingredients and doesn’t involve any cooking at all! Plus, you’ll be sharing all the nutritional benefits of pistachios with your loved ones. Definitely sounds like a win-win to us.
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