Healthy Snacking in 2015

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Pair Skinny Nut™ in-shell pistachios with hummus and your favorite dipper, pineapple, and a green tea iced drink for the perfect healthy snack anytime of the day. Part of my New Year’s Resolution is to eat healthier so I wanted to share my tips and “go to” ideas with all of you.

Pistachios, Pineapple bits, hummus and pita chips, and a green tea drink for perfect healthy snacking.

The New Year is here and I don’t know about you, but after the way I ate during the holidays amidst all of the fancy meals and parties,  I really want to start eating healthier and share some of my healthy snacking choices that are helping me accomplish this.  As many of you know, I also have two jobs working from home and sitting at a computer all day so I have to have a little self control or I will raid the pantry all day, every day, whenever I’m hungry and probably blow up like a balloon.  I need to have some healthy snack options or I will go for the “bad” stuff because, let’s be honest, I have to keep that kind of food around in case of an “emergency”.

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My husband got me hooked on pistachios years ago when he would snack on them occasionally.  Somewhere along the line I decided that I didn’t like them even though I had never really given them a chance.  Once I did, there was no stopping me and much to my husband’s dismay, he had to begin sharing his bags of Pistachios with me.  They really do make for the perfect snack and they are fun to eat (and anyone who knows me and has been following along with my blog over the years knows that I am partial to green food and drinks for some unknown reason).  Pistachios have been deemed the top food trend in 2015 and have been dubbed the “skinny nut”.  Of all the nuts out there, they are one of the lowest calorie and lowest fat, full of fiber and protein.  They also offer way more nuts per serving compared to most of the others which helps not to overdo it while snacking.  Pistachios are about 49 nuts per serving!  They also yield about 3 grams of fiber which is more than most other nuts and even more than some fruit.  This is precisely why they are a top food trend for 2015 and considered to be “The Nut of the Year” and the “Skinny Nut”.

A cool fact that I discovered:

  • The Pistachio Principle:  empty pistachio shells may serve as a “visual cue” of how many pistachios you’ve consumed, so don’t discard the shells as you enjoy them.  This could reduce calorie intake!

The Pistachio Health Institute Facebook Page is full of fun ideas and information on the health benefits of in-shell pistachios.
Enter The Year of the Skinny Nut Sweepstakes here to win a year’s supply of pistachios for healthy snacking all year.  Good luck, everyone!

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What are your go-to healthy snacking choices?

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

15 Responses to “Healthy Snacking in 2015”

  1. January 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM #

    I am going to put some pistachios that I usually have in the pantry for baking into my mixed nuts snack container! I snack on nuts everyday but usually almonds and lately, mixed nuts. I didn’t know pistachios were leaner and I am always reminded of how good they taste when I do have them. Thanks for the tips.

  2. January 18, 2015 at 2:25 PM #

    I love pistachios too! Great tips on keeping the shells to keep track on how many I’ve consumed. They are so delicious so I always couldn’t stop eating until the whole bowl is gone. 😛

  3. January 18, 2015 at 10:01 PM #

    Luckily I don’t snack that much. BUT I do love pistachios. But when I do snack like today watching the hometown Seahawks win the play off. A healthy snack would have been great.

  4. Ginny McMeans
    January 19, 2015 at 1:29 AM #

    I love pistachios! It is funny if I travel anywhere near a pistachio farm I am asked to bring back a bag … by everyone!

  5. January 19, 2015 at 2:52 AM #

    I bet pairing the pistachios with that sweet pineapple was a great pairing!
    I paired mine with dried cranberries and crackers. I’m looking forward to trying them with some white chocolate. Mmm

  6. January 19, 2015 at 6:01 AM #

    I snack a lot but always need something healthy or fattening – I like the sound of your pistachios 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  7. January 19, 2015 at 7:44 AM #

    I super love pistachios! And fruit. The best!

  8. January 19, 2015 at 8:13 AM #

    My husband adores pistachios! They do make the perfect little snack!

  9. January 19, 2015 at 2:36 PM #

    Your snack table looks so good!!!! I wish I had all of that for my snack today 🙂 Pistachios are such an addicting snack for me, so I love your tip to keep the shells so I don’t lose track! Thanks Ashley.

  10. January 19, 2015 at 7:01 PM #

    We love pistachios! And yes to healthy snacks – I try to keep plenty around so I don’t always go for the cookies 🙂

  11. January 20, 2015 at 8:54 AM #

    I bet these would be a great snack after skating practice!

  12. January 20, 2015 at 2:09 PM #

    I eat peanuts in their shells for one of the same reasons that you suggest pistachios, as those shells are a visual clue as to how many I’ve demolished! I get so easily carried away!

  13. January 20, 2015 at 10:55 PM #

    So glad to find out that pistachios are on the food trend list this year. I love pistachios and I totally need to stock up on them now! 🙂

  14. January 21, 2015 at 11:44 AM #

    Love nuts of all kinds, and pistachios are one of the best. Fun post — thanks so much.

  15. January 21, 2015 at 2:26 PM #

    I love pistachios – they are so yummy and a perfect healthy snack!

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