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by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Mar
18
2021

This energy-dense, nutrient-rich food deserves to be on your must-eat list in 2021. Spoiler alert: Your immune system, heart and waistline will thank you

Pistachios may be small, but they pack a big nutritional punch. Recently published studies have added to the growing body of existing evidence that further prove how healthy these tiny green nuts are for the body. Here are five little known facts about the health and nutritional benefits of pistachios that may surprise you.

1. Pistachios are a Complete Protein

The latest  research reveals that pistachios contain all 9 essential amino acids, making them a “complete” protein similar to eggs, dairy and meats. Even more impressive, one  ounce of pistachios contains  6 grams of protein — that’s as much protein as an egg!

Compared to other complete proteins that need to be cooked or refrigerated (like fish, beef or cheese), pistachios are more convenient for a grab-n-go post-exercise snack since they contain the amino acids required to build and maintain muscle mass and lean body tissue. Plus, being a complete plant-based protein, pistachios are an ideal snack or dessert topping for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian eating pattern.

2. Pistachios Support a Healthy Immune System

While vitamin C-rich oranges tend to steal the spotlight as the go-to food for building a healthy immune system, pistachios provide other important nutrients to help boost  immunity, including protein, B-vitamins, zinc, magnesium, selenium and other bioactive compounds.  Here’s how:

  • B-vitamins (B1, B6 and Folate) are necessary to fight off infection.
  • Zinc, magnesium and selenium may lower the risk and severity of viral infections.
  • Protein can strengthen the immune system by helping to maintain healthy immune cells, which are responsible for eliminating damaged cells, bacteria and viruses.
  • Gamma-tocopherol (an antioxidant) my help speed recovery time and lower airway inflammation.

3. Pistachios are Good for Your Heart

Thanks to their heart-friendly  unsaturated fats and antioxidants—including vitamin E and lutein and zeaxanthin-—pistachios are a heart-healthy choice. These satisfying nuts  also provide plant phytosterols, naturally-occurring compounds which lower blood cholesterol levels to help protect the heart. According to the FDA’s qualified health claim for nuts: “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

4. Pistachios are Loaded with Nutrients

According to the USDA Nutrient Database, pistachios provide more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Some of the key essential substances in this nut  (which are sold either shelled or  in-shell) include magnesium, fiber, copper, potassium, iron, manganese and B-vitamins. What’s more, you get all those nutrients as well as the same amount of protein as an egg. And here’s an eye-opening fact: Pistachios are one of the only nuts that provide lutein and zeaxanthin, two carotenoids that are important for protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays, blue light from phone and computer screens and age-related eye damage.

5. Pistachios May Help Win at Losing (weight that is)

It’s true. Pistachios provide the dynamic duo of protein and fiber—two nutrients that help keep you satisfied and tame cravings ultimately making you less likely to overeat. If your goal is to lose unwanted pounds,  research suggests that in-shell pistachios may be your best option. In one study, participants ate 41% fewer calories when they had to crack the nuts open compared to the time when the nuts had already been removed from their shells. The researchers believe seeing the evidence of the empty shells may serve as a  reminder of how much you’ve eaten, reducing the likelihood of  overindulging.

Visit American Pistachio Growers for more fun pistachio info.

This is a #sponsored blog post, opinions are my own.

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Dec
7
2020

Refreshing and full of flavor without all the calories and sugar.

Ginger Grape Sparkling Water

6 red grapes
1 T ginger
3 oz cranberry juice
4 oz Keylime LaCroix

Blend together grapes, ginger and juice. Strain. Add LaCroix and enjoy!

Disclosure: I am a paid spokesperson for LaCroix. Opinions are my own.

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Dec
4
2020

This is a fun and festive holiday punch that won’t break your calorie budget.


Skinny Holiday Punch

4 oz Hi-Biscus LaCroix
3 oz cranberry juice
3 oz pineapple juice
Handful of cranberries

Stir together the LaCroix and juices. Top with cranberries. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I am a paid spokesperson for LaCroix and get compensated for my time. Opinions are my own.

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Dec
3
2020

This Pomegranate Sparkler is the ideal skinny holiday drink that tastes amazing.  Enjoy!

6 oz Keylime LaCroix
3 oz pomegranate juice
3 T pomegranate seeds
2 T mint

Store together LaCroix and juice. Top with pomegranate seeds and mint. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I am a paid spokesperson for LaCroix. Opinions are my own.

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert®
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Dec
2
2020

One of my all-time favorites that I have made with LaCroix.

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade
4 oz Lime LaCroix
2 oz lemon juice
3 strawberries, sliced

Add lemon juice to LaCroix. Add in sliced strawberries. Enjoy!

Disclosure: I am a paid spokesperson for LaCroix. Opions are my own.

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert® | November 30, 2020
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Oh, so refreshing! Pineapple Coconut Slush 6 oz Coconut LaCroix 6 oz Pineapple Juice 1 cup ice Blend together ice and pineapple juice. Pour that mixture into glass and then add LaCroix. Stir and enjoy! Disclosure: I am a paid spokesperson for LaCroix. Opinions are my own.  

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert® | November 17, 2020
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  As a registered dietitian, I get samples of new food products all the time. Many are tasty, but not always the healthiest and others can be nutritious but not tasty. And, you all should know by now that I am all about deliciousness! That’s why I’m so excited to share with you a product line...

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert® | October 13, 2020
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Try this delicious Mint Limeade made with Key Lime LaCroix. So good for all the mint and lime lovers out there. Mint Limeade 6 oz Key Lime LaCroix 2 limes, squeezed 2 tablespoons mint, torn Mix together lime juice and LaCroix. Add mint and enjoy! I am a nutrition spokesperson for LaCroix. Opinions...

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert® | October 4, 2020
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Here’s a tasty way to reduce the calories and sugar with my Sparkling Apple Cider. Sparkling Apple Cider 6 oz Peach Pear LaCroix 4 oz apple cider 1 sliced apple Mix together LaCroix and cider. Add sliced apples as desired. Enjoy! Disclosure: I’m a paid spokesperson for LaCroix. Opinions...

by Mitzi Dulan, RD, America’s Nutrition Expert® | September 16, 2020
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If you love Limoncello you have to try the new LaCroix Limoncello! It is super                   Limoncello Lemonade 3/4 cup Limoncello LaCroxi juice of 3 lemons (about 1/2 cup) ice cubes Mix together the top two ingredients. Add ice and serve. Disclosure:...

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