Looking to make some healthier choices when it comes to snacking this summer? Look no further than the pistachio. Pistachios had just been recognized as a complete protein for those five years and older. This means they contain all nine essential amino acids, the building blocks that make up protein that your body can’t produce on its own and must get from food. So pistachio’s join the ranks of meat, fish and eggs as a source of complete protein, except they grown on trees. This makes it the perfect alternative for vegetarians, vegans and those who just want a tasty protein snack that’s plant based. Pistachios are cholesterol free and certified heart healthy by the American Heart Association. Packed with fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats, and studies have shown that they may even help lower cholesterol blood pressure, blood sugar, and protect your eyes from the sun’s rays and they are one of the lowest calorie nuts around with 160 calories per a 49 nut serving. They help build and preserve muscles so they are great for a post workout snack.
Posted at 3:30 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 15:30:07-04
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