You may feel like you are going nuts over the holidays and I can guarantee you will see a lot of nuts. Nuts are real easy to put out for guests during the holidays and a lot of holiday recipes call for nuts. Nuts are a great source of protein. I’ll make you aware of the calories and fat they contain and help you make wise choices.
The Pistachio nut is proven to lower heart-disease risk. Pennsylvania State University researchers recently found that adults who got 20% of their calories from pistachios (that’s about ½ cup for an 1,800 calorie diet) reduced LDL cholesterol by 12%. Buy the in-shell, dye-free nuts. If stored in a chilled, airtight container, they’ll remain fresh for up to a year. Add nuts to your dinner by crushing nuts to crust fish (my favorite is pistachio encrusted salmon), sprinkle them on salads, or toss them into a healthy trail mix. The proper portion size for pistachio nuts is ½ cup shelled or ¼ cup without shells.
Holly Kouvo is a certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist, speaker and writer who specializes in helping people lose hundreds of pounds. Learn more at www.FittingFitnessIn.com.