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Eat healthy with pistachios and celebrity trainer Valerie Waters

Bet you're just like millions of Americans and have made a New Year resolution to lose weight or to change your eating habits to more healthier ones. One great way to not only control your weight and to lower your risks of potential heart problems is by eating pistachios. That's why this year, the Pistachio Health Institute has partnered with celebrity fitness trainer Valerie Waters (trainer for such stars like Jennifer Garner and Elizabeth Berkeley) to share some tips on staying healthy and eating healthy with pistachios.

The Pistachio Health Institute
The Pistachio Health Institute

Some of the tips that Valerie shares with the public as well as her celebrity clients involve what she calls 'Hot in a Hurry' that includes a snack plan that involves choosing satisfying on the go food that will give you more nutritional value and stave the munchies, like pistachios. Pistachios may be good for those trying to lose or maintain their goal wight but pistachios also have addition health benefits since they are a cholesterol free food and 90% of the fat in pistachios is actually healthy unsaturated fat. Pistachios are also among the highest nuts in protein and chock full of antioxidants.

Other benefits of pistachios? Nuts like pistachios contain l-arginine, which can make the lining of your arteries more flexible and make it less likely you will develop blood clots that could cause a heart attack, and vitamin E, which makes it less likely your arteries will become clogged with plaque (Source: SF Gate) as well as helping people lowered their body mass indexes and triglyceride levels which can help you maintain a healthy weight according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition'. With all the benefits of pistachios, take a moment and check out some of Valerie Waters' tips on smart snacking:

  • Baby got Snack– "Choose a healthy snack that tastes good and makes you feel good. I love pistachios because they're delicious, nutritious and completely satisfying. In fact, with pistachios you get more nuts per serving – 49 kernels per ounce, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves and 18 cashews. Plus, a reduced serving of 30 pistachios makes a satisfying, deliciously healthy snack for only around 100 calories!"

  • Fuel up with Fiber– "Besides the health benefits, fiber may help you feel full longer, and makes it easier to follow a healthy eating plan. Pistachios are good source of fiber, providing 12 percent of the daily value per 30 gram serving."

  • Know the "The Pistachio Principle"– "A mindful snack is a smart snack and when I heard about the Pistachio Principle I really connected with the concept of calorie reduction without restriction. You see, when you snack on in-shell pistachios, just seeing the empty shells may provide the visual cue necessary to curb consumption. Plus, the act of cracking open each pistachio (versus snacking on shelled nuts) may slow you down making it more difficult for over consumption in one sitting."

Want to learn more about the benefits of eating pistachios? Check out "The Pistachio Principle" a concept by behavioral eating expert Dr. James Painter, that is a simple way to help you fool yourself to thinking your full without feeling deprived. By eating pistachios in that are shelled versus unshelled allows you to eat them slower and by seeing the broken leftover shells you get a sense of how much you've eaten which can potentially be a useful visual tool in reducing your caloric intake. To find out more about 'The Pistachio Principle' click here.

To learn more about the benefits of pistachios and their benefits as well as the learn more about Valerie Waters' snacking secrets visit the Pistachio Health Institute by clicking here or visiting their page on Facebook at or following the Pistachio Health Institute on Twitter at @PistachioHealth.

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