Pistachio nuts have been around for a hot minute. Known as a satisfying, high protein, healthy fat - snack. Just like many things, the actual health and nutrition claims of pistachios have been in question. At 99th Monkey, we LOVE pistachios! We don’t like to play favourites but these are definitely high on the list!
Let’s dive into all things pistachio nuts and learn a little more about these little nuts!
What exactly are pistachio nuts?
Pistachios are a kind of tree nut with a wealth of health benefits that are also technically a fruit! Most commonly enjoyed simply plain, either raw or roasted or sprinkled ontop of salads. Or blended up in a delicious, creamy spread… (guess how we like to enjoy them?!) They are also found in many other meals and desserts. Super versatile, super tasty and super nutritional. We’re here for it.
Are pistachio nuts good for you?
Pistachios are an excellent source of protein, antioxidants and fibre - not to mention all the vitamins and minerals! All packed into one little nut. A handful of pistachios contain around 3 grams of fibre, a whole lot of Vitamin B6 and are only around 150 calories!
Fun Fact! Did you know that Pistachios contain thiamine which is also known as the ‘anti-stress’ vitamin. This technically means that a dose of this nut should help you keep your Zen on and get you through all those stressful situations. Sounds good to us :)
Are pistachios healthy?
Another perception of pistachio nuts, alongside many other nuts is they are full of fat and make you… fat. Although pistachios are high in fat and calories they contain monounsaturated fat, which can actually help you lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol and all the other side effects with it.
As far as any nuts go, how and what you actually eat them with makes all the difference. If you like to enjoy pistachios as is, we recommended raw and roasted - instead of heavily salted. If you like your pistachio nuts in desserts (hello pistachio ice cream), go for the healthy option without any added oils or sugars - or simply in moderation.
As far as pistachio butter goes (we thought you’d never ask!) A red flag to look for when choosing nut butters are the “no-stir” range where they often add palm oil and sugars. While these two ingredients aren’t necessarily detrimental to your health, when choosing a ‘health’ food you generally want it to be as pure and unprocessed as possible. We have our own delicious Pistachio and Almond Butter blend. We love it when nuts are friends. In a jar together, crushed so hard they become one smooth, wholesome spread! With just two ingredients: Roasted Australian Almonds and Raw Pistachios our Pistachio Almond Butter is truly a match made in heaven.