Various seeds and nuts are great additions to any hard-training person’s diet. They are a great source of protein, they contain fibre, minerals, vitamins and good fats, and help you fill out your daily diet requirements to maintain your body.
Each meal should be a combination of healthy carbohydrates, proteins, and some healthy fats. And it’s easy to top your levels of carbs and protein with nuts. However, mindlessly shoving calorie-dense nuts in your mouth can get your macros out of whack pretty fast.
Nutritionists suggest all nut lovers to make the most of pistachios – one of the lower-calorie stars of the nut world – and what we think is the hands-down best nut for health-conscious people wanting to stay trim and fit.
For instance, 49 pistachio nuts equals around 6 grams of protein and 160 calories. Compared with almonds (23 nuts, 6 grams of protein) and cashews (16 nuts, 5 grams of protein), your body is getting more nuts for the same 160 calories.
In-shell pistachios are also a great way to help you avoid overindulging, as suggested in a 2011 preliminary behavioural study in Appetite. The findings showed that snackers who left discarded shells on the table all day ate 18% fewer calories than those who had the shells taken away, meaning the empty shells can serve as a visual cue about how much has been eaten, thereby potentially encouraging decreased calorie intake.