The Skinny on Plant-Powered Protein

TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

When you hear the word protein, what’s the first food that comes to mind? Chicken? Steak? Greek Yogurt? It’s a common misconception that animal sources are the only way to “meat” protein needs. Plant protein, from foods such as pistachios, is an important part of a plant-based diet. That’s good news since the recently released Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report 2015 indicates that plant-based eating is not only good for health, but better for the planet. In addition, plant-based foods like pistachios are not only great-tasting sources of plant protein, they also boast a host of other nutritional benefits.

Here’s why pistachios top our list of plant-powered protein snacks:

  1. Fiber: Animal protein contains zero fiber, so why not upgrade to a snack with protein and Pistachios are a good source of fiber, containing three grams for every one-ounce serving.1
  2. Healthy fats: Swap out the not-so-healthy saturated fats found in meat for a handful of pistachios, which are nearly 90 percent heart-healthy unsaturated fats with 1.5g of saturated fat per 1 oz serving.1 Plus, these crave-able nuts are naturally cholesterol free, something you won’t find in animal protein.1
  3. Mindful eating: Pistachios are one of the lowest calorie, lowest fat snack nuts.1 Enjoy a handful of 30 nuts for about 100 calories.1Preliminary behavioral eating research suggests that the empty shells from snacking on in-shell pistachios act as a visual cue to help curb over consumption2

Meet your protein needs today the meat-less way with one of our favorite pistachio-powered protein combos:

june 16

In-shell pistachios + grapes + pomegranate arils


In-shell pistachios + hummus + whole wheat pita chips + veggie platter


In-shell pistachios + green smoothie + mint watermelon



1 U.S. Department of Agriculture. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 27.
2 Honselman CS, Painter JE, Kennedy‐Hagan KJ, et al. In‐shell pistachio nuts reduce caloric intake compared to shelled nuts. Appetite. 2011, 57(2):414‐417.
Substantiation (from USDA nutrient database)