(Family Features) There's no better time to be a football fan, as armchair quarterbacks
across the country begin counting down the days until the big game. Fans everywhere
are assembling their shopping lists for the last game day parties of the season.
Bryan Snyder, Director of Nutrition for the Denver Broncos, has winning suggestions
for feeding the home team at your party on game day.
"It's easy to incorporate healthy and nutritious foods into your game day parties
without sacrificing the fun or the flavor," Snyder said. "One easy way is to replace
unhealthy snacks, such as potato chips or cheese crackers, with healthy nuts. Pistachios
are one of the best recommendations I can make because they’re packed with nutrients,
have six grams of protein per serving and contain the least fat of any nut."
Pistachios contain important nutrients, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium
and phosphorus, which can contribute to a lower risk of heart disease. According
to recent studies, pistachios also help with weight management and may prevent hypertension
and low blood pressure. In addition, people who eat a handful of nuts, such as pistachios,
each day have a 20 percent lower death rate, according to research published in
the New England Journal of Medicine.
"Pistachios on their own are a great replacement for fatty potato chips because
they still give you that salty crunch that people crave," Snyder said. "We're all
concerned about heart health and living a healthy, active lifestyle. Even when it's
time for a party, it’s still important to make smart nutrition choices and pistachios
are just one healthy and delicious swap you can use to support these goals."
Roasted pistachios straight from the store will satisfy and nourish, but for
a dazzling game day snack, try this tasty pistachio recipe from Chef Robert Del
Grande of Houston, Texas.
For more information go to americanpistachios.org.
Pistachios Roasted with Smoked Chile Tequila and Limes
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large chipotle chiies (approximately 3 ounces) canned in adobo