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10 Best Foods with Pistachios for a Flat Stomach

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author image Allison Briggs
Allison Briggs has been a writer for several years, contributing features and scholarly research papers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication with a minor in sociology and a Master of Arts in communication with an emphasis in health from San Diego State University.
10 Best Foods with Pistachios for a Flat Stomach
Pistachios contain healthy fats that may target the fat on your stomach. Photo Credit pistachios image by Elke Dennis from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Pistachios are one food said to help you achieve a flat stomach. This is because pistachios contain healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). It has been found that this type of plant-based healthy fat can enhance your heart health, help to prevent chronic diseases, and may even directly target the fat in your stomach. There are several different ways to incorporate pistachios into the foods you eat. However, you should not try to eat pistachios in large quantities as they do have a high caloric content. Look for other MUFA containing foods to support your flat stomach diet.

Raw

You can pack a few raw pistachios in a small bag or container to take with you when you're on-the-go. You may want to eat a small handful of pistachios for an in-between meal snack to keep your body full, satisfied and nourished. A 1 oz. serving of pistachios also offers approximately 6 g of protein, 3 g of dietary fiber, and 13 g of healthy fat. Keep in mind that a 1 oz. portion of pistachios also contains 170 calories, so it is still wise to eat pistachios in moderation.

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Nut Butter

You have probably tried peanut butter, and perhaps even almond butter, but you might also like to consider trying a pistachio butter. Pistachio butter has a rich, mildly sweet flavor. Spread it on to a slice of bread or a celery stick as a snack or to complement a meal. You can buy pistachio butter at some health food stores, from an online vendor, or you might look for a recipe to make your own.

Salad

Pistachios can be served as an alternative protein source for a mealtime salad. Instead of meat, fish, poultry or eggs, try topping your salad with pistachios for a healthy and filling meal. Add a one 1 oz. serving to your favorite salad, or look for creative pistachio salad recipes. Adding pistachios to your salad will also not only provide healthy fats for your stomach, it will also add potassium, vitamin B-6, copper and phosphorous to your meal.

Sauce

There are a plethora of ideas for incorporating pistachios into a sauce to top or marinate lean protein such as fish or chicken. Look for recipes such as pistachio-basil butter, pistachio-orange sauce, pistachio-cream sauce or pistachio-mint sauce. You can experiment and create various sauce recipes to meet your taste buds and dietary needs. Be cautious with the other ingredients in sauces, such as cream, which may deter a flat stomach.

Bread

There are several recipes that incorporate pistachios with bread. While looking for recipes for pistachio bread, keep in mind that pistachio bread is often sweetly flavored and may contain a high quantity of white sugar. If this is the case, you might want to consider using a sugar alternative, such as stevia leaf powder, agave or honey in your recipe.

Pasta

Adding pistachios to your pasta is another way to use pistachios as a protein in replacement of meat, poultry, fish or beans. You can grind or finely chop pistachios and sprinkle them on top of a pasta dish for a dose of healthy fats. Consider replacing your white pasta for a whole wheat, brown rice, or quinoa pasta to add additional fiber and protein to your flat stomach meal.

Pesto

Pesto is a light dish that can be spread onto bread or vegetables as a healthy snack or appetizer. You can look for recipes to make homemade pesto that contains coarsely chopped pistachios. Pistachio pesto also contains calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, folate and magnesium to support a nutritious flat stomach diet plan.

Spread

Other types of nutritious spreads can be made to incorporate pistachios. Look for recipes such as sun-dried tomato pistachio spread, goat cheese and pistachio spread, or shrimp and pistachio spread. An even healthier flat stomach idea would be to look for spreads that include other MUFA-containing foods such as avocado and dark chocolate.

Pudding

Pistachio pudding is a green pudding usually made with a cream base. The healthiest pistachio pudding is likely one that is made at home with a food processor. Again, for an optimal flat stomach diet you might consider using alternative sugar products. You might also use a rice or almond milk instead of a regular cow's milk or heavy cream. If made correctly, pistachio pudding can be a healthy dessert option for your flat stomach diet.

Bars

You can look for pistachios in pre-made meal replacement bars found at your local health food store. Look for pistachios in the ingredients and be sure that the other ingredients included in the bar support your dietary needs. While bars should not be used as a daily meal option, they can be a way to obtain nutrients and protein while on-the-go. You can also look for recipes to make your own healthy pistachio bars.

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