Game Day


Eat Pistachios and Watch Football!

Bryan Snyder, the Team Nutrition Manager for the Denver Broncos, meticulously plans the diet of the Denver Broncos to maximize each player’s performance and recovery. The hard-hitting impact of weekly games and daily practices takes a toll on the players’ bodies, so their nutrition plan is designed to help them achieve specific performance and recovery goals.

While the average person doesn’t take the same hits as a professional football player, the need for a healthy diet to battle the stresses of everyday life is just as important. According to Snyder, a big part of one’s nutrition plan should be mindful snacking habits that ask the question: Is my snack of choice helping or hurting my everyday performance?

“One very easy way to improve your overall nutrition is to replace some or all of your not-so-wise snacks like chips, cheese flavored crackers, sugary ‘fruit snacks,’ pre-made snack cakes, cookies, soda, or candy, with something that still tastes good, but is full of healthy nutrients,” says Snyder. “Pistachios are one of the best recommendations I can make because they’re packed with many important nutrients, and because they are very versatile. They are perfect for snacking, adding into smoothies, topping off oatmeal, or sprinkled over a salad.”


By Chef Robert Del Grande

1 pound

2 cups Pistachio nuts
2 Ripe avocados
¼ White onion: finely diced
1 Serrano chile: stemmed, seeded & minced
½ cup Cilantro sprigs
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon Coarse salt
¼ teaspoon Black pepper


¼ cup Pistachio nuts: crushed or finely chopped
Cilantro sprigs
Lime wedges
Tortilla chips

Lightly toast the pistachio nuts. Finely chop or process in a food processor.

Seed and peel the avocado. Dice the avocado.

Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. With a spoon, stir the mixture while lightly mashing the avocado. Do not over process – the mixture should have a slightly coarse texture.

Transfer the Pistachiomolé™ to a serving dish. Sprinkle the surface with the crushed Pistachios. Garnish with the cilantro sprigs and lime wedges. Serve with tortilla chips.

Get Game Day Ready with Pistachios

Kick off your tailgate party with crowd-pleasing recipes that include American pistachios.
From appetizers, dips, game-day drinks, and more, pistachios add a healthy pizzazz to your football gatherings. Today we are featuring Pistachiomolé, guacamole topped off with flavorful pistachios and a refreshing Pistachio Fizz cocktail. Be sure to check by regularly as we will be posting new recipes each week to help you with your tailgate party planning throughout the football season.

Tailgating with Pistachios

Football season is officially upon us, which means it is also officially time for game-day recipes. APG Ambassador Bryan Snyder, the Team Nutrition Manager for the Denver Broncos, shares his tips on how tailgaters can keep their party fare delicious and healthy with American pistachios.

Pistachio Fizz

By Chef Tory McPhail

1 serving


For the Pistachio Syrup:

2 ½ cups shelled pistachios
2 ½ cups simple syrup
Pinch of salt (if pistachios are unsalted)

For the Cocktail:

1 ½ ounces gin
1 ounce heavy cream
1 ounce whole milk
4 ounces pistachio syrup
1 squeeze lemon
1 squeeze lime
1 large egg white
1 dash orange flower water


For the Pistachio Syrup:

Blend pistachios and simple syrup until smooth. Then strain out the liquid.

For the Cocktail:

Combine pistachio simple syrup liquid and all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice; shake vigorously until frothy. Rim rocks glass with crushed pistachios (optional). Strain into glass and serve immediately.