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.”
Suggested Pairing: Mint Julep, Sauvignon Blanc, Aromatic Belgian Style Beer .
2 cups Pistachios, shelled
1/2 cup Water
2 tablespoons Tahini
2 tablespoons Fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Espelette pepper
1 teaspoon Smoked paprika
2 Garlic cloves, peeled and chopped rough
3 tablespoons Extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Parsley, chiffonade
In a large saucepan over high heat, add the pistachios and cover with water by 2 inches. Bring to a simmer and allow to cook for 20 minutes or until they soften. Drain and reserve on the counter top.
In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, add the pistachios, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, espelette and garlic. Process until smooth, about 4 minutes. Slowly incorporate 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
When ready to serve sprinkle the top of the hummus with the paprika, the remaining olive oil and the parsley. Serve with thinly sliced county ham, fresh vegetables and the benne crackers–or any crackers of your choice.
Add Some Pistachio Pizzazz to your Tailgate Party
From appetizers, dips, game-day drinks, and more, pistachios add a healthy pizzazz to your football gatherings. Today we are featuring Pistachio Hummus, perfect for dipping raw veggies or your favorite crackers, and addictive and delicious American pistachios flavored with Texas Pete Hot Sauce-- takes only a few minutes to whip up. Be sure to check back regularly as we will be posting new recipes each week to help you with your tailgate party planning throughout the football season.
Bryan Snyder, APG Ambassador and Nutritionist for the Denver Broncos, likes to include these must-have nutrients in snacks that replenish what a good workout takes out of our body.
1 pound snacking nuts.
1 pound American pistachios, in-shell
3 tablespoons Texas Pete Hot Sauce
4 tablespoons Canola oil
Sea salt to taste
Warm canola oil in roasting pan or wok on your stove top; add pistachios and lightly toast. Add Texas Pete Hot Sauce, coating the pistachios evenly; season with sea salt to taste. Remove from pan and serve hot in the vessel of your choice.