On your marks, get set, go nuts for pistachios!

Local runners fuel up for the British 10k – 8 July 2012
With the British 10k run racing into London on 8 July, the thoughts of local fitness fanatics turn to the best preparation and recovery techniques for the event. Help is at hand from American Pistachio Growers, who will be fuelling participants with the Power of Pistachios, filling their goody bags with little green nuts- the ideal snack for athletes.
To undertake such an endurance event, the participants will need to be thinking carefully about their nutrition and diet in the run up to the race, and pistachios are the perfect snack to help them along in their training. The high protein content- 6 grams per serving of 49 nuts- helps runners to build the crucial muscles they will need to carry them through the race. As well as protein, pistachios also contain less than 2 grams of saturated fat per serving, and are a great source of vitamins and minerals that are crucial for a healthy diet- it’s no wonder they’re the official snack of Olympic hopefuls, the US Water Polo teams!
According to Dr. Cathy Kapica, Adjunct Professor of Nutrition at Tufts University, and a science advisor to the American Pistachio Growers : ‘’The odd snack here and there isn’t a bad thing. In fact snacks can be an important part of a healthy eating style. Choosing snack foods that are nutritious and taste good, such as pistachios, will help to alleviate the sense of guilt around snacking.”
And it’s not just in the build-up that pistachios can help- as runners recover from the race, studies show that eating protein-rich foods such as pistachios after strenuous exercise can also help reduce soreness and rebuild muscles for a quick recovery. After completing a strenuous 10 kilometres through the heart of London, these guys will definitely need a pick-me-up, and that’s where American Pistachios come in, to power them through to the finish and beyond.
Don’t just take our word for it though, the USA Water Polo Teams, who are seeking success at this year’s Olympics, enjoy American Pistachios as their "Official Snack". And if you want to spice up your snacking but still get all the great benefits of eating pistachios, enjoy our recipes below.

THYME AND GARLIC AMERICAN PISTACHIOS

450g American pistachios, in-shell
4 sprigs Thyme, chopped
15g Garlic, sliced
4 tablespoons Canola oil
Sea salt to taste

Warm canola oil in roasting pan, add the pistachios and toast. Add the sliced garlic and thyme sprigs, continue toasting until the garlic and thyme have coated the pistachios; season with sea salt to taste. Remove from heat, serve warm in the vessel of your choice.

AMERICAN PISTACHIOS WITH BLACK AND WHITE PEPPERCORNS

450g American pistachios, in-shell
15g Ground white peppercorns
15g Ground black peppercorns
4 tablespoons Canola oil
Sea salt to taste

Warm canola oil in roasting pan, add the pistachios and toast. Add the ground white and black pepper, coat evenly and continue toasting; season with sea salt to taste. Remove from heat, serve warm in the vessel of your choice.

-ENDS-
Notes to editors:
- American Pistachio Growers will be providing samples for goody bags for participants in the British 10k in London on 8 July
- American Pistachio Growers is a voluntary trade association representing members who are pistachio growers, processors and industry partners in California, Arizona and New Mexico. These states represent 100% of US commercial pistachio production
- APG pistachios are the “Official Snack” of both USA Water Polo and Miss California
- Q&As with and images of the US Water Polo Teams are available from the PR team
- A serving is 1 ounce of pistachios, equivalent to about 49 nuts
- For more information, visit http://www.AmericanPistachios.org or contact:
o Rachel Gurr, rachel.gurr@ketchumpleon.com, 020 7611 3798

Rachel Gurr
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020 7611 3798
Rachel.gurr@ketchumpleon.com

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