depends on the nut. Pistachios have to be in the shell. Brazil nuts have to be out of the shell. Walnuts either way. However I remember when we celebrated St. Nicholas Day in early december (my mom was Czech) we always got the chocolates, fruit and nuts. The nuts were always in the shell-- walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds and hazel nuts. The fruit and nuts would become the 7 fruits on the table and the chocolates would be strung and put on the tree.
I like them in the shell too, but unfortunately, I've mastered quickly shelling pistachios by using a shell half to pry the shells open. It's not hard for me to shovel through a pound of pistachios in an afternoon. What can I say? Pistachios have always been a favorite of mine.
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I go in the "in the shell" line. Nuts are so calorie dense that they go too quickly when one eats a preparer serving. Having to shell them as you eat makes it seem like much more of a snack.
I like them shelled, but I measure out what I am going to eat and put away the balance
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I agree, I've recently started buying them in the shell and I eat a lot less that way too. Glad I've found a way to still enjoy them as a snack without over-eating.
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I like both, but like you, I eat too many when they are not in the shell.
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I like adding nuts to my diet. But I have found that when I buy nut meats I tend to eat too many calories. Now I buy only nuts in the shell. It seems like you are eating more and it takes longer to eat. today I had some in shell Pistachios. A large handful was only 1 and 3/4 ounces with the shell. After discarding the shell the nut meats only weighed 25g. But since it took me about 20 minutes to eat, I felt very satisfied on 140 calories for a snack. For me this is the way to go.
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