Monday, 4 March 2013

World Pistachio Day Giveaway




Wonderful Pistachios have teamed up with Given To Distracting Others to help celebrate World Pistachio Day by giving readers some really interesting info on women's snacking and a chance to win a more healthy snack.

Sounds good to me, so get reading and entering below!


World Pistachio Day was on February 26 2013, Wonderful Pistachios, has taken a look at working women’s snacking habits with some revealing results...


  • Women will put on almost a stone in the first year of working in an office
  • Two thirds of women go to work with good intentions to eat healthily but fail
  • Less than two per cent of women succeed in their aim of only eating healthy snacks every week
  • 9.58 am is the average time that most workers have their first snack
  • Four in ten women say they indulge in at least two unhealthy snacking sessions every working day
  • Twenty per cent of women admit to buying treats to gain popularity
  • One in six women say their co-workers seem to talk about food all the time, with the average experiencing more than 23 minutes of food-related chatter each and every day

But, just under half of all female workers say that snacking cheers up their day with one in seven saying that it is their absolute highlight.   And, a snacking boost proves essential to six in ten workers who claim it helps productivity.

For people looking for a tasty healthy snack, Wonderful Pistachios are a great option.  A 30-gram serving contains 160 calories and provides a variety of different vitamins and minerals.
What’s more, the empty shells act as a reminder of how many we have already eaten acting as a visual cue to stop overeating.

Here are some things that you might not know about the pistachio nut…

  • One of the oldest flowering nut trees, humans have eaten pistachio nuts for at least 9,000 years.  Pistachios are one of the only two nuts mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 43:11).  
  • The Queen of Sheba loved pistachios.  In fact, she demanded that the entire region’s pistachio harvest be set aside for her.  
  • The green colour in pistachios comes from the important antioxidant, lutein
  • In China, the pistachio is known as the “Happy Nut” because it looks like it is smiling.  Often given as a gift during the Chinese New Year, pistachios are a symbol of health, happiness and good fortune. 
  • Pistachios contain only 3-4 calories per nut - they also offer vital nutrients including more than 30 different vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytonutrients making them a great guilt free snack.
  • During the cold winter months, people in India snack heavily on pistachios as they are believed to be a ‘hot food’ capable of warming the soul.
  • Israel’s seven million people consume nine million pounds of pistachios each year, making it the world’s leading per-capita pistachio consuming country at more than one pound per person.   
  • California is the leading producer of pistachios worldwide producing more than 400 million pounds of pistachios each year.
  • In Russia, legend says that anyone who hears the crackle of an opening pistachio nut will soon find success.
  • One of the most popular sayings in Mexico is “Quiere el pistache pelado y en la boca,” which means wanting everything the easy way (“He wants his pistachios shelled and in the mouth”).



160 comments:

  1. hi all my friends think im nutty i use the wrong words for things and only realise once the word is out that its wrong like saying i put the hoover in the oven instead of cupboard i think i take after my mum as she has always been the same :)

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  2. I'm just nutty anyway - everything I buy is pink - my house is pink and I wear loads of pink! Our pet chihuahua wears pink clothes and everything she has from her carry bag and bed to her toys are all pink! So I am nuts but hey ho - at least I am happy!

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  3. I have a bit of a nutty eating habit, when i eat sweets or small snacks i have to eat in groups of 3.. not quite sure why its really strange and i've always done it! If i pick some, i have to pick 3 then put them down instead of picking 1! Strange i know :)

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  4. Love these xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. i love to put brown sauce on everything i eat even potatoes

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  6. my daughter is half Greek,so she loves nuts and I would love to win it for her :)

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  7. I like to put cereal in my sandwiches.

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  8. What a great competition.

    All my friends think I am nuts. Even my favourite rockstar commented on how "nuts" I was. Although asking him if I could kiss him (on the cheek) for my birthday "present" (as it was) probably justifies his comment. Needless to say, not matter how nuts he thinks I am, it worked and I was allowed to kiss him. :) :D Happy bunny Sorry random post, but that's how nuts I am. lol Good luck to everyone

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  9. my twins have made me nutty I was sane before then x

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  10. Great competition! Can't really think of anything nutty about me just now (I am sure my husband can though)!

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  11. I like ready salted crisps and malteasers together - yum

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  12. I can't eat one piece of bubble gum. I tend to eat the entire pack and I have to line up all the pieces in a row!

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  13. I like to snack on salt and vinegar cashews x

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  14. I like to snack on pickled beetroot, and when I was pregnant would have a bowl of brussel sprouts for a snack...

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  15. I tend to think the whole world is nutty, so I guess the chances are it's me and not everyone else!

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  16. I like dipping bits of banana in marmite yummmm! not sure why!

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  17. There are probably loads of nutty things about me, but I don't think of them as being nutty, it's just me!!!

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  18. My nutty thing is at home I only wear one sock. I don't know why though.

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  19. In general, if it fits in my mouth I'll eat it.

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  20. I only eat cereal dry - I hate adding milk to it!

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  21. I have an addiction to salted peanuts. Everytime I get back from the gym I hit my secret stash (it's ridiculous how many I eat!)

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  22. I snack too much at night in front of the tv.

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  23. i am nutty because i make up words and names for things that only i know what they are lol

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  24. I have a tub full of mixed nuts and seeds - pecans, brazil nuts, cashews, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, pine nuts, walnuts, almonds - which I use for snacking in the morning.

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  25. I'm always snacking on nuts. Also LOVE medjool dates mmm

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  26. World Pistachio Day, how did that one slip by me? I love them and since they are only 2 or 3 cals each I can indulge. Heaven in a little cracky snacky (nutty) case.

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  27. Take large bowl throw in pistachios, walnuts, dried peanuts, raisins and chocolate drops, stir round and enjoy. Five-a-day - tick!

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  28. I'm nutty as a fruit cake and like to snack on them too

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  29. LOVE different types of nuts on ice-cream and salads! they go well on anything!

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  30. I love my nuts whether it is in chocolate, cakes or cereal. However when it comes to actually eating nuts I'm trying to buy more varieties with its shell on like monkey nuts, pistachios just so I don' t end up eating so many as it is more time consuming to break open, etc. Saying that I do love honey roasted nuts like cashews and almonds and you can't get that with shells on =(

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  31. I love Nuts and especially love monkey nuts as they are fun to shell and last ages x

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  32. I love Nuts but I can not think about anything nutty about me.

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  33. I love making coffee and walnut cake, that doesn't make me nutty though.

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  34. When I start a bag of nuts I do not stop until thay are gone, no matter what the size of bag... very greedy!

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  35. i eat biscuits or cakes in 2s as its an even number x

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  36. My whole family think I'm nuts because of my overuse of the word cantankerous.

    http://www.adventuresofayorkshiremum.co.uk/

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  37. I love almost all nuts but I can't cope with almonds.

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  38. I love peanut butter but I'm not keen on peanuts!

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  39. more of a mini cheddar family here but love a pistachio when we can! @kathvbtn

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  40. I'm crazy with sauces & condiments, tomato sauce on fish fingers but picallili with fish, the list is endless

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  41. I graze on snacks throughout the day, I always have some nuts or bombay mix at hand!

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  42. is it bad to sprinkle a little vinegar over crisps? really? that bad?

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  43. I am "nuts" about Pistachio

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  44. I always have nuts during the day - almonds and walnuts as they're great for the memory. Love pistachios too - tend to buy 4 bags whenever I do the shopping and hide them at the back of the cupboard away from my man ;) lol.

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  45. love to graze on nuts all day long they help me concentrate

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  46. I like to fast on the occasional day when I don't have to get upto much.. That means no eating all day, just water. Apparently it helps clear the body of toxins so I class it as my weird eating habit :)

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  47. I love Wonderful Pistachios, amazing flavours! I try to avoid snacking as I am not very good at stopping, once you break the habit it becomes pretty normal not eating between meals. But if I'm drinking wine I can't resist nuts or crisps! @WrightyH

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  48. I love Eat Natural Fruit & Nut Bars

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  49. Love pistachios, it feels like you've earned them as well as you have to keep 'working' to eat them i.e. all the shelling

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  50. I love all nuts, especially salted. I do have to be careful though, because I would eat a massive packet in one sitting

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  51. My family all think I am nuts :)

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  52. I'm 46 and all my family think I'm nut's I still lark around like I did in my twenties like paintballing, going to go ape and zombie bootcamp lol

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  53. I like jam sandwhichs but once tried it with lettuce and nearly vomited , the cucumber and jam was nice though.

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  54. When I go out for the day I have to check the door is locked not once but 4 times and try the handle with both hands simutaneously.

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  55. I do love nuts. I love how colourful pistachios are!

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  56. love pistachio nuts, great giveaway, thanks very much

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  57. i love nuts, i could never give them up

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  58. i have this habbit of eating kp salted peanuts with chocolate one handful of peanuts and then one bite of chocolate i have no idea why but unless i have them together i dont eat them haha :P

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  59. pistachio nuts contain 9 essential nutrients

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  60. I have a habit of dipping salted peanuts in Marmite :)

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  61. Please put me into the draw - thank you xx

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  62. Nothing really nutty, just stay up far too late, sometimes till 5am and I eat far too much chocolate, just love it!

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  63. i snack too much sometimes, need to cut it down! i like to snack when i watch tv of an evening

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  64. I have to have a mid morning snack, otherwise I'm evil!

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  65. Mid morning snacks are not a problem, it's the evening snacks that have put the weight on me, i'd love to try some healthy nuts. I'm not a really nutty person though but i do love eating them.

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  66. nutty habits are lettuce & sea salt sandwiches - I've loved them since my first pregnancy!!

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  67. my nutty habits are chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!

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  68. I usually snack on nuts after 10pm most nights

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  69. I love snacking on nuts - specially walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazel nuts. I love nuts in chocolate too!

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  70. cant beat cashew nuts in anything thats if I can resist eating them all straight from the bag! @kikicomp

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  71. I eat nuts on the ward when i cant get a hot meal in the night. susan hunt

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  72. I like pistachio nuts because they remind me of my holiday in Tangier wherre the local boys would sell them to the hotel customers through the fence

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  73. I love nuts and cheese sandwiches with hp sauce :)

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  74. I used to enjoy Peanut Butter and Marmite sandwiches but now im allergic to peanut butter...gives me migraines :( Sad times!!

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  75. We only have nuts at Christmas :( Thats really bad isnt it, They can be quite expensive snacks. We love buying mixed bags but my favourite is pecans. yummy.

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  76. I think I'm only slightly nutty in everyday life but am sure my family think otherwise, lol, my fave snack at the moment is bread and jam sandwiches - mmm delish.

    Thanks for the chance to win x

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  77. We only have nuts at christmas too! Im not sure why!

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  78. I am still called one of the nutty cousins! Because I used to love banana splits with extra chopped nuts- we used to have these as treats on Fridays after spending the day at the beach in Jumairah.

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  79. I have a permanent craving for salt and vinegar flavoured peanuts

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  80. Unfortunately reading the piece about working women's snacking habits there's nothing nutty about mine, you could be describing me perfectly!

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  81. something nutty about me you say? well I did a bungee jump once, I would say that was pretty nutty

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  83. I used to enjoy celery dipped in peanut butter as a snack. Haven't tried it for ages so might have to again!

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  84. mmmm pistachios! I don't have any right now, I've just had some baked crisps and the last of some chilli hummous. mmmm

    @JudeVFR400 allen_judith@hotmail.com Judith Allen

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  85. I have a nutty habit of touching cold earlobes!

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  86. I like eating frozen peas - still frozen!

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  87. I like to eat my snacks in even numbers :)Alex Telford

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  88. Honey Roasted peanuts, can eat em til my jaws ache :-)

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  89. I love all nuts and often flavour them and spice them up with my own spices

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  90. I put nuts in most things I cook, especially pasta dishes and salads!

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  91. I like raw garlic as a snack. Nobody dare come near me.

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  92. I'm currently in the middle of a kitchen refit so obviously had to empty all my cupboards. I can't wait to get the new kitchen up and running so I can get baking and use up the SIX bags of walnuts I discovered in my baking cupboard!

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  93. I make pictures on the sofa with the shells and have been known to draw faces on them too, they're too nice to just throw away :-)

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  94. I love pistachios and will make sure each shell is completely empty before moving on to the next one. A strange snacking (and eating)habit is I colour code all food and eat things in a certain order and never mix things.

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  95. I have to eat things like nuts in even numbers :)

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  96. I have been known to eat a whole, straight-from-the-foil OXO cube on occasion!

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  97. I'm Brazilian and I love Brazil nut! :) x

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  98. I love Nuts!!!! Seeing nutty enough to write that ;) @Bobbity666

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  99. i love pistacchio ice cream and praline good too. But not found a ncie one in the UK but always have it in France

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  100. I loove nuts, and chocolate, and chocolate coated nuts....


    sairz eastham

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  101. I'm pretty bad when it comes to biscuits (especially bourbons!). So is my OH. In fact we are so nuts about biscuits our unborn child has the nickname Baby Biscuit!

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  102. I'm known to be randomly nutty when dressing for a night out - not averse to wearing doc martin boots with a velvet dress etc....

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  103. i buy nuts or peanut butter to snack on inbetween meals as its supposed to be good for you but then I eat WAY too much of them cos they taste Sooooooooo nice :)

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  104. I love taking a banana and then pushing brazil nuts into it and eating it. So yum!

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  105. Love pistachios but they've got so expensive lately I hardly ever buy them anymore...would be great to win some and then I can snack without the guilt!

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  106. My husband thinks I'm crazy as when I eat nuts (any kind) I have to eat al the whole ones in the bowl first, then I can eat the halves

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  107. I love nuts, so all my family think I'm nuts! One of the nutty things I do is just use the wrong word, so I'll say my hand hurts when actually it's my knee, or I'm going to the kitchen when I actually mean the bedroom

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  108. Why am I nuts??? Because it's hereditary in our house. It comes down on my Mother's side where there is an impressive history of being a loony. From mispronunciations, misinterpretations, memory loss and just pure silliness our family have done it all, and I proudly carry the mantle to pass on to my daughters so that they too may make idiots out of themselves spectacularly but have the greatest enjoyment and many laughs doing so.

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  109. I'm not nutty I'm sane it's everyone else who has a problem

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  110. I love to embarrass my kids by waving at random people - now that's nuts!

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  111. I'm just nutty about nuts - when i get in from work, I fill up on nuts, til suppers ready

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  112. i love nuts more i eat the nutty i am

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  113. I am not just nutty, I am a fruit and nut case and one sandwich short of a picnic

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  114. once i start i cant stop!!

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  115. I like snacking on yesterdays leftovers

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  116. I love thick peanut butter on white bread 2 slices yummy

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  117. Hi, enter me into the draw please :-) I am completely sane :-) haha

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  118. I'm obsessed with bunny rabbits which some people might think is a bit nuts - although I think this is completely normal! :) I also have a thing for brightly coloured hair. As for my eating habits - I eat way too much cheese. I try not too have too much of it in the house or I'll just eat it in no time!

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  119. I'm a fussy veggie and have numerous strange snacking habits. My fave is putting a dollop of Philadephia soft cheese on my crumpet along with a dollop of Marmite and swirling them together to make Marmite flavoured soft cheese. :)

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  120. I love snacking morning, noon and night.

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  121. I used to eat tuna and apple sauce sandwiches when I was little. Mmm

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  122. Awwwww nuts can't think of anything to say!! LOL

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  123. I don't really snack just try and drink herbal teas!

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  124. I do find nuts are a really handy, no mess snack - great for the handbag. I have a little tin that holds a few and that's enough to keep me going.

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  125. I love nuts bars / snacks so much!

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  126. I inherited my nuttiness from my mum and have kindly passed it on to the kids!!

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  127. I always eat nuts when I drink beer.

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  128. Im just as nutty as my kids and they love it!

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  129. almonds nutty for them

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  130. I go into Asda looking for healthy snacks; unsalted nuts or dried fruit mix etc. but, always end up coming out with chocolate biscuits.

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  131. completely nuts, I will keep pecan at my inbox awaiting your e-mail :)

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