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Spring into Peaches & Blueberries!

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I will never forget the first time my youngest son Alexander took a bite of the No Sugar Added Peach Blueberry Crumble Pie from Hill & Valley. He stated, “Oh my goodness — this is good! I can’t believe how good this is – is this healthy for me?”

The great taste is not only shocking, but so are the health perks.

Banish Belly Fat

Polyphenols found in blueberries can break down belly fat, per a University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center study in mice. Banishing belly fat helps reduce the risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

Brain Food

Thanks to its abundance of antioxidants called flavonoids in blueberries, it has been found to activate the parts of the brain that control memory and learning, per a study published in the Free Radical Biology and Medicine journal. This suggests that blueberries can reverse age-related memory loss.

Fight Metabolic Syndrome

According to studies by Texas AgriLife Research, stone fruits such as peaches, have phenolic compounds that can potentially fight metabolic syndrome, in which obesity and inflammation lead to serious health issues. Peaches seem to exhibit anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory, and anti-diabetic properties.

Health Benefits from Lemons and Blueberries

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The first time I opened a package of Hill & Valley Sugar Free Lemon Blueberry Sliced Crème Cake, the amazing aroma of lemons and blueberries was wonderful.  Then when you take a bite, you realize that these two ingredients do such a great job complimenting each other. Besides great taste, this wonderful combination can provide a double whammy of health benefits — heart health and help fight against the flu or other infections.

Both blueberries and lemons contain Vitamin C and other substances which can help boost your immune system to fight the flu or other illness during these winter months. If you are looking for fiber, blueberries are a great source. Blueberries will help keep your cholesterol in check and aid your body in the fight against heart disease.

Instead of picking up a chocolate dessert to celebrate Valentine’s Day or heart healthy month, consider Hill & Valley Sugar Free Lemon Blueberry Sliced Crème Cake. You will be so glad you did!

Nutritionists Love Apple Walnut Muffins

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Each March Nutritionists around the country celebrate National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is so appropriate for Hill & Valley products. Consumer research has confirmed that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why certain food is purchased over another. One bite of Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Apple Walnut Muffin will make you a believer of this research. Besides great taste, here are some healthy perks:

  •  Walnuts are a good source of omega-3 fats, which are heart healthy. They have been shown to help decrease your bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) levels, just as effective as almonds. That is good news for your heart!
  • The pectin in apples helps diabetics maintain a steady blood sugar level and helpful in maintaining healthy lung function.
  • Cinnamon and nutmeg have been shown to decrease blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels in Type II diabetics. Chinese medicine also use cinnamon and nutmeg to help treat cold and flu symptoms.

Chocolate and Peppermint – A Yummy and Healthy Combo!

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Two of my most favorite ingredients — chocolate and peppermint – are great together during the holidays or any time of year. We are so lucky that Hill & Valley have put this beautiful combination together in their Sugar Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. While you enjoy these yummy cookies – and yes they taste as good as they sound — your body will love these health benefits:

  • Chocolate may be able to join the fight against diabetes. A small Italian study from 2005 found that consuming chocolate regularly increases insulin sensitivity, which reduces diabetes risk.
  • Peppermint and chocolate seem to help boost your mood and make you less stressed. And, some even report increased alertness and enhance your memory. We all need this during the busy holiday season and beyond.
  • The most touted health benefit from chocolate is being heart healthy. It helps lower the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, which decreases your risk of heart disease.

Good and Healthy Fall Desserts

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Orange is not only Rachael Ray’s favorite color, but it is also the color you see everywhere this time of year —  beautiful orange pumpkins on our porch steps and large odd shaped sweet potatoes pilled high in our grocery store aisles. Two of Hill & Valley’s most popular fall items,   No Sugar Added Sweet Potato Pie and Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Sliced Crème Cake, fall right into this color scheme. But before guilt sets in, let’s learn why our body will thank us for sharing these items with family and friends (and of course you).

Glowing Skin

 Pumpkins and sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C and beta-carotene.  These two key nutrients help keep our skin and hair healthy, and also keep skin cancer at bay. So, if you are looking for a nice ‘glow’ to have at those holiday parties, pumpkins and sweet potatoes should be your next ‘beauty foods’ instead of a facial.

Keep Blood Pressure in Check

 High amounts of potassium can be found in sweet potatoes and pumpkins. Potassium plays a very important role in lowering blood pressure by helping regulate fluid balance and by ridding the body of excess sodium. So when Uncle Ed starts getting on your nerves during your holiday gatherings, and your blood pressure is starting to rise, reach for a slice of Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Sweet Potato Pie and Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Sliced Crème Cake.

Feeling Full Longer

 Fiber is a key ingredient in any food that can help give us a feeling that you are full much longer. Both pumpkins and sweet potatoes contain high amounts of fiber. And that helps us eat less food during this time of year, or any time. That is good news!

Super Eye Sight

According to the National Institutes of Health, Vitamin A is key for vision, particularly in dim light. Pumpkins & sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is also an excellent nutrient that has been linked to prevention of macular degeneration.

Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Hill & Valley is well known for their products helping folks keep blood sugar levels at bay, due to them being No Sugar Added or Sugar Free.  But there are other nutrients that can help. One that is often overlooked is manganese. Manganese is a trace mineral that is a pivotal component in the metabolism of carbohydrates which helps support healthy blood sugar levels. And you guessed it — sweet potatoes and pumpkin are rich in manganese!

An Ode to Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Warm sunny days and chilly nights is my favorite time of year because it means that fall has arrived. Making hot oatmeal on these crisp mornings is a fall tradition,  just like my momma did on the farm. Somehow she knew (before research) that oatmeal was good for you. These days, oatmeal comes in many forms including Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Oatmeal’s fiber, specifically the soluble fiber, not only can help reduce your blood cholesterol levels but may keep your blood sugar from rising too fast after you eat. So if heart disease or diabetes is a concern for you, these tasty cookies are actually good for you.

Another key ingredient in these tasty cookies is raisins. Raisins are a rich source of B Vitamins and iron which will help you have energy all day long. So whether you are a working mother, senior citizen, or an active teenager, we all need more energy throughout the day!

Combining oatmeal and raisins are not only a tasty combination, but both ingredients are rich in potassium. Potassium helps lower blood pressure, which can help to reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack.

So, next time you’re looking for a snack that not only tastes good but will make your body feel good, reach for Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Hill & Valley. You will be so glad you did!

Recipe: Sliced Crème Cake Lemon Tower

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Fresh berries, whip cream, and Hill & Valley’s top selling Sugar Free Sliced Lemon Crème Cake-what’s not to love in a recipe this simple?! Enjoy!

1 cup of Light Whipped topping
2 tsp almond extract
3 slices of Hill and Valley Sliced Lemon Crème Cake
¼ c fresh blue berries
3 large fresh strawberries sliced
1 package of frozen raspberries thawed
2 tsp of Splenda® granulated
Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup

 

Directions
Place the thawed raspberries in a blender and puree until smooth.
Cut each slice of Hill and Valley Sliced Lemon Crème Cakes in half. (use a bread knife with the serrated edges)
Mix the whipped topping and almond extract.
Place 1 tablespoon of the raspberry sauce on a plate.
Place a slice of Hill and Valley Sliced Lemon Crème Cake on top of the raspberry sauce.
Top with a dollop of whipped topping blue berries, strawberries.
Top with another slice of cake and repeat with the remaining layers until your tower is built.
Drizzle with Sugar Free Chocolate Syrup and garnish with fresh mint.

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