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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!

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