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Healthy Abundance from Apples

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The aroma of Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Dutch Apple or Apple Pie is a reminder that the fall season has arrived. Visiting apple orchards in the fall was a regular part of my growing up in the Midwest. One bite of Hill & Valley’s apple pie is as good as the health benefits we obtain from apples.

For some of us, fresh, warm apples are comfort food. It can also help us manage our hunger and feel more satisfied with our food. Researchers have recently discovered that people report less hunger and more food satisfaction after eating whole apples.

The polyphenols (plant nutrients) in apples function as antioxidants. In numerous studies, Apples’ strong antioxidants have the ability to lower the risk of asthma and lung cancer.

Lastly, the heart health benefits of apples are well documented in research studies, and are from apple’s unusual mix of polyphenols & their water-soluble fiber.  Total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol are both decreased through regular intake of apples. An apple a day, or perhaps apple pie, can keep the doctor away.

Jump Start Your Health with Macadamia Nuts

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September signifies the end of summer, and the beginning of a regular schedule – whether it is school, work, or a fitness routine. Most of us vow to eat healthier and try the latest diet, like the low GI or Paleo diet. A perfect snack is Hill & Valley’s Sugar Free White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.

Nuts usually get a bad nutrition rap, but not macadamia nuts! Here are some nibbles about this little nut:

  • Contain the greatest amount of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. This ‘good fat’ lowers LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
  • Classified as a low GI food, and fits perfectly into a low GI diet beneficial for anyone watching their blood sugars.
  • Rich in antioxidants, which help boost our immune system and help slow the aging process.
  • Good source of selenium, a phytosterol, which is recognized as having an anti-cancer effect, as well as behaving as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Great source of B Vitamins, like B1, B2, and niacin, which help give you energy throughout the day.

 

Mini Cupcakes pack Maximum Health Punch

If you are looking for a hassle free, mess free dessert or snack for the end of the summer pool parties, picnics, or family reunion, pick up Sugar Free Double Chocolate Mini Cupcakes by Hill & Valley. Not only are these mini cupcakes easy to pop into your mouth without getting any frosting on your fingertips — but they are less than 15 grams carbohydrates! Other health benefits:

  • In a small Italian study, participants who ate a candy bar’s worth of dark chocolate once a day for 15 days saw their potential for insulin resistance drop by nearly half. Flavonoids increase nitric oxide production, which helps control insulin sensitivity — crucial in the fight to prevent diabetes.
  • A long-term study in Germany found that about a square of dark chocolate a day lowered blood pressure and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke by 39 percent. Most of the credit goes to flavonoids, antioxidant compounds that increase the flexibility of veins and arteries.
    • Researchers from Oxford University and Norway looked at chocolate’s long-term effects on the brain by studying the diets of more than 2,000 people over age 70. They found that those who consumed flavanol-rich chocolate, wine, or tea scored significantly higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t.

Angel Food Fruit Bruschetta

1 Hill and Valley Angel food Cake
Splenda® Sugar or sugar substitute
1.5 c fresh or frozen raspberries
1 c fresh or frozen strawberries
1 c fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tub of non-dairy whipped topping (thawed)
Splenda® Sugar mixed with cinnamon
Light Chocolate Syrup

Directions
Thaw berries. Slice cake in wedges. Transfer to cookie sheet and toast under broiler for approx 1 minute until golden brown. Remove immediately. Sprinkle 1 c. raspberries with Splenda and puree with handheld mixer for 20 seconds. Spread raspberry puree onto platter. Arrange cake wedges on bed of puree. Spoon whipped topping onto cake wedges. Slice strawberries and arrange fan-like on top of whipped topping. Garnish plate with blueberries and remaining raspberries. Sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mix. Drizzle chocolate syrup over entire dish and serve. Serves 8. Total Carbs: 24

 

Tiramisu- The Classic Italian Dessert

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A layer of creamy filling set atop coffee-soaked Hill and Valley Sliced Chocolate Crème Cake

Ingredients:
2 cups whip topping or heavy cream
4 teaspoons Splenda® granulated
1 cup strong coffee or espresso
8 ounces of mascarpone cheese
1/8 cup of cocoa powder
1 t of almond extract
12 slices of Hill and Valley Chocolate Crème Cake
9×9-inch baking dish

Directions
1. Thaw the whipped topping.

2. In a separate bowl, blend the mascarpone cheese and whipped topping, add 4 teaspoons Splenda® granulated and 2 tablespoons of coffee and blend well. Set it aside.

3. Place six slices of the cream cake in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour 2 tablespoons of coffee per cake. Remember the stronger the coffee the better.

4. Spread 1/3 of the whipped topping/cheese mixture over the cream cakes and dust with cocoa powder.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, ending with the cheese mixture on top.

6. Take the reserved 1-cup of whipping toping and fold in 1t of almond extract. Spread mixture over top of cheese layer and garnish with cocoa powder.

7. Place the tiramisu in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving!

Delicious Angel Food Snacks

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When it comes to seasonal food favorites, angel food cake and summer seem to belong together. At Hill & Valley, they know how special angel food cake is to their customers that they have three varieties to choose from:  Sugar Free Angel Food Cake, Sugar Free Angel Food Bar and Sugar Free Angel Food De-Lite.

Most of us know that traditional angel food cake is relatively healthy and fits into most meal plans. So what is unique about Hill & Valley products, you may ask? The angel food products at Hill & Valley are lower in total carbohydrates and calories, per serving, compared to regular traditional angel food cake due to sugar substitute ingredients.

So, instead of having just one slice of bar or cake, you could have two slices for the same amount of calories and carbohydrates one would have in a regular angel food cake. So let your sweet tooth go a little wild this summer, and enjoy H & V Angel Food Cake topped off with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped topping. The summer couldn’t get any better!

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.
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