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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.

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!

Welcome to Our NEW Website!

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Welcome to the all NEW Hill & Valley website! Take a minute to look around at all the new features!

Check out the “For Consumers” Section where you can download coupons and find our products in your local store. On this page, you will also discover some useful information about our products, as well as living with diabetes!

“Crumbs of Knowledge” is our new blog! Here you can find recipes using your favorite Hill & Valley products, informational articles from our Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Jane Reinhardt-Martin, RDN, and other entries on the happenings here at Hill & Valley.

Ever wanted to double check the nutritional information on any of our Hill & Valley Sugar Free and No Sugar Added items? Look no further than the “Products” Section where you can see all that information as well as a photo of each of our products.

“Our Story” is just that-the history of Hill & Valley. Take a step back in time and learn how Hill & Valley has developed from humble beginnings into the Nation’s Leading Producer of Sugar Free and No Sugar Added Baked Goods. In this section you can also see how Hill & Valley is dedicated to food safety and learn how we protect our consumers through our various food manufacturing safety certifications.

Have a question for the Hill & Valley crew? Please reach out to us by using the handy form in the contact us section. If you know exactly who you need to talk to, please see our staff directory for phone numbers and email addresses.

Hill & Valley has recently begun taking the steps to establish our company as an up and coming provider of custom innovative In Store Bakery items. Want to know more? Please visit the “Custom Bakery” page to find out how you can team with Hill & Valley on your next custom project!

If your store is interested in carrying Hill & Valley Sugar Free and No Sugar Added products, please visit the “Carry Our Products” page.  Here you can see our merchandising options, and also find a place where you can reach out to us to ask more questions about our retailing opportunities.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to check out the NEW HillandValley.net. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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