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Sugar Replacers – Friend or Foe?

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The sweetness of Hill & Valley products are truly sublime. But some folks are hesitant to try products that use sugar replacers (sugar alcohols). Some don’t understand what this ingredient is, others due to possible GI sensitivities.

 

Hill & Valley products contain a combination of different kinds of sugar replacers which lends to its unique sweetness. Sugar alcohols are neither a sugar nor an alcohol. It is a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule.  This distinctive combo produces superb flavor, and when consumed it is slowly & incompletely absorbed in the body. That is why it is excellent for controlling blood sugar levels.

 

For some people, the fear of GI problems may stop them from enjoying these delectable desserts. Since sugar alcohols are not completely digested, fermentation occurs which produces gas. There are some tips you can follow to minimize these issues. First, do not OVER CONSUME foods that contain sugar replacers. Keep portions small. Second, slowly introduce these foods, just like you would have to do with foods that are high in fiber. Now- enjoy Hill & Valley desserts fear free!

New Year-New YOU!

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January is the month for new beginnings. What better way to start the New Year with resolutions that are easily attainable. Hill & Valley bakery items can do just that. These locally made (USA) products can make your life easier and guaranteed no more food waste due to their cleaver packaging.

 

As a nutritionist and a consumer like you, I look for mini or bite sized desserts to keep portions in check. Several Hill & Valley items, like Sugar Free cupcakes and No Sugar Added muffins are packaged 4 or mini size. Pair a muffin (or 2 mini muffins) with some high quality protein, such as greek  yogurt, cheese, or hard boiled eggs, some fruit/vegetables, and you have a healthy meal. Carb counting couldn’t get any easier!

 

Hill & Valley upscale desserts give you room for indulgence and a new taste adventure for many. Just without the cost!

Save a Pound – Eat Our Cake!

Following traditions can be difficult, especially when desserts don’t meet your family & friend’s health needs. Like good ole’ carrot cake. Hill & Valley makes a great Sugar Free Carrot Cream Cheese Swirl Sliced Crème Cake that you must pick up for your next gathering.

A serving of regular cheese cake is around 860 calories. Two slices of Hill &Valley version is ONLY 210 CALORIES! Do that just a few times this holiday season, and you will save yourself 1 POUND (ie 3500 calories)! Also, antioxidant and phytochemical rich carrots may help with blood sugar regulation, and reduce your cancer and heart disease risk.

We at Hill & Valley are filled with gratitude, for our wonderful customers that rely on our products to help with your health needs. We started out to help those with diabetes, but is has grown to help many more fill in their nutrition ‘gaps’. Thank you!

Sweet Potato Pie: Best Disguised Vegetable

Sweet potatoes are ranked number #1 in nutrition of all vegetables, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Hill & Valley has managed to whip this indispensable vegetable into a heavenly No Sugar Added dessert that has sweet potatoes as its FIRST ingredient. If that is not impressive enough, check out some of the unique health benefits you’ll obtain from inhaling this exhilarating dessert—

 

  • Low Glycemic Food– Sweet potatoes have been shown to stabilize or lower blood sugar, due to their low glycemic index. Foods low on the glycemic index break down more slowly in the body, which may produce fewer fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels. Carb counting just got a little easier!
  • Rich in Quercetin– Research shows this potent phytonutrient may help you breathe easier by warding off allergies, hay fever, and asthma.
  • Loaded with Beta-Carotene– This powerful antioxidant helps to protect your skin, and is an excellent nutrient for eye health. Some research shows that sweet potatoes are a better source of bioavailable beta-carotene that green leafy vegetables. So, skip the salad, and eat the pie!

Muffins – Not Just Breakfast Food

Banana-Walnut-Muffins

 

 

Healthy muffins are just not for breakfast anymore. Hill & Valley has a great variety of Sugar Free and No Sugar Added muffins to choose from, and this month we are featuring No Sugar Added Banana Walnut Muffins.

Two main ingredients, bananas and walnuts, contain energy-giving substances needed for any time of day or evening. Some surprising healing properties are:

  • Improves Sleep – Walnuts contain a compound called melatonin, responsible for conveying messages regarding the cycle of light and dark to the body. Eating walnuts increases the blood levels of melatonin, thereby inducing sleep.
  • Mood Boosting – Bananas contain tryptophan, an amino acid that studies suggest plays a role in preserving memory and boosting your mood!
  • Prevents Diabetes – Women who ate 1 ounce of walnuts just twice a week were 24% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Even though it was conducted on women, experts believe that the benefits would be similar for men, too.

Peachy Benefits Year Round

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It is that time of year you can purchase flats of delicious peaches for canning, like my family did on our Wisconsin farm. My sisters and I didn’t really enjoy the canning work, but we always looked forward to our mom’s homemade peach pie. Pies typically are on the “not ok” list per nutritionists, but Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Peach pie is different. For starters, the FIRST ingredient is peaches. Plus, some of the health benefits of peaches may surprise you.

Stone fruits like peaches contain bioactive and phenolic compounds that may help to reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL) associated with heart disease, according to a study from Texas A & M.

Also, high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease. Per Mark Houston, MD, MS, an associate clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt Medical School, increasing potassium intake along with decreasing sodium intake is the most important diet change that a person can do to control your blood pressure naturally. Peaches are a great source of potassium.

Lastly, another study from Texas A & M showed that peach and plum extracts were effective in killing even the most aggressive types of breast cancer cells and did not harm normal healthy cells in the process.

The best part of Hill & Valley pies are you can enjoy the health benefits year round. Pick up your No Sugar Added Peach Pie today!

How Can Chocolate Chip Cookies Improve Your Health?!

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Open up a container of Hill & Valley Sugar Free 100 Calorie Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a wonderful fresh chocolatey aroma will overcome you. You might even get flashbacks as a kid when you snuck one (or more) cookies from your mom. Good news – you will not have to sneak these cookies. Chocolate continues to exude healing properties. Some of the latest research findings are:

• Walking Made Easier – A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that dark chocolate may improve walking ability for people with peripheral artery disease.

• Strengthen Brain Power – Researchers found that a cocoa extract, called lavado, may reduce or block damage to nerve pathways found in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. This means that symptoms of the condition, such as cognitive decline, could be prevented.

• Help Prevent Diabetes- In the 2014 Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry study, researchers found that antioxidants in chocolate prevented mice from gaining weight and lowered their blood sugar levels.

Summer Gatherings – A Piece of Cake!

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Summer heat means reunions and outdoor parties. For many, trying to follow their meal plans during these festive occasions can be difficult. Assuring your guests that their health is a priority to you, let’s them relax and have fun. That’s why you should serve up Hill & Valley products. I like to call them hassle & worry free desserts! This month, we are featuring No Sugar Added Blueberry Crème Cake. Just a few perks from this nutritious dessert are:

-Blueberries are naturally free of sodium and contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of which have been found to decrease blood pressure naturally.

-Studies have shown that type 1 diabetics who consume high-fiber diets have lower blood glucose levels and type 2 diabetics may have improved blood sugar, lipids and insulin levels. One cup of blueberries contributes 3.6 grams of fiber.

-Blueberries contain folate and vitamin C, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health.

Mini Muffins with Mega Health Benefits

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Sipping cold lemonade signifies that summer has arrived. That same wonderful lemon aroma can be found when you open up a container of Hill & Valley Sugar Free Lemon Poppy Mini Muffins. The health benefits of lemons, as well as poppy seeds are way overlooked and are very powerful together. Such as:

• Poppy seeds surprisingly contain a good dosage of potassium, which is crucial in controlling your blood pressure and heart rate.
• Both lemons and poppy seeds are good sources of B Vitamins, needed for long lasting energy and sharp mental focus.
• Both poppy seeds and lemons contain antioxidants, which have cancer fighting properties.
• Lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C used to strengthen your immune system, as well as keeping your skin glowing all summer long.

Dash Yourself into Healthy Eating

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Fun runs, green grass, and cookouts signify that spring has arrived. So it is not surprising that May is National Blood Pressure Month as well as National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Hill & Valley’s products are known to help diabetics, but many can also help manage our blood pressure. Like Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

Its two key ingredients – oatmeal and raisins – are foods that fit into the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) plan. Research shows that high blood pressure can be prevented – and lowered – by following the DASH program.

Raisins contain a good amount of potassium and magnesium, two power minerals known to help lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. A 2013 review in the Journal of Food Science reports that eating raisins regularly is associated with reduced blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and reduced triglycerides.

Oatmeal is rich in fiber and potassium. University of Aberdeen researchers had subjects follow a diet rich in whole grains (which included oats), and resulted in lowering their blood pressure. These researchers concluded in the 2010 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that this blood pressure decrease would decrease the incidence of coronary artery disease and stroke by 15-25% respectively.

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