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Crumbs of Knowledge

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!

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!

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.

Introducing Hill & Valley’s Sugar Free and No Sugar Added 2013 Fall and Winter Selection

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The team at Hill & Valley is pleased to introduce our 2013 Fall Winter Selection!

New for the season, we are introducing our Red Velvet Collection! Our brand NEW Sugar Free Red Velvet Cookies and Sugar Free Red Velvet Cream Cheese Sliced Crème Cake are paired with the classic No Sugar Added Red Velvet Cupcakes and No Sugar Added Red Velvet Cake for an appetizing addition to any holiday party!

To compliment the introduction of the Red Velvet Collection, we are also excited to announce the addition of the decadent NEW Sugar Free Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookie! These new items will be sure to appeal to any consumer looking to lower sugar in their diet and still be able to enjoy a tasty holiday treat!

As always, our fan favorite No Sugar Added Pumpkin and No Sugar Added Pecan pies are sure to please, as well as any of our Sugar Free Holiday Decorated Items. Be sure to stop by the store locator today and find the store nearest you!

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