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Posts Tagged "Blueberries"

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.

Blueberries for Breakfast

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Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Blueberry Muffins is a wonderful breakfast food because not only is it a quick meal, but also very flexible (you can eat it at home or on the go)! Here are a few things you may not know about Hill &Valley No Sugar Added Blueberry Muffins:

•Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese. Manganese plays a key role in bone development and converting protein, carbohydrates, and fat into energy.
•Each muffin contains 240 calories, 27 grams available carbohydrate, and 4 grams protein. Add some Greek nonfat yogurt to really kick this breakfast into high gear. This combination will fit into most healthy eating plans!
•Bioactives from blueberries have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, per a study published in 2010 Journal of Nutrition. Regularly eating blueberries results in lowering blood sugars over time. Good news for anyone with diabetes or metabolic syndrome!

Recipe: 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

 

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.

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.

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