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Posts Tagged "Cookies"

Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle

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This month, nutritionists like myself will be celebrating National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is ‘Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle’. Any Hill & Valley customer  would agree that it only takes a few bites of any of their products to become hooked! Bonus is the health benefits. This month, we’re featuring Hill & Valley Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cookies.

   The smooth, rich texture of these cookies, along with the wonderful peanut aroma is wonderful. Research from Harvard School of Public Health showed that a 1-ounce serving of peanuts eaten five or more times a week can decrease the risk of diabetes by 27%.

   Peanuts and peanut butter contain more protein than any other nut.  In addition, peanuts are very high in arginine, a vasodilator that helps to open up blood vessels and improve blood flow. This may contribute to lowering blood pressure.

   Lastly, new research published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment  showed that young girls who consumed peanut butter or peanuts at least twice a week decreased their risk of breast disease later in life by up to 39%. These finding suggest that peanut butter could help reduce the risk of breast cancer in women.

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.
 

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.

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!

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