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Posts Tagged "No Sugar Added"

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!

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.

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!

Welcome Gingerbread into the New Year

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Do you love eating gingerbread during the holidays, but not the unhealthy side effects? You are in luck with Hill & Valley Sugar Free Gingerbread Sliced Crème Cake. The moment you open up the package, the aroma of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg seems so comforting. And it is very workable into your new get healthier spirit. Check it out…

  • Nutmeg and cinnamon have been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in people who have Type 2 Diabetes. It also has been very effective in decreasing cholesterol levels.
  •  At 105 calories and 10 grams available carbohydrate per slice makes this a very doable snack.
  • The spice ginger is rich in antioxidants, which may help provide relief for everything from inflammation to menstrual cramps to migraines.

Say YES to Hill & Valley Pecan Pie

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Well, it’s that time of year when you hear children talking about whether they are on the naughty or nice list. As adults, we tend to do the same thing, only with food – hmm, is it a nice (healthy) food or naughty (must avoid)? As a 25 year plus nutritionist, I say it is time to throw out this list and enjoy all foods  during special occasions. Pecan pie usually is a ‘naughty’ food, but not Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Pecan Pie. Besides enjoying the delicious, buttery rich flavored pecans, your body will love these health benefits:

  • 90% of the fat content in pecans is unsaturated fats, which help lower bad ‘LDL’ cholesterol and increase good ‘HDL’ cholesterol.
  • Pecans are an excellent source of Vitamin E (especially gamma tocopherol), which gives you a strong immune system & healthy skin and eyes.
  • A slice of Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Pecan Pie contains 15 net carbohydrates, which is great for diabetics or anyone who is counting carbohydrates.

Healthy Abundance from Apples

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The aroma of Hill & Valley No Sugar Added Dutch Apple or Apple Pie is a reminder that the fall season has arrived. Visiting apple orchards in the fall was a regular part of my growing up in the Midwest. One bite of Hill & Valley’s apple pie is as good as the health benefits we obtain from apples.

For some of us, fresh, warm apples are comfort food. It can also help us manage our hunger and feel more satisfied with our food. Researchers have recently discovered that people report less hunger and more food satisfaction after eating whole apples.

The polyphenols (plant nutrients) in apples function as antioxidants. In numerous studies, Apples’ strong antioxidants have the ability to lower the risk of asthma and lung cancer.

Lastly, the heart health benefits of apples are well documented in research studies, and are from apple’s unusual mix of polyphenols & their water-soluble fiber.  Total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol are both decreased through regular intake of apples. An apple a day, or perhaps apple pie, can keep the doctor away.

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.

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!

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