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Posts Tagged "Sugar Free"

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!

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.

Go ‘Red Velvet’ to Fight Heart Disease

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By wearing red during the month of February*, it is a great reminder that we must fight heart disease head on by making healthy lifestyle changes. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men, but more shockingly 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. Hill and Valley is committed to have heart healthy products for their customers. No Sugar Added Red Velvet Cupcakes & Cake are not only the right color-red-but also provide these timely benefits:
  •  No Trans Fats! Trans fats raise bad (LDL) cholesterol and lower good (HDL) cholesterol. Too much trans fats in your diet can increase your risk of developing heart disease and stroke.
  • One cupcake contains 17 grams ‘available carbohydrates’, 1 gram of sugar, and 260 calories. No other bakery cupcake can top that!
  •  One slice of cake or cupcake has 15 mg cholesterol and 200 mg or less of sodium. This fits nicely into a heart healthy eating plan.

*Go Red Campaign by the American Heart Association

 

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.
 

Mini Cupcakes pack Maximum Health Punch

If you are looking for a hassle free, mess free dessert or snack for the end of the summer pool parties, picnics, or family reunion, pick up Sugar Free Double Chocolate Mini Cupcakes by Hill & Valley. Not only are these mini cupcakes easy to pop into your mouth without getting any frosting on your fingertips --- but they are less than 15 grams carbohydrates! Other health benefits:

  • In a small Italian study, participants who ate a candy bar's worth of dark chocolate once a day for 15 days saw their potential for insulin resistance drop by nearly half. Flavonoids increase nitric oxide production, which helps control insulin sensitivity --- crucial in the fight to prevent diabetes.
  • A long-term study in Germany found that about a square of dark chocolate a day lowered blood pressure and reduced risk of heart attack and stroke by 39 percent. Most of the credit goes to flavonoids, antioxidant compounds that increase the flexibility of veins and arteries.
    • Researchers from Oxford University and Norway looked at chocolate's long-term effects on the brain by studying the diets of more than 2,000 people over age 70. They found that those who consumed flavanol-rich chocolate, wine, or tea scored significantly higher on cognitive tests than those who didn't.

Delicious Angel Food Snacks

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When it comes to seasonal food favorites, angel food cake and summer seem to belong together. At Hill & Valley, they know how special angel food cake is to their customers that they have three varieties to choose from:  Sugar Free Angel Food Cake, Sugar Free Angel Food Bar and Sugar Free Angel Food De-Lite.

Most of us know that traditional angel food cake is relatively healthy and fits into most meal plans. So what is unique about Hill & Valley products, you may ask? The angel food products at Hill & Valley are lower in total carbohydrates and calories, per serving, compared to regular traditional angel food cake due to sugar substitute ingredients.

So, instead of having just one slice of bar or cake, you could have two slices for the same amount of calories and carbohydrates one would have in a regular angel food cake. So let your sweet tooth go a little wild this summer, and enjoy H & V Angel Food Cake topped off with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped topping. The summer couldn’t get any better!

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.

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!

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