5 Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

Plump and juicy with a delicious burst of flavor, blueberries are a tasty, low-calorie treat that pack tons of health benefits into a tiny berry. You can celebrate this fantastic summer fruit during National Blueberry Month this July by enjoying some of its amazing benefits.

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Improve your immune system

Blueberries are absolutely brimming with antioxidants. In fact, they contain the highest concentration of antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable that has been tested. These amazing components neutralize free radicals in your body, giving your immune system a serious boost. The pigment in blueberries, known as anthocyanin, is responsible for both the beautiful blue color of the berries and many of the health benefits.

Maintain brain function

Blueberries aren’t only good for your body; they’re also good for your mind. As you age, you can begin to lose memory function and the ability to control your emotions. Anthocyanins can help reverse this, improving memory and brain function. One study found that participants who were given blueberry juice scored higher on a memory test than those that were not.

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Preserve eyesight

Have you noticed that you’re having a harder time seeing clearly? Blueberries may be able to help. Clinical studies have found that blueberries can slow vision loss.

Get your vitamin C

Blueberries have so much vitamin C that they contain nearly 25 percent of your recommended daily allowance of this important nutrient. Vitamin C is credited with improving everything from glaucoma to gum health to immune system function.

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Reduce your risk of heart disease

Blueberries are so amazing; they’ve even been shown to improve cardiovascular health. Studies have revealed that diets rich in blueberries have been linked to reduced cardiovascular inflammation, which lowers the chances of heart attacks or heart failure.

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To get these benefits for yourself, all you need is the blueberry-packed fruit spread from our Hickory Farms’ Farmstand Fruit Spreads gourmet fruit baskets. Whether you enjoy our blueberries in the morning on toast or after dinner on ice cream, your body will thank you.

 

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate National Parents Day

Every year, National Parents Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. In 1994, President Clinton signed this holiday into law to recognize, uplift and support every parent raising a child. While still a relatively new holiday, the custom of honoring our parents belongs to the ages. Hickory Farms has a few suggestions for making July 27 a memorable day for your family.

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  • Parents of young children know how much they adore your time and attention. Nothing delights kids more than to see you unplug your electronic devices and devote your focus on them. Making great childhood memories for them to reflect on in later years is a priceless gift only you can give.

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  • Have a spontaneous family picnic, even if it’s only in your backyard. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham is a great ingredient to add in a hardy sandwich, or just put out a spread and pair it with some of our delicious fruit and cheeses. After the feast, engage your children by asking them to say or write down three things they really appreciate about you as a parent. Then, reciprocate by letting them know three things you appreciate about them.

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  • If your parents are older, surprise them with a special gift box like our Hickory Tropical Delight from our selection of gourmet wine gifts. Make sure you stick around for a toast and some laughs as you share fond memories from your childhood.
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  • Take Mom and Dad out to dinner at their favorite family restaurant. Make a reservation at a venue you’ve all gathered at for special moments in the past. At this time, don’t let Dad pick up the check! Make sure they both realize how grateful you are for their loving direction over the years.

This year, celebrate Parents Day by spending the entire day with your family. Remember that Hickory Farms will always be here to make the occasion a real treat with our gourmet food baskets.

Easy Tips and Tricks for Perfect Grilling

A delicious, smoky flavor, and a nice char, makes everything taste a little better — especially when cooked on a grill. Whether you’re an experienced grill master or are picking up tongs for the first time, these grilling tips can help elevate the flavors of your summer menu.

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Get the perfect sear

A nice sear is the key to perfectly grilled meat. Steaks should have a good char on the outside with some pink on the inside. You can achieve this by patting off any marinade so that the steak is nice and dry. Then, simply leave your steak alone until it’s time to flip. The longer you leave the steak untouched, the more the char will develop.

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Add some flavor

A simple glaze can impart tons of flavors into a variety of meats. For a super easy glaze, try melting one of our Farmstand Fruit Spreads onto the grill or brushing on our Cranberry Mustard.

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Make your burgers nice and juicy

A great burger starts with even cooking. Because burgers tend to puff up in the middle as they cook, this can be a bit difficult. By creating a small indentation in the middle of your burger before placing on the grill, the meat will stay in better contact with the grill. Finish with some yummy condiments like our Smoked Gouda and Sweet Hot Mustard.

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Get your veggies

Grilling isn’t only great for meats; it can also make for some amazing veggies. Coat your veggies in olive oil, salt and pepper before applying directly to the grill. Add greater complexity to your sides by chopping grilled veggies and mixing them with pieces of our Farmhouse Cheddar, some pasta and a balsamic vinegar dressing.

With these simple grilling tips, along with our Hickory Farms cheeses and gourmet mustards, you can prepare a grilled feast your guests will love.