Light Apple Recipes for a Healthier Breakfast

 

Spring is almost here, and many of us are doubling down on our fitness routines and low calorie diets in anticipation of showing a little more skin after a long and dreary winter. But you don’t have to deprive yourself to get fit — you can eat well and still eat lightly and healthfully. Hickory Farms has found a few recipes using delicious apples from our Fruitful Gift Box that are both delicious and full of nutrition.

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This fresh apple salsa recipe calls for our Fuji apples, onions, bell pepper and seasoning, and is wonderful alongside a pork roast or roasted chicken. It’s simple to make and can serve up to 12 family members and guests.

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These brie, apple and arugula quesadillas may quickly become a family favorite. Just spread slicedFuji apples over a layer of brie on a quesadilla, spread with mustard, then top with arugula and grill in a skillet until golden brown. The smooth texture of the cheese blends wonderfully with the sharp crispness of the apples, making these a stand-out selection for brunches and get-togethers year round.

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Make some healthy lunch choices with curried chicken salad with apples and raisins. Eaten as a sandwich on whole wheat bread or spread across some whole grain crackers, this is a healthy alternative to many lunch options. Make sure you use skinless chicken to keep this dish as nutritious as possible.

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Cut back on your carb intake with this open-faced turkey sandwich with apple and Havarti. The tang of the Havarti is a sharp counterpoint to the sweet apples and spicy arugula. You can save even more calories by modifying this recipe and using low-calorie bread in place of the heartier, homemade version.

Hickory Farms offers many selections of fruit boxes, so you can indulge healthfully all year long. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order or order online 24 hours a day.

 

Great Seasonal Produce for Spring Recipes

Along with sunshine and flowers, springtime also brings delicious, fresh-from-the-garden produce. With their juicy, crispy texture, fresh fruits and veggies can help take your dishes to the next level. Celebrate the return of the growing season with Hickory Farms and these fantastic ideas for spring recipes.

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As one of the very first crops of the year, asparagus is your sign that spring has truly arrived. Cheer on this milestone with a simple dish that allows the subtle flavor of asparagus to shine through. Just bake a little prosciutto until it’s nice and crispy and sauté the asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the two together and serve with a crisp white wine, like the Bogle Sauvignon Blanc from our Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box.

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Whether you harvest your own wild onions or pick some up at the local farmers’ market, spring onions are an important part of seasonal cuisine. Transform yours into a creamy spring onion soup by cooking down your mixed onions with fennel, salt and pepper until tender. Then, mix in wine and cream before pureeing. You can add an extra depth of flavor by melting our Peppercorn White Cheddar over the top of this dish.

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Bright, tangy and perfectly sweet, fresh local strawberries are only around for a limited time. Start your meal off right by enjoying some spring berries with a sweet and savory salad. In a large bowl, simply toss together fresh spinach, sliced berries, a handful of our Mixed Nuts and some homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Early and late spring brings the perfect weather for fresh greens. Savor this seasonal delicacy with a wholesome and satisfying meal that works well with any green. Simply combine the greens of your choice, such as mustard, chard, or collard, with white beans, fresh tomatoes and gnocchi. Add the finishing touch with a sprinkle of our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend.

Cooking with fresh spring produce is the perfect way to brighten up your dinner table. Finish your delicious seasonal dishes with a few extra texture and flavor components such as fresh ground pepper, such as fresh ground pepper, for a true seasonal delicacy.

 

March is National Peanut Month!

March is National Peanut Month, and here at Hickory Farms, we like to promote the health benefits of a wholesome diet supplemented by tasty nuts. Here are some of our favorite “health nut” facts that may surprise you.

 

Weight Control

A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that those choosing to add nuts to their daily diet don’t have to limit their consumption of tasty snacks in order to drop pounds and lose inches. Nuts are satisfying to eat and are nutritionally dense and high in fiber. As a result, your body metabolizes them slowly, making you feel fuller, longer.

 

Heart Healthy Foods

Eating nuts is also a great way to promote cardiovascular health. Research conducted at Harvard indicates that healthy men and those recovering from heart attack both benefit from eating peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts. Additionally, your immune system gets a welcome boost from high levels of magnesium and vitamins B and E if you eat almonds while experiencing stress.

 

Cancer Preventative

The American Association for Cancer Research has found that vitamin E in pistachios can be a cancer preventative. Vitamin E also prevents cognitive decline in senior citizens. High levels of folate in peanuts can also improve overall neural health, an important component in staving off dementia.

Peanuts – a Good Source of Antioxidants

Many people are surprised to learn that peanuts contain at least as many antioxidants as strawberries and blackberries, and far more than beets, carrots and apples. Peanuts are also a source of resveratrol, another antioxidant that helps us battle heart disease, cancer, degenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and even some fungal and viral infections.

 

Introduce some healthy alternatives to your family’s snacking this spring. Hickory Farms Sweet & Salty Nut Sampler is packed with savory salted cashews and mixed nuts, along with chocolate-covered peanuts, butter toffee and honey roasted peanuts and cranberry and sesame nut mix.

To place your order, call 800.753.8558, or order online at www.hickoryfarms.com 24 hours a day.