Get Healthy During National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

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With so much fresh produce finally in season, it’s fitting that June should be National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Crisp veggies are not only delicious, but they’re also fantastic for your health. They provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals, which may help reduce your risk of disease. You can take part in this health initiative by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet and by following a few of the healthy eating tips below. If you love exploring new things, one of the simplest ways to encourage yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables is to pick out something out of the ordinary. Peruse farmers’ markets, produce aisles and fruit stands for unfamiliar fruits and veggies.You can also enjoy cooking different recipes and experimenting with flavors. Sneak extra fruits and veggies into your breakfast and lunch. Throw a chopped banana or sliced strawberries into your cereal, or stuff your turkey sandwich with extra veggies, such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and avocado. Keeping fruits and vegetables easily visible will help encourage you to reach for them when you’re hungry. Place a bowl of apples, oranges and pears on the table for a beautiful display that …
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A Guide to Red and White Wine Pairings

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Planning a party can be a fun experience. From selecting menu options and decorating your home to compiling the perfect playlist, the list of things to do goes on and on. But even experienced party planners can become stymied when trying to choose which wines go best with which foods.  However, Hickory Farms can make your choice a little easier when you’re planning your next soirée. Keep in mind there are no hard and fast rules, merely suggestions for the optimum taste experience. Some wine pairings work because of their similarities to the dish; others succeed because they make an interesting contrast. Other factors to consider are whether you’re serving lighter fare, which generally calls for a light white wine as opposed to a heavy-bodied red. The most basic wine rule has always been serve reds with red meats and whites with chicken and pork. This is because the fats and proteins in red meat mellow the tannins inherent in red wine. One interesting contrast you might consider recreating is the heat of a chili-infused or spicy Cajun main course offset by a sweet Reisling or Italian Moscato. Below are a few other suggestions that stand the test of time. Champagne tends to go best with …
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Indulge in Delicious Gluten-Free Items from Hickory Farms

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Switching to a gluten-free diet can result in a number of health benefits, including improved digestion, reduced inflammation and higher energy levels. However, gluten-free diets can sometimes feel restrictive and bland. Luckily, with Hickory Farms’ delicious gluten-free products, you can enjoy the associated health benefits of a gluten-free diet, as well as a burst of bold flavor. So, jazz up your diet today with our deliciously scrumptious gluten-free items available in a variety of categories.   Meats When it comes to summer sausage, you really can’t go wrong with our original Signature Beef Sausage. Featuring a mildly sweet and smoky flavor with no fillers, gluten-free has never tasted so delicious! If you’re looking for a yummy, gluten-free entree for a family gathering, you’ll love our Honey Gold Spiral Sliced Ham. Cured with natural juices, this ham is the perfect sweet and savory dish to round out any meal.   Cheeses Your gluten-free diet can include a variety of delicious cheese options. For a flavor packed treat, slice up our Jalapeno Cheddar Blend or Parmesan Herb Cheese  – they pair well with fresh fruits and vegetables.   Sauces With our bold selection of sauces, you can add an extra layer of flavor …
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