5 Reasons Why Mustard is a Must for a Healthy Diet

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Hickory Farms knows that leading a healthy lifestyle is important to our customers and their families. When choosing a condiment as a spread for a sandwich, mustard is the healthiest choice. Containing no high-fructose corn syrup found in ketchup, or the unhealthy fat in mayonnaise, mustard adds savory zest to burgers and ham-and-cheese sandwiches without all of the calories. Since National Mustard Day will be celebrated on Aug.5th, we’ve highlighted some of the best health benefits of adding mustard to your diet. A tablespoon of yellow mustard has 21 mg of potassium, contributing to the recommended daily intake of 2,000 mg for adults. Potassium transmits electrical signals to the body, helps muscles contract (including the heart) and aids in digestion. Mustard seeds contain magnesium and selenium, which can help fight inflammation, decrease blood pressure and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. Mustard seeds are a great source for the omega-3 fatty acids we need for healthy brain tissue growth. These unsaturated fats also play a role in preventing deadly heart disease. One tablespoon of yellow mustard contains 16 mg of phosphorous. Healthy adults need approximately 700 mg of phosphorus a day to keep their heart and kidneys functioning …
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Featured Basket: Vintner’s Savory Selection

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Any time you pair a fruity wine with flavorful cheeses, a fabulous party is sure to be just around the corner. To create a truly dynamic palette, all you need is a little sausage on the side. To enjoy all of these delicacies in one gourmet food basket, check out Hickory Farms’ Vintner’s Savory Selection. What you get If you enjoy bright, vibrant flavors, this basket is the perfect choice for your summer party. Our Vintner’s Savory Selection offers a pair of creamy cheeses. If you prefer things on the spicy side, you’ll love our Jalapeno and Cheddar Blend. For guests who crave bold, smoky flavors, our Smoked Cheddar is sure to become their new favorite snack! For the perfect accompaniment to your cheeses, slice up some of our Beef Summer Sausage. As the Gold Medal Award Winner at the American Masters of Taste competition, this delicious sausage combines natural smoky flavor with the highest-quality sausage. For even more complexity, top your sausage with a little bit of our Farmstand Recipe Sweet Hot Mustard, which adds the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. This fantastic basket is elegantly finished with a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lucinda & Millie. With a fruit-forward finish, this Cabernet will bring …
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5 Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

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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. 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. Preserve eyesight Have you noticed that you’re having a harder time seeing clearly? Blueberries may be able to help. Clinical studies have found …
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