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 …
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6 Basic Elements of Food and Wine Pairings

 
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      Many people love enjoying a glass of wine at dinner. However, they might not know how to successfully pair their meals with the perfect drink. Here are a couple tips you can follow for a fabulous (and doubly delicious!) wining and dining experience. In general, there are six separate food elements that interplay with wine. 1. Fat Element There’s fat in dairy products as well as in meats and sausages. Because wine is produced without fat, a balance must be found with the wine’s acidity. The tannins in a robust red will cut the fat’s heaviness, or you can complement its essential richness with the wine. 2. Acid Element Wines have acidity, as do foods like fruit, particularly citrus. The right level of acid gives a wine its signature zing. Select wines with enough acidity to stand up to a specific dish to amp up your wine’s unique verve. 3. Salt Element If you’re serving salty snacks, like nuts or an array of cheeses, you might be surprised that the best wine choice is a sweet Sauternes. Sparkling wines are also perfect palate cleansers with salty foods. 4. Sweetness Element Some people might think that sweet wines pair well with sweet foods, but that’s not necessarily the case. While cured …
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Plan a Stress-Free Family Reunion Picnic

 
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        Summer is a great time to plan a festive family reunion and a fun picnic where everyone can enjoy a whole lot of mingling and reminiscing. Hickory Farms has put together a few suggestions for making your family reunion a stress-free and fun occasion for all. Location, location, location. Choose a spot everyone will enjoy spending time at, such as a state park, nearby lake or beach with covered areas for meals, picnic tables and a grill. If most of your family members live nearby, your local park may be the best option. As family members arrive, give them each a gift bag. Include an itinerary of the day’s events, along with a sheet with everybody’s contact information, including email, snail mail addresses and phone numbers. This will help family members stay in touch throughout the year. It’s also a nice idea to include a commemorative T-shirt, beach towel or drink koozie printed with the date and name of your family’s reunion. Each family member can bring their own dish, but as this is a day-long event, you want to make sure there are a couple snacks for hungry kids. Luckily, Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced Honey Gold Ham is a picnic-perfect solution for hungry family members and can also double up as your …
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