Health Fix – Gluten-Free Snacks You’ll Actually Crave

One of the most difficult parts of maintaining a gluten-free diet is finding delicious and satisfying snacks. Preparing snacks ahead of time can help you fight hunger and keep your diet on track. You can make a delicious, gluten-free treat with these simple snack ideas.

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Whether you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up or a healthy and satisfying gluten-free dessert alternative, homemade popsicles are a great option. Simply toss whatever fresh fruit you have around the house into your juicer and mix with a simple syrup made from two parts sugar to one part water. Add the juice to a mold to freeze, and you’ll have a healthy treat when your sweet tooth strikes.

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Packed with protein and fiber, trail mix is a great gluten-free snack to take on the go. Make your own by toasting up an assortment of Hickory Farms‘ gourmet nuts and combining them with the dried fruit of your choice. Feel free to add a little something sweet, such as chocolate chips.

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Give your nuts a delicious makeover with a Spiced Cherry Crunch Mix. Just beat an egg white until frothy and combine with sugar and spices, including cinnamon and nutmeg. Fold your nuts, dried cherries and orange zest into the mixture and bake.

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Transform your extra herbs and greens into a delicious pesto for your veggies. In a food processor, blend together an assortment of herbs and greens, such as basil, cilantro, or spinach, with a handful of nuts, a dash of cheese and some garlic. Pulse the mixture until broken down before streaming in olive oil to form a nice, thick paste.

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Warm up in the winter cold with a simple vegetable soup. Make a big pot ahead of time and freeze individual portions to eat later. Top everything with shredded cheese and serve with gluten-free bread.

 

With these simple snacks and the delicious fruits and nuts in our Hickory Farms’ Fresh from the Farm basket, you’ll satisfy your hunger with treats so delicious; you won’t even miss the gluten for a second!

Worry-Free with Gluten-Free

No cake, no pizza, and no bread. These three rules alone can send anyone into a major food rut. Unfortunately, these are just a few of the food items from a long list that you have to give up when you are diagnosed with celiac disease or if you develop an insensitivity, intolerance, or allergy to gluten.

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For some of those with these dietary restrictions, even the slightest bit of gluten can ruin a meal. But to help keep you worry-free, here are some great tips for avoiding gluten that were inspired by an article from Eating Well magazine.

 

  • Double-check any medications for gluten before taking
  • Read food labels carefully
  • Be careful not to cross-contaminate foods, containers, and utensils
  • Focus on incorporating healthy whole grains like quinoa and brown rice into your diet

Avoiding gluten can also mean avoiding the gluten-free diet blues. That’s why Hickory Farms is happy to help by making gluten-free eating easier and tastier. No need to sacrifice taste for wellness anymore! From savory sausages and creamy cheeses to gourmet nuts and refreshing fruit, Hickory Farms has plenty of food products that are delicious and gluten-free so you can enjoy worry-free.

And to keep your gluten-free diet from ever falling into a rut again, here are some great gluten-free blogs we recommend for gluten-free cooking inspiration!

 

Gluten Free Mommy

A Gluten-Free Day

Gluten-Free Goddess

No Gluten, No Problem

Book of Yum

 

Have a favorite gluten-free recipe or gluten-free blog you’d like to share? Post it in a comment below or on the Hickory Facebook page.

 

Let Hickory Farms Help You Get Healthy for National Nutrition Month

Many people make a New Year’s resolution to improve their health by eating right and exercising. But once they are back into the routine of work and family activities, it’s easy to backslide after a few months.

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why March is designated as National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month was formed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a way to make the public more aware of the importance of making informed food choices, and establishing good eating and exercise habits. National Nutrition Month couldn’t come at a more perfect time, as many people are either renewing their resolution to become healthier or are looking to get fit as we move into spring and, later, swimsuit season.

Each year, National Nutrition Month has a theme, and this year’s is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” The idea behind the theme is for individuals to create personalized healthy eating.

Fruit Salad with Fruit from Hickory Farms

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As we have shared before, Hickory Farms can help you achieve your goal of healthier eating. Our various fruit gift baskets are filled with juicy fruits like Crown Comice® Pears, apples, oranges, kiwis, and mangoes. Fruits are a wonderful source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients that are necessary for a healthy body. Add them to a salad, create healthy side dishes, or simply enjoy them as nature intended.

Fruit Gift Baskets from Hickory Farms

If you prefer a little crunch in your diet, opt for nuts! They offer a number of cardiovascular benefits and are packed with energy-boosting protein. Several of Hickory Farms gourmet food gifts include crunchy nuts.

Gourmet Nuts from Hickory Farms

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Many people are also discovering the benefits of a gluten-free diet – not just people who have gluten intolerances. Gluten-free diets can help individuals reduce the risk of health conditions like diabetes and certain forms of cancer. They also strengthen the immune system in order to keep viruses and illness-causing germs at bay. Several of Hickory Farms gourmet food products are gluten-free and are great to keep on hand for worry-free entertaining on a moment’s notice.

Hickory Farms Gourmet Meat and Cheese Spread

What steps will you take to establish healthier eating habits during National Nutrition Month? Please leave a comment below to share with us.