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.

 

Corporate Gifting for the Holidays: Start Planning Now!

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Savor the Season Gift Box from Hickory Farms

Fall is firmly upon us which means the holidays are quickly approaching so start planning your gourmet corporate gifts for the holiday season.

Giving corporate holiday gifts to clients and customers has many benefits, the most obvious being a stronger relationship with the client. Giving a gift shows that you value their business.

Corporate gift giving also allows you to further emphasize your brand. That does not mean showering clients with logo-bedecked items, but rather driving home your core message. Simple, high-end gifts like wine gift baskets and cheese baskets associate your company with quality and is sure to be enjoyed by the recipient.

While many businesses have eliminated corporate gifts due to the down economy, showing your appreciation for clients through corporate gift baskets illustrates that your company is going strong.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when selecting corporate gift baskets for Christmas for clients or colleagues:

 

  • Don’t focus too much on your logo or branding. If every item is covered in branding, the gift seems like a marketing ploy rather than a sincere “Thank you.”
  • If your budget doesn’t allow for individual gifts for every employee or contact at the company, gourmet corporate gift baskets are the way to go. Not only are gift baskets easy to send, but they are also easily shared in the office and can include something for everyone.
  • When choosing corporate gifts, it’s important to work with a professional. A knowledgeable account representative can advise you on the best gifts and assist you with the entire process, even tracking each delivery.
  • Gourmet fruit selections are an elegant choice, as are wine and cheese baskets. Gift baskets filled with gourmet sausages, cheeses, mustards, and crackers are also a great treat for an office, where they may just cause an impromptu holiday party!
  • Keep in mind any dietary restrictions or food allergies your gift recipient may have. Our consultants can help you find the perfect gift for any client because we carry a variety of gluten-free and diabetic-friendly gourmet foods.

 

If you are searching for a great option in corporate food gifts, check out our selection of business gifts and corporate gifting services. Our gourmet corporate gift consultants can assist you with choosing great gifts that fit your budget, and you can even send us your gift-giving list for a stress-free holiday solution.
What are your favorite corporate gifts that you’ve received throughout the years?

Host a Happy, Healthy Halloween Party for Everyone!

From fresh fruit baskets to gluten-free treats and more, plan the perfect Halloween party by creating options for guests with dietary restrictions.

Having dietary restrictions can be a challenge any time of year, but it can really take the fun out of the holidays. Whether you have special dietary needs or you have a child, friend or neighbor who does, consider throwing a Halloween party that provides treats everyone can enjoy!

Throwing your own party ensures that you get to enjoy the festivities without worrying about any hidden dangers on the menu. Using Hickory Farms gourmet food gifts is a great way to cut down on your preparation time without sacrificing flavor, but you’ll also be glad to know that many of our items are gluten free and diabetic friendly.

These days, there are so many ideas for gluten-free meals, including seasonal serving ideas that kids and adults alike will love. The Tarantula Tacos and Chili-Filled Coffins from Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom are both cute and creepy, not to mention delicious! Consider dressing up your chili with our Beef Summer Sausage and some gourmet cheese, like the Smoked Cheddar Blend from our Savory Cheese Collection.

Tacos with gourmet meats from Hickory Farms

Gluten-free dish ideas from Hickory Farms.

Other gluten-free options include Frankenstein Baked Peppers and Scary Eyeballs.

Gluten-free dish ideas from Hickory Farms

Gluten-free Halloween eye balls from Hickory Farms

Halloween is also a challenging time of year for people with diabetes, but there are lots of diabetic-friendly Halloween foods you can include at your celebration. Diabetic Friendly Halloween Tips has some great advice on keeping the holiday fun and healthy for everyone.

One suggestion is to steer clear of sugary treats in favor of savory delights like gourmet nuts.  This Vampire Bite nut mix is a bold way to welcome guests, but you could also serve one of our nut gift baskets for a no-fuss party solution.

Entice partygoers with a platter of gourmet meats and cheeses or even a festive holiday cheese ball. You can create a spooky spider cheese ball using bell pepper slices, olives and some black sesame seeds.

Holiday cheese ball from Hickory Farms

The trick to great entertaining with dietary restrictions or food allergies is to keep an open mind and be creative. How can you serve or display a food to fit the Halloween theme?

Do you have any ideas for creating an inclusive Halloween party that everyone will enjoy? Share your experiences entertaining for Halloween with dietary restrictions in the comments section below!