Quick & Nutritious Breakfast Ideas


We all have those harried mornings when everyone is rushing out the door with no time for a sit-down family breakfast. However, that doesn’t mean nutrition has to be left on the back burner. Hickory Farms makes six different flavors of Farmstand Fruit Spreads – Red Raspberry, Cherry, Wild Blueberry, Blackberry, Apricot and Strawberry. You can quickly spread these delicious flavors on some toast, biscuits or a bagel for your busy family members to enjoy as they head out for the day.

Check out some other quick and easy breakfast ideas below for mornings when time is short.

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Keep it Light

You can’t go wrong with fruit and cheese. Apple slices go particularly well with sharp cheddar. Toss in some walnuts for protein and you’ll have a well-balanced meal. Hickory Farms stocks a full selection of fruits, cheeses and nuts in gourmet gift boxes at varying prices.

Make your own granola using our Dried Fruit Collection, with its assortment of white and yellow peaches, plums, mangoes, almonds and other fruits. Fill a small container or baggie to snack on when your energy flags during the afternoon slump.

You can also make nutritious breakfast smoothies with any combination of fruit, fat-free plain yogurt, a dash of skim or soy milk, honey and ice. Just puree in a blender for a delicious option when time is at a premium, but you need a healthy start to your morning.

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Quick & Hearty

Huevos Rancheros, made with slices of hard-boiled egg, cheese and Hickory Farms Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham tucked into a tortilla, is a hearty, tasty beginning on a cold winter morning. It’s a perfect choice when eating on the run.

No matter the season, Hickory Farms is fully stocked year round with gourmet delights and gift baskets designed for every gift-giving occasion, along with staples to keep your own pantry full.

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New Year, New You – Healthy Eating Resolutions

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The New Year is a great opportunity to determine what changes you’d like to make to start 2014 with your best foot forward. One of the most common resolutions is to start eating better. Begin working toward the new you this New Year with these simple healthy eating tips.

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One of the keys to healthy eating is foresight and preparation. If you’re hungry and only find processed foods and calorie-laden snacks in your cupboard, them it’s time to make a change. Avoid tempting yourself by purging your cabinets of unhealthy foods and stocking up on wholesome treats like our delicious Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

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Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Skipping your morning meal can slow down your metabolism and can lead to bad food choices later on. Enjoy an easy high-fiber, protein rich breakfast by adding a choppedFuji apple and a handful of Berry Bounty Nut Mix from our Fruitful Gift Box to a bowl of Greek yogurt.

Eating the same healthy food day after day can quickly become boring. Avoid this pitfall by introducing a wide variety of fresh fruits, such as apples, oranges and pears into your diet.


Also, don’t forget that it’s OK to not be perfect all of the time. When you have a craving for something sweet, don’t stress out. It’s alright to occasionally treat yourself, in moderation. Keep a Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box on hand for infrequent nibbling. Then, take a deep breathe, relax and get back on track for your next meal.

Exercise is another key to great health. Spend at least 30 minutes each day doing some sort of physical activity, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block.


With these simple tips and our healthy and delicious baskets from Hickory Farms’ Fruits and Nuts collection, you can make 2014 the year you truly embrace a well-balanced, wholesome diet.

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!