Healthy Snacks to Eat Before Working Out

Eating a delicious pre-workout snack is the best way to give your body the fuel it needs to get through a vigorous exercise routine. Choosing snacks with the right balance of protein, carbohydrates and just a tiny bit of sugar can make a huge difference. Prepare to burn some serious calories with these great-tasting snack ideas.

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Fruit smoothies give you a burst of energy without making you feel heavy. Plus, because they’re relatively high in carbohydrates, fruits break down quickly, providing you with instant energy. To make your smoothie, blend together yogurt, Comice pears from one of our gourmet fruit baskets, a cup of the fruit juice of your choice and a handful of ice.

 

Carbohydrates come in two varieties — simple and complex. While simple carbs give you quick energy, complex carbs help maintain your energy long-term. Get the best of both worlds by topping a whole-wheat bagel, with its complex carbs, with simple carbs from our Farmstead Fruit Spreads.

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If you aren’t going to be able to eat directly before your workout, try starting your day with a bowl of oatmeal. This energy-packed breakfast staple can keep you full and energized for hours. For an even greater energy boost, top your oats with a few of our Hickory Farms mixed nuts and a couple berries.

You can’t go wrong with a simple cheese sandwich. This easy-to-prepare snack is gentle on your stomach and gives you plenty of slow-releasing carbs. Choose multi-grain bread and top it with one of our delicious cheeses, such as Hickory Farms‘ Farmhouse Cheddar.

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Greek yogurt has less sugar than traditional yogurt and provides you with a fantastic boost. Throw in a few Hickory Farms mixed nuts or a bit of trail mix to add texture.

 

With these simple snack ideas, you can bring your workout to the next level. Whether eaten alone for a simple, energy-packed snack or mixed with grains and yogurt, our Variety Snack Mix, featuring four different types of mixed nuts and trail mixes, will give your fitness the boost you need.

 

Quick Recipes to Celebrate National Pecan Month

April is officially National Pecan Month, and Hickory Farms is excited to share some interesting facts about this delicious nut — and, of course — a few yummy pecan treats you can whip up in celebration.

 

Before you start baking, refresh your pecan knowledge with these fun facts:

 

  • Pecans are super healthy for you. Not only do pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals.
  • Since theU.S.produces more than 80 percent of the world’s pecans, this nut is truly an American food.
  • When choosing your pecans, you have options. This nut ranges in size from mammoth to midget. There are more than 1,000 unique varieties.
  • Every day, shellers process more than 150,000 pounds of pecans. This is enough to make 300,000 delicious pies!

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Now that you know the facts, it’s time to put your pecans to use with some decadent dishes, starting with a Pecan-Chutney Cheese Spread. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, curry powder, dry mustard and mango chutney. Then, mix in chopped pecans, green onion and toasted coconut. Afterwards, serve with crackers and assorted fruits.

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What could be better than combining bacon and pecans? Enjoy this delicious combination with a fun twist on Bacon-Wrapped Figs. Start by stirring a handful of basil into a log of goat cheese. Then, cut figs in half and top with a scoop of cheese and a piece of pecan. Finally, wrap with a slice of bacon and bake.

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For a little something sweet, try an Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler. Simply cook down the apples with butter and corn syrup. Then, divide the apple mixture into individual ramekins. Finish by topping with muffin mix, chopped pecans and baking until golden brown.

With these simple recipes and some fun facts, you’ll be celebrating National Pecan Month with flavor and flair. You can enjoy our delicious pecans with other fine nuts, including almonds and cashews, by grabbing Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin today. Visit www.hickoryfarms.com for more information about our delectable treats.

March is National Peanut Month!

March is National Peanut Month, and here at Hickory Farms, we like to promote the health benefits of a wholesome diet supplemented by tasty nuts. Here are some of our favorite “health nut” facts that may surprise you.

 

Weight Control

A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that those choosing to add nuts to their daily diet don’t have to limit their consumption of tasty snacks in order to drop pounds and lose inches. Nuts are satisfying to eat and are nutritionally dense and high in fiber. As a result, your body metabolizes them slowly, making you feel fuller, longer.

 

Heart Healthy Foods

Eating nuts is also a great way to promote cardiovascular health. Research conducted at Harvard indicates that healthy men and those recovering from heart attack both benefit from eating peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds and Brazil nuts. Additionally, your immune system gets a welcome boost from high levels of magnesium and vitamins B and E if you eat almonds while experiencing stress.

 

Cancer Preventative

The American Association for Cancer Research has found that vitamin E in pistachios can be a cancer preventative. Vitamin E also prevents cognitive decline in senior citizens. High levels of folate in peanuts can also improve overall neural health, an important component in staving off dementia.

Peanuts – a Good Source of Antioxidants

Many people are surprised to learn that peanuts contain at least as many antioxidants as strawberries and blackberries, and far more than beets, carrots and apples. Peanuts are also a source of resveratrol, another antioxidant that helps us battle heart disease, cancer, degenerative diseases, Alzheimer’s and even some fungal and viral infections.

 

Introduce some healthy alternatives to your family’s snacking this spring. Hickory Farms Sweet & Salty Nut Sampler is packed with savory salted cashews and mixed nuts, along with chocolate-covered peanuts, butter toffee and honey roasted peanuts and cranberry and sesame nut mix.

To place your order, call 800.753.8558, or order online at www.hickoryfarms.com 24 hours a day.