Gluten-Free Cheese Spreads Make for Healthy Snacks

Hickory Farms specializes in producing quality snacks that taste great and are also healthy for busy families on the go. Our line of gluten-free products can easily complement any special diet with a punch of bold flavors. Below are some great-tasting gluten-free recipe ideas you can make at your next family gathering, or when you’re rushing out the door.

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  • You can make a plate of low-fat quesadillas with your choice of meat, including chicken, ground beef or steak. You can even use our Garden Vegetable Spread to give them an extra burst of flavor.
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  • Use some of our delicious Bacon and Green Onion Cheese Spread as a base for a savory cheese ball. These fun-size snacks are perfect for any summer gathering and are super simple to make. Served with some Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, it’s sure to be an instant hit.
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  • Make a Mediterranean feast by whipping up a Pepperoni Pizza Spread using all your favorite pizza ingredients like pepperoni, olives, peppers, mushrooms and onions. Blend everything together with a Garlic Mozzarella Spread. This scrumptious spread tastes great on warm crusty Italian bread, bread sticks or crackers, making it a hearty appetizer or an impressive side dish.
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  • Another Italian staple is Stringy Garlic Bread. Just spread some Garlic Mozzarella Spread on French or Italian Bread, and pop it into the oven until it’s golden brown. This dish tastes great as a stand alone side and also pairs wonderfully with some marinara sauce.

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We know our customers lead busy lives, so we try to make your shopping experience as smooth as possible. We even make eating healthy an easy task with our delicious ingredients. Our gluten-free spreads come in a variety of flavors, including Bacon and Green Onion, Garlic and Mozzarella and Garden Vegetable.

Just pick up the phone and call 800.753.8558, or browse our website for 24-hour ordering ease. You can also use our handy store locator to find a location near you.

5-Minute Snacks for the Entire Family

When it comes to delicious snacks, Hickory Farms knows you’re committed to providing healthy fare the whole family will enjoy. But modern life can be a bit chaotic with family members always on the go, so we’ve found some five-minute snack recipes that are not only delicious, but nutritious as well.

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What could be sweeter and simpler than a Chocolate Banana. A half banana topped with low-fat vanilla yogurt and drizzled with melted chocolate is as satisfying as a banana split, and at only 117 calories, this scrumptious treat is just a fraction of the calories.

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These Quick Fix Nachos will turn a frown upside down fast and are so simple to make, kids will have as much fun making them as they will eating them. All you need are round corn tortilla chips and some shredded cheddar and salsa on top. Simply melt this dish in the toaster oven. If you want to pump up the protein a bit, just add a layer of refried beans.

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Toddlers and preschoolers will love eating cheese if it’s pressed into fun shapes like stars and hearts. This also works well with fruits like melon and pineapple. Pick up some small cookie cutters in basic shapes and watch their eyes light up at snack time.

Throw together some Quick Kebabs the kids can eat in the car with little mess on the way to after-school soccer practice or dance lessons. Any cubed fruit will work, but for something extra tasty, add whole grapes, figs or dried apricots, along with cubes of cheddar, chicken, turkey or some of Hickory Farms award-winning Summer Sausage.

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Add some zip to a batch of popcorn with a few shakes of lemon pepper and some freshly grated Parmesan. This treat is perfect for movie night snacking!

 

Hickory Farms has oodles of goodness tucked into each fruit and cheese basket, so your family is always prepared for healthy snacking. And with online ordering just a click away, anytime is shopping time for our home-delivered gift baskets.

 

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.