Get Healthy During National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

With so much fresh produce finally in season, it’s fitting that June should be National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Crisp veggies are not only delicious, but they’re also fantastic for your health. They provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals, which may help reduce your risk of disease. You can take part in this health initiative by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet and by following a few of the healthy eating tips below.

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  • If you love exploring new things, one of the simplest ways to encourage yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables is to pick out something out of the ordinary. Peruse farmers’ markets, produce aisles and fruit stands for unfamiliar fruits and veggies.You can also enjoy cooking different recipes and experimenting with flavors.
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  • Sneak extra fruits and veggies into your breakfast and lunch. Throw a chopped banana or sliced strawberries into your cereal, or stuff your turkey sandwich with extra veggies, such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and avocado.
  • Keeping fruits and vegetables easily visible will help encourage you to reach for them when you’re hungry. Place a bowl of apples, oranges and pears on the table for a beautiful display that can also double up as a quick and healthy snack.
  • Rethink your meal planning strategy. Rather than choosing your protein and then your side dishes, start by thinking about which veggies you’re going to incorporate into your meal and plan the entree from there.
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  • Choose fruit for dessert. Top berries with a spoonful of whipped cream for an easy sweet treat that still provides you with tons of nutrients.

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With these simple tips, you can celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month by effortlessly adding more fresh produce into your meal. For a great starting point, order one of our gourmet fruit baskets from Hickory Farms. With a colorful variety of fresh fruits, these baskets are a convenient way to eat better and get healthier. Who knows, you might even start celebrating this delicious month more often!

Easy Tricks to Make a Delicious Fruit Salad

A great way to get fit for spring is to eat healthfully. A healthy diet can still be delicious, especially if you include a lot of great tasting and good-for-you fruits. Hickory Farms has found a few tips to help you create some delectable fruit salads your whole family can enjoy this season.

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When possible, buy fruit in season from local vendors to ensure its freshness. Spring is a good time to buy fresh strawberries, so make sure you pick up a pint or two to add their juicy sweetness to your fruit salad.

Select fruits with the same degree of ripeness so their texture is similar. Overripe fruit doesn’t hold its integrity in a fruit salad and can make it mushy. Fruit that hasn’t ripened enough can be too tart and hard to chew.

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The most visibly appealing fruit salads have vibrantly colored fruits for extra contrast. Think bright pink watermelon, purple grapes, dark red cherries mingling with fresh blueberries, bright green slices of kiwi and juicy peaches.

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Take the time to remove seeds and pits from your fruity bites, and consider skinning your fruits as well. It’s also a good idea to keep the bites uniform in size, so it’s easier to eat. Try to use the same amount of each fruit while making the salad so everybody gets a little of each.

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When all the fruit is mixed together, pump up the volume a bit by spritzing the whole bowl with lemon or lime juice. Not only does it jazz up the flavor but the citrus juice keeps the fruit from discoloring in the refrigerator.

 

Hickory Farms Fresh Fruit Trio Gift Box is full of three essential must-haves for any fruit salad – mouthwatering Mandarin oranges, luscious Comice pears and sweet and juicy Fuji apples.

No matter the season, when you order from Hickory Farms, you’ll always get the freshest high-quality ingredients available anywhere. Call 800.753.8558 and place your order today for a speedy home delivery.

 

Fun Spring Basket Ideas for Kids

 

Filled with candy, toys and special surprises, kids always look forward to receiving their spring baskets. Choosing a theme is a great way to make each basket reflect your child’s unique interests. Grab a couple brightly colored baskets, some tinsel or tissue paper, and make this year’s spring baskets even more special with some fun ideas.

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  • For the budding artist, fill a basket with items that will inspire your children and bring out their creativity. Great options for an artistic basket include sidewalk chalk, finger paints, crayons, markers, coloring books and sketch pads.
  • If you have a little fashionista, create a basket brimming with things for playing dress up. Add some sunglasses, nail polish, costume jewelry and hair accessories for a truly stylish basket.
  • Sports fans will love a basket with football, baseball and basketball-themed treats. Load each basket with sports cards, ball caps and foam balls. If your little ones also play sports, consider adding small pieces of sports equipment, such as shin guards or batting gloves.
  • Dollar stores and bargain bins are full of toys that can be combined for a fun and affordable basket. Choose miniature books, bouncy balls, modeling clay, silly putty, or any other little toys you can find.
  • For a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your older children, consider filling their spring basket with fun activities rather than toys and treats. Stuff a basket with vouchers for the movie theater or admission tickets for local museums or zoos. Another great alternative is movie night in a basket. Simply fill a basket with a movie or two, a box of microwaveable popcorn and a bag of your teen’s favorite candy.

 

Once you have your kid’s baskets prepared, make sure to get a spring basket treat for yourself. With Hickory Farms gift baskets, such as our Bountiful Tastings or Hickory Tropical Delight, you can treat yourself to an adult twist on the traditional spring basket that includes fresh fruits, yummy cookies, decadent cheeses and other delicious treats that are perfect for a spring feast. Your kids will love it too!