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!

 

Great Seasonal Produce for Spring Recipes

Along with sunshine and flowers, springtime also brings delicious, fresh-from-the-garden produce. With their juicy, crispy texture, fresh fruits and veggies can help take your dishes to the next level. Celebrate the return of the growing season with Hickory Farms and these fantastic ideas for spring recipes.

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As one of the very first crops of the year, asparagus is your sign that spring has truly arrived. Cheer on this milestone with a simple dish that allows the subtle flavor of asparagus to shine through. Just bake a little prosciutto until it’s nice and crispy and sauté the asparagus in olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss the two together and serve with a crisp white wine, like the Bogle Sauvignon Blanc from our Vineyards and Orchards Gift Box.

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Whether you harvest your own wild onions or pick some up at the local farmers’ market, spring onions are an important part of seasonal cuisine. Transform yours into a creamy spring onion soup by cooking down your mixed onions with fennel, salt and pepper until tender. Then, mix in wine and cream before pureeing. You can add an extra depth of flavor by melting our Peppercorn White Cheddar over the top of this dish.

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Bright, tangy and perfectly sweet, fresh local strawberries are only around for a limited time. Start your meal off right by enjoying some spring berries with a sweet and savory salad. In a large bowl, simply toss together fresh spinach, sliced berries, a handful of our Mixed Nuts and some homemade poppy seed dressing.

 

Early and late spring brings the perfect weather for fresh greens. Savor this seasonal delicacy with a wholesome and satisfying meal that works well with any green. Simply combine the greens of your choice, such as mustard, chard, or collard, with white beans, fresh tomatoes and gnocchi. Add the finishing touch with a sprinkle of our Harvest Vegetable White Cheddar Blend.

Cooking with fresh spring produce is the perfect way to brighten up your dinner table. Finish your delicious seasonal dishes with a few extra texture and flavor components such as fresh ground pepper, such as fresh ground pepper, for a true seasonal delicacy.

 

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.