5 Reasons Why Mustard is a Must for a Healthy Diet

Hickory Farms knows that leading a healthy lifestyle is important to our customers and their families. When choosing a condiment as a spread for a sandwich, mustard is the healthiest choice. Containing no high-fructose corn syrup found in ketchup, or the unhealthy fat in mayonnaise, mustard adds savory zest to burgers and ham-and-cheese sandwiches without all of the calories.

Since National Mustard Day will be celebrated on Aug.5th, we’ve highlighted some of the best health benefits of adding mustard to your diet.

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  • A tablespoon of yellow mustard has 21 mg of potassium, contributing to the recommended daily intake of 2,000 mg for adults. Potassium transmits electrical signals to the body, helps muscles contract (including the heart) and aids in digestion.
  • Mustard seeds contain magnesium and selenium, which can help fight inflammation, decrease blood pressure and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
  • Mustard seeds are a great source for the omega-3 fatty acids we need for healthy brain tissue growth. These unsaturated fats also play a role in preventing deadly heart disease.
  • One tablespoon of yellow mustard contains 16 mg of phosphorous. Healthy adults need approximately 700 mg of phosphorus a day to keep their heart and kidneys functioning well. Phosphorus also helps break down B-complex vitamins, fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
  • Mustard also contains protein, as well as fiber and vitamin C, which we all need to stay healthy.

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Keep Hickory Farms’ gourmet selection of mustard on hand for all occasions in your well-stocked pantry. You can choose our Variety 8-Pack featuring three flavors — Sweet Hot, Honey & Pineapple and Cranberry — or a 3-Pack of our Sweet Hot Mustard. Get creative and use them on sandwiches, as a glaze for ham and as dipping sauces for chicken wings. No matter the recipe, our mustard makes for a delicious addition to any meal!

Drop by a Hickory Farms store near you, or call 800.753.8558 to place your order today. Hickory Farms also offers online ordering and home delivery for our customers’ convenience.

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate National Parents Day

Every year, National Parents Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of July. In 1994, President Clinton signed this holiday into law to recognize, uplift and support every parent raising a child. While still a relatively new holiday, the custom of honoring our parents belongs to the ages. Hickory Farms has a few suggestions for making July 27 a memorable day for your family.

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  • Parents of young children know how much they adore your time and attention. Nothing delights kids more than to see you unplug your electronic devices and devote your focus on them. Making great childhood memories for them to reflect on in later years is a priceless gift only you can give.

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  • Have a spontaneous family picnic, even if it’s only in your backyard. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham is a great ingredient to add in a hardy sandwich, or just put out a spread and pair it with some of our delicious fruit and cheeses. After the feast, engage your children by asking them to say or write down three things they really appreciate about you as a parent. Then, reciprocate by letting them know three things you appreciate about them.

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  • If your parents are older, surprise them with a special gift box like our Hickory Tropical Delight from our selection of gourmet wine gifts. Make sure you stick around for a toast and some laughs as you share fond memories from your childhood.
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  • Take Mom and Dad out to dinner at their favorite family restaurant. Make a reservation at a venue you’ve all gathered at for special moments in the past. At this time, don’t let Dad pick up the check! Make sure they both realize how grateful you are for their loving direction over the years.

This year, celebrate Parents Day by spending the entire day with your family. Remember that Hickory Farms will always be here to make the occasion a real treat with our gourmet food baskets.

Serve Up a Mouth-Watering Pecan Pie – 3 Different Ways!

Although pecans are great when tossed into salads, mixed into trail mix and crusted on chicken – they always seem to taste better when baked into a mouth-watering pie. Since Pecan Pie Day is coming up on July 12, now’s the perfect time to bake your very own pie! Invite your friends over for a tasty celebration and prepare a classic version of this decadent treat, or put a fun twist on the traditional recipe with our Hickory Farms mixed nuts.

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The Classic

For pecan pie purists, go with the traditional, old-fashioned southern recipe. Start by preparing basic pie dough and forming it into a round pie pan. Crimp the edges of the dough for a nice, clean presentation. Then, place the dough into the refrigerator and allow it to firm up.

Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, melt butter before whisking in some brown sugar until the mixture is smooth. Then, add corn syrup, vanilla, a little salt and a pinch of orange zest. In a separate bowl, mix three beaten eggs into the butter mixture. Finally, add your pecans to the crust, top with the rest of the ingredients and then bake.

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Pecan Cheesecake Pie

If you’re looking for a texturally-rich treat, try combining smooth, creamy cheesecake with the crunch of pecans. After preparing your pie crust, mix together cream cheese, an egg, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour the mixture into your crust and top with chopped nuts. For a nice, crispy topping, pour a mixture of corn syrup, egg, vanilla and sugar over the top before baking.

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Chocolate-Bourbon Pecan Pie

Chocolate lovers will adore this rich and decadent pie that only requires moments to make. Prepare the pie following the classic recipe, but mix a heaping handful of chocolate morsels in with the pecans. Then, add a few splashes of bourbon to the corn syrup mixture before baking the pie.

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With these delectable pecan pie recipes made with nuts from Hickory Farms’ Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin, Pecan Pie Day might become your new favorite holiday.