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.

 

Celebrate National Pistachio Day with Hickory Farms!

We love to celebrate at Hickory Farms, and we’re currently gearing up for National Pistachio Day on Feb. 26. This day is dedicated to celebrating a great-tasting and healthy nut! It originated in the Middle East, and has become a favorite of many Americans. People living Middle East call them “smiling nuts” for the way the hull splits open and looks like a grin when they’re ripe.

You’re sure to see grins on the faces of your family members if you make any one of the three pistachio recipes we’ve collected below. Try one or all of them to see which is your family’s favorite!

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Pistachio Shortbread is a tasty treat you can make to brighten up a wintry day. Simply add pureed pistachios to basic shortbread ingredients like flour, vanilla, sugar, salt and butter. Afterwards, just bake! After cooling, serve with or without a dollop of fruity jam on top. Mmm mmm good! And at only 70 calories a serving, it’s good for your waistline too.

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Make some Chicken Salad with Grains and Pistachios for a twist on a classic dish. Shred the meat from broiled chicken breasts and toss with cooked grains like quinoa, barley, farro or rice, along with some savory garden herbs. Add a few shallots and some chopped up pistachios, and then top with light vinaigrette. You can also grill the chicken breasts, but remember to remove the skin to keep it healthy.

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This Poached Pear Tart with Caramelized Pistachios is a decadent treat you can make by poaching pears from our Hickory Farms Crown Comice Pear Gift Basket with a fruity red wine like Zinfandel and some orange and lemon zest. Add pistachios to a pastry cream mix, then add more nuts, sugar and water over high heat to make a caramel syrup to pour over your crust. Delicious!

 

All of our recipes can be made with pistachios from Hickory Farms Grand Nut Party Assortment Gift Tin. Call 1.800.753.8558 or visit www.hickoryfarms.com to place your order today!

New Year, New You – Healthy Eating Resolutions

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The New Year is a great opportunity to determine what changes you’d like to make to start 2014 with your best foot forward. One of the most common resolutions is to start eating better. Begin working toward the new you this New Year with these simple healthy eating tips.

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One of the keys to healthy eating is foresight and preparation. If you’re hungry and only find processed foods and calorie-laden snacks in your cupboard, them it’s time to make a change. Avoid tempting yourself by purging your cabinets of unhealthy foods and stocking up on wholesome treats like our delicious Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

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Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Skipping your morning meal can slow down your metabolism and can lead to bad food choices later on. Enjoy an easy high-fiber, protein rich breakfast by adding a choppedFuji apple and a handful of Berry Bounty Nut Mix from our Fruitful Gift Box to a bowl of Greek yogurt.

Eating the same healthy food day after day can quickly become boring. Avoid this pitfall by introducing a wide variety of fresh fruits, such as apples, oranges and pears into your diet.

 

Also, don’t forget that it’s OK to not be perfect all of the time. When you have a craving for something sweet, don’t stress out. It’s alright to occasionally treat yourself, in moderation. Keep a Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box on hand for infrequent nibbling. Then, take a deep breathe, relax and get back on track for your next meal.

Exercise is another key to great health. Spend at least 30 minutes each day doing some sort of physical activity, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block.

 

With these simple tips and our healthy and delicious baskets from Hickory Farms’ Fruits and Nuts collection, you can make 2014 the year you truly embrace a well-balanced, wholesome diet.