Celebrate National Barbeque Month with Healthy Recipes

May is National Barbeque Month, and you can celebrate the occasion by cooking up a delicious meal full of smoky, flavor-packed treats. With these scrumptious recipes from Hickory Farms, you can grill up a healthy dinner from start to finish.

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First Course

For a fun spin on a traditional bread course, substitute plain, white bread with a delicious Grilled Flatbread. Make the dough by combining yeast with warm water and adding flour. Allow the mixture to rest before kneading in some sour cream. Then, roll the dough out into flat pieces and throw them on the grill for a nice char. After flipping, finish the flatbread with your choice of toppings, or with one of our delicious cheeses.

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Entree

For the main course, opt for a sweet and smoky grilled pork tenderloin. Start by marinating your tenderloin in a mixture of maple syrup, cider vinegar, garlic and our tangy Sweet Hot Mustard. When the pork has absorbed the flavor, place it on the grill and pour the marinade in a saucepan and allow it to reduce. Afterwards, slice the pork and serve the marinade sauce on top.

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Side Dish

Grilling brings out a rich, caramel-like flavor in veggies. You can enjoy these delicious flavors in a Pasta and Grilled Vegetable Salad. Simply slice up whatever veggies you prefer, such as squash, eggplant and bell peppers, toss them in some olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper, and then throw them on the grill. When your veggies are finished cooking, toss them with some pasta, a couple slices of our Turkey Summer Sausage, some Peppercorn White Cheddar and your favorite vinaigrette dressing.

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Dessert

Even sweet treats are better on the grill. For a truly decadent end to your grilled meal, cook up some Grilled Balsamic Peaches. Begin by combining balsamic vinegar and sugar in a small pan and sauté until it’s reduced by half. Then, finish the sauce by adding vanilla and pepper. While you’re making the sauce, slice some peaches in half and grill them on the side. Assemble your dessert by topping the peaches with melted butter, ice cream, your homemade balsamic syrup and an array of nuts from our Finest Mixed Nuts Tin.

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With these four healthy dishes and our fine Hickory Farms ingredients (our Traditions of Home basket contains everything you’ll need!); May just might become your new favorite month for BBQ-inspired fun.

Give Thanks to Our Wonderful Teachers on National Teacher Appreciation Day!

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” - Henry Adams

Hickory Farms would like to acknowledge the enormous contribution teachers make toAmerica’s youths. They are the too-often unsung heroes in the trenches, playing multiple roles as counselors, healers, coaches and substitute parents. They often work long hours putting lesson plans together to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible.

Teachers should be shown appreciation every day for their dedication to shaping the minds and sharpening the intellect of the next generation of responsible adults. National Teacher Appreciation Day is on May 6, and we’ve put together a few gift ideas in honor of all the teachers making a difference in the lives of our children.

 

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  • A gift certificate to a local spa for a massage, facial, pedicure or other rejuvenating service would certainly be appreciated by a weary teacher who rarely has the time to be pampered.

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  • Balloon bouquets are a nice gesture, especially when accompanied by a heartfelt note from grateful parents and appreciative students. Veteran teachers often treasure student notes for decades as proof they’ve indeed made a difference to impressionable children.

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  • Teachers will be glad to receive a gift certificate for two to a local restaurant, perhaps accompanied by a pair of movie tickets, so they can enjoy a leisurely night out.

 

On May 6, take the time to thank your children’s teachers for their hard work instructing and inspiring students to reach their potential and expand their horizons. You can always keep it simple with a Hickory Farms gift certificate for $25, $50 or $100, so they can make their own selection. Call 800.753.8558 to place your order today.

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.