Things To Grill: 10 Best Things to Grill This Summer

Things To Grill: 10 Best Things to Grill This Summer

Now that the warmer months are finally upon us, most of us are just pining for some tasty food fresh off the grill. Especially for those of us who live in cooler climates, the spring, and summer months are the only chance you have to throw barbecues and enjoy that freshly grilled taste. Nevertheless, by conducting a quick Google search, you quickly realize that finding innovative suggestions for grilling can be a tad challenging. That said, the following is a list of the 10 best things to grill this summer

Meat Lover’s Options

While vegans seem poised to take over the dietary world as we know it, we have not yet arrived at this point in the future. This means you will likely be cooking many meaty items on your grill this summer. The following is a few tasty options for meat to throw on the grill:

1. Boneless Chicken Breasts– Chicken breasts are a great option for grilling because they are lean and are often tasty additions to a variety of recipes, such as those found on Betsy’s Best. While you may get different tips for grilling chicken breasts depending on who you ask, some of the more common tips are as follows: for more tender meat, pound the meat before grilling; brine the chicken to add moisture; make sure your grill is clean and well-oiled; use a medium-high fire; use a thermometer to check for doneness.

2. Game Birds– Yet another lean option for meat lovers, game birds are particularly tasty when prepared on the grill. For instance, quail, ostrich, and pheasants are fairly popular options for those who prefer healthier meats. However, grilling game birdsis a tad trickier than tradition meats. For instance, larding (or wrapping the bird in bacon) is common when cooking game birds as this prevents them from drying out.

3. Steak– Grilling steak can be one of your more flavorful choices for your next cookout. You can choose virtually any type of steak, just be sure to take heed to the grilling instructions for each. Begin with room temperature steaks and be sure to salt the meat approximately 30-minutes before placing it on the grill. Also, remember that searing makes for great flavor; sear and slide thicker steaks to avoid overcooking the outer layers.

4. Fish– There are plenty of types of fish that will taste yummy fresh off the grill. Some of the most popular options are salmon, tuna, snapper, mahi-mahi, and swordfish. All fish requires different instructions for grilling. Either way, keep in mind that fish is one of the fastest meats to cook and therefore, you need to follow your recipe exactly.

Vegan-Friendly Options

You can hardly call it a trend. However, the amount of people who are seeking out vegan-friendly meal options has grown exponentially in recent years. In fact, statistics show that there has been a 60% increase in those who identify as vegan in the past 3 years alone. However, there is no need to jump on the bandwagon. You can still try these treats whether you are vegan or not. If you are planning a vegan-friendly barbecue, consider the following options:

5. Veggie Burgers– Veggie burgers are a delicious option for those seeking healthy options to throw on the grill this summer. Although you can cook these almost anywhere (stove-top, ovens, microwaves, hot-plates, and more), they are especially tasty when cooked on the grill. Additionally, there is a large variety of veggie burgers to choose from (they also make veggie dogs as well), and you can even mix it up with a Betsy’s Best recipe and make your own! However, before you start up the grill, take heed of the following tips: Thawing is not necessary, veggie burgers need to go straight from the box to the grill; Set the grill to medium, preheat for 10-minutes, and do not oil the grates; Follow the instructions for grilling on the box, if there are no instructions, the general rule is to cook each side for 5 minutes; Flip burgers only once, halfway through, otherwise they may fall apart.

6. Vegetables– Vegetables are another vegan-friendly option for the grill. No matter if you are strictly vegan or are simply trying to add some extra nutrition into your diet, vegetables are an excellent source of a variety of vitamins and nutrients, among other things. Some of the more flavorful options are cabbage, corn on the cob, potatoes, okra, artichokes, plantains, edamame, parsnips, kale, beets, and more. Either way, keep in mind that grilling vegetables is vastly different from grilling meats and other items. If you need assistance, be sure to visit the gourmet recipe experts at Betsy’s Best to find a yummy recipe or have received tips from someone who has experience grilling your vegetables of choice.

7. Fruit– While it may not seem like a likely pairing at first glance, there are actually quite a few fruits that are tasty fresh off the grill. Mangoes, pineapples, figs, watermelons, bananas, peaches, and more, all taste amazing as a snack or you can be add them to your favorite recipes.

Some Unique Treats

If you need some unique treat to try, consider the following options:

8. Kebobs– One of the most creative options for grilling, kebobs are a combination of meat, vegetables, and/or fruits on a skewer. The grilling instructions vary based on the ingredients chosen but these can be fun to make and tasty!

9. Pizza– A fun alternative to traditional pizza, grilled pizzas are like having a gourmet meal in your own backyard. Some tips for grilling pizza: grill one side of the dough for a few minutes, when you flip the dough over, quickly (and neatly) add your ingredients and grill the pizza for a few more minutes.

10. Nachos– Using a foil pan (coated with cooking spray), combine all your nacho ingredients. Place the pan on the grill and cook for 8-10 minutes, until cheese has melted.

Although finding fun, unique grill ideas can be challenging, it is well worth the tasty reward. Speaking of which, did you know Betsy’s Best can be used to create a tasty marinade to add flavor to meats and many other things? Offering terrific-tasting gourmet nut/ seed butters, be sure to try this recipe as well as other tasty options from Betsy’s Best: one of your best bets for making yummy recipes on the grill all summer long!

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PBnJ: The Right Way to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

PBnJ: The Right Way to Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Patently simple, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a timeless classic. It’s incredibly simple to throw together even amidst the busiest of schedules, and its nutty goodness delights crowds of all ages. Yet, as we all begin to take a closer look at our health, a quick bite of a PB&J might begin to feel like a guilty pleasure. Luckily, a couple simple swaps is all it takes to upgrade this favorite and turn it into a healthy treat.

Healthy Doesn’t Have to Mean Hard

Many times, “healthy” versions of food get a bad reputation. They might be extremely difficult to make, extra time-consuming in the kitchen, or just require ingredients that are hard to find–and might not taste too good. At Betsy’s Best, we believe that good-for-you should taste good too, which is why this gourmet PB&J recipe has all the elements you’re looking for.

Cutting down on processed, unnatural, and unnecessary ingredients is at the top of Betsy’s priority list whenever she’s working on a recipe. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find products that truly succeed at this. You’ll often find that they sneak in low-quality ingredients or the end result simply doesn’t take good.

Most agree that “diet” products and other so-called healthy foods aren’t as good for you as they claim to be. Of course, with millions of people trying to eat healthier, finding good alternatives is a must. When it comes to butters, Betsy’s Best is proud to be a name you can trust.

The Gourmet PB&J from Betsy’s Best

This recipe from Betsy’s Best turns a classic treat into a truly gourmet experience. With all the simplicity and taste you love, this new and improved version of the PB&J will prove just as yummy without the guilt. Plus, one swap to Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Seed Butter allows you to make a nut-free version!

It’s healthy thanks to its use of Betsy’s Best nut or seed butter as the main ingredient. Paired with your jam of choice, this sandwich features cacao nibs and sliced strawberries for that extra yum factor. Plus, a tablespoon of granola makes it nice and crunchy!

Spread onto the bread of your choosing and you’ve got a sandwich that’s just as easy and enjoyable as the original. Of course, if you compare the nutrition facts, this version will surely come out on top. The use of Betsy’s Best butter on its own will help you reduce the unnecessary sugar content while making for a less-processed, more natural end result. Give it a try for yourself and you’ll see that even your pickiest eaters are bound to love it.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoon Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 2 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon granola

Directions

  1. Make the peanut butter and jelly sandwich with Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter on one slice and jam on the other.
  2. Add sliced strawberries on top of the peanut butter
  3. Slice and sprinkle cacao and granola on the jam.
  4. Place together like a sandwich.
  5. Enjoy!

Is Peanut Butter Good for You?

It is a great thing that more and more people are beginning to question the healthiness of the foods we eat. Peanut butter is one of them. Many brands process peanut butter with added sugar and other unnecessary ingredients that make it less healthy and enjoyable for everyone. That’s why Betsy decided to make her own Gourmet Peanut Butter.

The Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter available today wasn’t discovered on the first try. Betsy spent a lot of time in her own kitchen testing out multiple recipes with the help of her extra-picky daughter. It wasn’t until she gave her own smile of approval that Betsy moved forward in launching this delicious, truly gourmet, and guilt-free peanut butter.

As a registered dietitian, Betsy knows what it takes to make a product that pleases the health-conscious without disappointing anyone’s taste buds. When you buy Betsy’s Best, you know that you’re getting a gourmet treat that’s naturally low in sugar. When that extra bit of sweetness is needed, Betsy uses a blend of natural sweeteners, like organic honey, organic stevia leaf extract, and Demerara sugar.

Like all of Betsy’s butters, this peanut butter features a delightful texture along with a short list of wholesome ingredients. Plus, chia seeds give this peanut butter a great consistency while also adding an extra boost of protein and fiber. If you’re not familiar with chia seeds yet, they come with countless benefits, delivering lots of vitamins and antioxidants (and very few calories). So, to answer the question, this peanut butter is great for you!

More Tasty, Healthy Twists from Betsy’s Best

Peanut butter and jelly work so great together, and there are many ways to pair them beyond sandwiches. Betsy has personally tested countless recipes that feature this delicious pairing, all while being health-conscious and enjoyable even for the pickiest eaters. Check out all of her gourmet PB&J recipes here, like the Pina Colada Sandwich!

As a mom, Betsy knows that everyone is looking for relief from their busy schedules. But, she also believes that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality or taste. Eating healthy should never be a compromise, and that’s why she created Betsy’s Best butters. These are the same gourmet butters that her family enjoys, and she hopes you love them, too!

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Everything You Need to Know About Dogs and Almond Butter

Everything You Need to Know About Dogs and Almond Butter

We love our furry friends and only want the best for them. While your dog may want to eat everything he sees, the important thing is knowing what is good for him and what needs avoiding. One thing that dogs seem to absolutely love are nut butters. From peanut butter to almond butter and more – they’re a tasty, craveable tidbit that dogs are drawn to. To help you better understand about this yummy treat, here is everything you need to know about dogs and almond butter.

What Are Nut Butters?

Nut butter encompasses things like peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc. It is made by crushing up the nuts into a paste and adding other ingredients like sweeteners, oils, flavorings and salt that create an appealing sensory experience. Nut butters can all be made at home or bought in stores or online. If you do it yourself then you know what’s in it but if you like a more convenient approach and buy it, just be sure to read the label. Look for things like preservatives, additives and hidden sugars that may fall under names such as fructose and sucrose. These impact the nutritional value of the nut butters. Healthier options may indicate they are organic, non-GMO, gluten free and well, you get the idea. Which brings us to the original question – are nut butters, or almond butter specifically, good for your dog?

Is Almond Butter Acceptable for Your Dog to Eat?

First of all, what is okay for your canine companion to eat when it comes to “people food?” The important thing is to know what is in your food – no matter what it is.

According to The Dog People:

Avoid flavored or sweetened almond butter, and never give your dog products with the ingredient xylitol. Xylitol is an additive that is toxic to dogs can lead to hypoglycemia, liver failure, and even death.

This is why it is important to either make your own almond butter at home or buy it where the ingredients are transparent so you know you get an organic product with nothing in it that is harmful.

The same thing goes for peanut butter. This is more commonly known as a treat often given to dogs. Some people use it to hide medicine or to get their dog’s attention. As long as it’s not in excess, peanut butter is another safe treat to give your dogs on occasion. And believe us, your dog will love those occasions!

What Are the Benefits of Almond Butter for Your Dog?

As mentioned, if it is not in excess, both almond butter and peanut butter are a nutritional snack for your canine friend.

As mentioned at Cuteness:

Almond and peanut butter both contain vitamins essential to your dog’s health. A two tablespoon serving size of almond butter contains 1 mg of niacin, aka vitamin B3, but peanut butter contains 4.2 mg. Proper niacin levels keep your dog’s skin, hair, eyes and liver healthy. If you’re looking for vitamin E content, almond butter is the right choice — it has significantly higher vitamin E than peanut butter, 7.75 mg vs 1.9 mg. Vitamin E fights free radicals in your dog’s cells and boosts his immune system, helping to keep him young and healthy.

And as far as other vitamins and minerals, both have plenty of the following:

  • Vitamin B6 for red blood cells
  • Selenium is an antioxidant
  • Trace amounts of riboflavin that convert carbs into energy
  • Trace amounts of folate for genetic material
  • Calcium for strong teeth and bones
  • Magnesium for a healthy immune system and more
  • Iron prevents anemia and helps with red blood cells
  • Zinc helps the immune system

Now, do these vitamins and minerals do the same things for dogs? Most of the vitamins above are fine for dogs like B vitamins, Vitamin E, etc. Yet, your dog gets his vitamins from his food. If the vet feels that your dog needs a supplement then that is fine too. The point is, none of these things are harmful to your dog in moderation. As well all know, too much of anything is well, too much.

Another reason not to overdo it is that it’s not the easiest thing for your pup to digest and can cause tummy upset. But a little on a spoon or treat once in a while is perfectly fine.

What Can You Do With Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) for Your Dog?

One of the great things about all-natural almond butter or all-natural peanut butter is that you can make treats for your dog. While they’ll love it right out of the jar, it’s a little more convenient to have ready-made treats that you can give your dog.

For instance, along with baked goods, you can make things like this Pumpkin Almond Butter Dog Treats. They contain two simple ingredients – pumpkin and almond butter. The recipe specifically notes to choose almond butter with just nuts. No sugars or additives need adding to this recipe. It’s natural and healthy. And since it’s frozen, it makes an excellent summertime treat for upset tummies because pumpkin is good for digestion.

Another awesome recipe for your dog is this slobber-inducing frozen dog treat with peanut butter, which you can easily switch out with almond butter.

A Taste Everyone Will Love (Pretty Much)

Just like people, dogs usually love the taste of almond butter and peanut butter. As long as it’s natural (which can’t be stressed enough), given in moderation, and taste-tested first (okay, we just threw that in there because it’s so yummy), your pet will love it too. On the spoon or in a treat – this is a mouth-watering goody for your furry friend.

It’s always good to have almond butter or peanut butter on-hand. You never know when you might want to take the perfect picture of your dog and nut butter is an excellent attention-grabber. And best of all? It’s safe for your doggo.

As mentioned on Wag:

Some dogs may really enjoy the flavor of almond butter, but some dogs will not like it as much as they like good, old-fashioned peanut butter. Some dogs can be picky about what they like to eat, so it will depend on whether your pup likes the flavor and texture or not.

Let your pup be the decision maker. It’s a win/win no matter what.

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Betsy’s Best Healthy Green Godess Smoothie

Betsy’s Best Healthy Green Godess Smoothie

Oh my green goodness!!! Betsy’s healthy green godess smoothie recipe is a real treat. Whether you love vegetables or not, Betsy’s refreshing drink will supercharge your body with superfood ingredients that include chia seeds, spinach, avocado, coconut, and cashews. Her recipe wil keep you satisfied and you’ll be functioning at your best.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

1/2 c coconut milk

1/2 c coconut water

1/4 cup coconut yogurt, plain 1/4 avocado

2 handfuls of spinach

1/4 sliver lime

2 Tbsp chia seeds

8 mint leaves

Pinch sea salt

1 scoop protein (optional)

Pomegranate seeds as garnish (optional)

Step By Step Healthy Green Godess Smoothie Recipe Directions:

 

Step 1: Blend all ingredients in a blender. 

Step 2: Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Step 3: Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and enjoy your super tasty, smoothie.

What do you think of Betsy’s healthy green godess smoothie recipe?  Is it the best you have ever tasted?  Featuring Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter we are sure you’ll agree it was #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter Dipped Popsicles

Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter Dipped Popsicles

Summer just got a whole lot tastier with this easy and fun recipe for dipped popsicles.  Featuring Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter and your favorite popsicle you will be saying it was #LoveAtFirstTaste! Here at Betsy;s Best we love Yasso frozen yogurt pops.  They are a healthy and very tasty low calorie treat.  

Recipe Ingredients:

1/4 C Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

1/4 c coconut oil

1/4 c coconut shreds, unsweetened

4 popsicles of choice

Step By Step Dipped Popsicles Recipe Directions:

Step 1Combine coconut oil and Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter in a bowl and stir to combine.  If coconut oil is solid you will want to pop it in the microwave for no more than 10 seconds. 

Step 2: This will allow it to blend easier with the cashew butter, but allow the oil to cool before dipping. 

Step 3: In a shallow bowl add the coconut shreds.

Step 4: Dip the popsicles in the coconut oil and butter mixture and then dip in the coconut shreds. 

Step 5: Place on a plate and pop in the freezer up to 5 min to allow the dipped shell to harden. 

Step 6: Wrap in saran wrap and keep in the freezer until ready to eat!

What brand and flavor of popsicle are you going to dip?  Please let us know in the comment area below. We hope you enjoy your Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter Dipped Popsicles!

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