Avoid Getting Bored of Healthy Foods That Taste Good

Avoid Getting Bored of Healthy Foods That Taste Good

As a registered Dietitian and foodie, I love healthy foods that taste good. I love eating, preparing, shopping and even looking at food. I often get questions about the best foods to eat and best diet plans to follow. The truth is there are some foods and diet plans that are better than others, but there is more to it than that. In order to make things simpler in my life and for all those who ask, I came up with 5 simple tips that I use in my life to keep my diet delicious and nutritious.

How To Make Sure Your Healthy Foods That Taste Good Don’t Get Boring

  1. Eat a Variety – Though it may sound like a broken record, eating a variety of foods – especially fruits and vegetables – keeps your taste buds and your body happy. Just as we get tired of listening to the same music or watching the same television show, healthy foods that initially taste good can get boring. Eating a variety of foods allows our bodies to reap the benefits of several different vitamins and minerals found in food.
  2. Practice Portion Control – Proper portions are something that many people struggle with, including myself. Sometimes the serving size found on nutrition labels is disregarded. A handy trick I like to do when in doubt is to pull out the measuring cups and spoons. After doing this frequently, you will be able to eyeball the proper portions, and the measuring cups and spoons can be returned to the drawer.
  3. Shop Smart – For me, going to the grocery store is an adventure. It is always my goal to see how colorful I can make my cart with fresh produce while limiting the number of packaged products. When I pick up a packaged product, I flip to the nutrition label and give it a thorough read. I strive to find items with the smallest ingredient list, minimal amounts of added sugar, sodium, saturated fat and absolutely no trans-fat. If it passes my inspection, it earns the privilege of getting into my cart.
  4. 4. Serve Up Some Seafood – The body thinks seafood is so yummy that it wants it to be in the tummy at least two times each week. The healthy omega-3 fats seafood has to offer in addition to several other nutrients is why the body needs seafood at least twice a week. An easy way to incorporate seafood is by swapping pork, beef or processed meat for salmon, shrimp or crab in foods like tacos, salads or sandwiches.
  5. 5. Choose Healthy Fats – Unsaturated fats and more specifically monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the body’s most beneficial fats. Keeping our heart healthy is their primary goal despite their delicious taste. Some of my favorite healthy fats are avocados, chia seeds, olive oil, nuts and dark chocolate. Nuts are my favorite because they are so NUTritious. Try topping salads with nuts, adding nuts to smoothies and desserts, eating nuts as a snack and of course eating nut butters, especially if they are gourmet..

So, as you can see, finding those healthy foods that taste good is only part of the solution.  If you stay limited to just a few types of food your body and taste buds will get bored.  You will start to crave less healthy foods.  In today’s world there is a huge variety of healthy, tasty products on the market.  From fruits and veggies, animal and plant-based proteins, to nut and seeds, with a little research at the grocery store your fridge and pantry can be well-stocked to keep you on a healthy and interesting meal plan.

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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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Honey Roasted Cashews: The Perfect Snack for any Occasion

Honey Roasted Cashews: The Perfect Snack for any Occasion

Whether you are trying to eat healthy or just want a snack that is tasty and organic, honey roasted cashews are the perfect snack for any occasion. Not only are they tasty and craveable but they’re actually full of awesome nutritional value. Here is more on honey roasted cashews and all the wonderful things that they do for us.

All About Cashews

Cashews are quite unique. While peanuts may be the most popular nut around, cashews have a distinct taste. Not only are they a little sweet mixed with salty, they also have this buttery flavor that is unique. They are found growing on cashew nut trees (the Anacardiaceae family) and their native origins are climates that are subtropical.

It is interesting to note that cashews are not a nut at all. Instead, they are a seed.

According to WH Foods:

The cashew tree is native to coastal areas of Brazil. In the 16th century, Portuguese explorers took cashew trees from this South American country and introduced them into other tropical regions such as India and some African countries, where they are now also cultivated. The cashew tree has always been a prized resource owing to its precious wood, cashew balm and cashew apple, but the cashew nut itself did not gain popularity until the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the leading commercial producers of cashews are India, Brazil, Mozambique, Tanzania and Nigeria.

Are Cashews Good for You?

Most people have heard about how eating nuts is good for you. Not only are they a heart-healthy but they have a bunch of vitamins and minerals.

Here are just a few ways that cashews are a fun and healthy treat.

Cashews have plenty of vitamins and minerals, as mentioned. Here are the facts and figures on an ounce of cashews:

  • Calories 157
  • Carbohydrates 9.2 grams
  • Protein 5.1 grams
  • Fat 12.4 grams
  • Fiber 1 gram
  • Vitamin E 0.3 mg
  • Vitamin K 9.5 mcg
  • Vitamin B6 0.1mg
  • Calcium 10.4 mg
  • Sodium 3.4 mg
  • Potassium 187 mg
  • Magnesium 83 mg
  • Folate 7 ug

Just look at all of the potassium and magnesium. Here are some reasons why these are so great.

Vitamins and Minerals and More (Oh My!)

Believe it or not, honey roasted nuts are a wonderful source of things like folate, iron, magnesium, and potassium. All of these things bring something unique to the table, so to speak.

For example, folate may help prevent DNA damage that causes cancer. At the very least, it is what cell production needs.

  • Iron helps keep our blood full of oxygen.
  • Potassium is a great immune system booster.
  • Magnesium helps with muscle function.

All combined, you have a powerhouse snack.

Heart Healthy

As mentioned earlier, cashews are good for your heart. Research shows that they may do quite a bit to lower cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure. These two things alone helps lower the chances of cardiovascular disease. There are plenty of studies but one showcased that they actually raised the levels of good cholesterol and lowered blood pressure. Along with that, some of the elements in cashews help with fighting heart disease such as potassium, folic acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin E.

According to Healthy Eating:

While honey-roasted nuts are high in fat, the majority of it is healthy. Unsaturated fats help you absorb vitamins and keep your muscles healthy by aiding in the construction of cells. Each 1-ounce serving of almonds contains 14 grams of fat. But what is important is that just over 1 gram is saturated. The remaining fat consists of more than 9 grams monounsaturated and nearly 3 grams polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are both heart-healthy.

Weight Loss

Many people are concerned with weight loss and aren’t sure if cashews (and especially honey roasted cashews) are a good choice. As mentioned, cashews are great for cardiovascular health. Another area they help is with weight loss because cashews have been shown to fight diabetes, too.

Of course, it is important to eat anything in moderation and that includes honey roasted cashews. But as a snack, and without eating too many, it’s perfect.

This is because while it’s high in fat, it’s good fat. That not only makes us feel fuller, therefore eating less, it helps reduce stroke risks and helps aid in preventing heart disease.

Eye Health

Cashews being good for your eyes may sound far-fetched but it’s true. With the elements of zeaxanthin and lutein, two antioxidants, they help protect the eyes as we age. Cashews have high amounts of both of these antioxidants, which is always a good thing in any food.

What About Honey Roasted Cashews as a Snack?

You may not realize it but cashews make for an excellent snack choice. Not only are they good alone, but they’re simply scrumptious in nut butter spreads and recipes.

Now if you’re looking to eat them alone as a snack, you don’t have to search high and low at the stores. Instead, there are plenty of recipes to make your own honey roasted cashews. That saves you money, you make as many as you want, and what’s better than being able to “taste test” them first since you’re the cook?

Just make sure after you buy your cashews to get a container that seals well. This is so that nothing can get inside like pests or moisture. If you can though, smell the cashews in the store to make sure they are fresh. When buying in bulk, be sure that you have room in your freezer for long-term storage or a sealed container for up to six months of storage freshness.

Seriously, you can do a lot with cashews but one of the best snacks of all are honey roasted cashews and you can easily make them at home. In fact, you can find a wealth of yummy recipes at Betsy’s Best, including how to make your own at home. Along with the best nut butters in the world, Betsy’s Best makes sure you have a wealth of scrumptious and healthy recipes at your disposal. It’s all about making sure you have tasty snacks that are organic, non-GMO, and made with amazing ingredients like cardamom, pink Himalayan salt, and more!

So, the next time you’re craving a snack that is healthy and tasty, honey roasted cashews are perfect. They’re crunchy, they are taste-bud friendly, and you’ll get some of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are good for your health.

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Almond Flour: The Ultimate Guide to Almond Flour

Almond Flour: The Ultimate Guide to Almond Flour

In the past few years, there have been a lot of buzzwords when it comes to food. There have also been a lot of alternatives in recipes. From healthier options to gluten-free and organic – we have more choices than ever before. Almond flour is one of those choices that has a lot to offer.

If you’re not familiar with it, here is your ultimate guide on almond flour. What it is, how to use it, the benefits of almond flour, and everything you ever need to know.

What is Almond Flour?

It probably sounds pretty simple; almond flour is made out of yummy almonds, right? Well, you’d be right if that’s what you think but it’s a little more exciting than that.

Many people may realize this but in case you didn’t know, almonds aren’t technically a nut. In fact, they are a what is known as a drupe, which is typically a fruit. This fruit has a hard shell, an outer skin, and a pulpy middle.

This article from Huffpost makes it more simple to explain:

Almonds are indeed a member of the prunus family that includes peaches, though not the same species. The plants are incredibly similar. Both Gradziel and Richard Rosecrance, a fruit tree researcher at California State University, Chico, told of farmers in Asia who breed peach-like fruits for their large, edible kernels, which can be removed from the pit and snacked on like almonds.

What makes almond flour are the almond seeds that grow on an almond tree. They are crushed up into what is known as almond flour. Well, not so fast. First the almonds have to be blanched to remove their skin. Then you use what is left and this creates your almond flour after it is crushed.

How Do You Get Almond Flour?

There are two ways to get almond flour. Either you make it yourself with almonds or you buy the almond flour already made. Both are excellent options but if you’re looking to save time, buying it pre-made is probably your best option. Plus, you can often find it online fairly inexpensive – around $8 or so per pound.

If you do decide to make it yourself, here are some tips from Paleo Hacks:

Starting with almonds that are already sliced can make this process a little easier, but basically, you want to put the almonds in a food processor (or blender) and grind them until the flour is to your liking.

Be careful to not let the nuts get oily. This can be avoided by doing a stop-start motion with the on and off switch. The continuous heat (if you leave the processor on) will start to make the nuts oily, which will not be ideal when making flour.

What are the Benefits of Almond Flour?

So, what is so great about almond flour? A lot! Especially if you’re on a gluten-free or low-carb diet.

One of the major benefits is the fact that almond flour has the same profile of whole almonds when it comes to nutrients. Why is this important? Out of all the nuts, almonds are the ones that win hands-down when it comes to nutrients. Sure, we mentioned that it’s not technically a nut but it’s considered a nut. So while that may be confusing, it’s easy to see how good almond flour is for nutrition.

One of the things they have is plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which comes from the polyunsaturated fats in them. These fatty acids are good for you by helping with things like minimizing stroke risk, helping the blood clot, brain cell growth, and heart health.

As far as carbs, the Diet Doctor says:

The amount of carbs in in almonds can vary significantly depending on origin, yield, soil, amount of sun etc. but often ends up between 4-8 grams of carbohydrates per 100 gram.

It’s low in sugar but high in protein and has antioxidants from its Vitamin E. While a serving size of almonds has 11 grams of fat, it is important to note that over half of the grams of fat (7 grams) are monounsaturated fats, which are good for your heart. There is less than a gram of saturated fat and that’s a good thing.

What Can You Do With It?

Now that you’re ready to try almond flour, there are plenty of recipes that are scrumptious and easy to make. Try this great Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins recipe from Betsy’s Best. Even at the supermarket, you’re apt to find craveable food with almond butter as an ingredient. This includes things like baked goods, cookies, and cereals. But if you’re making it yourself or buying bulk almond flour, then you’re probably wanting to make your own baked goods and it’s an excellent alternative to wheat flour.

Keep in mind that it does not have the perfect ratio of 1:1 to wheat flour. This is due to its higher moisture content which can also make it have a grainier consistency than traditional flour. This means it may not be ideal for things like gravies but for baking treats, breads, and things like that – it will be quite tasty.

Of course, another thing to realize is that since it’s made from almonds, it is going to have a slight almond taste, unlike wheat flour. That, however, is a plus when it comes to breads and desserts.

Give It a Try

If wheat flour is something you are trying to avoid, almond flour works great. It is also ideal for those watching their carb intake. It’s healthier than flour made from wheat and if you love the taste of almonds then you’re going to love creating mouth-watering treats from almond flour.

If you’re the kind of person who loves making things from scratch, then you’ll wear your badge of honor proudly by making your own almond flour. If you’d rather cut to the chase and just have a healthier alternative made simple, choose to buy your almond flour at the store or online where someone else has done the work for you.

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