Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and peanut butter are a perfect match! if you are looking for healthy snack or lunch ideas why not go to this perfect pairing.  Apples are one of the best fruits to eat and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon peanut butter is non-GMO, low in sugar, and super tasty.  In fact, all of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are non-GMO, low in sugar, and loaded with all-natural flavor.

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich Snack Treats

A sweet treat that is fun to eat!  They may look deceiving, but throw out the bread and use fruit instead!  These gluten-free goodies will fool the kids but keep them satisfied.  We don’t want to fool you, these are for adults too!  You can use any nut butter of your choice to create the flavor you desire.  Trust us, they are as fun to make as they are to devour!!!

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced in circles
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter of choice
  • 2 T Granola

Take 2 slices of the apple and apply Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter to 1 side of each apple.  Sprinkle granola on one slice and sandwich together with the other slice.

Apple and Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1 AppleApple and Seed Butter Snack Ideas
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter
  • Sprinkles or dark cacao nibs
  • Slice apple horizontally in 1/4” slices, but do not remove the seeds or the core.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter over the top of each slice and sprinkle with sprinkles or cacao nibs!
  • Cashew Butter Doughnut
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Coconut or Cashew Cardamom Butter
  • Sprinkles

Core apple and slice horizontally in 1/4” slices.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter over the top making sure not to cover the hole.  Add sprinkles!

Best Fruits To Eat

Best Fruits To Eat

Are you looking for the best fruits to eat? With so many fruits available, Betsy has narrowed it down to four fruits to focus on. Betsy calls them Super Fruits because they are  Super  For You! You will look at fruits in a whole new way when you learn these additional nutritional benefits. Fruits are not only sweet and delicious, but also optimize the nutrients in your diet if you know the best and most nutritious ones to eat. Take a look at what dietitians have to say about the most nutritious fruits and what they can do for you!

Berries are the BEST fruits to eat!

Berries Are The Best Fruits To Eat including strawberries, blueberries, and blackberriesYes, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries have been known to be healthy fruits, but did you know that Goji Berry is known to be nature’s most nutritionally complete food? Known as the “red diamond,” these little berries sparkle with nutrients and one of the few fruits to contain 18 different amino acids, including 8 of the 9 essential food-based amino acids that our body can’t produce on its own. Not only that, it is the “celebrity” of vitamin C content. We give it a Golden Globe because it has 500 times the amount of vitamin C content per weight of oranges, ranking it the highest source of vitamin C in the fruit category

It is also a stellar source of vitamin B1, B2, B6, and vitamin E. Vitamins are not the only category we nominate for a gold star, these red diamonds also shine in the mineral category too!  They contain 21 trace minerals, including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, and phosphorus. Because of its rich red hue, these bright-colored berries happen to be the richest source of carotenoids of all known foods and plants on earth. GO-GO-Goji!

Great ways to eat goji berries: Sprinkle on a salad, mix with nuts to make a trail mix, add to homemade granola bars, make “red” ants-on-a-log for kids using with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter, place atop an açaí bowl, or mix into oatmeal.

Pucker Up with Lemon!

Lemon anyone? Zest it, squeeze it, juice it or eat it! This tart fruit has a lot of functional health benefits. Known for a highLemons Are One Of The Best Fruits To Eat vitamin C content, it is not only great for your immune system but also for your gut health, heart health, weight control and more! Help your heart and watch your waist with the fiber in the rind of lemons by adding lemon zest to your foods. This pectin (soluble fiber) helps to keep you full and eliminate bad cholesterol from the body. Lemons are definitely one of the best fruits to eat!

The tart flavor comes from the citric acid in the fruit, and although tart on the tongue, lemons fight hard against kidney stones. It does that by increasing urine volume and urine pH, creating a perfect environment to prevent kidney stone formation. This means that marinating lemons in your water is doing your kidneys good!

Did you know that lemons can also prevent anemia? Although they contain very little iron—which is used in blood cell production—it helps our bodies to absorb iron in the gut, so creating a marinade for your meats with a little lemon juice will help you pump up your blood by supporting iron absorption!

Great ways to eat it: make a spa water with lemon, mint and cucumber, zest lemon rind over a salad, meats or fish, or add it to baked goods. Use the juice of the lemon in salad dressings or marinades, or freeze lemons and water in an ice cube tray for beautiful ice that melts into a vitamin C-rich refresher! Try this delicious Lemon Pie Smoothie Recipe using Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters.

The Green Avocado Machine!

Avocados Are One Of The Best Fruits To Eat. That is Right, they are a fruitIs it a fruit, is it a fat, is it a vegetable? What is avocado? Somehow it gets classified as all three! Technically it is a fruit (it has a seed and comes from a tree) but its creamy texture with lipids often classifies it as a fat, and because of the green color and non-sweet flavor people often call it a vegetable. I wonder if the avocado is having an identity issue? In my book, this is one of the most unique and best fruits to eat because of its versatility and subtle flavor. It makes smoothies thick and creamy, it is a great replacer of butter on toast, it is fabulous on a salad or in a wrap, and it can be blended into a delicious chocolate pudding! Sweet or savory, it goes both ways!

Avocados are not only delicious to eat but also have many health benefits. Move over banana, avocados have 14% of your RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of potassium compared to 10% found in bananas. Potassium helps maintain body cells and reduces your risk of heart disease, strokes, and kidney failure. The fact that avocados are high in fat is not a bad thing because they contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Avocados happen to be the fattiest plant food in existence, but this rich oleic acid found in the flesh is what gives it its superpowers!

Don’t let the creamy texture fool you, avocados are also a rich source of fiber! The soluble and insoluble balance of fiber gives it the perfect amount and together provide 7 grams of fiber in a 3.5 oz serving. That is 27% of your RDA! Make sure you feed your gut-friendly bacteria, lower your cholesterol, and feel fuller with all that plant-based fiber!

Great ways to eat it: atop a salad, in place of mayo on a sandwich, in a smoothie, mix with cacao and honey and blend into a chocolate pudding, grill it, or cut in half, place an egg in the seed opening and bake it! And let’s not forget the famous avocado toast, duh. You can also try this delicious mint and chocolate chip smoothie with avocado and Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters!

An Apple A Day DOES Keep The Doctor Away!

Ol’ Johnny Appleseed knew a thing or two when it came to this sweet forbidden fruit! The almighty apple is a staple in most An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away because they are one of the best fruits to eathouseholds, yet many don’t realize all of the nutritional benefits that comes with each bite—we are talking antioxidants, which aid in giving apples their amazing benefits! Clearly, apples are among the best fruits to eat. These phytonutrients are the powerhouse behind protecting your cells from free radical damage and reducing the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. This is not only true for apples, but nectarines, peaches, and berries too! Many fruits contain antioxidants, but some are richer than others. So if you want to slow down the aging process of your body and protect your cells, then an apple a day is the way!

Fullness is the factor when it comes to the soluble fiber in the flesh of the apple; just like the creamy avocado, the crisp apple is also loaded with fiber. This keeps you full, satisfied, and helps you manage weight.

Apples can also be a perfect paring with many foods! Enjoy your apple with peanut or almond butter, on a salad, baked with cinnamon, in a smoothie, in a chia pudding, dipped in cottage cheese or diced over oatmeal. Try this delicious Apple and Spinach Salad with a Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter Dressing!

To Your Health!

Add berries, lemon, avocado and apples to your daily diet and you will be the poster child for good nutrition as you enjoy the best fruits to eat!!

3 Wonderful Health Benefits of Almonds For Hair and Skin, Part 1

3 Wonderful Health Benefits of Almonds For Hair and Skin, Part 1

Almonds are one of the healthiest superfoods you can eat. Not only are they nutritious, but they are also delicious! Almonds provide literally countless health benefits that can help with everything from managing your weight to lowering bad cholesterol. One of the best health benefits of almonds is that these delightful little nuts (actually known as drupes) support healthy looking skin and hair that feels amazingly soft and smooth. Have you ever noticed that some of the most popular lotions are made from almonds? There’s a reason for this. In part one of this short blog series, we will look at five of the top health benefits of almonds for healthy, vibrant skin and hair.

If you’re tired of eating almond butter made from ingredients that you can hardly pronounce, go with an almond butter that is a 100 percent certified natural almond butter. Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter is made from wholesome GMO- and gluten-free ingredients found in the kitchen, not in a science lab. Visit Betsy’s Best and Amazon to order your almond butter online, or find us in your local grocery store.

Supports Clear Skin

Almonds can help cleanse the skin to prevent blemishes, blackheads, pimples, whiteheads, and acne. Almonds can even help even out skin tones! Almonds are considered an anti-inflammatory food, so consuming almonds and using almond-based skin products can alleviate redness and skin irritations.

Anti-Aging Properties

Almonds contain a ton of vitamins and minerals that naturally fight the signs of aging, including collagen supporting vitamin E. In fact, just one spoonful of all-natural almond butter provides more than 30 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E and other age-fighting nutrients. Eating a handful of almonds or natural almond butter daily may help you achieve youthful-looking skin by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Makes Hair Silky and Smooth

Healthy hair requires plenty of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats to look and feel soft and luscious. Almonds are packed with vitamins A, D, E, and B vitamins, as well as biotin, and manganese that support healthy, strong locks. These nutrients can repair and strengthen damaged hair for soft, shiny hair free of split ends and frizziness. Of course you can eat almond butter to get these health benefits, but you can also use almond butter as a mask for your hair and scalp to strengthen each strand of hair.

Order Natural Almond Butter Online

We have only just begun to scratch the surface, so be sure to tune in for part two of this blog series to learn more about the amazing health benefits of almonds for healthy hair and skin that looks and feels incredible. Want to order Betsy’s Best natural almond butter online? Visit Betsy’s Best or search for us on Amazon. You can also pick up a jar or five in your local grocery store. Until next time, thanks for reading!

Where In The World Do Almonds Come From?

Where In The World Do Almonds Come From?

Hello, almond friends! Welcome back to the Betsy’s Best blog! Almonds are one of the most popular snacks in the world, revered for their amazing flavor, health benefits, and versatility. But where in the world do the almonds we enjoy come from? Generally speaking, almonds are grown in regions with mild climates and plenty of sunshine, but where exactly is that? Today, we will have a little lesson on almonds by looking at the top almond producers in the world. And remember, if you need a re-supply of natural almond butter to make all your favorite meals and snacks, shop Betsy’s Best online, on Amazon, and in your local grocery store for almond butter that is truly natural. Please continue reading below.

1. The United States

The United States is the single largest producer of almonds worldwide. One report suggests that the U.S. produces more than 2,002,742 tons of almonds each year — that’s nuts! Think of all the almond butter we could make with that many tons of almonds! While almonds are grown in regions throughout the U.S., California is the number-one almond producer in the U.S., North America, and the world. California is one of the biggest producers of almonds and other agricultural goods because of its mild climate, year-round sunshine, and fertile soils. Almond cultivators in California have fine-tuned their growing, harvesting, processing, and packaging techniques in order to provide delicious almonds to people all over the world.  As an FYI, we purchase our almonds from Blue Diamond Almonds and they are grown in California.

2. Spain

As we mentioned in a recent blog post, countries in the Mediterranean region are some of the top almond producers in the world. In at number two is Spain, known widely for its wine and olive production. Almond cultivation is among the country’s main agriculture production, with more than 202,000 tons produced annually. The main regions where Spanish almond cultivation takes place is in Andalusia, Aragon, Valencia, and Catalonia. Next time you’re in Spain, be sure to tour one of the almond orchards while you’re there.

3. Australia

Coming in at third place is Australia. The country down-under produces almost 130,000 tons of almonds each year, which account for $351.1 million of global almond exports. Regions in South Australia, including Sunraysia (note the awesome name). Riverland, Riverina, and Adelaide Plains, are the top producers of Australian almonds. With plenty of sunshine and fertile soils, South Australia offers the perfect climate for growing almonds.  

4. Morocco

Morocco cultivates more than 112,000 tons of sweet almonds annually. Located in the Mediterranean region, Morocco enjoys arid, mild climates year-round, where there is an abundance of sunshine. Morocco exports a portion of its almonds, but it is also a domestically-consumed good that is the basic ingredient for numerous Moroccan dishes, pastries, and beverages. Almond cultivation in Morocco is done on a much smaller scale than that of almond cultivation in America and Australia.  

Get The Best Almond Butter Online

At Betsy’s Best, we love all things almonds and are fascinated by this healthful and delicious nut, which is actually a drupe — a fleshy fruit with a thin skin and a central stone that contains a seed. We mostly love almonds because they are versatile and offer a plethora of health benefits that support a healthy body. What’s more, we can make delightful natural almond butter out of these little gems.

Are you ready to try the very best almond butter, made with only the most wholesome ingredients? Try Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter! We offer truly natural almond butter that is certified as 100 percent GMO- and gluten-free. Shop Betsy’s Best, find us on Amazon, or reach for a jar in your local supermarket today!

4 Ways to Transform Lunchtime with Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

4 Ways to Transform Lunchtime with Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

Welcome back to our short blog series. In part one, we began looking at four delicious ways to transform lunchtime meals from the same old, same old into something new and exciting using all-natural almond butter as the main ingredient. Here are some of our favorite lunchtime recipes we shared with you last time:

  • Almond Butter Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes
  • Healthy Banana Nut Bread Smoothie
  • Banana Slices with Almond Butter Spread

Below are four more ways you can liven up your lunches into healthy, enjoyable meals using natural almond butter.

Looking for an almond butter online that is truly all-natural and made with healthful ingredients that are both GMO- and gluten-free? Visit Betsy’s Best and Amazon to order your supply online, or find us on the shelves of your local grocery store.

Make Lunches That You Enjoy Eating Using Gourmet Almond Butter

Almond Butter and Jelly Toast

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches make for a quick and easy lunchtime meal, but why not change it up a bit? Use almond butter in place of peanut butter paired with your favorite jelly or fruit preserves. Want to add a little crunch to your sandwich? Add apple or pear slices! You can even add banana slices for a potassium-packed punch to your lunch. Skip the plain white bread made with refined white flour and opt instead for a hearty whole grain bread or English muffin.  

Almond Butter, Jelly, and Fruit Pita Pocket

Pita pockets make a delicious pouch for stuffing all of your favorite ingredients into. You can’t beat a good almond butter, strawberry jelly, and banana slice pita pocket, but there are literally thousands of ingredient blends that will up your sandwich game. For instance, natural almond butter, chocolate spread, and raspberries are great sandwich ingredients for all you sweet tooths out there. You can also mix up an almond butter-based salad using chicken, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, walnuts, or tofu for a heartier pita pocket that is both sweet and savory.  

A Lighter Lunch

If you’re always on the go and prefer a quick lunch that is easy to eat in the car, almond butter protein bars may be the right choice for you. Take our Almond and Seed Protein Bars, for instance. These are jam-packed with nutritious ingredients like almonds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds that are tasty and filling, especially when paired with a side of fresh fruit or crunchy veggies.

Make-Ahead Dip for Fruit

If you like a lighter lunch, make our Creamy Almond Butter Pumpkin Dip to pack in your lunch. Dip apple and pear slices, crackers, and even crunchy veggies like celery in this tasty, wholesome dip. It is easy to make, filling, satisfying, and absolutely delicious!

Order Betsy’s Best Natural Almond Butter

Visit Betsy’s Best to stock up on natural almond butter for delicious lunches you can make seven days a week! We make our gourmet almond butter with only the most wholesome, GMO-, and gluten-free ingredients. Shop Betsy’s Best Natural Almond Butter on our online store, Amazon, or find us in your local supermarket today!

5 Unique ways to cook with Peanut Butter

5 Unique ways to cook with Peanut Butter

Most people have mastered how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, spread peanut butter across a cracker, or slather it on an apple. For most, peanut butter has mainly been used as a topping or a spread to compliment a food. So why is peanut butter rarely a featured ingredient or the highlight of a dish?

Learning how to cook or bake with peanut butter is easy because it can literally be added to any kind of dish. From sweet to savory, it will compliment just about any recipe and highlight a whole new flavor to any dish. The added cinnamon in Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter adds a new flavor profile that can bring depth to a banana bread, round out a BBQ sauce, or sweeten a dressing. Cooking becomes fun when you learn new ways to use a food. A common staple in the house, peanut butter will give your cooking a whole new twist! Try these 5 ideas the next time you are searching for something unique, and use your peanut butter for a new cooking technique.

#1 Marinate those Meats—From BBQ, Honey Mustard, Satay, or Teriyaki, add a spoon of Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter to your sauce or marinade for a roasted butter flavor.

#2 Baked Goodness—A dollop of Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter in a bread or muffin recipe, or a crumb topping, adds some sweetness with spice and makes everything nice!

#3 Dressed for Success—Give a vinaigrette dressing a twist with a stir of Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter in a balsamic, honey mustard, or ginger dressing.

#4 Breakfast Butter—Forgo the butter and spoon Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter on oatmeal, smear on pancakes or waffles, top on French toast, or blend in a smoothie for a great morning meal.

#5 Spoonful of LOVE—For those of you who hate to cook, all you need is a spoon and a jar—no other ingredients needed! We get caught with our spoon in the jar on a regular basis, so no judgment here.

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