8 Tips For Eating Healthy This Fall

8 Tips For Eating Healthy This Fall

Why not “fall” into healthier habits and feel better before entering the holidays?

Make this the season to change and build healthier habits that will last a lifetime! Making changes doesn’t necessarily have to be hard— you just need a goal, something to focus on, and a plan to help you see it through! Make getting healthier fun, interactive, and something to look forward to, rather than something to dread. Take pride and feel good about the positive changes you are making in your life; you will be surprised how your good energy will rub off on others! You will look at yourself and your choices in a whole new light! After all, the trees prepare us to let things go so that we can create a platform for new beginnings!

Betsy’s 8 Tips For Eating Healthy This Fall

#1. Don’t “fall” into old habits

It is much easier to follow old habits than to learn new ones, hence why patterns are created! Sometimes our lives are too busy to take the time and energy to plan, prepare, and focus on something new. The best way to fall into a new habit is to make it an easy change where there is little thought process or time involved. A gradual change, like the changing of the colors of the leaves, will make it easier to adjust. Start with a list of what you would like to change about your health and habits, then place those into 3 categories: Easy, Moderate, and Hard. Start with the easy changes, and once you accomplish each change, move to the next group. Don’t rush the process and take it step by step. Enjoy the beauty of each change, just as you would enjoy the colors of the fall foliage.

#2. “Leaves” the negativity behind

It is often the negative thoughts, self-doubt, and disappointing letdowns that lead people away from following through with change. 
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”—Wayne Dyer. You must focus your mind to look at the situation differently. You can’t just say you are going to eat healthy; you must understand how that choice will impact you. It is one thing to “want” something and another to “embrace” something. If you fill your mind with all the reasons you want the goal to happen, you leave little room for the negative thoughts that often take you away from your intention.

#3. “Gourde” your happiness

We often look at being healthy as work. Going to the gym, packing lunches, avoiding alcohol, eliminating that sugar rush from an afternoon snack. Why would we want to stop something that makes us happy or frees up time? However, does that truly create happiness? Learning balance is the true happiness. When making changes, make sure you don’t completely cut out the things that give you equilibrium in life. Still enjoy time with friends or enjoy the outdoors for exercise instead of the gym. Don’t just think a certain weight or size will make you happy. Happiness is important to our wellbeing and is something that is found in the soul and not on a scale. Be sure to dig deep to find the passion that makes you feel your best. Once you find it, work on it, and know that when you meet your goal you will feel harmony.

#4. “Spice” up your diet

Food ruts are always a sign of a stale diet. The number one reason people get off track with their diets is because of boredom. Each season is the perfect reason to change the diet and the fall calls for the “harvest” of new recipes! Pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, cranberries and cinnamon will spice up your diet. Give some new recipes a try and learn to rotate to new recipes each season to beat the boredom with food. One good trick is to buy fruits and veggies that are in season, even if you have never tried them, and find recipes to try! This will give you a chance to try new foods, and escape the boredom of eating the same things.

#5. “Cool” your hunger

The winter harvest is for filling up with hardy foods before the winter hibernation begins. It is natural for our bodies to crave more food, not because we hibernate, but because we spend less time outside and tend to eat more. Not to mention all the sweets around, which actually make you hungrier! Fill up on fiber-rich foods, don’t skip meals, and keep yourself active to prevent the haunting hunger that can derail your healthy eating goals.

#6. “Warm” your body

And we don’t mean standing in front of a heater! Get active this holiday season! Do you realize you burn more calories shopping in a store than you do online? About 20 miles worth or 1,500 calories! Find ways to move more and don’t give up your exercise routine when you travel either. Most people find excuses why they fall out of exercise during the holidays; instead, why not create new ones? Go on a family walk after the big turkey dinner instead of plopping on the couch, play a game of twister or interactive video game after unwrapping the gifts under the tree, and celebrate the New Year dancing the night away.

#7. “Harvest” the produce

Toss the bread and eat veggies instead! Do you notice how much bread and starchy foods surround the holiday table and holiday parties? Dinner rolls, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, cakes, pies and cookies. The starches always outweigh the protein and veggies. Try making at least half of the food items plant-based! Offer more salads, veggie appetizers or plant-based entrees. You will be surprised to see how many people enjoy them and how you will feel better! Keep that in mind the whole holiday season when you are filling your plate, make half of it plant-based to keep food off the waist!

#8. “Change” the way you look at things

Falling into good habits depends on how you prepare yourself mentally. It always starts with inspiration, and that is where you will find your motivation. Finding passion in what you do is what will keep you accountable, and not just going through the moves but finding purpose in all the choices you make. Take pride in the work you put forth because when you “own it,” you live it, and when it becomes part of you, it never goes away. Fall for something you love, and that “something” should be YOU!!!

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How To Make Easy Healthy Desserts That Are Nut-Rageous

How To Make Easy Healthy Desserts That Are Nut-Rageous

Growing up, I would always misspell the words ‘desert’ and ‘dessert’. My teachers would tell me to think about the ‘s’ in the word—they would tell me that ‘dessert’ has two ‘s’ because they are super sweet and make us want to eat more; hence the double ‘s’. Deserts are typically very dry and sunny; not something we want more of; hence the single ‘s’. As silly as this is, it is something that has stuck with me into adulthood and has even made its way into the American diet. It is not a secret that most Americans have a sweet tooth and have no problem putting the extra ‘s’ in dessert.

As Americans, I believe we are all born with a natural attraction to desserts. It’s like we have a sweet tooth with a sensor, and once we come across a dessert, the sensor signals the body that it absolutely needs it. So, as many Americans do, we eat the dessert and move on with our lives. However, we often forget about the calories, sugar, and fat content of the sweets we are eating.

We all have this natural sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied every so often. However, there are many other ways to “splurge” into desserts without as many calories, sugar and fat.

Some Ideas For Easy Healthy Dessert Preparation:

Applesauce:

Applesauce—the unsweetened kind—should be a staple item for every baker as you can substitute it for sugar in many recipes. However, when doing so, you will need to reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe (approx. ¼ cup) to counteract the substitution. Using applesauce instead of sugar allows for a more natural sweetness and less calories. Additionally, applesauce can be used to substitute oil or butter in a recipe. There are two ways to do so: Replace half of the total butter or oil with applesauce or replace the whole amount. No matter what the substitution you choose, calories and fat content will be decreased.

Fruit:

Betsy's Best fruit and yogurt parfait features her cinnamon almond butter.Want to indulge in something sweet, without the added calories and fat? Eat fruit for dessert! A Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, with your favorite type of fruit, is the perfect treat at the end of a meal. Or, if you are in the mood for some tasty ice cream, try Dream Cream Fruit and Veggie Ice Cream. This delectable dessert combines fruit and veggies plus double the nutrients! Not to mention, much less fat than the average ice cream.

Betsy’s Best:

Nothing ‘puts the cherry on top’ of the dessert like Betsy’s Best Nut Butter. Try Betsy’s Chocolate Chia Pudding, and blow your ordinary chocolate pudding out of the park. This deliciousToasted Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding is an easy healthy dessert incorporation of the Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter with the chocolate is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Quick & Easy:

Betsy's Best dark chocolate strawberry poppersAre you in need for a quick, healthy dessert? Try Betsy’s Dark Chocolate Strawberry Poppers. This 4-ingredient treat is not only delicious, but very easy to assemble! It will leave you satisfied without the extra calories of ordinary desserts.

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4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 2

With the spookiest holiday just around the corner, we’re sure many of you have already begun planning out your Halloween parties, but have you thought about the snacks and treats you’ll serve? Skip the standard calorie-, sugar-, and fat-packed Halloween snacks this year and opt instead to create healthful treats that taste amazing without sacrificing flavor. If you’re looking for suggestions, we have several for you! In our last post, we shared with your four tips for creating healthy, yummy snacks for your costume party using one key ingredient: natural almond butter. These snacks included:

  • A healthful holiday party platter with all our favorite snack recipes
  • Homemade trail mix
  • Homemade pumpkin dip served with an assortment of fruits, veggies, baked goods, and crackers
  • Lemon and coconut energy balls

Here are a few more of our favorite snacks featuring gourmet almond butter and other wholesome ingredients. Need to restock your supply of all-natural almond butter? Head over to Betsy’s Best where you’ll find delightful gourmet nut butters and seed spreads!

4 Halloween Treats Made With Natural Almond Butter

Almond Butter Cups

This is a new take on a Halloween favorite. Make your own peanut butter cups, replacing the peanut butter with natural almond butter, and using cocoa, honey, and other healthy alternatives for creating these treats. If you’d rather go for almond butter balls coated in chocolate, you can do that too! The best part is, these are no-bake treats. Simply combine almond butter, honey, and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Making your own chocolate sauce by melting dark chocolate or using cocoa. Then, coat the almond butter in the chocolate, and refrigerate for an hour or until the chocolate hardens. Then serve in decorative Halloween cupcake cups and enjoy!

Gourmet Almond Butter and Jelly Finger Sandwiches

Using a wholesome whole grain bread, smother one side with almond butter, the other with fresh fruit or jelly, and cut into Halloween-themed shapes like ghosts and pumpkins. These are simple, yet filling and very easy to eat. You can refrigerate them for 30 minutes before serving them so to eliminate any gooeyness.

Almond Butter and Crackers

Rather than serving processed cheese dips and crackers, opt instead for healthy, yummy almond butter. Find an assortment of sweet and savory crackers or make them yourself. In a small serving bowl, add natural almond butter topped with crushed almond slices and a honey or maple syrup drizzle.

Homemade Pumpkin Granola

This is a crowd-pleaser for sure. This granola mix combines fall favorites like oats, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, raw cashews, sea salt, honey, and, among other wholesome ingredients, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter. This is easy to make and delicious to enjoy!  

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If you’re in need of a few jars of natural almond butter, non-GMO peanut butter, or cashew butter to create all your yummy Halloween treats, visit Besty’s Best today! All our nut butters and seed spreads are made with healthful, certified non-GMO ingredients. Head over to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut butters today!

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4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

4 Fun Halloween-Themed Treats Using Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

Halloween is right around the corner and if you’re like us, you’re probably already planning out your Halloween party eats for the kids, the office, or your adult-themed party. Rather than the usual buckets of store-bought candy, cookies, popcorn, chips, and other processed snacks, why not create your own using healthful yet tasty ingredients? Today, let’s look at some fun ways to transform the boring Halloween party snacks of old by looking at ways to put a new spin on classic favorites using natural almond butter as the secret ingredient. Be sure to visit Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butters so you’re fully stocked for all your snack making this Halloween.

4 Natural Almond Butter-Based Halloween Treats

Holiday Party Platter

Create a fun, healthy holiday platter that combines all the best snacks into one. From almond butter apple-berry finger sandwiches and apple slices dipped in almond butter, to no-bake almond butter balls and chocolate pumpkin seed clusters, this Halloween party platter won’t scare anyone away.

Homemade Trail Mix

Give the kids and adults something healthy to munch on with this homemade trail mix recipe. Combine all the best fall harvest nuts of the season, including peanuts, cashews, and pecans with dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, pumpkin pie spice, and, of course, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter. Toss the mixture together and enjoy! Say “goodbye” to store-bought trail mix for good, and “hello” to a sweet and savory mix that both parents and kids will love.

Homemade Pumpkin Dip

What is a Halloween party without pumpkin-flavored treats? A boring one! There’s no need to stock the snack table with greasy potato chips and calorie-packed processed cheese dips when you can make a delicious, nutritious homemade pumpkin dip that satisfies the craving for sweet and spicy. This dip pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, crunchy veggies, baked goods, and crackers.

Lemon Energy Balls

Okay, while this one doesn’t contain our natural almond butter, it is made with our delicious cardamom cashew butter, so we couldn’t resist. These little delights combine the sour zest of lemon with the richness of cashew butter and the sweetness of coconut. Why do these make a great Halloween treat, you ask? For one, they are extremely tasty. And two, you can make them look like little ghost faces by adding a few pieces of dark chocolate for the eyes and mouth.

Visit Betsy’s Best Today!

If you’re in need of a few jars of natural almond butter or cashew butter to make these and other tasty Halloween treats, shop Besty’s Best today! All our nut butters and seed spreads are made with wholesome, certified non-GMO ingredients. Stock your pantry today!

Tune in next time to learn even more spooky Halloween treats to make using wholesome, delicious ingredients!

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3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 2

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 2

Welcome back, almond butter lovers! Here at Betsy’s Best, we love snacks and have found many fun ways to make game day snacks a little healthier, wholesome, and flavorful using all-natural almond butter made with only the most wholesome ingredients. In celebration of football season, we began looking at ways to transform football Sunday snacks, offering you and your guests healthier selections without sacrificing flavor. Here are the yummy snacks we suggested trying in part one:

  • Almond Butter Finger Sandwiches
  • Apple Slices and Almond Butter
  • No-Bake Almond Butter Balls

Ready to learn more ways to up your football food game using almond butter? Here are three more tips for you! Don’t forget to head over to Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters to get your supply of gourmet almond butter, non-GMO peanut butter, cashew butter, and more!

3 Delicious Natural Almond Butter Snacks for Game Day

Almond Butter Oatmeal Football Cookies

Cookies on game day aren’t just for the kids. Almond butter cookies made with Betsy’s Cinnamon Almond Butter puts a healthy twist on baking. These cookies are a year-round favorite, but can be made especially for game day by forming the cookies into the shapes of footballs. You can get really creative and use a few of the rolled oats that the recipe calls for and placing them on top of the cookie to form the laces on the football. Serve these protein-packed cookies with a fruit plate full of the best seasonal berries complete with a side of gourmet almond butter or toasted cashew butter perfect for dipping.

Almond Chocolate Brownies

These ooey gooey sweet treats are perfect for an autumn football game. Made with Betsy’s Cinnamon Almond Butter, our delightful, gluten-free brownie recipe features such flavors as honey, cinnamon, and cocoa. Unlike heavy traditional brownies, this recipe offers the rich flavor and texture you crave, but without all the added heaviness and empty calories. Plus, this yummy treat is filling, thanks to the all the protein and fiber.  

Homemade Roasted Almonds

Rather than buying a bag of roasted nuts at the store that may contain maltodextrin and palm oil, make your own at home! When it comes to making this staple football game snack, the limits are nearly endless. You can go for sweet, savory, or something in-between. Simply grab a pound of raw almonds from your local grocery or health food store, a few ingredients, and mix them together in a bowl before popping them into the oven. You can use our Homemade Honey Roasted Cashew recipe to create honey roasted almonds. Or follow the same instructions only changing up the seasonings. Here are some seasonings you might consider:

  • Spicy cayenne and honey roasted almonds
  • Honey and cinnamon roasted almonds
  • Chili and cracked pepper roasted almonds
  • Chili and lime roasted almonds
  • Maple and brown sugar roasted almonds

Or, you can come up with a flavor of your own! This is one of the simplest snacks and only takes a few minutes to make. Just make sure you have a jar of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter on hand, as this is the key ingredient! You can even make a few different types so that you cover all your bases, appeasing both the sweet tooths and those who prefer savory flavors.

Shop Betsy’s Best

Visit Betsy’s Best to order your supply of the finest nut and seed butter for all your game day snacks! From natural almond butter to toasted cashew butter and gourmet sunflower seed butter, all our spreads are made with all-natural, non-GMO-verified ingredients that come from the best foods on earth. While you’re there, be sure to check out our recipes, created in Betsy’s very own kitchen. We’re sure you’ll find something you’ll love!

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3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

Hello, friends! Welcome back to the Betsy’s Best blog! Along with the cooler days, crisp air, and yummy fall foods, one of the best things about fall is that it’s football season. Watching football with family and friends, cheering for your favorite team, and, of course, munching on all the best football snacks makes for a fun Sunday. But if you’re tired of the same old football game snacks that are packed with more empty calories, fat, sugar, and sodium than healthful ingredients, we have some snack ideas for you that are both tasty and nutritious. Today, we’ll look at three football game snacks and treats made with yummy natural almond butter. Need to get stocked up on your supply of gourmet almond butter this fall? Visit Betsy’s Best to shop our selection of nut butter made with the most wholesome, all-natural ingredients.

3 Gourmet Almond Butter Snacks For Football Games

Almond Butter Finger Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches, or tea sandwiches as they’re sometimes called, are always a hit for small get-togethers, making them a perfect snack for watching football games. All you need is a few different types of bread, a few key ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a delightful, easy-to-eat, light snack! Here are some tasty combinations to try:

  • Almond butter, apple slices, and a honey drizzle
  • Almond butter, bananas, agave nectar, and cinnamon
  • Almond butter, granola, berries, and banana
  • Almond butter, cream cheese, and honey

Apple Slices and Almond Butter

Sometimes, keeping it simple is the best way to tackle your football party snacks, and apples and natural almond butter are always a winning combination. Simply slice up three different types of apples. Some of our favorite apples for this dish are Honeycrisp apples, pink lady apples, and granny smiths. Lay out your apples on a plate and in the center, place a dish of natural almond butter topped with sliced or crushed almonds and drizzled with honey. Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg for a spicy fall twist. This is much healthier and tastier than greasy chips dipped in some kind of calorie-packed, processed cheese dip.

No-Bake Almond Butter Balls

These are one of the easiest snacks to make for a football game. Simply mix gourmet almond butter, honey, and rolled oats in a mixing bowl. Then, roll about 1-1 ½ tablespoons of the mix into a small ball and place on a plate lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and then enjoy! You can even dip them in dark chocolate and then into crushed almonds for a little-added flavor and crunch.

Get Stocked Up On Almond Butter

The key ingredient for all of these football game snacks is almond butter, but you don’t want to use just any almond butter. You’ll want to use some that is thoughtfully made with only the most wholesome, all-natural ingredients. Shop Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butters today to order the best natural almond butter. While you’re there, pick up jar or two of non-GMO peanut butter and toasted cashew butter.     

Tune in for part two of this short blog series to learn more ways to create healthy, yummy snacks for football season! Until then, thank you for reading!

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