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!

4 Ways to Transform Lunchtime with Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

4 Ways to Transform Lunchtime with Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

Hey, almond lovers! Welcome back to the Betsy’s Best blog, where we focus on all-things almond butter. Are your lunches getting a bit boring? Do you eat the same old salad or the same old sandwich day-after-day? As food lovers ourselves, we at Betsy’s Best love finding new ways to add a little spunk to everyday lunches. Whether you want to make wholesome, delicious lunches for yourself, your partner, or your kiddos, we have some tasty lunchtime ideas for you to consider. Today, we’ll explore some ways to transform lunchtime from drab and boring to fun and flavorful using natural almond butter as the key ingredient. Looking for a truly, all-natural almond butter made with only healthful ingredients that are GMO- and gluten-free? Order Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter today! Visit Betsy’s Best and Amazon to order natural almond butter online, or find us at your local grocer!

Change-Up Lunchtime With All-Natural Almond Butter

Natural Almond Butter Chicken Salad

This may sound a little crazy to some, but you can totally make chicken salad using natural almond butter! This is a new twist on a classic lunchtime favorite that combines the yummy flavors of almond butter with healthy shredded chicken, pinto beans, and southwest spices like cumin, chili powder, and paprika. Trust us when we say that once you taste this delightful, healthful chicken salad, you won’t go back to the plain, traditional way of eating chicken salad.

Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

While we’re on the topic of chicken salad, these little gems are truly delicious, filling, and relatively guilt-free! If you’re looking to reduce your lunchtime carb and bread intake, then these will make the perfect lunch for you. Simply follow the almond butter chicken salad recipe and instead of spooning a dollop of chicken salad on bread, fill a couple Roma or Campari tomatoes with chicken salad.

Almond Butter Banana Bread Smoothie

For those who are constantly on-the-go, who prefer their lunches to be as mobile as they are, our Healthy Banana Nut Bread Smoothie is just for you. Simply combine almond milk, gourmet almond butter, apples, zucchini, carrots, and chia seeds, and you’ll have one amazing smoothie that can help you power through your day.

Banana Slices and Almond Butter Spread

If you love bananas, there really isn’t a better combination than natural almond butter and bananas (unless you prefer all natural peanut butter and bananas, that is!). For some, a banana is all they’ll eat for lunch, which, in all honesty simply isn’t enough. Add a smear of gourmet almond butter to banana slices with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and lunchtime has suddenly gotten a lot tastier. Bananas are packed with potassium that is good for your heart and muscles, while almonds provide plenty of antioxidants. This delicious lunch is sure to get you through your day. Add a side of grapes, berries, or carrots for an extra boost of health.

Get Betsy’s Best Natural Almond Butter Today!

If you want to make these and other lunchtime recipes with am all-natural almond butter made with only the most wholesome ingredients, order Betsy’s Best Natural Almond Butter online or find us in your local grocery store today!

Tune in for part two of this short blog series to learn even more delicious recipes to transform your lunchtime meals.

5 Ways To Eat Natural Almond Butter, Part 1

Welcome back to Betsy’s Best blog! In my recent posts, we have been looking at everything from the health benefits of eating all-natural almond butter to why you should start your morning off right by eating delicious, nutritious non-GMO peanut butter. Today, I will share with you some classic and adventurous ways to eat natural almond butter for morning, lunch, dinner, and every meal in-between. And if you’re ready to restock your pantry with delectable, healthful gourmet almond butter, visit Besty’s Best online or find it in your local grocery store today!

Use It As a Spread

One of the most traditional ways to eat almond butter is to eat it as a spread. Whether you want to spread it on your morning wheat toast, on top of a whole-grain waffle, or on a blueberry bagel fresh from the bakery, you can’t go wrong with eating natural almond butter as a spread. It gives any boring piece of bread new life!

Add To a Smoothie

One of my favorite on-the-go breakfasts is a refreshing, nutrient-rich smoothie made with fresh ingredients. Smoothies are great because, for one, they’re one of the most versatile ways to enjoy a whole variety of wholesome ingredients; and two, you can get really creative with making smoothies. For a filling breakfast or a protein-rich afternoon pick-me-up, blend potassium-packed bananas, a dash of almond milk, Betsy’s Best Almond Butter with Cinnamon, and a heaping spoonful of protein powder.

Healthy Fruit Dip

All-natural almond butter pairs perfectly with a myriad of fresh fruits. From banana slices to apple slices to strawberries, pears, and dried apricot, almond butter makes the perfect dip for fruit. Make this as a morning snack to eat at the office or as a healthy, shareable snack for get-togethers and summer barbeques.

Sweet and Decadent Crepes

Crepes are delightful thin and fluffy pastries that can be made with sweet or savory ingredients. Almond butter crepes come in all different varieties. For a more traditional dessert crepe, combine Betsy’s Best gourmet almond butter and milk or dark chocolate. For a healthier version of this fancy flat pastry slather on a layer of almond butter and top it with sliced bananas and strawberries with a light honey drizzle on top. This is a sweet treat that the whole family will love.

Almond Butter Muffins

If you’re like me, you love a light and fluffy muffin for breakfast to start your morning off right. Sure, you can always spread ooey gooey almond butter on top of a muffin, but you can also mix this delightful ingredient it right into the batter to put a new twist on a classic breakfast favorite.

Get Natural Almond Butter Today

These are just a few ways you can enjoy gourmet almond butter while also getting your vitamins, fueling your body and mind, and lowering cholesterol. But why stop here when there are so many fun and classic ways to enjoy eating natural almond butter? Tune in for part two of my blog series to learn even more ways to eat natural almond butter. If you would like to get your own supply of Betsy’s Best all-natural almond butter that is non-GMO, gluten-free, and made with the most wholesome ingredients, visit Betsy’s Best, find us on Amazon, or find us in your local supermarket.

Creative Ways to Use Almond Butter in Your Kitchen

Creative uses of almond butter in the kitchenWhat’s not to love about almond butter? The sweet taste of the almond pairs perfectly with the cinnamon, honey, and Himalayan salt for a delicious blend in Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter. Almond butter packs a dose of healthy fats due to almonds being a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Adding chia seeds seals the deal, providing you your daily needs of omegas in just 2 tablespoons! This healthy spread is delicious just by the spoonful, but it’s quickly become a “secret” ingredient in many recipes. From dressings, desserts, snacks and entrees, there isn’t a meal that doesn’t benefit from a scoop of this delicious nut butter.

Cultivate your creativeness and explore all of your culinary options by experimenting with almond butter in your favorite recipes. Here are some ideas to add a whole new flavor to basic recipes.

Almond Butter as an Add-On
Here are some fun and easy ways to use almond butter as an add-on to make great foods and recipes even better:

  • 1-2 Tbsp in a muffin or banana bread recipe
  • 1 Tbsp to your oatmeal in the morning
  • 1 Tbsp to your smoothie
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter + 1 T coconut oil, melted and drizzle over popcorn
  • 1/4 cup in your rice crispy treat recipe
  • 1 tsp to coffee or latte
  • 1 tsp to a chocolate martini
  • 1 Tbsp to cream cheese, ricotta, yogurt, or cottage cheese
  • Stuff some into dates           

Almond Butter as a Topping or Dip
Try Betsy’s Best with:

  • Pears, apples, bananas, strawberries
  • Celery, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes
  • Rice cakes, English muffins, toast, crackers, graham crackers
  • 70% cacao dark chocolate bar, for a home-made peanut butter cup
  • Ice cream

Recipes with Almond Butter
From breakfast to dinner, smoothies to desserts, almond butter can add real flavor and fun to any recipe. This nut butter is so versatile, even dairy and gluten-free recipes, which tend to be dry, become much more interesting (and more moist) by adding some almond butter. Here are a few delicious recipes to try that use Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter:

Honey Mustard Almond Butter Dressing

Healthy Banana Nut Bread Smoothie

Raz Almond Butter Muffins – Gluten-Free

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