Food Integrity | A Message From Betsy

Food Integrity | A Message From Betsy

Food Integrity is very important to Betsy, a registered Dietitian and the creator of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters.  Here is a message from Betsy:

Ever since I whipped out my Vitamix to blend together the perfect peanut butter with a sweet and salty perfection for my daughter, sourcing the highest quality ingredients has always been top priority.  If it is good enough for my family, it is good enough for yours!

Why Food Integrity Is Important To Betsy

As a registered dietitian I have a different outlook on the food industry.  I don’t look at profits and margins on how much my products can make.  I look at functional food ingredients that will nourish the body, flavors that will fascinate the taste buds and foster a feeling of connection with food that is good for you. I take pride in sourcing the highest quality ingredients knowing that although they may be more expensive, they are also better for you.  I may make the Rolls Royce of nut and seed butters but I try hard to make them affordable for everyone.  It is hard competing in the food industry where every cent matters and food companies do all they can to increase profits, even if that means compromising on quality and sourcing lower integrity ingredients.  That is why I saw an opportunity to grow a business on standards, quality and pride.  I want my butters to be different from the rest.  I want the taste to be outstanding, I want the experience to be one to remember and I want to go to bed at night knowing that what I am providing you is the BEST I can offer.  After all, I am BETSY and this is my BEST!

I am highlighting some of our top quality super-star ingredients that make my butters stellar.

  1. We source the third most expensive spice in the world, cardamom, to grace our Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom.  Not only is this spice rich in flavor but rich in nutrients that can reduce inflammation and help with stomach issues.
  2. We source not just cinnamon, but Korintji cinnamon for our Gourmet Peanut Butter, Gourmet Almond Butter, and Gourmet Seed Butter because this type of cinnamon has a richer flavor and more robust nutrients.
  3. We select the highest quality Brazilian nuts to blend our Gourmet Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter and our Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom for the creamiest and most flavorful cashew butter you will ever taste.
  4. Every single one of my butters is carefully crafted with chia seeds, the world’s most functional super seed and the star ingredient for our crazy crunchy texture.
  5. We source an outstanding organic honey that comes from the buzzing bees from the US, not from countries like China where many of the honeys that are used commercially come from.
  6. Our amazing almonds, that are hands down the best tasting, are sourced in beautiful California by our own US farmers.  Our sunny sunflower seeds come from North Dakota, and our US peanuts from farms extending from Arizona to Virginia.
  7. I choose to use a pink Himalayan salt for that savory flavor rather than traditional table salt, that is not only processed but lacking the minerals my pink salt contain.

I may be picky with the ingredients I use, but it is only because I want the highest quality for you.  If I am not my BEST when crafting my delicious Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters, then I can’t call my company Betsy’s Best. I want all of my fans to know I have your back and I won’t disappoint when I promise to keep quality in mind and will never compromise taste or health.  I may have to borrow that pizza slogan and put a slight twist on it, “Best taste with Best Ingredients!”

Yours in Health,

Betsy

FALL IN LOVE WITH A TRULY GOURMET NUT BUTTER

FALL IN LOVE WITH A TRULY GOURMET NUT BUTTER

Here at Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters, we set high standards for what foods we fall in love with. We search and search until we find that special food that makes us feel happy and complete. There are a lot of fish in the sea, but here is how Betsy finds that one that is just right.

Three Great Reasons to Love Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butters and Seed Butter

#1 TASTE – Food that does not taste good is like a sunset without the sun. No one likes to eat a food that does not taste good. Along with taste, Betsy looks for her foods to have good texture and consistency. If the taste is good, Betsy will move on to the second item of the checklist.

#2 FLAVOR – Taste and flavor go hand and hand, oftentimes if it tastes good, the flavor is good. Betsy looks for flavors to be strong, but not too strong, and vibrant, but not too vibrant. This is a very difficult quality to achieve consistently. Flavor is something Betsy values because she wants eating to be an enjoyable and exciting experience, not boring and dull.

#3 NUTRITION – As a Registered Dietitian, nutrition holds the highest importance in Betsy’s heart. Ultimately, whatever Betsy eats needs to be giving her something back. Whether this is antioxidants, omega-3 fats or Vitamin E for healthier skin, Betsy will fall in love. A food that is tasty, full of flavor and healthy is the trick to winning her heart.

This Valentine’s Day fall in love with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters. This is Betsy’s way of giving back to the food community so all of her consumers can find that special food. With Betsy’s Best, you do not have to compromise taste, flavor or nutrition. It is the best of all 3 worlds and truly is love at first bite! Whether you fall in love with the almond, peanut, cashew, seed or brand new Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter you are bound to find a lover that will never go away.

Holiday Gift Ideas For Nut Butter Lovers

Holiday Gift Ideas For Nut Butter Lovers

The Holiday shopping season is here!  The search for the perfect gift can literally drive people “Nuts!”

Well, here at Betsy’s Best, we have some “nutty” ideas that are unique and are perfect for fitness and health buffs, foodies, healthy-minded Moms, and especially any nut butter lover.  Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are all-natural and Non-GMO-Project Verified, low in sugar, gluten-free, and most importantly, they are uniquely delicious.  So, if you know a person that loves great tasting healthy foods why search any further?  The perfect gift has been found.

Here are some great ways gift Betsy’s Best this holiday season:

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer:

The perfect stocking stufferDid you know a jar of Betsy’s Best fits perfectly in the toe of any stocking?  It does and it is much more exciting than an orange or a baseball. The nut butter lover in your life will truly be excited to find a jar at the bottom of their stocking.

As Part of a Healthy Gift Box:

A nut butter gift boxMake the perfect gift box for the healthy person in your life.  Buy a nice Holiday box and stuff it full of healthy and tasty treats.  With four different types of Betsy’s Best (Gourmet Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, and Cashew Butter) your box will be off to a great start.  What goes great with Betsy’s Best?  How about add in some whole grain artisan bread, and some all-natural low sugar jelly.  Your special someone will delight as they make their own PB&J Gourmet Experience!  Crackers, nut mixes, granola, and fruit all pair well with nut butters, too.

A Unique Holiday Party Hostess Gift

The perfect Holiday hostess giftHow many bottles of wine does any party hostess need?  Well, maybe a lot, but why not bring something truly unique?  Two jars of Betsy’s Best (maybe our Almond Butter and Cashew Butter) will stand out from the crowd.  Plus, they can be enjoyed by the whole family and not just the adults.  Slip the jars into any Holiday wine bag and you’ll be ready to make a grand entrance.

Office Secret Santa:

Secret Santa GiftFinding a gift for an office party can be a real challenge.  But, if you give the gift of Betsy’s Best we bet you will be hearing “Wow!  Whoever gave me Betsy’s Best, Thank You! That was my favorite Secret Santa gift ever!”  It’s good for you, it’s different, and it tastes amazing.

Holiday Cookie Exchange:

Holiday cookie exchangeLots of people love to bring their friends home-made baked goods for the Holidays.  Well, Betsy is here to help.  She loves cooking and concocting all kinds of recipes, especially Holiday themed recipes.  Here are a few of our favorites that will be sure to wow your friends this Holiday season:

Candy Cane Cookie Dough Balls

Holiday Peanut Butter and Peppermint Cookies

Other Fun Holiday Recipes:

Holiday Peppermint Smoothie

Betsy’s Best Eggnog Smoothie

Merry Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Almond Butter and Ginger Jelly Glazed Ham

Simple Healthy Smoothies

Simple Healthy Smoothies

Simple healthy smoothies are an important part of Betsy’s day. Smoothies are a customizable food that you can easily add to a healthy diet any time of day. Many people get hooked on making smoothies the second they buy a new blender, but quickly get bored with the same recipes. Since smoothies are the easiest way to get greens like kale and spinach into your diet, or possibly your kids’ diets, it’s important to know how to build the perfect smoothie so you can make endless combinations and beat that boredom stage!

How to make simple healthy smoothies:

Step 1: Your Base (1-2 cups)

First, add a liquid base to your blender. Try water, coconut water and unsweetened regular milk or vanilla milk alternatives (almond milk, hemp milk, soy milk, flax milk, etc.)

Step 2: Natural Sweetness (1-2 cups)

Next, add in fresh or frozen fruits such as banana, berries or mango, and sweet vegetables like already cooked sweet potato, pumpkin or squash.

Step 3: Greens (1-2 cups)

This is your chance to sneak in the amazing nutritional benefits of greens without even detecting the taste! Kale, spinach, collards or sprouts are perfect for this step.

Step 4: Optional Flavorings (per taste preference)

For excellent flavor that will “spice” up your smoothie without added calories or fat, add in cinnamon or nutmeg, vanilla or lemon extract, or unsweetened cacao powder.

Step 5: Optional Healthy Fats (1-2 Tablespoons)

To turn that smoothie into a well-rounded meal replacer, add healthy whole fats such as Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Sunflower Seed Butter, avocado, chia seeds or hemp seeds.

Healthy smoothies are one of our favorite ways to incorporate Betsy’s Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters. The added protein, sweet cinnamon and honey in each serving of Betsy’s Best make every smoothie completely delish! Try our Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie for a creamy Nutella-flavored smoothie that tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy!

A Nut Butter with Umami

A Nut Butter with Umami

Do you love Umami? Falling in love with your food is nothing new.  We are all creatures of habit and have distinct tastes that tantalize those taste buds.  From sweet to savory or textures of smooth to crunchy, every profile has a role in creating the experience food provides.

Umami | Savory or Spicy

The newest flavor profile that is the buzz word with foodies is “umami.” Umami means savory or spicy and is one of the five basic tastes along with sweetness, bitterness, sourness, and saltiness.  The unique combination of all the intense flavors makes certain parts of the brain light up.  It is what attracts a person to specific foods.  Creating an attraction to healthy, functional food ingredients can only be a good thing!

Some of us eat to live, but many of us live to eat!

At Betsy’s Best our mission is to create healthy foods that are not only delicious but nutritious!  Food should be full of flavor and integrity behind each ingredient, hand selected for a nutritional purpose. Betsy, a registered dietitian, recognizes that flavor is a powerful thing and helps us connect with our food.  Wanting to provide a unique experience, her nut and seed butters are anything but ordinary.  They are in fact “gourmet” and feature unique combinations of some of the 5 basic tastes.

The original flavor profile, first developed in Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter, is slightly sweet with a hint of salt to make all of the flavors pop.  With unique superfood ingredients that include cinnamon, chia seeds, organic honey, and Himalayan pink salt, this blend (available as a peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower seed butter) will enhance the flavor of any recipe or can be enjoyed simply by licking it off a spoon.

If you want more umami, Betsy’s Best also has a delicious gourmet cashew butter featuring cardamom instead of cinnamon.  This cashew butter is less sweet, but still plays nicely on the taste buds with a savory, sweet and salty combination.

Betsy’s Best Makes Any Recipe Better

In a smoothie, dressed on a salad, as a marinade on meat, drizzled over a treat or enjoyed on a spoon, you will see that Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are better than the rest!  Next time you dip your spoon into Betsy’s Best, take a moment to appreciate the complete flavor profile and texture. Feel good about falling in love with your food!

Let’s Go Kroger-ing with Betsy’s Best

Let’s Go Kroger-ing with Betsy’s Best

Growing up in a small Indiana town, I remember shopping at the local Kroger. My sister and I tagged along behind our mom as she did her weekly shopping, stopping to talk to all the neighbors and friends along the way. It was more than a grocery store; it was a social outing. I wonder what my 8-year-old self would think if I told her a product that she developed in her kitchen would one day grace those very same Kroger shelves? I’m sure she wouldn’t believe it, but it’s true! I am proud to announce that Kroger and Kroger affiliated stores coast to coast are the newest grocery chain to sell Betsy’s Best. Now my neighbors and friends can purchase a product developed by the little girl in pigtails who trailed her mom at their hometown Kroger.

Landing the Kroger account has literally put us on the map, making Betsy’s Best a national company overnight. In early spring, I walked into the Kroger corporate office in Cincinnati with my four gourmet nut and seed butters. At that point, Betsy’s Best was available in around 600 stores nationwide, but Kroger alone has over 1,700 stores and affiliates throughout the country. It was an important meeting, but it didn’t take long for me to realize it was love at first bite for the buyer. As he licked the spoon after trying each flavor, I recognized the smile on his face; I found another Betsy’s Best fan.

Not long after that meeting, we found out Kroger wanted to carry two of the Betsy’s Best products—the Gourmet Almond Butter and Cashew Butter. But it wasn’t until early October that Kroger told us they were going to put these Betsy’s Best products in 1,305 of their stores. The news was so astounding I literally cried tears of joy.

Except for my daughter, I have never been more proud of something I created. Although we’ve been working at this for over three years, the Betsy’s Best adventure is just beginning. We are thrilled you’re along for the ride. If you haven’t tried Betsy’s Best yet, hopefully you’ll be able to buy it at a grocery store near you soon!

Betsy’s Best can now be found in Albertsons, Baker’s, Bristol Farms, Caputo’s, City Markets, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Ingles, Jay C, King Soopers, Kroger, Lowes Markets, Mariano’s, Marsh, Owen’s, Pay Less, Plum Market, Ralphs, Ruler Foods, Smith’s, Standard Market, Vons, and Whole Foods Florida. Go to www.betsysbest.com to find Betsy’s Best in a location near you. We are proud of all of our chains and smaller independent retailers!