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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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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Rice Crispy Treats: Perfect for Every Occasion!

Rice Crispy Treats: Perfect for Every Occasion!

Delicious, easy to make, and healthy. Two of those words describe Rice Krispy Treats, and one is a bit of a stretch! Traditional Rice Krispy snacks are one of America’s favorite sweet snacks, but is there a low-sugar alternative? After all, you probably want to keep the kids from bouncing off the walls!

Well, you’re in luck. Ditch the traditional sugar-laden Krispy Treats! Instead, consider an all-natural, low-sugar, gourmet nut butter as a substitute. These nutrageous Rice Krispy treat recipes use superfood nut butter to bring down the sugar content and boost the flavor. The kids will love them and they’re healthy to boot!

Wait, Rice Krispy Treats With Nut Butters?

Absolutely!

Think of nut butter as a superfood. Loaded with great-tasting ingredients, nut butters are a versatile foodstuff that can satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. Even better, nut butters have a fraction of the sugar you’ll find in similar products. Processed ‘nut spreads’ can have up to 30 grams of sugar per serving! A single serving of Betsy’s Best Coconut Cashew Butter, for example, sits pretty at a mere 3 grams of sugar per serving.

A traditional Rice Krispy treat comes loaded with processed sugars and preservatives. That’s no good for the children — we want to teach healthy habits, after all — and it’s unnecessary. Why resort to high-sugar, unhealthy Rice Krispy recipes? A delicious superfood alternative exists in Betsy’s Best Rice Krispy Treats!

Betsy’s Best Rice Krispy Treats uses a combination of nut butter, sprouted brown rice cereal, honey, and a dash of other ingredients to make the perfect snack. Betsy’s Best isn’t reinventing the wheel here — well, maybe a little — but we are certainly reimagining it!

How Do You Choose Which Nut Butter To Use?

One of the wonders of an ample selection of delicious nut butter is that there’s an almost endless supply of combinations you can whip up in the kitchen. What nut butter to use depends entirely on what taste you’re chasing! For Rice Krispy Treats, a classic Cinnamon Peanut Butter works fantastically well. If you’re craving some almond in your snack, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter makes for a delicious Krispy treat.

Sorry, Nuts Are A No-Go. What About Nut Alternatives?

You’re in luck! Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter is the perfect alternative if you or someone in your family suffers from a pesky nut allergy. If you’ve heard that alternatives never live up to the real thing, let’s put that to rest right now — Besty’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter is as delicious as it is healthy!

Betsy’s Best Chocolate Nut Butter Krispy Treats: Ingredients and Preparation

Ever look at the recipe for the “Original Rice Krispy Treat”? It’s as delicious as it is unhealthy (and that’s saying something). You’re looking at processed marshmallows, tubs of butter high in saturated fat, and more sugar than you can shake a stick at.

The first thing you’ll note about Betsy’s Best Chocolate Nut Butter Krispy Treats is that there’s only a handful of ingredients. Every ingredient is as natural as can be — nothing processed here! We designed this recipe for anyone looking for that perfect blend of nutrition-packed flavor.

Let’s get to it. You’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1 10-ounce bag of natural marshmallows (Dandies Marshmallows contain no high fructose corn syrup if you’re looking for a recommendation)
  • 1/2 cup Betsy’s Best Gourmet peanut, almond, or seed butters
  • 5 cups of One Degree Veganic Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps Cereal
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or raw cacao chips

Now, try comparing our recipe to a more traditional one. You’ll note that our recipe has no added sugar, no processed ingredients, and no butter loaded with saturated fats. This is where superfood ingredients like nut butters, seeds, and honey truly shine — you get full flavor with no added sugar tax!

The Cooking Process

With all your ingredients ready, it’s time to get cooking! You’ll want to:

  • Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with coconut oil or use a non-stick cooking spray.

Once you’ve greased the pan properly, you’ll need to:

  • In a large pot, melt 3 tablespoons of coconut oil.

Many alternative Rice Krispy Treat recipes fall short in this critical category: they don’t produce gooey treats! The best Rice Krispy Treats are gooey, sticky, and filled with pure deliciousness. A good quality coconut oil works wonders to produce that effect.

Next:

  • Add the marshmallows and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until they melt completely. This should take about 5-8 minutes.

Tip: Keep a close eye on the marshmallows as they melt — if they start to brown and bubble, the heat is too high.

  • Add the Betsy’s Best and honey and stir until incorporated.

Remember to mix thoroughly. You want a nice, consistent texture to the mixture.

  • Remove from the heat and immediately add the cacao crisp cereal, hemp and chia seeds.

Tip: Use a wood spoon to stir and coat the cereal and seeds completely.

Next:

  • Sprinkle in the dark chocolate chips and give one more stir.

How many dark chocolate chips you end up using is up to you. The recommended ¼ cup of dark chocolate chips provides a velvety layer of flavor that brings the recipe together. Of course, feel free to adjust the chocolate to your taste.

  • Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and, using a sheet of wax paper or the back of a spatula coated with coconut oil, press evenly on the mixture to form it in the pan.

This part can get a bit tricky. Make sure to press the mixture down as consistently as possible — if the surface is irregular, the treats may cook unevenly!

Lastly:

  • Let the Rice Krispie treats cool completely, then cut them into squares and serve. This recipe yields 24 squares.

Tip: Try not to eat them all at once — the kids will want a bite!

What About The Different Nut Butter Options?

The above recipe calls for peanut, almond, or sunflower seed butter. The choice is yours — any will work fantastically well — and it’s simple enough to substitute your flavor of choice. The recipe doesn’t change between each nut butter, so feel free to whip up a batch of each and see which one the kids love the most!

Cinnamon Peanut Butter

Chocolate and peanut butter is a natural marriage of amazing flavors. If you’ve got a hankering for some peanut goodness, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter is an excellent choice. The dash of cinnamon, organic honey, and Demerara sugar (for sweetness) rounds out the Rice Krispy Treat nicely!

Cinnamon Almond Butter

If you’re craving almond-infused treats, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter may be the best choice for your Rice Krispy Treat. With this nut butter, you swap out the creamy richness of peanut butter for the nutty goodness of all-natural almonds. That’s a winning combination!

Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower seed butter has a completely unique taste (in a good way!). If you’ve never tried, now’s a perfect time. It has a unique, roasted flavor that eschews overt sweetness in favor of subtle creaminess. As we mentioned above, Betsy’s Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter is perfect for anyone with traditional nut allergies. Of course, don’t avoid it if you don’t have an allergy — we find that many people fall in love with Betsy’s Best Sunflower Seed Butter after a single spoonful.

And It’s Actually Healthy?

You bet!

Take a look at the ingredients. Coconut oil? Brown rice cereal? Chia and hemp seeds? These are natural, organic ingredients that are as healthy as can be. Toss in a bit of natural dark chocolate and you’ve got yourself a recipe loaded with superfoods.

You’ll reap the rewards from:

  • Plenty of antioxidants
  • Healthy, omega-3 fatty acids
  • Important vitamins and nutrients
  • No added saturated foods, oils, or sugar

And, of course, you’re not ingesting handfuls of processed sugar and unnatural ingredients that make up so many other foods. If there’s one takeaway from Betsy’s Best Chocolate Nut Butter Krispy Treats, it’s that delicious sweet treats don’t need scoops of added sugar. The natural flavor of our nut butter, a dash of organic honey, and a hint of Demerara add plenty of sweetness to the dish.

Betsy’s Best Chocolate Nut Butter Krispy Treats: Perfect For Any Occasion

Looking for a quick snack to pep up the kids? Want to reward the family with something delicious? If that sounds familiar, Betsy’s Best Rice Krispy Treat is for you.

Feel free to visit Betsy’s Best blog here for more recipes using our yummy nut butters. You’ll find recipes for everything from smoothies to salads — that’s how versatile nut butter is!

If you’re not satisfied with your purchase, we offer an exclusive 60 Day 100% Money Back Guarantee. We love hearing from our customers, so contact us with any questions!

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Picnic Food: 10 Perfect Dishes for Your Next Picnic

Picnic Food: 10 Perfect Dishes for Your Next Picnic

When you’re sitting under glorious sunshine on a spring or summer day, surrounded by the beauty of nature and in the company of good friends, almost any food tastes just that much better. But not every food is suitable for a picnic. Planning an al fresco feast, in reality, means considering whether recipes keep well, if they travel well, are pack-up-able, are easy to eat away from home and if they taste great cold or at room temperature. You’ll also need to choose recipes that fit the parameters of your own particular picnic. Does the food need to stay fresh all day or just for an hour or two? Will you dine at a picnic table with plates and forks, lay out on a blanket on the beach or grab a park bench? With a little planning and some great, picnic-friendly recipes (such as the 10 that follow), you’ll create an unforgettable outdoor dining experience that’s tasty and healthy too.

1. The Original Gourmet PB&J Sandwich

Your typical, old-school PB&J might seem to be an unimaginative choice for a picnic. Consider instead Betsy’s Original Gourmet PB&J Sandwich, which elevates the childhood classic with upgraded ingredients to suit even the most discerning of adult palates (kids love them too!). Start with quality whole-grain bread – a hearty loaf will hold up better than a lighter, airier one – and spread one slice with your favorite Betsy’s Best gourmet nut and seed butter and another with strawberry jam, or any jam of your choice. You could certainly finish the sandwich at this stage, but sliced fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of both cacao nibs and granola inside the PB&J turns it into something really special.

2. Salad with Honey Mustard Cashew Butter Dressing

Any salad you could think of is wonderfully jazzed-up by Betsy’s Honey Mustard Cashew Butter Dressing. When you’re preparing salad for a picnic, choose sturdier greens like arugula, kale or romaine, plus ingredients that hold up over time, such as cherry tomatoes and bell pepper slices. Keep the dressing separately in a small screw-top jar and add it to the salad just before you eat. Speaking of dressings, this homemade honey mustard cashew butter concoction is so delicious you’ll want to whip up a whole batch to keep in the fridge. With cashew butter, canned pumpkin, apple cider vinegar and vegan mayo among its ingredients, this dressing is healthier than store-bought options, and much tastier too.

3. Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

No picnic spread is complete without something sweet, and this Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread showcases the natural sweetness of bananas. Oats, almond butter and coconut oil amp up the banana bread’s impressive nutrient profile, while an ample dose of cinnamon boosts its beautiful flavors. You’ll need to bake this in advance, but banana bread is one of few dessert-type dishes that improves after sitting for a day or two. It also travels really well, whether you wrap up a whole loaf or individual slices, staying moist and holding its shape perfectly even after getting packed into a picnic basket.

4. Betsy’s Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip

Betsy’s Cinnamon Peanut Butter Dip is a wonderful picnic recipe due to its versatility. Blending white beans, cinnamon peanut butter, a few dates and a little miso for a boost of umami, this dip spans the sweet-salty spectrum while packing in a major dose of plant-based protein and fiber. As a dip, it’s a perfect complement to crunchy veggies such as mini bell peppers, mini cucumbers and celery sticks, all of which hold their crunch nicely even after hours in a cooler. You could also enjoy it with bread sticks or crackers, smear it on a bagel or use it as a spread in sandwiches or wraps. We told you it’s versatile.

5. Simple Asian Slaw

In the wide world of salads, slaws stand alone in their longevity, staying crunchy and tasty – possibly even getting more delicious – even after a few days in the fridge. This makes them the perfect type of salad to bring along for a picnic, and you don’t even need to keep the dressing on the side. Slaws also lend themselves to a wide range of flavor profiles, although we especially love the Asian-inspired ingredients that augment Betsy’s Simple Asian Slaw. It really is simple, too. Shred carrots and purple cabbage on a box grater, in a food processor of using a sharp knife, and chop scallions and cilantro. The dressing comprises cinnamon almond butter, red-wine vinegar, oil and a little sugar and salt – that’s it! Toss it all together and transfer the slaw to seal-able containers (Tupperware and Mason jars both work) before packing into your cooler pre-picnic.

6. Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins

Gluten-free and rich in protein, these Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins taste like a treat but are actually very good for you. In addition to almond flour, the muffins include other nutritious ingredients like pumpkin puree, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter and eggs. Spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and gloves gives them a craveably delicious flavor profile. These muffins are also great for a picnic, if you can resist the urge to eat them when they’re still warm from the oven.

7. Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

Betsy’s Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes seem like a special picnic dish that takes a bit of effort, but they’re really quite simple. They’re a great alternative to the usual sandwich as a vehicle for a tasty, healthy version of a classic chicken salad, which uses Greek yogurt and pinto beans instead of the usual mayo. A few choice spices add great flavor. We suggest you use slightly less-ripe tomatoes when making this recipe for a picnic, as they will hold up better than soft ripe ones. Wrap each stuffed tomato tightly in plastic wrap before packing them into a container ready for the cooler. Note: You can make a vegetarian version of this dish using hard-boiled eggs or tofu instead of chicken. It’s nice with tuna too.

8. Peanut Butter Coconut Crisps

Every picnic basket needs a few snacky items, and these Peanut Butter Coconut Crisps are a perfect option. If anyone gets peckish before it’s time to sit down and eat your picnic, a handful of these sweet, salty, crunchy chips will definitely satisfy them until it’s picnic time. They include cacao or cocoa powder for a hint of chocolate, plus cinnamon peanut butter for some delicious plant-based protein. The chips are quite simple to prepare as well, but we suggest making a large batch as they tend to disappear quickly.

9. Smokin’ Peanut Butter Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Find a place in your picnic for Betsy’s amazing Smokin’ Peanut Butter Chipotle BBQ Sauce, whether it’s as a spread for chicken or veggie sandwiches or sauce for cold roast chicken. With its bold smoky and spicy flavors, along with the richness of cinnamon peanut butter, this sauce brings the taste of a BBQ to any picnic. And if you do have access to a grill during your outdoor experience, all the better! Spread the sauce over burgers, grilled chicken or grilled portobello mushrooms, among other options.

10. Homemade Trail Mix

Another perfect picnic snack is Betsy’s Homemade Trail Mix, which puts a nutrageous twist on the classic combination of nuts and dried fruit with the addition of white chocolate chips, cinnamon almond butter and pumpkin pie spice. This recipe uses pecans, cashews, peanuts and dried cranberries, but feel free to switch these up with any other nuts, dried fruits and other tasty treats you have on hand. You might also use different spices and other kinds of chocolate. Consider dried apricots, dried mango, cacao nibs, sunflower seeds and walnuts, among countless options. Think of it as a “choose your own adventure” kind of picnic snack.

Ready to Pack Your Picnic?

Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters make wonderful ingredients for picnic fare, as they’re nutritious, satisfying and above all delicious. Browse through these recipes and more and you’re sure to get inspired to prepare a picnic, gather your friends and head outdoors for a great meal.

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Sunflower Oil – The Unsung Cooking Hero

Sunflower Oil – The Unsung Cooking Hero

Experts have spilled plenty of ink about which cooking oil is healthiest. In the early 2000s, people began to turn their attention toward oils rich in omega-6 fatty acids, like avocado, coconut, and extra-virgin olive oil.

But all this fuss has left one unsung hero in the dust: sunflower oil. Sunflower oil offers tremendous full-body health benefits–and it tastes great, too! Here are just a few reasons why sunflower oil should be the next ingredient you add to your kitchen.

What Is Sunflower Oil?

Sunflower oil is a vegetable oil, naturally extracted from sunflower seeds. It’s made and used all around the world, in a variety of international cuisines and dishes, and is a terrific substitute for unhealthy cooking oils.

Like many other refined oils, sunflower oil is a high-heat oil, which makes it easy to cook with. Not only does sunflower oil have a mild, pleasant taste, it also offers a slew of additional health and taste benefits that people can take advantage of when eating it or cooking with it.

At Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters, we use sunflower oil as the main ingredient in many of our products because it provides a slew of benefits, which make the butters both tasty and nutritious!

Here are some important reasons why sunflower seed oil gets used in our nut and seed butters:

Why Include Sunflower Oil in the Things You Create in the Kitchen?

If you are uncertain about cooking with sunflower oil, it can help to learn a little bit more about why Betsy’s Best uses sunflower oil in its products to make them even better. Then you can understand why you may want to choose it as an ingredient. Here are the 5 best benefits of sunflower oil, and why it just might be the unsung hero of Betsy’s Best products.

Sunflower Oil is Remarkably High in Vitamins and Minerals

Sunflower oil has a number of vitamins and minerals in it. These include Iron, Vitamin B, Vitamin A, calcium, nitrogen, and phosphate. The oil also has Vitamin E in it. This means that if you use sunflower oil for cooking, it won’t just add fat and flavor to a meal, but also many healthful ingredients.

Sunflower Oil is Low in Saturated Fat and Trans Fat

Saturated fat is the type of fat that comes from animal sources and can clog arteries and cause heart disease, while unsaturated fats are healthier for your body. Fortunately, sunflower oil is low in saturated fat and is mostly made of unsaturated fats. In fact, experts believe that more than 80% of its fat is monounsaturated, which is the healthiest type of fat people consume. Sunflower oil is also low in trans fat.

Sunflower Oil is High in Iron

Anyone who has an iron deficiency doesn’t only need to focus on upping their red meat intake. They can also benefit from eating sunflower oil. That’s because it has the third highest content of iron of all foods–second only behind liver and egg yolks.

Sunflower Oil Has Medicinal Properties

Some studies have shown that sunflower oil has medicinal properties. These include acting as a safe, natural diuretic and usage as a healthy expectorant when a person has a cough.

Sunflower Oil is Anti-Inflammatory

Some studies suggest that sunflower oil has anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to the linoleic acid that is in the oil. Doctors believe these that these properties could result in a myriad of health benefits, including improving the appearance and health of skin.

Sunflower Oil Makes Food Taste Good

Sunflower oil is light and mild. This means that it won’t overpower other flavors in food, but that it can still add a slightly nutty taste. The oil is light in color, as well, so it won’t darken dishes. Sunflower oil is tasty enough to eat it on its own, and many people use it as an oil alternative in a salad dressing.

Sunflower Oil Keeps Things Spreadable

When making nut and seed butters, sunflower oil can help keep the butters creamy. This means that they will be spreadable on your favorite crackers and bread, even over time.

Sunflower Oil: a Key Ingredients in Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters

If you are trying to choose a cooking oil to use in your food, and you want one that has health benefits and one that will simultaneously improve the flavor of dishes, do what we do at Betsy’s Best, and look no further than sunflower oil. We infuse sunflower oil into most of our nut and seed butters in order to make them healthy, tasty, and spreadable.

Sunflower oil is a hidden gem of the culinary world, and it can up the taste game of your meals and ensure the delicious dishes you prepare keep bellies full, mouths happy, and bodies healthy–just like Betsy’s Best Nut and Seed Butters do.

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10 Recipes to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

10 Recipes to Treat Mom This Mother’s Day

A homemade brunch is a delightful way to treat the mom in your life this Mother’s Day. As the most leisurely of meals, a shared brunch is the perfect way to spend time together while enjoying delicious foods, whether sweet or savory, light and healthy or perhaps a little bit decadent. This Mother’s Day, skip the crowded (and already fully booked) restaurants and instead prepare some tasty brunch dishes yourself. Whether it’s a lavish feast for the whole family or an intimate treat just for you and Mom, the following recipes are all ideal options.

1. Breakfast Crepes with Cardamom Cashew Butter Filling

Spread homemade crepes with a layer each of Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter and apricot preserves, roll them up and you have an elegant brunch treat Mom will love. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy French provenance of crepes – they’re just a very simple batter of flour, milk and eggs sweetened with a little sugar. Swirl a spoonful of batter around a hot nonstick skillet, flip it as soon as the first side is golden brown, and repeat. To make your Mother’s Day morning even easier, you can prepare Breakfast Crepes with Cardamom Cashew Butter Filling in advance and serve them cold or at room temperature. For a special touch, sprinkle the rolled-up crepes with a little powdered sugar and add some fresh berries on the side before serving.

2. Coconut Tapioca Pudding With Cashew Butter

With its tropical flavors and creamy, dessert-like texture, Betsy’s Coconut Tapioca Pudding With Cashew Butter will be a real treat to serve at your Mother’s Day brunch. Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter plus coconut milk and a touch of vanilla transform humble tapioca pearls into a rich, thick pudding exuding exotic flavor. Betsy’s cashew butter adds a decent dose of plant-based protein, making this dish much healthier and more substantial than a traditional tapioca pudding. Serve it in glass vessels to show off the nutty, pearly texture, perhaps Mason jars if you’re going for a rustic vibe or wine glasses for a fancier look. Top the pudding with fresh berries and a sprig of mint.

3. Betsy’s Best Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is the quintessential brunch dish, and this version elevates the classic version by adding a swipe of Cardamom Cashew Butter and a fried egg. For an even better Betsy’s Best Avocado Toast – the best of the best if you will – use thick slices from a loaf of rustic whole-grain bread fresh from a bakery. Make sure you find an avocado at its peak of ripeness, cook Mom’s egg to order, and sprinkle the arrangement liberally with Himalayan pink salt and freshly ground black pepper. You might even customize this dish further with a few slices of thick-cut bacon or turkey bacon.

4. Pink Pitaya Smoothie

For a truly memorable Mother’s Day brunch, even the drinks need to be a bit special. In addition to some great coffee, teas and perhaps a mimosa or two, we suggest the Pink Pitaya Smoothie, which along with being delicious is packed with nutritious goodness. Among its amazing ingredients are Greek yogurt, chia seeds, almond milk and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter. The unexpected star of this smoothie is pitaya, a.k.a. dragon fruit, which gives the drink its incredible bright pink hue. Its tropical flavor is delightful and somewhat similar to kiwi or pear, and pitaya also boasts a hefty dose of fiber. Use fresh pitaya if you can find it; otherwise frozen cubes work just as well.

5. Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping

What could be better for brunch than a yummy recipe combining a classic breakfast dish (oatmeal) with a favorite dessert (gingerbread)? Betsy’s Baked Oatmeal with Gingerbread Almond Butter Topping showcases wholesome ingredients like rolled oats, applesauce and almond butter, making it a sweet treat that also packs in some valuable nutrients. A host of spices, namely nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, give this baked oatmeal a warming flavor and an aroma that will waft though the house as it cooks. Serve the baked oatmeal warm or at room temperature for the best texture.

6. Betsy’s Best Mixed Berry Waffle

Betsy’s Best Mixed Berry Waffle puts a contemporary spin on a brunch classic, using a gluten-free flour mix to make sure Mom or any guests who don’t eat gluten can indulge as well. Sour cream and buttermilk lend these waffles a wonderful tang, while cinnamon peanut butter whipped into the mix makes them hearty, flavorful and rich with plant-based protein. Stack these waffles high with a mixture of fresh berries for a picture-perfect brunch dish, and offer some warm maple syrup on the side. Note: If you’re preparing waffles for a crowd and don’t want to play short-order cook, prepare a whole batch just before it’s time to eat and keep them warm in a low oven.

7. Crab Cakes With Lemon Cardamom Cashew Butter Aioli

No brunch spread is complete without a few savory items, and these Crab Cakes With Lemon Cardamom Cashew Butter Aioli definitely fit the bill. The crab cakes follow a traditional recipe, seasoned with Old Bay, parsley, dijon and a dash of Worcestershire sauce, while the aioli includes bright notes of lemon, ginger and a touch of cardamom from the gourmet cashew butter. Prepare appetizer-sized crab cakes to serve on a bed of arugula with aioli on the side, or larger ones to transform into an awesome Benedict. Simply set the crab cakes on toasted English muffins and top them with poached eggs and the aioli. Fresh tomato or avocado slices are nice additions too. If you prefer it, you can prepare the crab cakes the night before Mother’s Day, keep them in the fridge and cook them in the morning.

8. Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl

This recipe appeals to the clean-eating moms out there – the moms who insisted you eat your greens until you actually learned to love them. Now it’s your turn! Thank her for teaching you the foundations for healthy eating with a Mother’s Day brunch that features this Avocado and Kale Smoothie Bowl. It’s a delightful blend of healthy “super-food” ingredients, among them frozen banana, avocado, chia seeds, kale and toasted coconut cashew butter. You can adjust the consistency to your liking by adding almond milk, and serve it in small or large bowls or glasses. A high-powered blender is best for getting a super-smooth texture here, but you could also use a food processor or stick blender.

9. Smoked Salmon Wrap

Any dish showcasing smoked salmon always seems special, which makes this Smoked Salmon Wrap a choice recipe for your Mother’s Day brunch. Betsy uses gluten-free coconut nori wraps for this sushi-inspired treat, but regular nori sheets work too. Spread the wraps with a mixture of cardamom cashew butter and cream cheese with dill and chives, layer slices of smoked salmon inside and roll them up before slicing. This technique reveals a pretty spiral of pink salmon and herb-flecked spread inside all the slices, which you can arrange artfully on a platter for Mom to admire before she eats them. Consider a sprinkle of black sesame seeds as a fancy finishing touch.

10. Almond Butter, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

If you’re seeking a brunch recipe that’s easy to prepare but looks impressive, as well as being delicious and healthy, look no further than Betsy’s Almond Butter, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait. It’s less a recipe than a simple set of instructions to layer a series of quality ingredients in a pretty glass vessel of your choice. Start with Greek yogurt, whether vanilla or plain, followed by Mom’s favorite jam and some fresh berries. Next add a layer of Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter and finally a generous scoop of granola. You can prepare these parfaits (minus the granola) the night before brunch if you want to save time in the morning.

Ready to Prepare the Best Mother’s Day Brunch?

We’re sure your mom will love any of these 10 great recipes just as much as she enjoys spending time with you on Mother’s Day. Choose one or more that you know will suit her tastes, and prepare it with confidence that the ingredients are healthy, wholesome and above all, delicious. It’s sure to be #Loveatfirsttaste.

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