4 Reasons You Should Start Eating Nut Butters Today

4 Reasons You Should Start Eating Nut Butters Today

“Seeds and nuts are indispensable for cardiovascular health. The protective properties of nuts against coronary heart disease were first recognized in the early 1990s, and a strong body of literature has followed, confirming these original findings.” Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

If you’re looking for a healthy snack that is both delicious and nutritious, there’s no better option than all-natural nut butter. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or are simply aiming to live a more balanced lifestyle, implementing nut butters into your dietary routine is the perfect way to eat healthy while enjoying flavor profiles that are sure to awaken your taste buds.

Nut butters taste great, are packed full of key nutrients, and are highly versatile. If you’re on the hunt for a snack that both you and your body will love, here are four reasons to consider adding nut butters to your daily diet.

almond nut butter

1. Nut butters are incredibly delicious

Nut butter as a snack is hard to beat because it is both healthy and just plain tasty. Packed with interesting and delicious ingredients like cinnamon, coconut, or the savory taste of cardamom, Betsy’s Best is sure to satisfy any craving. With these signature flavor profiles that are both sophisticated and seriously yummy, the options to create a truly “nutrageous” experience are nearly endless!

Anyone can add traditional nut butter to recipes in order to achieve a certain thickness or to obtain key nutrients, but with Betsy’s Best, you will instantly fall in love with each butter’s bold, unique flavor that is fantastic in all kinds of recipes. From smoothies to healthy baked goods, be sure to check out these fabulous recipes.

The Best Plant Based Protein Sources Include All-Natural Roasted Almonds

2. Nut butters are the perfect way to obtain key nutrients

Nut butters are jam-packed with key vitamins and minerals which support your physical and mental health. This is particularly true when you consume a range of nut butters, as they will each offer unique beneficial properties. For example, almond butter will help support heart health and weight maintenance, while a cashew butter supports both your cardiovascular and eye health.

Depending on the type of nut butter you consume, you will benefit from a wide range of nutrients. For example, almond is particularly high in calcium, copper, and vitamin E — as well as healthy fats, amino acids, and fiber. While cashew butter is also high in copper and heart-healthy fats, it also offers high concentrations of phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium.

Once you throw other health-boosting ingredients into the mix, such as chia seeds and coconut, you enhance key benefits. Regardless of the nut butter you choose, you will obtain a rich source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats — along with various vitamins and minerals.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters come in 5 varieties

3. They’re the perfect health-boosting treat for vegans and vegetarians

It is often said that if you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll be protein deficient. Although there is some truth to this statement, this is only the case for those who don’t eat a well-planned, vegan or vegetarian diet. There is more than enough protein in various plant-based foods, especially in nuts and seeds!

In just two tablespoons of Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter, you will consume 4 grams of protein — not to mention 8 percent of your DV of iron. For those who love peanut butter, Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter offers a whopping 6 grams of protein in every serving (two tablespoons). If you are a honey-free vegan, Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter is a savory option you’ll love.

Betsy's Best Cardamom Cashew Butter and Toasted Coconut Cashew Nut Butter

4. Nut butters support an active, balanced lifestyle

Nut butters are the perfect addition to any balanced diet. This is particularly the case for those of you who are active, as nut butter supports the unique needs of athletes.

For example, beloved peanut butter is one of the highest sources of protein, making it the perfect post-workout snack. This healthy source of fuel will help you achieve each milestone while supporting your muscles. After all, protein is essential for building a repairing muscle.

If you’re looking for a workout snack you’ll actually crave, make these mouth-watering almond butter protein bars or a batch of pumpkin spice peanut butter protein balls.

Quality Matters

Like any product, especially those related to food and nutrition, quality matters. You’ll want to consume nut butters that are made with wholesome ingredients that boost the taste and health-boosting properties of the butter itself. Some of the main variables you should consider include:

  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Low in sugar
  • Chemical and preservative-free

Whether you are a foodie, athlete, or would simply like to improve your health and overall eating habits, nut butters are the perfect addition to your diet. Best of all, Betsy’s Best nut butters taste amazing — so you’ll never feel as though you’re eating a bland “health” food.

Ready to live a more balanced life without sacrificing great taste? If so, be sure to check out our blog for inspiration! You can also follow us on Instagram to gain access to the latest tips and recipes.

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Your Guide to Almond Butter vs Peanut Butter

Your Guide to Almond Butter vs Peanut Butter

Think back to your childhood and peanut butter was most likely a prevalent part of growing up. And if you are reading this, you most likely have peanut butter in your kitchen right now. Times change and almond butter is a rising star in the world of nut butters. But does peanut butter reign supreme? Is it nutritionally better than peanut butter? How about the taste? We have the answers you’ve been looking for.

If you are wondering what the differences are – here is your guide to almond butter vs peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Benefits and Nutrition

Peanut butter is one of the most popular types of spreads around the world. The texture is scrumptious, whether you like it smooth or crunchy. Not only that, but peanut butter goes with so many things, not only jelly sandwiches.

Peanut butter creation is simple. Often it is peanuts ground into the consistency of a paste. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that not all peanut butter is created equal. Big commercial brands often add things that make the spread less than nutritious.

Our organic brand tastes great and there are no chemicals or preservatives. Choosing an all-natural brand of peanut butter gives health benefits like non-GMO and gluten-free alternatives.

Betsy's Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter is a natural non-GMO nut butter

Almond Butter Benefits and Nutrition

Almond butter’s creation is like peanut butter where it is nuts ground into a spread. Some are from roasted almonds and some come from raw almonds. Almond butter also comes in crunchy and smooth formulations as well as stir and no-stir.

And like peanut butter, the health benefits and nutrition are almost the same. Almond butter does take a slight lead in some areas. It has more healthy fats, calcium, iron, and vitamin E – an antioxidant.

Our all-natural cinnamon almond butter is one of the most nutritious snacks available. It not only curbs your sweet tooth, but gives your body nutrients, protein, minerals, and vitamins.

The superfood ingredients in every jar of Betsy's Best Cinnamon Almond Butter is loaded with all-natural health benefits

Why Make the Switch?

Honestly, you don’t have to switch from one to the other. It all depends on your preferences. Almond butter is a bit more nutritious, but they are similar. When it comes down to the wire, both are good for you and both have health benefits.

Keep in mind that when comparing the nutritional value of almond butter vs. peanut butter, it also depends on the brand. Commercial brands often have added things like preservative – as mentioned before. And if you’re focused on good-for-you foods, who wants that?

Here is a comparison of the two:

  • When it comes to calories per ounce both are the same. Two tablespoons of either peanut or almond butter contain a bit under 200 calories.
  • Peanut butter and almond butter have high amounts of monosaturated fats. This is the good kind of fat that links to blood sugar control and can minimize heart disease. Compared side-by-side, almond butter has more monosaturated fat by almost 25 percent.
  • In the fiber department, almond butter wins again. While all nuts contain fiber, two tablespoons of almond butter has a little over 3 grams. Peanut butter has almost 2 grams. Fiber is helpful in weight control because it makes you feel fuller faster.
  • Vitamins and minerals are an important factor in healthy food like nut butter. In comparison, almond butter is the front runner. Yet, both have healthy amounts of potassium, biotin, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, and zinc. When comparing the two, almond butter has more vitamin E, iron, and calcium.
  • One of the main benefits of nut butters is protein. In this comparison, peanut butter has more than almond butter. While there isn’t a major difference, peanut butter has around a gram more than almond butter per serving.
  • Both contain omega-3 fatty acids. These help to protect you from heart attack, stroke, and heart disease.

Healthline sums up some of the health benefits of including nut butters in your diet:

Research has shown time and again that people who regularly include nuts or nut butters in their diets are less likely to have heart disease or type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat nuts regularly. Research also suggests that regular consumption of nuts doesn’t contribute to obesity, despite the fact that nuts are high in calories.

Most studies find that the type of nut or nut butter doesn’t matter. For example, a study in over 6,000 women with type 2 diabetes found that eating five or more servings of either nuts or peanut butter per week significantly lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Bananas and peanut butter on whole wheat toast.

What About Taste?

Some people love peanut butter and some love almond butter. The taste is similar in both but almond butter does have a more nutty, richer flavor. Some love the stronger almond taste in almond butter, while others love the smoother peanut flavor in peanut butter. When it comes down to it, it is simply a matter of personal preference. Yet, you can’t go wrong no matter which one you prefer.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are loaded with superfood ingredients.

Why Choose Just One?

There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy both peanut butter and almond butter (unless you have an allergy). Both have nutritional value and both are a good source of plant-based protein. Betsy’s Best nut and seed butters are enhanced with a blend of distinctive, functional ingredients that provide a delicious and unique flavor profile and health-minded nutrition: chia seeds, cardamom, cinnamon, organic honey, and Himalayan pink salt.

Even better? They’re craveable! They come in delicious flavors people love, all crafted from healthy and natural ingredients. Flavors like cinnamon peanut butter with chia seeds and cinnamon almond butter and chia seeds. They’re ideal for sandwiches, dipping, spreading, and eating off the spoon. All of Betsy’s Best nut butters are a sweet, low sugar treat and perfect for adding to recipes. And you know what else? Your kids will love this healthy treat – we guarantee it!

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How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

Are you wondering how to make chocolate dipped apples? Apples, a superfood fruit, sure are good for you, so why not turn them into a delicious and healthy dessert. Dipping them into a relatively low-sugar dark chocolate provides the perfect contrast between sweet and tart.  Even better, making this wonderful treat is fairly simple.

How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apples in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Core the apples

Select 2 apples to core. There are two ways you can approach taking the core out of the apple.  First, you can buy an apple corer.  This device makes it super easy to remove the core.  Your other option is to cut the apple in half and cut out the core using a knife.   By removing the core your chocolate dipped apples will be more enjoyable to eat. It is also important if you want to stuff your apples with some yummy surprises (see Betsy’s recipe below.)

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

Place 1 cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.  Pour 1/4 tsp of coconut oil onto the chips. Microwave for thirty seconds and stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. (Hint: The oil helps the chocolate to harden and not stay in liquid form.)

Step 3: Dip your apple into the chocolate

Place your apple into the bowl and swirl it through the chocolate until covered.  Use a spoon to scoop any left ober chocolate onto the apple.

Step 4: Let the chocolate dipped apples cool and dry.

Place the apples onto wax paper, place in refrigerator, and allow the chocolate to cool and dry to the touch.

Step 5: The most important part!

Enjoy your chocolate dipped apples!

Yield: 2 apples

Now that you know how to make chocolate dipped apples, it is time to make them into a gourmet treat.

Betsy’s Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Recipe (pictured above)

These apples are a healthier and tastier version of the traditional caramel apple. The gourmet nut butter surprise inside is the best part! You can choose from Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Almond Butter, Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, or Cardamom Cashew Butter. Allergic to nuts? Use Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter instead. All 5 nut and seed butters are gourmet treats. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apple Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored
  • 2 T of any Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter
  • ¼ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ C white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Directions:

Stuff Betsy’s Best into the apple’s hollowed-out core. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Dip the bottom half of apple in chocolate and coat with a knife. Let chocolate cool. Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Use knife to coat upper half of the apple. Let chocolate cool completely before eating.

Drizzle some caramel or butterscotch onto your chocolate dipped apples for another twist and roll in crushed nuts to finish it off!

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Best Fruits To Eat

Best Fruits To Eat

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

Berries are the BEST fruits to eat!

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

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

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

Pucker Up with Lemon!

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

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

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

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

The Green Avocado Machine!

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

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

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

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

An Apple A Day DOES Keep The Doctor Away!

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

Fullness is the factor when it comes to the soluble fiber in the flesh of the apple; just like the creamy avocado, the crisp apple is also loaded with fibe