3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 2

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

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

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

3 Delicious Natural Almond Butter Snacks for Game Day

Almond Butter Oatmeal Football Cookies

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

Almond Chocolate Brownies

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

Homemade Roasted Almonds

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

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

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

Shop Betsy’s Best

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

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

3 Natural Almond Butter Treats For Football Season, Part 1

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

3 Gourmet Almond Butter Snacks For Football Games

Almond Butter Finger Sandwiches

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

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

Apple Slices and Almond Butter

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

No-Bake Almond Butter Balls

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

Get Stocked Up On Almond Butter

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

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

Why You Should Choose Natural Almond Butter Over Processed Nut Butters: Part 2

Why You Should Choose Natural Almond Butter Over Processed Nut Butters: Part 2

Welcome back to my blog! If you read the first part of this blog series, you are well-informed about how much healthier all-natural almond butter is than big-name, processed nut butters. As it turns out, healthy almond butter not only provides your body with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, but it also tastes even better than those that are chock-full of sugar and sodium. You might be thinking to yourself: “Can something healthy really taste better than sweets?” or “Is it really worth spending the extra money?” Trust me, it is. And if you don’t believe me, let’s look at the facts!

All-Natural Almond Butter Tastes Better

I’ll be the first one to admit that I crave sweets and salty snacks sometimes, but that doesn’t mean I feel the need to resort to processed foods in order to satisfy my cravings. We all love the sweet and savory taste of our favorite nut butters, but the fact is that many non-natural products are packed with unhealthy, dehydrating ingredients that will make you instantly regret your decision. In my opinion, there is nothing that can ruin the taste of a nut butter than an excessive dose of sodium and sugar that overpowers the deliciously natural taste of real nuts.

Next time you’re craving the comfort of a processed nut butter, take a step back and consider whether you are craving sodium, sugar, or actual nuts. Many people who like the taste of unhealthy nut butters actually favor the taste of the nut itself mixed with other wholesome ingredients even more, but do not realize it until they take a chance on a natural nut butter. Healthy almond butter, for example, combines the naturally sweet taste of organic almonds with other delicious natural flavors, such as honey, cinnamon, and chia seeds. By themselves, these ingredients contain nutritional value, and together, they create a tasty spread that is unparalleled by processed junk food.

Just ask anyone who has made the switch from processed to organic raw almond butter which one they like better, and most, if not all of them will tell you they much prefer naturally delicious flavors over excessive sodium and sugar. While choosing natural almond butter as an alternative to processed products can be difficult at first, your tastebuds will quickly acclimate to appreciate natural flavors that are healthy and come from the earth. Plus, there is no guilt associated with consuming appropriate serving sizes of all-natural almond butter, which will allow you to enjoy it even more!

It’s A Little More Pricey — Which Is A Good Thing

Many people who choose processed nut butters over natural alternatives do so partially because they cost less. Sometimes way less. While this may seem like a good thing to consumers, you get what you pay for when it comes to nut butters, and unfortunately, many people choose the cheap route. What these people don’t understand is that they are wasting money on products that have virtually no nutritional value and are full of unhealthy ingredients that are cheap to produce. That’s why junk food costs so much less than healthy meals nowadays; they are made with shortcuts that are good for your bank account but are incredibly detrimental to your health and well-being.

Unlike sodium, sugar, and saturated fat, wholesome ingredients are valuable for your health and are well-worth your money. I’m not saying that there aren’t any nut butter brands out there that misuse the word “natural” as justification for upping their prices, but for the most part, a higher price indicates better ingredients. That being said, it’s best to check the nutrition label of nut butters that claim to be natural so you can see what you’re really paying for and determine whether it’s worth it to spend the extra few dollars. If you see things like raw almonds, chia seeds, organic honey, or pink Himalayan salt on the label of an almond butter, for example, you can bet that your money is being put to good use. Truly organic, gluten-free, non-GMO almond butters will indefinitely cost more than processed ones, and rightfully so.

Next time you find yourself standing in the peanut butter aisle of the supermarket and are tempted to save money by adding a processed nut butter to your cart, step back and think about it. If money is an issue for you, why would you fill your body with junk that ultimately puts your heart and entire body at risk of developing expensive health issues down the road? I know this sounds like an exaggeration, but it really isn’t because people who perpetually consume cheap, unhealthy foods for the sake of saving money put themselves at a far greater risk of heart disease, obesity, stroke, and other life-threatening health conditions.

Choose Betsy’s Best All-Natural Almond Butter

All things said and done, any shift away from processed nut butters is worth the extra effort, even if that means taking baby steps until you truly come to appreciate all-natural, organic flavors. Trust me when I say that your body, taste buds, and wallet will thank you when you stop wasting money on processed nut butters that do nothing but give you a false sense of health. If you’re ready to make the switch to a healthy lifestyle fueled by all-natural nut butters and other nutritionally-rich foods, try Betsy’s Best almond butter today! I would be honored to help you get your health on track with my deliciously healthy nut butters.

Why You Should Choose Natural Almond Butter Over Processed Nut Butters: Part 1

Why You Should Choose Natural Almond Butter Over Processed Nut Butters: Part 1

Our bodies require healthy oils, acids, and monounsaturated fats as part of a nutritional diet. In fact, many weight-loss programs emphasize the importance of consuming foods that are chock-full of them as a healthy and filling alternative to processed foods. Luckily, grabbing a handful of mixed nuts on your way out the door or spreading a healthy nut butter on your morning toast are both effective and tasty ways to make sure your body is getting these healthy staples on a regular basis.

We are lucky to live in a time where integrating healthy oils, acids, and fats into our diets isn’t a particularly difficult task — that is, unless you give into your sweet tooth cravings and reach for a processed product instead of a healthy nut butter. With so many nut butters lining supermarket shelves these days, it can be difficult to discern which nut butters are actually healthy and why you should choose those over cheap big-name brands that load their products with saturated fats, sugars, and other unhealthy ingredients.

In essence, it all comes down to prioritizing your health and making good decisions to support it, which is a practice that takes time and effort. I am a firm believer that anyone can reach their health goals if they eat the right foods, so here are a few reasons why you should choose an all-natural almond butter over Nutella, Skippy, Peter Pan, and other processed nut butters.

All-Natural Almond Butter Is Healthier

While this may seem obvious, many people who decide to make the switch from big-name nut butters to organic, raw almond butter do so because they are in the process of adjusting to healthier eating habits. Many dieters and those using specific weight loss programs start by making micro-adjustments to their overall diets by seeking out healthy alternatives that still satisfy their cravings. Fortunately, healthy almond butter is both tasty and full of many nutrients your body relies on to shred fat and boost heart health.

 

 

Unlike processed nut butters that have high levels of sugar, sodium, and saturated fat, all-natural almond butter contains an incredible amount of essential vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin E, manganese, copper, vitamin B2, antioxidants, and monounsaturated fatty acids. Almonds are known for reducing cholesterol, as the “good” fat, Vitamin E, and antioxidants work together to help clear the arteries, reducing the risk of heart disease and maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Not only does healthy almond butter promote heart health, but it is also a great source of brain food and energy. Like other kinds of nuts, almonds are a great source of protein and fiber, which naturally fill you up, aid in digestion, and give you a natural source of energy that is far healthier than sugary snacks and caffeinated drinks.

Aside from natural almond butter being far healthier than processed nut butters, there are many other reasons to make the switch. Stay tuned for my next blog post, where I will discuss why organic raw almond butter tastes better, is worth the slight increase in price, and more. In the meantime, get a head start on your new healthy lifestyle by abandoning those big-name nut butters and see for yourself why all-natural almond butter is a much better choice!

Try Betsy’s Best All-Natural Almond Butter

I started making my own natural nut butters because I wanted to provide myself and those I love with tasty spreads that are also heart-healthy and guilt-free. In addition to the vitamins and minerals that almonds naturally provide, I add other wholesome ingredients to my all-natural almond butter, including cinnamon, chia seeds, Himalayan pink salt, honey, sunflower oil, and demerara sugar. I am proud to only use organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO ingredients in my natural almond butter, so you can rest assured knowing that it is truly healthy.

Whether you are starting a weight-loss program or simply want to adjust your lifestyle with healthier eating habits, trade out your big-name processed nut butters for Betsy’s Best natural nut butters. You can find my all-natural almond butter at many local supermarkets, or you can order it online right here today! You’ll be surprised at just how much healthier, energized, and full you’ll feel with all-natural almond butter as your go-to for something sweet.

Health Benefits of All-Natural Almond Butter: Part 2

Health Benefits of All-Natural Almond Butter: Part 2

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you already know how avoid “natural” products that don’t really contain wholesome, organic, gluten-free ingredients, and how all-natural almond butter lowers cholesterol, leading to unclogged arteries and a healthier heart. The health benefits of all-natural almond butter go much further than that, so here are a few more reasons why it’s so good for you.

Health Benefits

Great Source of Vitamins

In addition to vitamin E, which works with the antioxidative properties of almonds to reduce artery inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease, all-natural almond butter also contains high amounts of magnesium and potassium. Both of these elements are essential for good heart health, as they assist with nutrient flow and facilitate healthy blood pressure. Other essential minerals like manganese, copper and vitamin B2 are also prevalent in all-natural almond butter and contribute to high energy levels.

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to sugar-packed coffee and energy drinks, a handful of almonds or a spread of all-natural almond butter on your morning toast is a great way to kick-start your morning with natural energy and essential vitamins. It’s a win-win!

 

 

Natural Weight Loss

Despite being high in calories, almonds and all-natural almond butter are full of protein, fiber, and other essential nutrients that will satisfy your sweet tooth while also filling you up. Many people who want to lose weight incorporate almond butter into their diets as a way of reducing hunger and overall calorie intake. There’s no better way to naturally lose weight than by making healthy dietary adjustments and exercising, so use all-natural almond butter to fuel you up before your next run!

Brain Food

Like many nuts, almonds are recognized as one of the best foods for optimal brain function. Believe it or not, almonds are high in riboflavin and L-carnitine, which are linked to healthy neurological activity and reduction of inflammation in the brain that leads to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other disorders. Young and elderly people alike should incorporate almonds into their diets for healthy brain functioning, whether that means preparing for an important exam or mitigating the effects of a neurological disease.

Healthy Blood Sugar

In this day and age, sugar-packed, processed foods make up many shelves in the supermarket. If you’re craving a handful of salty nuts or any kind of nut butter, keep your blood sugar level in mind and reach for an all-natural nut butter instead. Remember those monounsaturated fatty acids I mentioned in the last blog post? In addition to reducing cholesterol, they also slow the rate at which your body releases sugar into the bloodstream, which results in healthy blood sugar and insulin hormone levels. Because of this, organic raw almond butter can help prevent diabetes and other sugar-caused conditions like obesity.

Stay tuned for more health benefits of all-natural almond butter and try mine today! Or, if you prefer peanuts, cashews, or sunflower seeds, check out the other all-natural nut butters I make with wholesome ingredients. Not only is eating healthy good for your body, but it can also taste amazing!