Betsy’s Top 5 Food Trends To Keep Your Menu Innovative.

Betsy’s Top 5 Food Trends To Keep Your Menu Innovative.

Restaurant guests desire different things than they did in the past. Many establishments strive to satisfy them by refreshing menus regularly. Around one-quarter of eateries update meal options each season. Nearly one-third do so every month, according to Toast, Inc. It is crucial to avoid falling behind by embracing innovative menu ideas that will help your business attract more customers, boost sales and earn positive reviews. Consider these trends when you think about new menu options to introduce:

Top Menu Innovation Trends

#1 Plant Slant

Plant based eating is one of the biggest food movements of the time.  This cuisine satisfies vegans, vegetarians and people who simply want to improve their health by consuming less meat. Plants often deliver more nutrients while limiting harmful substances like cholesterol and sodium. Longevity living and optimizing nutrient dense foods is trumping traditional foods.  Superfoods and functional foods are hot words in the food movement.

Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters were developed by a registered dietitian where nutrition is her mission.  We are not just “nuts” for nut and seed butters – we offer a blended superfood spread that not only offers plant based protein, but taste and texture too.  Restaurateurs integrate our products into a range of highly appetizing dishes.

#2 Ingredients with Integrity

Customers want to know where their food comes from and the story behind it.  Sourcing locally, clean and non-GMO ingredients, and removing preservatives, additives, and artificial ingredients is the movement that matters.  Around three-fifths of restaurant patrons seek natural menu items, according to Technomic. Some major chains like KFC, Chipotle and Panera Bread have recently banished artificial coloring and flavoring from numerous meals. It’s important to take this trend seriously if you want your eatery to remain competitive.

Tasteless, unhealthy fillers may reduce prices, but customers don’t want to eat them. Menu items become highly desirable and profitable when chefs use GMO-free ingredients, according to a Washington State University study. Although the food costs more, your net earnings may rise by up to one-tenth.

Betsy’s Best doesn’t use gourmet as an adjective but a mission to source the highest quality ingredients that are non-GMO, natural, and sourced as locally as possible.  They’re free of gluten as well.

#3 An Experience in Eating

Customers are not looking for a plain and mundane food experience.  They expect more from the atmosphere, customer service, menu innovation, and flavor profiles!  Because there is more competition in fast casual, restaurant, and meal delivery markets, people don’t just pick a meal based on food only.

University of Denver research reveals that most guests actually care about the service and atmosphere even more than food quality. They want it all, so every detail needs to be examined with regard to how your establishment can make the consumer experience that much more! While a meal’s taste certainly holds great importance, your eatery can become more appealing and memorable with the right music, inviting interior decor and friendly, helpful servers. A scenic view could also have a big impact. Your menu plays a significant role as well; entertaining menu item names or a brief history of the restaurant may enhance the experience.

#4 Food with Attitude

People are paying more attention to what they are eating and why they are eating it.  Food has become more about the visual experience as it is for nourishment.  Food selfies are now a thing and if it looks appealing, is fashion forward, and photo ready, it will get the attention is deserves and give your establishment the social exposure.  The Huffington Post reports that nearly seven out of 10 Millennials take pictures before they eat!

Be a trendsetter, not a follower. Offer something unique, compelling and trend ready so your food becomes the focus of a unique dining experience. Social media and “food selfies” can help spread the word about your latest menu ideas at no cost. Guests might share images of your creations if you embrace unique shapes, arrangements, ingredients or dishes. For instance, a pasta restaurant in Maine has drawn attention by serving noodles in a skillet.

#5 What is your Story?

People select their food establishments because they connect to them in some way.  To compete in the food world, you will have to continuously up your game.  It is no longer just about food. It is all the points we mentioned above and more!  Refine your mission and focus on the customer experience as if you have a story to tell that differentiates you from everyone else, a mission that moves people, and quality of food that surpasses expectations.

Here at Betsy’s Best, our mission is to create a unique experience that focuses on quality, integrity, with a fun flavor profile.  We strive not to be your ordinary nut butter but a unique ingredient to enhance a recipe.  Don’t just spread us, love us!  We connect with our audience because we want to inspire them to elevate their experience and offer such an outstanding taste and connection with their food. So, what is your story?

Today’s consumers seek special experiences and quality, authentic cuisine. Betsy’s Best can help eateries meet their expectations with unique, flavorful ingredients that help set your menu apart. It’s also vital to adopt thoughtful goals that complement the values of your customers and staff. The most suitable way to innovate will vary depending on the type of food, the local area and your existing clientele.

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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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Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake

Cinnamon Almond Butter Carrot Cake

Easter and carrot cake are synonymous at Betsy’s house, and as the founder of Betsy’s Best there is plenty of almond butter in the pantry.  This week Betsy put carrot cake and cinnamon almond butter together in this delicious Easter recipe. Trust Betsy! The addition of an amazing gourmet nut butter into just about any cake recipe makes it a super moist treat the whole family will love. #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Carrot Cake Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar

1/4 cup agave nectar or honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg + 1 egg yolk

1 cup almond flour

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cup carrots, shredded

1 cup pecans, chopped

Vanilla Creamcheese Icing:

1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp agave nectar

Carrot Cake Topping:

1/2 c shredded unsweetened coconut

4 drops liquid chlorella or green food coloring

Mini candy eggs for decorating

Step By Step Almond Butter Carrot Cake Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350F.

Step 2: Using an electric mixer, cream together the Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon, oil, coconut sugar, agave or honey, vanilla, and eggs.

Step 3: Add the flour, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.

Step 4: Mix until everything is combined.

Step 5: Fold in the carrots and pecans.

Step 6: Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper and spread the batter evenly across the bottom.

Step 7: Bake for 30 minutes, until the top is browned.

Step 8: Remove from oven and allow the cake to cool in the pan.

Step 9: When the cake is room temperature, pull the parchment paper to transfer it to a cutting board.

Step 10: In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the icing ingredients.

Step 11: Whip it on high until fluffy, about 1 minute.

Step 12: Spread the icing on top of the cake.  In a plastic bag add the shredded coconut and green coloring.  Close bag and mesh with your hands to distribute the color and sprinkle on top and add candy eggs to garnish.

Step 13: Chill in the fridge for an hour for the icing to set before slicing them.

Step 14: Enjoy your cinnamon almond butter carrot cake and Happy Easter!

Recipe inspiration from: The Toasted Pine Nut

After hunting for Easter eggs and enjoying your favorite Easter dinner recipes top it all off with a healthy and delicious cinnamon almond butter carrot cake.  It’s a great way to sneak in a few extra veggies adter a morning of enjoying candy from the Eater Bunny.

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Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

Cinnamon Almond Butter Banana Bread

Betsy’s recipe for cinnamon almond butter banana bread is an instant classic.  This breakfast treat is gooey and loaded with scrumptious flavor.  Come on! How could anything with bananas and the best gourmet nut butter not be amazing? Trust Betsy! You are going to absolutely love her recipe.  

Bread Ingredients:

1/2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 1/2 c flour

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 egg or 2 egg whites

1 c mashed bananas

3/4 c sugar

1/4 c oil

Bread Topping

1/2 c oats

1/2 c flour

1/2 c sugar

2 T butter or coconut oil, softened

1 tsp cinnamon

Step By Step Almond Butter Banana Bread Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: In a bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Stir to combine. 

Step 3: In a separate bowl mash bananas and add sugar, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, oil and eggs and stir to combine. 

Step 4: Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and gently stir until moistened careful to not over-stir. 

Step 5: Spray loaf pan with cooking spray and pour in mixture. 

Step 6: In a separate bowl add topping ingredients and stir until crumble forms. 

Step 7: Add bread topping to the top of the banana bread mixture and bake in the oven for 40 min or until knife comes out clean.

Step 8: Enjoy your cinnamon almond butter banana bread!

Slice your cinnamon almond butter banana bread and serve it up at your next brunch or family breakfast.  If their fans of banana bread they are bound to rave about your baking skills.

Did you know Betsy is a registered Dietitian? Read her blogs posts about the health benefits of natural almond butter.

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Pink Pitaya Smoothie Recipe

Pink Pitaya Smoothie Recipe

Betsy’s pink pitaya smoothie recipe is a breakfast treat to be reckoned with!  Featuring all the health benefits of pitaya, greek yogurt, and almond butter this smoothie is loaded with nutrition. Even better, it is full of amazing flavor thanks to Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter.  Trust Betsy! You simply do not want to substitute in another brand of AB. If you do, your drink will not taste nearly as good. #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Smoothie Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 pitaya smoothie pack or 1 cup of pity cubes

1 cup greek yogurt, plain

1 cup almond milk

1 Tbsp chia seeds

Step By Step Pink Pitaya Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add ingredients into your blender

Step 2: Blend until smooth

Step 3: Garnish with blueberries.

Step 4: Enjoy your pink pitaya smoothie!

 Pitaya, also known as Dragon Fruit, is a wonderful and very nutritious fruit.  Now grown, all over the world, it features a sweet earthy flavor reminescent of a mild watermelon.  Blended with Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter we bet our Pink Pitaya Smoothie recipe will become on of your favorites.

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