Is there a buzzzz for organic honey? Who isn’t crazy for that sweet golden glow of delicious honey? At Betsy’s Best we take simply natural ingredients with functional food factors and pair them up for the most delicious combination, which is why we pair the sweetness of honey with cinnamon for extra health benefits!
Honey has been used for decades as a natural sweetener, but beyond its nectar like taste it has a whole slew of health benefits. For example, honey can help boost the immune system because of its antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties. Manuka honey has been used to heal wounds because of the strong anti-microbial and antibiotic properties that are specific to the Manuka bush in New Zealand. Even regular honey has the power to calm a sore throat, clear acne prone skin, and help the GI system with its natural probiotics.
Did you know that by just combining honey with cinnamon you gain a whole new array of health benefits? That’s a match made in heaven! The extra antioxidants of the cinnamon pack a powerful punch so that it can help reduce inflammation, help manage blood sugars, and boost the immune system. Pair this dynamic duo of organic honey and cinnamon with chia seeds, almonds, and pink Himalayan salt and you have Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter!
So the next time you see a bee, don’t run. Give it thanks for all of the hard work it does and the delicious taste it provides, because we would be at a loss without the bees.
As the summer weather sizzles, so does the grill. The most popular time to grill out is in the summer months, but is your BBQ hurting you? It is well known that cooking at high temperatures and charring meats releases toxins and AGE’s (advanced glycolated end products), which can damage the DNA of your cells and promote cancer growth. In fact, charbroiled burgers release more toxins than a heavy-duty diesel truck! Can you visualize sucking on a truck’s tailpipe the next time you bite into that juicy burger?
Grilling doesn’t have to be so bad if you try to follow a few precautions:
Black Attack – Those black char marks on a steak look beautiful, but are signs that AGE’s have produced in the meat. Avoid the char marks by flipping the meat frequently and cooking at a lower temperature. Also, keep that grill clean and remove any black residue left from your last grilling session.
Green & Lean – Meats with less fat will prevent flames from flaring and touching the meat, allowing it to easily burn. Smaller cuts of meat will allow for a quicker cooking time, which reduces the amount of exposure to carcinogens. Precooking the meat will also shorten cooking time. When your meat is cooked to perfection, pair it with a green veggie, which is loaded with antioxidants and glucosinolates, to help prevent the free radical damage in your cells.
Soak & Coat – Just marinating a piece of meat prior to cooking can reduce carcinogens by 88% and will keep the meat juicy and tender.
Try this delicious teriyaki marinade recipe made with Betsy’s Best. It can also be used as a dressing to pair your greens with your protein to help increase those antioxidants to protect your body. Have fun this summer on the grill now you know how to keep it healthy!
Peter, Peter, the pumpkin eater! At least Peter got something right: the all mighty bright orange Pumpkin is loaded with healthy nutrients that does more than a body good. The color of the pumpkin is a dead giveaway that the pumpkin is loaded with important nutrients such as antioxidants, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, niacin, folate, iron, and vitamin E! Not only that, but the pumpkin only contains 50 calories, 12 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of fiber for 1 cup cooked.
Current research shows that diets high in antioxidants and beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protect against heart disease. It has also been shown to help with bone health, slow aging process, prevent cataract formation, and due to the fiber content, help with weight loss and hypertension. Because of the zinc content, the pumpkin can also help build the immune function.
There is a lot more to the funny looking gord that sits on your front stoop during halloween. This year when you carve your scary pumpkin, find a fun recipe, like our Harvest Apple Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe or our super yummy Almond Butter Pumpkin Blondie recipe and enjoy the health benefits!