Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and peanut butter are a perfect match! if you are looking for healthy snack or lunch ideas why not go to this perfect pairing.  Apples are one of the best fruits to eat and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon peanut butter is non-GMO, low in sugar, and super tasty.  In fact, all of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are non-GMO, low in sugar, and loaded with all-natural flavor.

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich Snack Treats

A sweet treat that is fun to eat!  They may look deceiving, but throw out the bread and use fruit instead!  These gluten-free goodies will fool the kids but keep them satisfied.  We don’t want to fool you, these are for adults too!  You can use any nut butter of your choice to create the flavor you desire.  Trust us, they are as fun to make as they are to devour!!!

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced in circles
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter of choice
  • 2 T Granola

Take 2 slices of the apple and apply Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter to 1 side of each apple.  Sprinkle granola on one slice and sandwich together with the other slice.

Apple and Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1 AppleApple and Seed Butter Snack Ideas
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter
  • Sprinkles or dark cacao nibs
  • Slice apple horizontally in 1/4” slices, but do not remove the seeds or the core.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter over the top of each slice and sprinkle with sprinkles or cacao nibs!
  • Cashew Butter Doughnut
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Coconut or Cashew Cardamom Butter
  • Sprinkles

Core apple and slice horizontally in 1/4” slices.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter over the top making sure not to cover the hole.  Add sprinkles!

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 fiber. This keeps you full, satisfied, and helps you manage weight.

Apples can also be a perfect paring with many foods! Enjoy your apple with peanut or almond butter, on a salad, baked with cinnamon, in a smoothie, in a chia pudding, dipped in cottage cheese or diced over oatmeal. Try this delicious Apple and Spinach Salad with a Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter Dressing!

To Your Health!

Add berries, lemon, avocado and apples to your daily diet and you will be the poster child for good nutrition as you enjoy the best fruits to eat!!

Chive and Apple Salad with Cashew Butter Dressing

Chive and Apple Salad with Cashew Butter Dressing

This savory chive and apple salad will make eating healthy so easy! Featuring Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom in the dressing this salad has amazing flavor and the ingredients you need to stay satisfied.  If you’ve never tried cardamom, you’ll be surprised at how well it pairs with apples.

Salad Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

2 1/2 Ounces Manchego Cheese, matchstick

3 Whole Green Apples, matchstick

10 cherry tomatoes

1 1/2 Tbsp Chives, chopped

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

1/8 Cup Shallots

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1/2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Lemon Zest

1 Salt & pepper to taste

Step By Step Chive and Apple Salad Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Mix Manchego, apples and chives in a bowl.

Step 2: Add cherry tomatoes to the apple salad 

Step 3: Mix all other ingredients together until Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter is dissolved or blend in a blender. 

Step 4: Pour over apple mixture and gently toss. 

Step 5: Serve right away. 

Step 6: Enjoy your apple salad!

How do you plan to use Betsy’s chive and apple salad?  Will you take it to work as part of a healthy lunch or will you use it as a side dish for dinner?  Either way, we know it will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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Cinnamon Almond Butter Apple Hand Pies

Cinnamon Almond Butter Apple Hand Pies

What is more American than a apple hand pies? Well, maybe one made with Betsy’s Best award-winning Gourmet Almond Butter with Cinnamon.  Fresh out of the oven, these hand pies are going to please everybody that you bake for! They could even become a favorite part of your Thanksgiving traditions!

Hand Pie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1½ c peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp all-purpose or gluten free flour

¼ c sugar

2 tsp sugar

½ tsp apple pie spice

1/8 tsp apple pie spice

10 sheets phyllo dough

Nonstick cooking spray

¼ tsp coarse sea salt

1 c plain nonfat Greek yogurt

3 tbsp maple syrup

How to Make Apple Hand Pies:

Step 1: In medium bowl, mix apples, lemon juice, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice.  Set aside.

Step 2: Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface; lightly coat with cooking spray. Top with another sheet; spray top. Cut lengthwise into three 3-inch-wide strips. Mound 1 heaping tablespoon filling at the end of 1 strip, about 1 inch from corner. Fold 1 corner of phyllo diagonally across filling to opposite edge to form triangle. Continue to fold triangle onto itself to end of strip. Repeat with remaining phyllo sheets and filling and set aside.

Step 3: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place pies seam side down on prepared sheet; spray tops with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix salt and remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and 1/8 teaspoon apple pie spice; sprinkle over pies.

Step 4: Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool slightly.

Step 5: For topping, stir together yogurt and maple syrup. Serve pies

Step 6: Enjoy your cinnamon almond butter apple hand pies!

Please let us know how nice your house smelled while baking Betsy’s apple hand pies! Will this recipe become a part of your healthy Thanksgiving meal?  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie

Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie

This healthy apple smoothie recipe is the perfect refreshing delight for any time of year. Apple pie and spice get a kick with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cinnamon Almond Butters, making this smoothie one sweet and salty treat! Stick with Betsy’s Best and you’ll #TasteTheDifference!

Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 cup almond milk (or coconut or other alternative milk)

½ apple

½ banana, frozen

1/3 small zucchini

1 tsp coconut palm sugar (or 3 dates or 3-4 drops liquid Stevia)

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp cinnamon

1 Tbsp chia seeds

Pinch sea salt

Step By Step Apple Pie Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.

Step 2: Blend until smooth and creamy.

Step 3: Pour into your favorite smoothie glass.

Step 4: Enjoy the apple pie smoothie!

Serve up this Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie with a dollop of whipped cream and you’ll feel like you’re diving into a delectable dessert – without the guilt!