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!!

Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie

With a cool blast of superfoods, our healthy banana berry smoothie is the perfect treat after a great workout. Loaded with the incredible nutrition of three berries plus chia seeds and Betsy’s Best, it’s exactly what your body needs to recover.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1 cup almond milk or milk alternative

½ frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp dried Acai berry powder

1 Tbsp Maqui berry powder

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp Cacao powder

5 drops liquid stevia (or 3 dates)

pinch of sea salt

Step By Step Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all smoothie ingredients into the blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Enjoy your superfood banana berry smoothie!!

Fun Fact: Monkey’s peel their bananas from the bottom.  Why? Because it keeps those strands from sticking to the banana.  Give it a try! You’ll be as smart as a monkey!

Cool down and enjoy our superfood healthy banana berry smoothie recipe. Please tell us how you liked it in the comments.  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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Almond Butter Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie

With Betsy’s Best blueberry cobbler smoothie you’re getting a delicious blast of antioxidants. Our gourmet cinnamon almond butter, chia seeds and blueberries are combined in this blueberry cobbler smoothie recipe to give you the superfood nutrition your body craves. Just as important, it tastes really, really good.  If it’s spring be sure you are using fresh blueberries right from the farm.

Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 cup almond milk (or coconut milk)

½ cup blueberries, frozen

½ banana, frozen

½ cup spinach (or kale)

1 Tbsp chia seeds

Pinch sea salt

Step By Step Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Put all ingredients into blender

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Enjoy your blueberry cobbler smoothie!

Relax and enjoy this delicious almond butter blueberry cobbler smoothie recipe! Did you alter the recipe with some of your own great ideas? Where does this recipe fit on your list of best smoothies?

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Betsy’s Very Best Blueberry Crisp

Betsy’s Very Best Blueberry Crisp

Betsy’s best blueberry crisp recipe just got a makeover with a secret ingredient that makes it unique. Tasty gourmet peanut butter meets a crunch of crumble and a blast of blueberries to make this crisp a blue ribbon winner!!

Crust Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 cup flour (or gluten-free flour)

½ cup brown sugar

¼ tsp sea salt

½ cup butter

Filling Ingredients

2 cup frozen blueberries

2 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 tsp vanilla

Crumble Ingredients

5 Tbsp butter

½ cup oats

½ cup brown sugar

¼ cup flour

Step By Step Best Blueberry Crisp Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 350°F. To make crust, add all crust ingredients to a bowl and cut butter until crumbly. Pat into greased 9 x 9 inch baking dish. Bake 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Step 2: For filling, add all ingredients to saucepan on medium heat. Cook 10-15 minutes or until blueberry juice sauce thickens. Remove to cool. Once cool, spoon filling over crust.

Step 3: For crumble, cut butter into oats, brown sugar and flour until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over blueberry filling. Return to oven and bake 20-30 minutes.

Step 4: Enjoy your very best blueberry crisp!

Crunch into our best blueberry crisp! Not only does it taste great but you’ll be feeding your body with superfood nutrients. As you know, blueberries are among the best fruits to eat. 

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The BERRY Best Berries!

The BERRY Best Berries!

Wondering which are the berry best berries? Delicious, beautiful, sweet and simple – berries are as healthful as they are delicious. They make simple snacks, festive fruit salads and decadent desserts; their versatility is endless! You can see why dietitians say, “berries are best.”

Let’s find out what makes these ‘super’ foods the Berry Best Berries to Eat:

Cherries

Cherries have a short season, but are great dried. They’re rich in fiber, Vitamin C and anthocyanidins, and are associated with promoting heart health and reducing cancer risk.

Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in folate, which is one of several B vitamins found in food. Folate is responsible for making healthy new cells and preventing anemia and neural tube defects in developing fetuses.

Blueberries

Blueberries contain phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which help them neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues. They help reduce damage that can cause cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer.

Cranberries

Cranberries are best known for their ability to prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder cells. They may also help promote gastrointestinal and oral health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, decrease bad cholesterol (called low-density lipoprotein or LDL), raise good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein or HDL), aid in recovery from stroke and even help prevent cancer.

Red Raspberries

Raspberries are best known for their antioxidant benefits and role in neutralizing free radicals. They are also high in manganese, Vitamin C, riboflavin, folate and niacin. In addition, raspberries are also a good source of dietary fiber.

Blackberries

Marionberries, boysenberries, loganberries and other blackberries are high in gallic acid, rutin and ellagic acid. With their dark-blue color, blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. Blackberries are also rich in Vitamin C and fiber, which help reduce the risks of certain cancers.

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Goldenberry Jam Recipe

Goldenberry Jam Jelly Recipe

Yields: 1½ cups

  • 2 cups white grape juice
  • 4 tsp agar agar flakes
  • 1 cup dried goldenberries (or cranberries) finely chopped
  • Touch of Stevia (optional)

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine grape juice and agar agar. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly to prevent flakes from sticking to pan. Cook 5 minutes, or until agar agar has dissolved and juice is slightly reduced. Stir in goldenberries and remove from heat. Add a touch of Stevia if desired (taste first – it’s already quite sweet). Cover pot and let mix sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Uncover and transfer to small blender. Pulse a few times, until just reaching a chunky texture. (Alternatively, bruise berries with the back of a spoon to release seeds). Pour mixture in a glass jar with a lid. Refrigerate 1 hour. Stir to evenly distribute goldenberries that may have sunk to the bottom. Return to refrigerator, allowing jam to gel completely (about 2-3 hours) before serving. Keep refrigerated, stays fresh several weeks.