4 Ways to Use Natural Almond Butter in Kids’ Snacks, Part 2

4 Ways to Use Natural Almond Butter in Kids’ Snacks, Part 2

 

If you’re looking for new ways to use almond butter in kids’ snacks, have we got some ideas for you! If you’ve been keeping up with this blog series, you learned about four of our favorite kid-friendly almond butter snacks that are both delicious and nutritious. Here are the tasty snacks we discussed last time:

  • Almond butter ants on a log
  • Banana Almond Butter Boats    
  • Apple Slices and Almond Butter
  • Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie

Let’s continue looking at four more ways to make snack time even more fun (and healthy) using natural almond butter. And if you’re looking for an almond butter that is wholesome, yummy, and made of only the best natural ingredients, shop Betsy’s Best gourmet almond butter, shop us on Amazon, or find our nut butters in your local supermarket.

Frozen Banana Bites

Many kids love bananas because they are sweet and have a fun texture. Parents love them because they are packed with nutrients and highly versatile. Bananas also pair perfectly with almond nut butter, so for a cold summer treat, slice up a banana or two, add a smear of almond butter between two slices, and roll the banana bite in melted organic milk or dark chocolate. Then roll the tasty bite in crushed almonds or walnuts to give it some crunch. Freeze or serve chilled.

Crackers and Almond Butter

There is something special about dipping a yummy whole wheat cracker in all-natural almond butter — it’s just the perfect combination! This is a simple snack you can serve your child at home or pack in their lunch for an afternoon snack at school or daycare.  

 

 

Almond Butter Popsicles

Almond butter popsicles are super easy to make and they are the perfect dairy-free kids’ snack for a summer day. All you need is natural almond butter, almond butter, milk, and organic chocolate syrup or powder. You can even add in fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, and bananas!

Almond Butter Cupcakes

Betsy’s hummingbird cupcake recipe is absolutely delightful and so moist thanks to her natural almond butter. It is sweet, filling, and easy to devour as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Cut into bite-size pieces to make it easier for your kiddo to eat, or even cut into a few different shapes to incorporate a learning game.  

Get Delicious Natural Almond Butter

If you want to serve your child a GMO- and gluten-free snack that is healthy, filling, and delicious, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter is an excellent choice. We make our nut butters with only the wholesomest of ingredients so parents can feel good about feeding their children 100 percent natural almond butter. Order our almond butter spread online at Betsy’s Best or Amazon, or find our nut butters in your local grocery store.

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3 Wonderful Health Benefits of Almonds For Hair and Skin, Part 1

3 Wonderful Health Benefits of Almonds For Hair and Skin, Part 1

Almonds are one of the healthiest superfoods you can eat. Not only are they nutritious, but they are also delicious! Almonds provide literally countless health benefits that can help with everything from managing your weight to lowering bad cholesterol. One of the best health benefits of almonds is that these delightful little nuts (actually known as drupes) support healthy looking skin and hair that feels amazingly soft and smooth. Have you ever noticed that some of the most popular lotions are made from almonds? There’s a reason for this. In part one of this short blog series, we will look at five of the top health benefits of almonds for healthy, vibrant skin and hair.

If you’re tired of eating almond butter made from ingredients that you can hardly pronounce, go with an almond butter that is a 100 percent certified natural almond butter. Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter is made from wholesome GMO- and gluten-free ingredients found in the kitchen, not in a science lab. Visit Betsy’s Best and Amazon to order your almond butter online, or find us in your local grocery store.

Supports Clear Skin

Almonds can help cleanse the skin to prevent blemishes, blackheads, pimples, whiteheads, and acne. Almonds can even help even out skin tones! Almonds are considered an anti-inflammatory food, so consuming almonds and using almond-based skin products can alleviate redness and skin irritations.

Anti-Aging Properties

Almonds contain a ton of vitamins and minerals that naturally fight the signs of aging, including collagen supporting vitamin E. In fact, just one spoonful of all-natural almond butter provides more than 30 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin E and other age-fighting nutrients. Eating a handful of almonds or natural almond butter daily may help you achieve youthful-looking skin by reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Makes Hair Silky and Smooth

Healthy hair requires plenty of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats to look and feel soft and luscious. Almonds are packed with vitamins A, D, E, and B vitamins, as well as biotin, and manganese that support healthy, strong locks. These nutrients can repair and strengthen damaged hair for soft, shiny hair free of split ends and frizziness. Of course you can eat almond butter to get these health benefits, but you can also use almond butter as a mask for your hair and scalp to strengthen each strand of hair.

Order Natural Almond Butter Online

We have only just begun to scratch the surface, so be sure to tune in for part two of this blog series to learn more about the amazing health benefits of almonds for healthy hair and skin that looks and feels incredible. Want to order Betsy’s Best natural almond butter online? Visit Betsy’s Best or search for us on Amazon. You can also pick up a jar or five in your local grocery store. Until next time, thanks for reading!

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Where In The World Do Almonds Come From?

Where In The World Do Almonds Come From?

Hello, almond friends! Welcome back to the Betsy’s Best blog! Almonds are one of the most popular snacks in the world, revered for their amazing flavor, health benefits, and versatility. But where in the world do the almonds we enjoy come from? Generally speaking, almonds are grown in regions with mild climates and plenty of sunshine, but where exactly is that? Today, we will have a little lesson on almonds by looking at the top almond producers in the world. And remember, if you need a re-supply of natural almond butter to make all your favorite meals and snacks, shop Betsy’s Best online, on Amazon, and in your local grocery store for almond butter that is truly natural. Please continue reading below.

1. The United States

The United States is the single largest producer of almonds worldwide. One report suggests that the U.S. produces more than 2,002,742 tons of almonds each year — that’s nuts! Think of all the almond butter we could make with that many tons of almonds! While almonds are grown in regions throughout the U.S., California is the number-one almond producer in the U.S., North America, and the world. California is one of the biggest producers of almonds and other agricultural goods because of its mild climate, year-round sunshine, and fertile soils. Almond cultivators in California have fine-tuned their growing, harvesting, processing, and packaging techniques in order to provide delicious almonds to people all over the world.  As an FYI, we purchase our almonds from Blue Diamond Almonds and they are grown in California.

2. Spain

As we mentioned in a recent blog post, countries in the Mediterranean region are some of the top almond producers in the world. In at number two is Spain, known widely for its wine and olive production. Almond cultivation is among the country’s main agriculture production, with more than 202,000 tons produced annually. The main regions where Spanish almond cultivation takes place is in Andalusia, Aragon, Valencia, and Catalonia. Next time you’re in Spain, be sure to tour one of the almond orchards while you’re there.

3. Australia

Coming in at third place is Australia. The country down-under produces almost 130,000 tons of almonds each year, which account for $351.1 million of global almond exports. Regions in South Australia, including Sunraysia (note the awesome name). Riverland, Riverina, and Adelaide Plains, are the top producers of Australian almonds. With plenty of sunshine and fertile soils, South Australia offers the perfect climate for growing almonds.  

4. Morocco

Morocco cultivates more than 112,000 tons of sweet almonds annually. Located in the Mediterranean region, Morocco enjoys arid, mild climates year-round, where there is an abundance of sunshine. Morocco exports a portion of its almonds, but it is also a domestically-consumed good that is the basic ingredient for numerous Moroccan dishes, pastries, and beverages. Almond cultivation in Morocco is done on a much smaller scale than that of almond cultivation in America and Australia.  

Get The Best Almond Butter Online

At Betsy’s Best, we love all things almonds and are fascinated by this healthful and delicious nut, which is actually a drupe — a fleshy fruit with a thin skin and a central stone that contains a seed. We mostly love almonds because they are versatile and offer a plethora of health benefits that support a healthy body. What’s more, we can make delightful natural almond butter out of these little gems.

Are you ready to try the very best almond butter, made with only the most wholesome ingredients? Try Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter! We offer truly natural almond butter that is certified as 100 percent GMO- and gluten-free. Shop Betsy’s Best, find us on Amazon, or reach for a jar in your local supermarket today!

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4 Ways to Use Natural Almond Butter in Kids’ Snacks, Part 1

4 Ways to Use Natural Almond Butter in Kids’ Snacks, Part 1

Welcome back to the Besty’s Best blog, where we explore all things nut butters. Kids can be picky eaters when it comes to snacks and meals, but many of them at least enjoy the smooth, creamy flavor of peanut butter. But did you know that almond butter is another healthy and delicious option for kids’ snacks? Almond butter is a healthy snack option that pairs well with a number of fruits, breads, and other tasty treats. Almond butter is jam-packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can help your kiddo grow strong and healthy, not to mention that is tastes amazing. In today’s post, let’s look at five of our favorite ways to use natural almond butter in kid-friendly snacks. If you need to restock your supply of almond butter, visit Betsy’s Best to order our delightful all-natural, GMO- and gluten-free gourmet almond butter or look for a jar in your favorite supermarket. Please read on to learn more!

Almond Butter Ants On a Log

Ants on a log is a classic kid snack traditionally made with peanut butter, celery sticks, and raisins. Put a new twist on an old favorite by substituting peanut butter with healthy, yummy natural almond butter. Almond butter pairs well with the other two ingredients for this snack, providing a healthy boost of nutrients like protein and vitamins such as E and B2. Plus, your child will love the creamy, sweet flavor of the almond butter combined with the juicy crunch of the celery sticks and the semisweet flavor of sun-dried raisins.

Banana Almond Butter Boats    

Slicing up bananas lengthwise and adding a smear of gooey almond butter topped with a few blueberries will fuel your kiddos energy for play and learning. What’s more, this healthful snack is packed with protein, nutrients, and antioxidants that will support your child’s immune system to help them fight off illnesses and infections that run rampant in schools and daycares. This delicious snack is definitely kid-tested and parent-approved!

 

 

Apple Slices and Almond Butter

What kid doesn’t love juicy, sweet apples? Apples are a staple snack found in lunch boxes and on lunch trays throughout America. Apple slices dipped in natural almond butter is a filling, nutritious snack that will power your child through a day at school or a day playing with friends.

Chocolate Almond Butter Smoothie

This sweet treat can cool off your kiddo on a hot day or satisfy their sweet tooth after a savory dinner. Blend two tablespoons of Betsy’s Best almond butter, two frozen bananas (chopped), a tablespoon of natural unsweetened cocoa powder or organic chocolate syrup, and one cup of organic unsweetened almond milk, and voila! Your kiddo will love this refreshing, sweet, protein-packed smoothie.    

Order Delicious Natural Almond Butter

If you’re looking for an all-natural almond butter that truly is natural, GMO- and gluten-free, and made with only the most wholesome ingredients, Besty’s Best is for you! You can feel good feeding our gourmet almond butter to your kiddo, and they’ll be asking for more after their first bite! Visit Betsy’s Best today to get yours today, or shop us on Amazon or in your local grocer.

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All About Almonds: Why They’re So Amazing, Part 2

All About Almonds: Why They’re So Amazing, Part 2

Welcome back, almond lovers! In part one of our short blog series, we began exploring the wild world of almonds. Almonds really are a tasty and amazing nut that are jam-packed with loads of nutrients. On top of being yummy and nutritious, here’s a recap of the fun facts about almonds from part one:

  • Almonds grow on almond trees
  • Almonds can lower cholesterol levels
  • Almonds can fight hunger

In today’s blog post, let’s look at a few more awesome facts about almonds and why.

Almonds Help with Weight Loss

Even though almonds contain about 14 grams of fat per a one-ounce serving, they are a low-cal snack option and are jam-packed with nutrients that can support a healthy diet. Because almonds fight hunger without having to consume a full, calorie-rich meal, these are a perfect food to pair with fresh fruit, crunchy veggies, and low-cal, low-sugar yogurt or cottage cheese, which are also healthy staples for a weight loss meal plan. The tricky part is limiting your servings so that you don’t consume a high amount of fat by eating several handfuls.

Almonds Reduce Inflammation

As if almonds weren’t already wonderful enough, they can also fight inflammation which can aid in pain relief. A Harvard study shows that almonds are among the anti-inflammatory foods that should be added to any healthy diet, but especially for those who suffer from chronic pain, have suffered an injury, or who have an inflammatory illness such as rheumatoid arthritis.

 

 

Almonds are Packed with Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight a whole array of health conditions and illnesses by boosting the immune system. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can damage cellular structures from oxidative damage that contribute to such illnesses as cancer. Free radicals also contribute to aging which can affect your musculoskeletal structures and tissues in the body. Almonds are an excellent source of antioxidants for protecting your cells from harm.

Almonds Are Considered “Brain Food”    

Because almonds are rich in antioxidants and nutrients, they help with the healthy development of the brain in children and support healthy brain function in adults. Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, which positively support neurological and cognitive activity. So eat up! Your brain will thank you!

Almonds Support Healthy Skin

Antioxidant-packed almonds help maintain healthy, radiant skin that looks and feels amazing. Along with antioxidants, almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E which nourishes the skin and fights the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and fine lines. Sure, using all those skincare products can help, but adding a helping of almonds to your beauty regimen every day will only boost your body’s ability to keep skin hydrated and nourished.

Almonds Need the Right Climate to Grow

Almonds are native to countries in the Middle East in the Mediterranean. This region has hot dry summers and mild wet winters, providing the perfect climate for almonds to grow. Because almonds need a sunny, hot climate to thrive, California is one of the top American producers of the globe’s almonds.    

Immature Green Almonds Are A Delicacy

While immature green almonds are not typically found in stores, they are considered a delicacy by some. These little green gems can be preserved and pickled! Can you believe it? While it may not sound too appealing when compared to the delicious crunch and flavor of a raw or roasted almond nut, many people thoroughly enjoy pickled baby almonds.

Almonds in a Spread

Similar to peanut butter, almonds are delicious as a nut spread. If you would like to try a tasty, GMO- and gluten-free almond butter, visit Betsy’s Best today to order a jar of gourmet natural almond butter. We use only the most wholesome ingredients in our delicious almond butter so that you can enjoy this nut spread with peace of mind. Shop Betsy’s Best today, find us in your local grocer, or shop us on Amazon to get yours today!

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