Finding the Best Peanut Butter

Finding the Best Peanut Butter

Nearly every American is familiar with the sweet, salty taste of peanut butter; in fact, it’s found in 94 percent of American households. Peanut butter is a staple in family pantries for many good reasons: It’s made with protein-packed peanuts, and it’s economical, versatile and tastes great.

If you developed your peanut butter habit many years ago, you’ve probably settled on a favorite brand. But did you know that new peanut butters have been sneaking onto the market in the last few years, some with decidedly sophisticated flavors?

Peanut Butter Evolution

Following the all-natural food trend, many peanut butters that contain nothing but peanuts, or peanuts and a bit of salt, became available in grocery stores. Of course, this style of peanut butter is not new; in fact, its origins date back to the Aztecs and Incas.

These one- and two-ingredient peanut butters touted their healthier contents — no added sugar or emulsifiers — and many customers loved them. They did, however, suffer from a drawback that many consumers had trouble adjusting to: They had no sweetness.

So other peanut butter innovators tackled the conundrum — how to make peanut butter slightly sweet, highly spreadable and still all-natural and healthy. These new peanut butters are some of the best you’ll ever taste.

What Makes a Peanut Butter Great

These peanut butters are not made with humdrum ingredients chosen to make the most profit for their makers. They’re made with ingredients of exceptional quality, carefully chosen for the combination of flavors they provide and to deliver the best nutritional value. It’s time to compare your go-to peanut butter against the best of these new brands. Look for these factors when comparing peanut butters.

Ingredients and Nutrition

Look at the label on the jar and read the list of ingredients. A great peanut butter doesn’t contain additives and preservatives you can’t pronounce, nor should it have high fructose sugars. The less added salt and sugar, the better.

The source of the ingredients is also important. Are they all-natural? Non-GMO? Gluten-free?

Appearance and Consistency

Spreadability is one quality of more natural peanut butters that many customers accustomed to standard brands have difficulty with. In some products, the natural oils separate and rise to the top, but the fix is simple. Just stir the oil back in and refrigerate, and it won’t separate again.

Crunchy vs. smooth: Peanut butter lovers fall into one of two types: Those who love creamy and those who crave crunchy. Luckily, this difference doesn’t affect a peanut butter’s quality.

Taste

The flavor of a great peanut butter is a balance of peanuts, saltiness and sweetness.

Saltiness: Some people find peanut butter without salt to be a little bland, but too much can also overwhelm the peanut flavor. Keep an eye out for the type of salt being used in the nut butter. Not all salts are created equal. For example, Himalayan pink salt is unrefined, crunchy and loaded with micronutrients and flavor!

Sweetness: Just as some people missed the salt in unsalted peanut butter, others found they missed sweetness in unsweetened peanut butter. Just remember what we mentioned in the nutrition section above, and avoid high fructose sugars or sugar levels above 4 grams per serving, especially if they aren’t all natural sugars or sweeteners. Examples of healthy natural sweeteners include organic honey, Demerara sugar, and organic stevia leaf extract.

Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

One new brand is Betsy’s Best. This peanut butter genuinely lives up to its “gourmet” name. Not only does it contain ingredients of the highest quality, Betsy has added some unique flavors that truly individualize this peanut butter.

Betsy Opyt is a registered dietitian and personal trainer, and she started on her journey to peanut butter perfection when she decided to make her own for her daughter. What does Betsy’s Best Gourmet peanut butter have that makes it special?

  • Ingredients and Nutrition: All ingredients are of the highest quality, natural, non-GMO and gluten-free. The roasted peanuts are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, as well as protein, vitamins and minerals. The chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, antioxidants and fiber, and the sunflower oil is a healthy polyunsaturated fat.
  • Appearance and Consistency: Sunflower oil helps keep the consistency smooth and spreadable, and chia seeds add a bit of crunch along with a lot of superfood punch.
  • Taste: Pink Himalayan salt creates the slightly salty flavor, and it contributes minerals lacking in table salt. Cinnamon, organic honey and demerara sugar add a hint of sweetness — the cinnamon Betsy uses is Korintji, which has a rich flavor and robust nutrients.

If you haven’t tasted Betsy’s Best, you probably haven’t discovered what you will call the Best Peanut Butter Ever. People love it so much that 83 percent of reviews on Amazon are five-star. This is just one customer’s comment,

“I am very impressed with the taste and texture of this all-natural peanut butter. The peanut flavor really comes through while the pink salt, honey, and cinnamon offer a complex and gourmet taste. It also has chia seeds which provides a nice crunch. I love making and eating a gourmet PB&J sandwich that features Betsy’s Best on whole wheat toast, with a red pepper jelly, and dry baked bacon. Trust me and give this sandwich a try. Don’t substitute the Betsy’s Best with another peanut butter, because it won’t be as good if you do. Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter truly is gourmet and worth the purchase.”

Read more peanut butter reviews on Amazon.

Betsy’s aim is to make products with “functional food ingredients that will nourish the body, [and] flavors that will fascinate the taste buds and foster a feeling of connection with food that is good for you.” Her gourmet peanut butter certainly meets her high standards and is sure to become your new favorite.

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!!

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Best Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies

Best Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies

If gooey brownie are your thing then Betsy’s Best almond butter chocolate brownies recipe is for you!  This delicious gluten-free decadent brownie recipe has been one of our most popular for years..  Hints of cinnamon from the almond butter blends well with the cocoa powder and honey.   Even better, this recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free and a source of protein and fiber.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 C Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

2 large eggs

1/3 C honey

2 T granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

6 T cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp salt

1/2 C chocolate chips, chocolate chunks, or almonds

Step By Step Almond Butter Chocolate Brownies Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 2: In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip eggs, sugar, honey and vanilla until blended. Beat in Betsy’s Best almond butter until well combined and smooth. Stir in cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Fold in chocolate chips/chunks.

Step 3: Spread brownie mixture evenly into prepared pan.

Step 4: Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Step 5: Enjoy

Recipe Yield: 12 squares.

We bet the perfect texture of our moist almond butter chocolate brownie recipe will be a hit at your next party! The host Moms at Mom’s Meet loved our Gourmet Cinnamon Almond Butter and her brownie recipe, too!Did you #TasteTheDifference?  Did you alter the recipe with some of your own great ideas? Where does this recipe fit on your list of best brownies?

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

10 Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System

10 Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” stated 2,500 years ago by Hippocrates, the father of medicine.

All these years later, Hippocrates quote is still relevant, even in today’s modern world of medicine. The prevention of illness and the remedy for disease can often be found in farmers markets and the healthy section of grocery stores.  Superfoods are a super way to make your body resilient to the clod and flue.

The average U.S. adult typically suffers 2-4 colds per year, while children may have up to 12. Keeping yourself resilient through the winter months and avoiding the cold and flu can be as easy as adding some preventative and protective nutrients into your diet.  Eating a few extra immune boosting superfoods can help prevent, curtail, or rebuild the body throughout the cold and flu season and provide all kinds of other health benefits.

Betsy’s 10 Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System

Probiotics: Protects healthy gut bacteria, keeping immune system strong. Found in yogurts, fermented foods, Kombucha, or supplements. Good to take daily throughout the cold and flu season.

Garlic: Stimulates immune system and an anti-inflammatory food. Can be eaten roasted, raw, or in a supplemental form.

Elderberry Syrup: Therapeutic powerhouse for the flu and remedy for respiratory ailments. You can find elderberry syrup in your health food store.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Can prevent and alleviate symptoms of the cold and flu. Also keeps the pH levels on track, preventing the cold and flu from attacking your immune system. Can ward of chest congestion by soaking a piece of brown paper in apple cider vinegar and sprinkle one side of paper with pepper. Place on your chest for 30 min. Just a teaspoon a day is enough to keep the cold away!

Vitamin C: We all know the benefits of vitamin C and the benefits on the immune system, but what you probably didn’t know is that these foods are the richest sources: Camu Camu, chili peppers, bell peppers, strawberries, guava, thyme and parsley, dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, papaya, and oranges.

Hydrogen Peroxide in Ears: It is debated that most colds and flu viruses enter the body through the ears. As a preventative measure or treatment of symptoms, add 2-3 drops of 3% peroxide into each ear and hold for 10 min. This has the power to start killing the cold or flu within the first 2-3 min.

Oil of Oregano: Contains phenols that control and stop the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Also contains anti-oxidants to reduce inflammation, vitamins A & C to strengthen respiratory functions, and minerals to strengthen the immune system. At the first sign of a cold take 3 drops under the tongue or mixed into water. You can also mix the oil of oregano with coconut oil and massage into the skin.

Eucalyptus Oil: Studies show that by inhaling the eucalyptus oil it can strengthen the immune system by strengthening the white blood cells and reducing inflammation. It can also reduce inflammation in the lungs after inhaling and can relieve aches and pains caused by the flu. Can be inhaled, rubbed on the skin, or taken as a supplement.

Peppermint Oil: Can lessen the symptoms of the cold and flu. Rub a few drops on your abdomen to relieve an upset stomach, reduce a fever by rubbing 5 drops on the bottom of your feet, place one drop on your tongue to open your nasal passages, or drop the oil on your temples and forehead and massage to relieve a headache.

Vitamin D: Researchers agree that catching colds and flu may actually be due to a vitamin D deficiency. A lack of vitamin D can weaken your immune system making you more susceptible to the bugs of the winter season. The best sources of vitamin D is the sun, fresh salmon, tuna, milk, eggs, mushrooms, flounder, and ricotta cheese.

Read More About Superfood Nutrition From Registered Dietitian, Betsy Opyt