Mom Minded for Mother’s Day 2018

Mom Minded for Mother’s Day 2018

What goes on in the minds of mothers would be an interesting study.  As a mom myself, I know my head is swimming with a million things to do and somehow finding ways to balance it all–family, work, house, cooking, shopping, laundry, walking the dog, carpooling, coffee, coffee, coffee…oh yea, sleep.

As I know, moms are always on the go and often put themselves last.  As children, we don’t see everything that goes into the daily routine of being a mom.  We take it for granted that mom somehow is always there for us.  That is unconditional love, the forever hug, a sense that somehow mom always has our back.

Even as adults we still need our moms and hopefully develope an appreciation for all the hard work that went into those child-rearing years.

This Mother’s Day make mom feel special and create a memory that will last beyond a day.  Sure a gift or flowers is one way to show appreciation, but finding a way to touch her heart and show her just how much we appreciate her love is even better.

Here are some unique ways to show her you care:

Wellness Walk– Fortunately Mother’s Day is in the spring and the weather should be delightful!  Find a park, wellness trail, garden or a river walk and share the beauty of the great outdoors with her.

Legacy Box– Take all those photos and videos of your cherished time together as you were growing up and help her preserve those memories.  Don’t stop with the past but continue to add to the legacy box with new cherished memories.

Plant an Herb Garden– A bouquet of flowers is short lived but a pot of herbs is a gift that keeps on giving.  If your mom has a green thumb and loves to cook, a potted plant of fresh herbs is one way to show you care.

Movie Memory– If you live afar and cannot be with your mom for Mother’s Day, create a movie montage for her to cherish now.  Remember watching those old movies of your mom and you when you were growing up?  She is likely to cherish watching a movie of you now.  Tell her a funny memory from when you were little, or remind her of your most treasured moment with her.  Sometimes all a mom wants to hear is how much you care for her.

The Gift of Good Health– Investing in your mother’s health is the perfect payback for all of those years she made you eat your veggies!!!  Give her a gift certificate to Whole Foods, a meal delivery service for a week or a jar of Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter like Betsy’s Best!!!  I had to add that one idea in there!

So spread the love this Mother’s Day with a gift from the heart.  I know I am “nuts” for my mom and thankful for all that she has taught me.  I am sincerely appreciative of all her love and continued support as I learn the ropes of being a mom myself.

I wish every mom a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Sincerely,

Betsy Opyt

2015 Florida Young Mother of the Year

A Spring Fitness Routine to get you Lean

A Spring Fitness Routine to get you Lean

Put a pep in your step this spring and increase your cardio to get lean! Studies show that as little as 2.5 hours of cardio exercise a week is enough to help aid in weight management and decrease risks of heart disease. Exercise should never be a bore nor a chore, and finding the right exercise to fit your needs is key. Sometimes exercise drops to the bottom of the priority list for people with a busy schedule. Realizing that exercise doesn’t have to necessarily be done all at the same time is helpful for those with a crammed schedule. If you have the time to take 4 min of your day to brush your teeth for preventative health, then you have 30 min a day to take time to prevent the decay of your body. These 5 tips below won’t take more then 10 min at a time and can easily be accumulated throughout the day to achieve your 30 min goal. Give them a try and spring into a new fitness routine!

5 tips on how to squeeze in 10 min of cardio

  1. Do a 2 min interval on the treadmill 5 times during your weight training session.
  2. When shopping at Costco, Sam’s Club, or Walmart, do an extra lap around the store, making sure not to stop and shop…or eat the samples!
  3. Got stairs? Got exercise. Make a point to do stair intervals—spend 5 minutes 2-5 times/day going up and down the stairs. Watch your heart rate climb!
  4. Do jumping jacks or walk in place during the 2 min commercials of a TV program
  5. After each meal take a 10 min stroll or bike ride around the block. Walk the dog, walk your spouse, or just walk yourself. The most important thing is to move after you eat!
March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, and there is no better time to celebrate health!

Every year the American Dietetic Association develops a platform for NNM and focuses on an aspect of nutrition.  This year National Nutrition Month is featuring “Savor the Flavor or Eating Right.”  Dietitians and other health professionals across the United States unite in this message as an awareness for focusing on health and taking charge of eating behaviors.

It is important to eat a variety of food and take the time to appreciate every bite. Becoming a mindful eater and focusing on the taste will help you savor the flavor and make eating healthy more enjoyable!

If you are looking for a sweet and savory treat, Betsy’s Best new Gourmet Cashew Butter features cardamom.  It is absolutely delicious on apple slices!

Next Stop: Atlanta! Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters Founder and Dietitian Betsy Opyt Featured as a Speaker at the Atlanta Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, May 20-21

Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo in Atlanta Georgia

Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt will present on Nutrient Dense & Gluten Free Foods at the GFAF Expo in Atlanta, GA, May 20-21, 2017. Betsy is Founder and CEO of Naples, FL-based Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters.

Naples, FL (May 4, 2017) — Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt is on a mission to engage the Atlanta community in just how delicious, versatile and nutritious nut and seed butters and gluten free foods can be. She’ll be showcasing her all-natural, Non-GMO Project Verified, Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at the Atlanta Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo, held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, May 20-21, 2017.

Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet Betsy and taste her award-winning Gourmet Almond Butter and other delicious flavors including Gourmet Cashew Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter. GFAF participants also can learn about healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes that take nut and seed butters above-and-beyond your typical spreads, appealing to both kids and adults.

The Atlanta event opens to the public at 10:00 am each morning and features product sampling, educational classes and cooking exhibitions. Visit Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at Booth #112 at the GFAF Expo in Atlanta, GA, May 20-21, 2017.

Betsy’s Presentation, “Nutrient Dense & Gluten Free Foods,” will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The talk will provide tips on how to optimize a gluten free diet with functional foods.

“Our Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters were created with gluten free, health-conscious consumers in mind,” says Betsy Opyt. “I know how difficult it can be for people with food sensitivities to find delicious and nutritious products that also meet our everyday, on-the-go lifestyles,” she adds.

In addition to interacting with the Atlanta gluten free community at the GFAF Expo, Betsy will be visiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank to donate 20 cases of her Gourmet Peanut Butter – peanut butter is a much needed product – and to raise awareness of the food bank’s work in serving food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers throughout 29 counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. “Food banks are critical resources for low income and food insecure families, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes over 60 million meals each year to more than 750,000 people. We are humbled and honored to help,” said Opyt.

Gluten Free … and Gourmet

The “free-from” trend has been gaining steam in recent years as more and more Americans continue to be affected by food allergies, food intolerances and chronic diseases. The market is shifting toward greater food transparency as consumers are asking companies to explain what’s in their products, the rationale behind each ingredient and how products are made.

Rethinking classic seed and nut butters, Betsy’s Best® has added unique flavors and superfoods including cinnamon or cardamom, chia seeds, Himalayan pink salt and organic honey. All Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter products are Non-GMO Project Verified and made without palm oil – a controversial ingredient that appears in a number of other nut butter brands.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter was recognized in October 2016 as the first recipient of the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award in a blind taste test by an expert panel of Certified Master Tasters.

To help customers and fans get the most out of their beloved spreads, Betsy Opyt herself has hand-crafted over 60 recipes that are available online at www.BetsysBest.com, on YouTube and featured on Carolina Kitchen on WLOS TV, an ABC TV affiliate.