Mixed Berry Smoothie | The Berry Best

Mixed Berry Smoothie | The Berry Best

Betsy’s Best mixed berry smoothie recipe is a winner! After all, berries are the BES. They are loaded with antioxidants and fiber to help nourish you.  With strawberry, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry this smoothie is the berry berry best! But wait! There is more! Our smoothie recipe also features Betsy’s Cinnamon almond Butter. Almonds and berries are like sister and brother. They balance each other so well in recipes.

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 c almond milk, unsweetened

1/4 c blackberries, frozen

1/4 c raspberries, frozen

1/4 c blueberries, frozen

1/4 c strawberries, frozen

1 T chia seeds

Pinch sea salt

Step By Step Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all your berries, cinnamon almond butter and other ingredients into the blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Pour your mixed berry smoothie into your favorite glass and enjoy!

Please share a photo on social media of you enjoying your Berry Best  Mixed Berry Smoothie.  We promise with our cinnamon almond butter’s amazing flavor you’ll #TasteTheDifference!

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How To Eat Chia Seeds

How To Eat Chia Seeds

Betsy knows why and how to eat chia seeds!

The chia seed is a super food and one of the healthiest seeds in the world. It also makes for an interesting ingredient, although most people don’t know how to cook with it. Betsy’s Best features chia seeds in all of our gourmet nut and seed butters because it offers a satisfying crunch, increased fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acid and calcium. Yes, you could buy a chia pet and grow green hair, but that is a waste of a perfectly balanced seed full of nutrients.

Why Chia Seeds Are Good For You

The most interesting fact about chia is that no other seed can do what the chia has the capacity to do. It absorbs up to 12 times its weight in water, so when water is added to dry chia the seed expands just like a balloon. The clear gelatinous outer coating is the chia soaking up the water and retaining it within its walls. When the chia is hydrated, it turns an insoluble fibrous seed into a soluble fiber seed. Soluble fiber acts like a gel and slows gut digestion, which is why the chia seed is touted as a weight loss and appetite suppressant—it keeps you full!

Many athletes swear by chia seeds because of the water balloon effect. Also, the additional water supplied and held by the chia helps keep an athlete hydrated during endurance performances.

How to Eat Chia Seeds

When it comes to cooking, here’s a quick crash course on how to include chia in your everyday dishes. The trick is to think of chia as a starch. Add it to sauces, gravy, dressings, pudding, smoothies, or anything you want to thicken. Using the chia seed whole offers a tapioca pearl effect; grinding the chia into a meal allows you to use it just as you would use any starch.

This functional food ingredient offers your meal more filling fiber, more protein, more calcium, more omega 3 fatty acids, and calcium to boot. There’s only one question to ask: Why wouldn’t you use chia?!

Now that you know the benefits of chia seeds, discover all the incredible ways to use this savvy seed. Here is one of Betsy’s favorite chia seed recipes for you to enjoy!

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup, to taste (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 Recipe Directions:

Step 1: In a medium-sized non-stick pot, bring the blueberries and 3 tbsp of maple syrup to a low boil. Stir frequently, and reduce heat to low-medium to simmer for about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Lightly mash the blueberries with a potato masher or fork, leaving some for texture.

Step 3: Stir in the chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook the mixture down until it thickens to your desired consistency, or about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.

Step 4: Once the jam is thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add more maple syrup to taste if desired. Enjoy with your favorite Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butter. The jam should keep for at least a week in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Now that you know why and how to eat chia seeds we hope you’ll visit our website often.  Betsy has over 200 recipes with her gourmet nut and seed butters.  Since her spreads all have chia seeds in them her creations are an outstanding way to improve the flavor and nutrition of the foods you eat!

Almond Butter Blueberry Cobbler Smoothie

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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Blueberry Squash Smoothie

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Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 cup almond milk

½ cup frozen blueberries

1/3 small yellow squash

1 Tbsp chia seeds

3-4 drops liquid Stevia (or ½ tsp honey)

Pinch sea salt

Step By Step Blueberry Squash Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all ingredients in the blender..

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3:  Enjoy your blueberry squash smoothie!

Blend up this blueberry squash smoothie recipe and feel good about it all day long. Filling up on healthy fats, protein, fiber and antioxidants will make a body happy! The great taste of Betsy’s breakfast smoothie will have you craving fruits and vegetables every day. Trust Betsy, you’ll be saying “it was #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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