Healthy Banana Nut Bread Smoothie

Healthy Banana Nut Bread Smoothie

Betsy’s healthy banana nut bread smoothie recipe tastes just like freshly baked banana nut bread. You’d never guess this delicious smoothie is packed with vegetables like zucchini and carrots! Sip on a smoothie so good, you won’t believe it’s good for you too.

Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 cup almond milk (or coconut or other alternative milk)

1 banana, frozen

½ apple

¼ cup zucchini, cubed

¼ cup baby carrots

1 Tbsp chia seed

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp coconut palm sugar (or 3 drops of liquid Stevia)

¼ tsp cinnamon

Pinch sea salt

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Step By Step Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all ingredients into your blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 5: Enjoy

Warning: If you substitute in another all-natural almond butter brand instead of using Betsy’s Best you will lose the gourmet taste. Please don’t blame us if it isn’t the most flavorful smoothie ever!

Enjoy Betsy’s tasty and healthy banana nut bread smoothie while filling up on wholesome nutrition! Please let us know if you #TasteTheDifference thanks to Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter!

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Is Gluten Bad for You?

Is Gluten Bad for You?

Betsy answers the question: Is gluten bad for you? As a nutritionist and personal trainer, this has been the most commonly asked question as of late. Gluten, a term that until recently was only used by physicians, dietitians, and people inflicted with Celiac Disease, is now the one of the biggest trending words in the world of nutrition. Although gluten-free diets have grown immensely in popularity, many people don’t understand exactly what gluten is, where it is found, and that it isn’t necessarily a problem for all who consume it.

Gluten is actually a word that describes a grouping of proteins (known as Promalins and Glutelins) that are found in certain grains and grain products, most commonly wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and triticale (a combination of wheat and rye). This protein matrix is very important in the structure of these grains, especially for baking, as gluten gives baked goods the rise and texture we find so appealing in our favorite breads, cookies, and cakes. When a person with Celiac Disease consumes this protein complex, their digestive tracts become irritated and inflamed causing them to poorly digest carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. This poor digestion can lead to unwanted weight loss, bone disease, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and vitamin deficiencies. It is estimated that only 1% of our population is inflicted with Celiac Disease.

Is gluten bad for you?

Gluten intolerance is a new phrase that is responsible for the recent rise in gluten-free diets. People with gluten intolerance experience the same uncomfortable digestive problems when consuming gluten, but don’t suffer the intestinal damage and ensuing medical problems and deficiencies as those inflicted with Celiac Disease. There is no effective way to accurately test and diagnose gluten intolerance though, which has led to many people self-diagnosing and subsequently self-prescribing themselves a gluten-free diet. The truth is, we still have a lot to learn about the effects of gluten-containing processed foods, but if you do not experience digestive discomfort when eating whole grain wheat products, they can still be incorporated and enjoyed in your daily diet.

If you have Celiac Disease or are on a gluten-free diet, here is a deliciously filling Gluten-Free Almond Butter Bread recipe that will nix your craving for non-gluten-free bread.

What is an Unwich?

What is an Unwich?

Are you wondering “what is an unwich?” Bread-less sandwiches, known as an “unwich”, are a new way to make your meals less guilty.  An unwich is where you forgo the bread and use veggies instead. Are you nuts? A sandwich isn’t a sandwich without the bread…or is it?

Reasons to Try an Unwich:

It’s time to take that sandwich and make it healthier for you. No matter how you stuff it, wrap it, or slap it together, tossing the bread and using veggies instead gives you an extra serving of greens and can help you shed some of those extra pounds left over from the winter.

Here are some great bread replacements:

 

  • Boston bib lettuce for a wrap
  • Collard green leaf for a wrap
  • A mock bun with a Portobello mushroom
  • Hollow out a cucumber or zucchini to make an unwich boat
  • Use cucumber discs for a mini appetizer dish
  • Stuff a tomato or pepper with your favorite spread.

There are so many possibilities, and being creative is all part of the fun!

Try one of our unique recipes and see a PB&J sandwich get a facelift, We are crazy about Betsy’s “Bunny” unwich made with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter (pictured above). Wrap it up and give it a try—once you take a bite you will know why! So, what is an unwich? It’s a healthy and delicious way to enjoy guilt free sandwiches! They’re also naturally gluten-free!

Homemade Cinnamon Bread

Homemade Cinnamon Bread

IWhat pairs best with cinnamon bread??? Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters! This gluten free cinnamon bread recipe is wholesome and delicious and wonderful toasted with your favorite Betsy’s Best spread on top.

Bread Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 ½ cups almond flour

2 Tbsp coconut flour

¼ cup flaxseed meal

¼ tsp sea salt

½ tsp gluten-free baking soda

1 Tbsp cinnamon

4-5 eggs

¼ cup coconut oil

1 Tbsp raw honey

1 Tbsp raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar

¼ cup raisins

Step By Step Homemade Cinnamon Bread Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Combine wet and dry ingredients separately in medium bowls.

Step 3: Combine together in larger bowl.

Step 4: Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until it a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 5: When ready, serve with Betsy’s Best!

Step 6: Enjoy your homemade cinnamon bread!

Turn this into the best French toast or bread pudding. Another great way to use this wonderful gluten-free homemade cinnamon bread!

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