Betsy’s Top 5 Food Trends To Keep Your Menu Innovative.

Betsy’s Top 5 Food Trends To Keep Your Menu Innovative.

Restaurant guests desire different things than they did in the past. Many establishments strive to satisfy them by refreshing menus regularly. Around one-quarter of eateries update meal options each season. Nearly one-third do so every month, according to Toast, Inc. It is crucial to avoid falling behind by embracing innovative menu ideas that will help your business attract more customers, boost sales and earn positive reviews. Consider these trends when you think about new menu options to introduce:

Top Menu Innovation Trends

#1 Plant Slant

Plant based eating is one of the biggest food movements of the time.  This cuisine satisfies vegans, vegetarians and people who simply want to improve their health by consuming less meat. Plants often deliver more nutrients while limiting harmful substances like cholesterol and sodium. Longevity living and optimizing nutrient dense foods is trumping traditional foods.  Superfoods and functional foods are hot words in the food movement.

Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters were developed by a registered dietitian where nutrition is her mission.  We are not just “nuts” for nut and seed butters – we offer a blended superfood spread that not only offers plant based protein, but taste and texture too.  Restaurateurs integrate our products into a range of highly appetizing dishes.

#2 Ingredients with Integrity

Customers want to know where their food comes from and the story behind it.  Sourcing locally, clean and non-GMO ingredients, and removing preservatives, additives, and artificial ingredients is the movement that matters.  Around three-fifths of restaurant patrons seek natural menu items, according to Technomic. Some major chains like KFC, Chipotle and Panera Bread have recently banished artificial coloring and flavoring from numerous meals. It’s important to take this trend seriously if you want your eatery to remain competitive.

Tasteless, unhealthy fillers may reduce prices, but customers don’t want to eat them. Menu items become highly desirable and profitable when chefs use GMO-free ingredients, according to a Washington State University study. Although the food costs more, your net earnings may rise by up to one-tenth.

Betsy’s Best doesn’t use gourmet as an adjective but a mission to source the highest quality ingredients that are non-GMO, natural, and sourced as locally as possible.  They’re free of gluten as well.

#3 An Experience in Eating

Customers are not looking for a plain and mundane food experience.  They expect more from the atmosphere, customer service, menu innovation, and flavor profiles!  Because there is more competition in fast casual, restaurant, and meal delivery markets, people don’t just pick a meal based on food only.

University of Denver research reveals that most guests actually care about the service and atmosphere even more than food quality. They want it all, so every detail needs to be examined with regard to how your establishment can make the consumer experience that much more! While a meal’s taste certainly holds great importance, your eatery can become more appealing and memorable with the right music, inviting interior decor and friendly, helpful servers. A scenic view could also have a big impact. Your menu plays a significant role as well; entertaining menu item names or a brief history of the restaurant may enhance the experience.

#4 Food with Attitude

People are paying more attention to what they are eating and why they are eating it.  Food has become more about the visual experience as it is for nourishment.  Food selfies are now a thing and if it looks appealing, is fashion forward, and photo ready, it will get the attention is deserves and give your establishment the social exposure.  The Huffington Post reports that nearly seven out of 10 Millennials take pictures before they eat!

Be a trendsetter, not a follower. Offer something unique, compelling and trend ready so your food becomes the focus of a unique dining experience. Social media and “food selfies” can help spread the word about your latest menu ideas at no cost. Guests might share images of your creations if you embrace unique shapes, arrangements, ingredients or dishes. For instance, a pasta restaurant in Maine has drawn attention by serving noodles in a skillet.

#5 What is your Story?

People select their food establishments because they connect to them in some way.  To compete in the food world, you will have to continuously up your game.  It is no longer just about food. It is all the points we mentioned above and more!  Refine your mission and focus on the customer experience as if you have a story to tell that differentiates you from everyone else, a mission that moves people, and quality of food that surpasses expectations.

Here at Betsy’s Best, our mission is to create a unique experience that focuses on quality, integrity, with a fun flavor profile.  We strive not to be your ordinary nut butter but a unique ingredient to enhance a recipe.  Don’t just spread us, love us!  We connect with our audience because we want to inspire them to elevate their experience and offer such an outstanding taste and connection with their food. So, what is your story?

Today’s consumers seek special experiences and quality, authentic cuisine. Betsy’s Best can help eateries meet their expectations with unique, flavorful ingredients that help set your menu apart. It’s also vital to adopt thoughtful goals that complement the values of your customers and staff. The most suitable way to innovate will vary depending on the type of food, the local area and your existing clientele.

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Betsy’s Best Healthy Green Goddess Smoothie

Betsy’s Best Healthy Green Goddess Smoothie

Oh my green goodness!!! Betsy’s healthy green goddess smoothie recipe is a real treat. Whether you love vegetables or not, Betsy’s refreshing drink will supercharge your body with superfood ingredients that include chia seeds, spinach, avocado, coconut, and cashews. Her recipe wil keep you satisfied and you’ll be functioning at your best.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

1/2 c coconut milk

1/2 c coconut water

1/4 cup coconut yogurt, plain 1/4 avocado

2 handfuls of spinach

1/4 sliver lime

2 Tbsp chia seeds

8 mint leaves

Pinch sea salt

1 scoop protein (optional)

Pomegranate seeds as garnish (optional)

Step By Step Healthy Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe Directions:

 

Step 1: Blend all ingredients in a blender. 

Step 2: Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Step 3: Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and enjoy your super tasty, smoothie.

What do you think of Betsy’s healthy green goddess smoothie recipe?  Is it the best you have ever tasted?  Featuring Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter we are sure you’ll agree it was #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter Dipped Popsicles

Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter Dipped Popsicles

Summer just got a whole lot tastier with this easy and fun recipe for dipped popsicles.  Featuring Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter and your favorite popsicle you will be saying it was #LoveAtFirstTaste! Here at Betsy;s Best we love Yasso frozen yogurt pops.  They are a healthy and very tasty low calorie treat.  

Recipe Ingredients:

1/4 C Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

1/4 c coconut oil

1/4 c coconut shreds, unsweetened

4 popsicles of choice

Step By Step Dipped Popsicles Recipe Directions:

Step 1Combine coconut oil and Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter in a bowl and stir to combine.  If coconut oil is solid you will want to pop it in the microwave for no more than 10 seconds. 

Step 2: This will allow it to blend easier with the cashew butter, but allow the oil to cool before dipping. 

Step 3: In a shallow bowl add the coconut shreds.

Step 4: Dip the popsicles in the coconut oil and butter mixture and then dip in the coconut shreds. 

Step 5: Place on a plate and pop in the freezer up to 5 min to allow the dipped shell to harden. 

Step 6: Wrap in saran wrap and keep in the freezer until ready to eat!

What brand and flavor of popsicle are you going to dip?  Please let us know in the comment area below. We hope you enjoy your Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter Dipped Popsicles!

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Pina Colada Sandwich – A Twist on the Classic PB&J

Pina Colada Sandwich – A Twist on the Classic PB&J

With Betsy’s pina colada sandwich, your peanut butter and jelly expectations will soar.  Featuring her Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, banana, pineapple and pineapple jelly every bite will send your taste buds on a tropical vacation.  Betsy is confident this gourmet lunch will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!!!!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter

2 slices wheat bread

2 Tbsp Pineapple jelly

Fresh pineapple, chunks

Fresh banana, sliced

Toasted coconut pieces

Step By Step Coconut Chia Pudding Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add Betsy’s Best Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter to one slice of bread and add the jelly to the second slice. 

Step 2: Add banana and pineapple and garnish with the toasted coconut. 

Step 3: Place the two slices together

Step 4: Enjoy every bite of your pina colada sandwich!

What do you think of this twist on the classic PB&J?  After you make your pina colada sandwich please share your thoughts in the comment area below!

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Kelp Noodle Salad with Cardamom Cashew Butter Dressing

Kelp Noodle Salad with Cardamom Cashew Butter Dressing

A beautiful combination of sweet and savory flavors, this kelp noodle salad recipe may be full of ingredients but is also full of flavor!  The dressing has the perfect combination of ingredients to highlight the fruits and vegetables.  Not only is this recipe filling with all of the fiber, it is full of protein and functional food ingredients to keep you healthy!

Salad Ingredients:

1 package kelp noodles, drained and rinsed

1 lb shrimp

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1 bunch scallions, sliced on the bias

1 mango, diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 c loose mint leaves, torn

1 c loose cilantro, chopped

1/2 c roasted peanuts

1 T black sesame seeds

Cardamom Cashew Butter Dressing:

1 clementine, juiced

1/2 c sweet chili sauce

1/2 c grapeseed oil

1/4 c rice vinegar

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

1 tsp ginger, grated

Step By Step Kelp Noodle Salad Recipe Directions:

Step 1Combine kelp noodles and all other salad ingredients in a bowl and toss. 

Step 2: In a blender blend cardamom cashew butter dressing ingredients and pour over noodle ingredients and toss. 

Step 3: Enjoy your kelp noodle salad!

Have you ever tried a kelp noodle salad before? Whether your answer is yes or no, Betsy’s Best recipe is truly a stand out that will be your favorite. Thanks to our cardamom cashew butter dressing these noodles are as flavorful as can be.  Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

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