Superfood Nuts and Seeds On The Rise

Superfood Nuts and Seeds On The Rise

Why are superfood nuts and seeds becoming so popular? Why are people going nuts over almonds? Are they really the healthiest nut to con-sume? The almond industry has exploded in just the past few year and almonds are found everywhere from granola bars, butters, milks, yogurts to even ice cream. Almonds have become an enterprise and due to the growing demand and a limited supply, this hot commodity is feeling the heat of demand as rising costs burns a hole in our wallet.

Almond lovers swear this tasty tree nut has a natural sweetness, extra Omega 3’s, and a mild flavor that mixes in to any dish whether you are using it as a butter, a milk, or raw variety. But what does this nut have that others don’t? Although the almighty almond may be in the spotlight for now, it is not so superior to other nuts and although it remains in the limelight for now, due to the rising costs, high demand, and limited almond farms, other nuts and seeds will start sharing the shelf.

What Superfood Nuts and Seeds Are On The Rise?

So what is on the horizon and what super seeds and nutritional nuts are next? If you have paid any attention to the grocery store aisles you will see the nut and seed selec-tion growing and even more variety of nut and seed butters emerging. Sunflower, chia, cashew, hazelnut, hemp, pumpkin, walnut, pistachio, sachi inchi, among others are working their way into center stage and fighting for the shelf space that the almond empire controls.

As a dietitian I think it is great to see this category expand and other nuts and seeds get the attention they deserve. All nuts and seeds fit into the “health” category because of concentrated amounts of nutrients such as healthy fats, powerful proteins and filling fibers to name a few. It is even more exciting to see the seed selection improve because of so many nut allergies seeds have become a perfect solution. On top of that, many seeds are a complete source of protein, meaning that they contain all 18 amino acids.

So eating seeds such as hemp and pumpkin seeds provide the same protein power as chicken or steak.

P.S. At Betsy’s Best we want to bring attention to the whole nut and seed category and proud to bring you a variety of what Nuts & Seeds TOGETHER can provide. From chia, peanut, sunflower, almond to now cashew, we continue to expand the Betsy’s Best line of delicious gourmet nut and seed butters and feel each nut and seed deserves it own limelight. Crafting each recipe so that taste and health always remain a priority we want to continue to deliver a unique experience with every bite. So continue to explore that nut and seed aisle and venture into a variety of flavors of the nut and seed world provide.

Nuts for the Holidays?

Nuts for the Holidays?

Has the holidays got you a little Nutty? So much to do and shopping trips to the store we often forget to fill up on healthy snacks to keep us going.

Nuts are a popular holiday treat and can provide significant health benefits too! They are a source of fat, but most nuts have mostly unsaturated fat, making them healthier choices. Because nuts are uniquely fats and proteins they offer an ability to fuel the body for longer periods of time than carbohydrates alone. That is why nuts and nut butters are always a perfect match with foods such as fruits, vegetables, or whole grains. Serve nuts like pecans, walnuts, almonds, and peanuts as snacks, or add nut butters to main dishes, salads, muffins, or crackers. There are over 60 delicious recipes on our site giving you creative ideas of how to utilize nut or seed butters in your everyday cooking. Check out www.betsysbest.com

So it is ok to go a little Nutty this holiday season because now you know how good they are for you! Happy Healthy Holidays!

Homemade Honey Roasted Cashews

Homemade Honey Roasted Cashews

Sweet honey pairs with Betsy’s Best to create the most delicious roasted cashews to grace your lips!  Don’t buy honey roasted nuts at the store unless you want to consume maltodextrin and palm oil.  Instead crank up the oven and in just a few short minutes you can have your home filled with the delicious flavor of a roasted nut with hints of cinnamon and honey.  Hit the spot with this healthy snack and feel good about the foods you eat!  Feel free to change the nut for your personal preference, just don’t forget the Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, it is the secret ingredient!!!

Ingredients:

2 c cashews (or other nut or seed)

1 T egg white

1 T honey

3 T sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter

Directions:

Preheat you oven to 325 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the egg white, honey, sugar, Betsy’s Best and salt until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

Mix the cashews with the wet ingredients until they are covered.

Lay the cashews out on a non-stick surface in a single layer.

Roast for 12-15 minutes until the edges begin to darken slightly, taking care not to burn them.

Remove the cashews from the oven and let them cool completely.

Break the cashews apart and store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

For an added health benefit, before roasting the cashews, sprinkle a little chia seed, flax seed, or hemp seed into the mixture.  After cooled, turn into a delicious trail mix by adding, golden berries, goji berries, or other dried fruit!

Keep this honey roasted cashew recipe in an easy to find location.  We are sure it will become one of your go-to healthy snack.