Merry Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Merry Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Is any drink more festive for the Holidays than a chocolate peppermint martini?  Betsy doesn’t think so. She knows your holiday guests will love this super yummy drink.  They’ll be shocked and wowed when you reveal the secret ingredient is Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter. Betsy promises it will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Martini Ingredients:

1 tsp Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 oz vanilla vodka

1 oz Bailey’s Irish cream

1 oz Kahlua or other coffee flavored liqueur

1 oz almond milk

drop peppermint extract

melted white chocolate for rim

crushed peppermint candy

Step By Step Chocolate Peppermint Martini Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Coat rim of glass in white chocolate and dip in crushed peppermint.

Step 2: Mix all liquids into a martini shaker with ice and shake.

Step 3: Make sure to shake hard enough to mix the almond butter into the liquids.

Step 4: Strain and serve!

Step 5: Enjoy your chocolate peppermint martini and Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Be sure to print or bookmark Betsy’s chocolate peppermint martini recipe.  It would be a shame if come the Holidays you’ve forgotten to put this super yummy dessert drink on your Holiday party drink menu.  Trust us! It will be You will #TasteTheDifference and have a very Merry Christmas without the guilt.  That’s right! A typical martini has at least 400 calories. Can you believe Betsy’s martini recipe cuts that down to 80 calories? After you try it please let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Holiday Gifts For Good Health

Holiday Gifts For Good Health

Why should you consider holiday gifts for good health? The holiday season is in full swing, which means our lives are filled with close family, great friends, and delicious food (oh so much food!!). Although this season brings joy, nostalgia and indulgence in your favorite treats, it is far too often followed with weeks of regret and shame for breaking our “healthy habits”. To compensate for these “failures” we begin the all-to-familiar cycle of creating New Year’s Resolutions, to guide our transformation back towards good health, many times to no avail.

This year you can be proactive in addressing this vicious cycle and prepare yourself and loved ones by looking for gifts that make getting healthy easy, repeatable and fun. Instead of the traditional tie for Dad, or the boring monthly fruit basket for the folks, use this holiday season to positively impact the health of your family and friends by giving the Gift of Good Health! Below are some ideas to help get you started in transforming health through food, exercise, sleep and more

Betsy’s To Holiday Gifts of Good Health:

Gifts of Fitness:

Help make fitness a part of everyday life through these gift ideas!:

Fitbit-

Help you stay motivated and improve your health by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep.”

Fitbit

Gaiam Yoga Mat with Slings

Perfect for the beginner and advanced Yogi!

Gaiam Yoga Mat

Foam Roller

A super inexpensive tool to help work out muscle kinks, and stretch out muscles for pre and post exercise!

Foam Roller

Nutrition & Hydration Gift Ideas:

Get your loved ones meet their health goals with these tools to improve their daily eating and hydration habits!

Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters

This is not your traditional nut butter, infused with functional food ingredients and spices like cinnamon or cardamon, this nut butter is one to impress! betsysbest.com

Thermos Nissan Intak Hydration

Stay hydrated and track your daily water intake with this innovative bottle design

Thermos Bottle

Oster Blender w/ To-go Cup

“Whether you’re off to work, the gym or just relaxing – this personal blender helps get you out of the door with blended drinks in hand. Ideal for protein shakes, smoothies or café frappes. Simply fill and blend with just a twist of the bottle. Change out the blender blade for the drinking lid and off you go!”

Oster Blender

Camelbak

Hydration on the go! Camelbak is the gold standard when it comes to portable hydration devices for athletes and every-day fitness enthusiasts!

Camelbak

The Healthy Gift that Keeps on Giving – Subscriptions:

Multiple monthly subscription boxes exist that help you focus on nutrition, cooking and even healthy shopping, here are some of our favorites: (Great for Last Minute Shoppers)

Blue Apron/Purple Carrot

While many meal delivery services exist, Blue Apron has become the clear front-runner in connecting people with not only healthy food, but cooking directions to turn anyone into the “Top Ameteur Chef”

Purple Carrot has a similar design and method but focuses on a plant-based diet prescription, making it a perfect gift for the aspiring vegetarian and vegan chefs in your life!

Blue Apron

Purple Carrot

Thrive Market

“Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families.

Thrive

Bulu Box

“Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a box curated with a new mix of 4-5 premium samples from top brands to try. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime.”

Bulu

Other Healthy Gift Ideas:

The following gifts touch on cooking, sleeping and helping you and your loved ones reach optimal holistic, well-rounded health!

Health/Cooking Book

The market is inundated with so many diet plans, recipe/cooking books and ideaologies that it can confuse most people trying to make a positive health change in their lives. Here are a couple of our favorite recipe/cooking books that’ll help you or your loved ones make delicious, healthy meals a part of your every-day life!

Fat Burning Chef (Fat Burning Man)

  • “Paleo-friendly” this recipe plan focuses on using only whole-food ingredients

Bulletproof Chef (Bulletproof Diet)

-Meal plans based on Dave Asprey’s best selling Bulletproof Diet

Whole30 (Whole 30)

  • “Think of it as a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you put an end to unhealthy cravings and habits, restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, and balance your immune system.”

Bamboo Sheets

Bamboo Lyocell which is one of the most sustainable and contemporary textile materials of the 21st century. No harmful chemicals are used in the production and water consumption is reduced significantly due to the closed loop system used. It is also stronger and softer than rayon.”

Ettitude

Salt Lamp/Vitamin D Lamp

(Salt Lamp)

  • “Not only will it help clean the air and expose you to at least some negative ions, it may also help counteract electromagnetic radiation and provides a gentle, soothing pink glow”

(Vitamin D Light )

“Ideal for individuals who may not be able to tolerate and digest Vitamin D supplements, pills, or supplemented foods”

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Betsy’s Best Eggnog Smoothie

Betsy’s Best Eggnog Smoothie

Eggnog is an iconic Holiday drink, so why not make an iconic eggnog smoothie? Betsy, a registered Dietitian, loves to eat healthy all year long, but great taste is very important to her.  We know it will be #LoveAtFirstTaste when you try this delicious Breakfast smoothie.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

½ cup cashews

1 cup water

1 Tbsp chia seeds

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp rum extract (or real rum to make a party drink)

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup dates (or 8-10 drops of liquid Stevia)

Dash nutmeg

Pinch sea salt

Step By Step Eggnog Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place ingredients in your blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 5: Enjoy your holiday eggnog smoothie!

We bet Betsy’s delicious eggnog smoothie recipe will be a hit throughout the Holiday season! Did you #TasteTheDifference?  Did you alter the recipe with some of your own great ideas? Where does this recipe fit on your list of best smoothies?

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

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Holiday Peanut Butter & Peppermint Cookies

Holiday Peanut Butter & Peppermint Cookies

Be Santa’s hero! We’re sure the jolly old elf will be very happy if you leave homemade Peanut Butter & Peppermint Cookies along with a glass of Betsy’s almond milk.  They are really good so make some extras for family and friends.

Cookie Ingredients:

  •  1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour or gluten free flour blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peppermint chips
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar for coating

Recipe Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the butter, Betsy’s Best, sugar, and brown sugar together in a bowl and mix with a mixer until combined and creamy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Set aside.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda and salt together. Add to peanut butter mixture in mixing bowl and stir until completely combined. Add the peppermint chips.

Roll the dough into 1” balls and in a separate bowl with the sugar, roll dough to coat. Place balls on a non-stick cookie sheet and using the bottom of a glass, flatten each ball.

Bake for 8-9 minutes. These cookies will remain soft and be careful not to over cook them. Remove from oven and move to a wire rack to cool. Yield: 24 cookies

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