Food Integrity | A Message From Betsy

Food Integrity | A Message From Betsy

Food Integrity is very important to Betsy, a registered Dietitian and the creator of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters.  Here is a message from Betsy:

Ever since I whipped out my Vitamix to blend together the perfect peanut butter with a sweet and salty perfection for my daughter, sourcing the highest quality ingredients has always been top priority.  If it is good enough for my family, it is good enough for yours!

Why Food Integrity Is Important To Betsy

As a registered dietitian I have a different outlook on the food industry.  I don’t look at profits and margins on how much my products can make.  I look at functional food ingredients that will nourish the body, flavors that will fascinate the taste buds and foster a feeling of connection with food that is good for you. I take pride in sourcing the highest quality ingredients knowing that although they may be more expensive, they are also better for you.  I may make the Rolls Royce of nut and seed butters but I try hard to make them affordable for everyone.  It is hard competing in the food industry where every cent matters and food companies do all they can to increase profits, even if that means compromising on quality and sourcing lower integrity ingredients.  That is why I saw an opportunity to grow a business on standards, quality and pride.  I want my butters to be different from the rest.  I want the taste to be outstanding, I want the experience to be one to remember and I want to go to bed at night knowing that what I am providing you is the BEST I can offer.  After all, I am BETSY and this is my BEST!

I am highlighting some of our top quality super-star ingredients that make my butters stellar.

  1. We source the third most expensive spice in the world, cardamom, to grace our Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom.  Not only is this spice rich in flavor but rich in nutrients that can reduce inflammation and help with stomach issues.
  2. We source not just cinnamon, but Korintji cinnamon for our Gourmet Peanut Butter, Gourmet Almond Butter, and Gourmet Seed Butter because this type of cinnamon has a richer flavor and more robust nutrients.
  3. We select the highest quality Brazilian nuts to blend our Gourmet Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter and our Gourmet Cashew Butter with Cardamom for the creamiest and most flavorful cashew butter you will ever taste.
  4. Every single one of my butters is carefully crafted with chia seeds, the world’s most functional super seed and the star ingredient for our crazy crunchy texture.
  5. We source an outstanding organic honey that comes from the buzzing bees from the US, not from countries like China where many of the honeys that are used commercially come from.
  6. Our amazing almonds, that are hands down the best tasting, are sourced in beautiful California by our own US farmers.  Our sunny sunflower seeds come from North Dakota, and our US peanuts from farms extending from Arizona to Virginia.
  7. I choose to use a pink Himalayan salt for that savory flavor rather than traditional table salt, that is not only processed but lacking the minerals my pink salt contain.

I may be picky with the ingredients I use, but it is only because I want the highest quality for you.  If I am not my BEST when crafting my delicious Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters, then I can’t call my company Betsy’s Best. I want all of my fans to know I have your back and I won’t disappoint when I promise to keep quality in mind and will never compromise taste or health.  I may have to borrow that pizza slogan and put a slight twist on it, “Best taste with Best Ingredients!”

Yours in Health,

Betsy

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Next Stop: Atlanta! Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters Founder and Dietitian Betsy Opyt Featured as a Speaker at the Atlanta Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, May 20-21

Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo in Atlanta Georgia

Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt will present on Nutrient Dense & Gluten Free Foods at the GFAF Expo in Atlanta, GA, May 20-21, 2017. Betsy is Founder and CEO of Naples, FL-based Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters.

Naples, FL (May 4, 2017) — Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt is on a mission to engage the Atlanta community in just how delicious, versatile and nutritious nut and seed butters and gluten free foods can be. She’ll be showcasing her all-natural, Non-GMO Project Verified, Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at the Atlanta Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo, held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, May 20-21, 2017.

Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet Betsy and taste her award-winning Gourmet Almond Butter and other delicious flavors including Gourmet Cashew Butter, Peanut Butter and Sunflower Seed Butter. GFAF participants also can learn about healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes that take nut and seed butters above-and-beyond your typical spreads, appealing to both kids and adults.

The Atlanta event opens to the public at 10:00 am each morning and features product sampling, educational classes and cooking exhibitions. Visit Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at Booth #112 at the GFAF Expo in Atlanta, GA, May 20-21, 2017.

Betsy’s Presentation, “Nutrient Dense & Gluten Free Foods,” will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2017, 3:00-4:00 pm at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The talk will provide tips on how to optimize a gluten free diet with functional foods.

“Our Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters were created with gluten free, health-conscious consumers in mind,” says Betsy Opyt. “I know how difficult it can be for people with food sensitivities to find delicious and nutritious products that also meet our everyday, on-the-go lifestyles,” she adds.

In addition to interacting with the Atlanta gluten free community at the GFAF Expo, Betsy will be visiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank to donate 20 cases of her Gourmet Peanut Butter – peanut butter is a much needed product – and to raise awareness of the food bank’s work in serving food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers throughout 29 counties in metro Atlanta and north Georgia. “Food banks are critical resources for low income and food insecure families, and the Atlanta Community Food Bank distributes over 60 million meals each year to more than 750,000 people. We are humbled and honored to help,” said Opyt.

Gluten Free … and Gourmet

The “free-from” trend has been gaining steam in recent years as more and more Americans continue to be affected by food allergies, food intolerances and chronic diseases. The market is shifting toward greater food transparency as consumers are asking companies to explain what’s in their products, the rationale behind each ingredient and how products are made.

Rethinking classic seed and nut butters, Betsy’s Best® has added unique flavors and superfoods including cinnamon or cardamom, chia seeds, Himalayan pink salt and organic honey. All Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter products are Non-GMO Project Verified and made without palm oil – a controversial ingredient that appears in a number of other nut butter brands.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter was recognized in October 2016 as the first recipient of the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award in a blind taste test by an expert panel of Certified Master Tasters.

To help customers and fans get the most out of their beloved spreads, Betsy Opyt herself has hand-crafted over 60 recipes that are available online at www.BetsysBest.com, on YouTube and featured on Carolina Kitchen on WLOS TV, an ABC TV affiliate.

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Good Mood Food

Good Mood Food

Good mood foods include almonds, chia seeds and Betsy’s Best

We all know the foods we eat impact our bodies, but we don’t always realize how our food choices can affect our moods. Nutrition plays an important role in brain chemistry and structure. As a result, what we put on our plates directly affects our behavior and mental state. Although there’s still a lot of research to be done in this area, scientific studies have provided us with important clues on the importance of good mood food!

Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA (primarily found in fatty fish like salmon and trout), as well as almonds, walnuts and chia seeds, have all been shown to reduce or “chill-out” nervous system activity, in turn producing a calming effect. Try a serving of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter (which contains chia seeds) to relax your mind and give your day a healthy boost!

Getting enough Vitamin D in your diet can also help brighten your day. Low serum levels of this nutrient have been associated with mood disorders such as PMS, depression and seasonal affective disorder. Fatty fish such as salmon and tuna, along with whole eggs, are part of a select group of foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. Since this nutrient can be difficult to incorporate into your daily diet, it’s recommended to get Vitamin D from a variety of sources, including short periods of sun exposure, supplements and fortified foods such as grain products.

On the other side of the spectrum, some foods can also dampen your mood. For example, caffeine is notorious for disturbing sleep cycles, in turn causing irritability. If you’re a coffee drinker, try to limit your intake to one or two cups a day (that means less than 16 oz!) and resist drinking caffeine-containing beverages after lunch to help avoid sleep disturbances later. Foods high in saturated fat, such as baked goodies or greasy snacks, can also leave you feeling a bit disconnected. This happens because fatty foods are digested slowly, diverting blood from your brain to your stomach, consequently leaving you in a fog. Try switching out a breaded chicken and cheese sandwich for one made with grilled chicken and a healthy source of fat, like avocado.

Adding good mood foods and avoiding the bad can really impact your mood in a positive way. Give it a try. Your mind will feel clearer, your mood will be better and your heart will thank you later!

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A Modern Twist on an Old Classic: Betsy’s Best Transforms the ‘PB&J’ into a Healthy, Gourmet Treat at the MetroCooking DC Show, December 9-10

A Modern Twist on an Old Classic: Betsy’s Best Transforms the ‘PB&J’ into a Healthy, Gourmet Treat at the MetroCooking DC Show, December 9-10

Registered Dietitian and food entrepreneur Betsy Opyt will present “The PB&J Gourmet Experience” at Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters Booth #1139 at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Dec. 9-10, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Naples, FL (Dec. 4, 2017) – The ultimate food lover’s weekend returns to the Washington, DC, Convention Center where Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters founder and CEO, Betsy Opyt, will be sampling her sweet and salty spreads including Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter and Peanut Butter with jellies and jams from World of Chia and artisan sprouted grain Bread Crisps from Angelic Bakehouse.

Dubbed “The PB&J Gourmet Experience,” the creative tasting experience presented by Betsy’s Best at the upcoming MetroCooking DC Show is an excellent example of healthy-foods-meets-gourmet-ingenuity during the two-day culinary extravaganza. Alongside cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs, including Guy Fieri, host of the hit TV show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Betsy will showcase the versatility of her healthy and delicious gourmet products.

Now in its 12th year, the MetroCooking DC Show has grown significantly in popularity over recent years and has emerged as a top national event for foodies. The event draws thousands of visitors and features hundreds of vendors.

As a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and former Miss Indiana, Betsy Opyt has been touring the country sharing her passion for healthy, great-tasting spreads that make eating well a lot easier. Made with whole food ingredients and superfoods such as chia seeds and cardamom, Betsy’s Best Nut & Seed Butters have become a national hit because of their unique taste and texture that appeal to adults and kids alike. As an added bonus, Betsy’s products are also Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, and palm oil free.

“We cannot wait to be amongst some of America’s top culinary minds at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show,” says Betsy Opyt, founder and CEO of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters. “To showcase our nut and seed butters in a truly innovative setting has motivated us to come up with some creative twists on a classic sandwich that everyone can enjoy – from the discerning foodie to the pickiest kid. Come explore healthy, gourmet food with us. You are going to love it!” she adds.

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Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter Honored for Quality Taste as Inaugural Recipient Of New ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In a blind taste test of almond butter with inclusions conducted by Certified Master Tasters at the ChefsBest Center for Taste in San Francisco, Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Almond Butter surpassed quality standards to become the inaugural recipient of the newly established ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award.

According to ChefsBest’s Certified Master Tasters, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter has a rich texture that is both crunchy and thick with strong notes of cinnamon, almond and toasted characters. It remained flavorful when served on whole wheat toast and was defined as both sweet and salty. These characteristics are what led to the product surpassing quality standards as compared to the quality definition defined by the expert panel at the start of the evaluation.

The Quality in Craft Award is the newest award in the ChefsBest portfolio. Launched in August, the award utilizes the same proprietary judging method used when determining the prestigious and nationally recognized ChefsBest Best Taste and Excellence awards.

“We’re extremely proud to honor Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter with the first ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award,” said ChefsBest President and CEO Lisa Liguori. “High-quality products like their gourmet almond butter are exactly the kind of products we had in mind when the award was created. We’re excited to expand our mission of guiding consumers to the best tasting products in the grocery store by endorsing artisan brands like Betsy’s Best.”

Betsy’s Best, a Florida-based manufacturer of gourmet nut and seed butters, was founded by registered dietitian Betsy Opyt in 2012. Their gourmet products are currently sold in nearly 2,000 stores located throughout the United States and also available through their website and online retailers including Amazon.

“I first started making Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter in a blender in my kitchen with the idea of producing a healthy all-natural nut butter that my daughter would love. To be endorsed by the professional tasters at ChefsBest is truly amazing,” stated Betsy Opyt, a certified dietitian and founder of Betsy’s Best. “It is truly an honor to have earned the ChefsBest Quality in Craft Award. The award validates our mission of delivering a unique combination of a sophisticated, gourmet flavor profile while using only all-natural super food ingredients. We hope the Quality in Craft Award motivates foodies everywhere to give our almond butter a try.”

Brands that are interested in earning a Quality in Craft Award for their product, may submit a product for consideration via the ChefsBest website. To learn more about ChefsBest or the Quality in Craft Award, visit ChefsBest.com.

To learn more about Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters, visit BetsysBest.com.

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About ChefsBest

ChefsBest identifies and honors the best tasting grocery products in order to support the companies that make them and the people who choose to select them. Through its headquarters in San Diego and the Center for Taste in San Francisco, the organization has judged thousands of grocery products and bestowed its Best Taste and Excellence awards on the highest-quality products since 2000. Through ChefsBest, brands can unlock coveted ad claims and consumers can garner insight they need to purchase the best-tasting and highest quality ingredients. ChefsBest awards are a nationally recognized trust mark used by numerous brands, both in and out of the grocery aisle. For more information, visit ChefsBest.com.

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