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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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.

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Almond Butter Chai Banana Chia Smoothie

Almond Butter Chai Banana Chia Smoothie

If you are in the mood for chai spice & everything nice, you’ll love Betsy’s delicious almond butter banana chia smoothie recipe. Combining the great flavor of banana with a healthy spice and of course Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, this chai banana chia smoothie recipe will be one of your favorites.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1 cup almond milk or milk alternative

1 medium banana, frozen

¼ cup Yellow Squash

2 medjool dates, pitted

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

1 Tbsp chia seeds

½ tsp chai spice (or tea masala, *see recipe below)

1 tsp creamed coconut (or coconut butter)

1 knob fresh ginger, skin removed (approx. 1 tsp)

Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth

Chai spice recipe:

2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground cloves

2 tsp ground cardamom

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground white pepper

pinch Himalayan rock salt

Step By Step Almond Butter Banana Chia Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all smoothie ingredients into your blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Enjoy your almond butter banana chia smoothie!

Perfect as a pick-me-up or afternoon snack, we hope you love this Chai Banana Chia Smoothie recipe. Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter makes every smoothie better.  We promise, you’ll #TasteTheDifference!

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

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6 Healthy Holiday Habits

6 Healthy Holiday Habits

Are you wondering how to stay healthy over the holidays? This season, give yourself the best gift: the gift of good health!

Develop healthy habits that extend well beyond the holidays with these helpful tips to stay fit and healthy!

Six Healthy Holiday Habits To Develop

Habit 1: Picture your ideal healthy holiday

Who would you spend it with? What would you do? This season, try to recreate the image you just described. You’ll gain a healthier satisfaction from this accomplishment than you would from indulging in another piece of fudge or second serving of stuffing.

Habit 2: Keep serving sizes in mind as you fill up your holiday plate

Meat should be roughly 3-4 ounces (the size of a deck of cards), cheese – 1 oz (the size of 4 dice), bread – one slice/or half a cup (half the size of a baseball) and fats – 1 teaspoon (the size of your thumb).

Habit 3: Don’t deprive yourself over the holidays

Eat the treats you really enjoy and skip the ones you can live without. If you look forward to your mom’s Christmas fudge every year, have a piece or two of that – instead of the fruitcake you aren’t crazy about.

Habit 4: Choose a healthy alternative to traditional food and drinks

Low-fat eggnog tastes just as good as the loaded version. An even better choice is spiced cider or wassail. Steamed shrimp is also a delicious alternative for Swedish meatballs. And of course, the veggie tray is a much safer choice compared to the cheese and cracker platter – just watch the dressing!

Habit 5: Fill up on healthy food before a feast

Eat a healthy, balanced meal with plenty of veggies before heading to a holiday party where there will be many temptations. Also try to limit your alcohol consumption, there can be anywhere between 90-400 calories per alcoholic beverage!

Habit 6: Utilize the power of exercise

You can easily burn away those extra calories consumed at a big holiday meal. Suggest a family walk or bike ride around the neighborhood after dinner. You’ll burn calories, get some fresh air and spend time with your family doing something active.

Holiday gifts for good health can come in small festive bags.Bonus tip: Help friends and family stay healthy during the holidays too! Instead of bringing a plate of sweets or a gift basket loaded with high-calorie, sugar-rich treats, bring a few jars of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters. You can even put together your own gift basket with healthy treats and a few jars of Betsy’s Best. Or bring your hostess a jar! It’s a unique alternative to the usual bottle of wine and sure to make your hostess gift stand out from the rest.

Have yourself a very merry, healthy holiday season!

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Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

The season of candy canes and snow-covered hills calls for the perfect chocolate peppermint smoothie recipe! Creamy avocado, cocoa, chia seeds and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter make this super food smoothie a real holiday treat. Now you can enjoy the sweet tastes of the holidays without the guilt.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

¼ avocado

1 ½ cup almond milk (or other milk alternative)

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp cacao powder

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp peppermint extract

8 drops liquid Stevia (or 4 dates)

6 ice cubes

Honey for garnish

Crushed candy cane for garnish

Step By Step Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all ingredients except candy cane and honey to blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Line rim of a glass with honey and coat with crushed candy cane.

Step 4: Enjoy your healthy holiday while sipping your chocolate peppermint smoothie!

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

You’ll #TasteTheDifference when you use Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cinnamon Almond Butter in our chocolate peppermint smoothie recipe.  It tastes amazing and fills up your belly like a bowl full of jelly, but without the guilt. 

Please tell us how you celebrate a healthy holiday in your home. If it includes some cheats, that is okay, too!

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