How To Make Easy Healthy Desserts That Are Nut-Rageous

How To Make Easy Healthy Desserts That Are Nut-Rageous

Growing up, I would always misspell the words ‘desert’ and ‘dessert’. My teachers would tell me to think about the ‘s’ in the word—they would tell me that ‘dessert’ has two ‘s’ because they are super sweet and make us want to eat more; hence the double ‘s’. Deserts are typically very dry and sunny; not something we want more of; hence the single ‘s’. As silly as this is, it is something that has stuck with me into adulthood and has even made its way into the American diet. It is not a secret that most Americans have a sweet tooth and have no problem putting the extra ‘s’ in dessert.

As Americans, I believe we are all born with a natural attraction to desserts. It’s like we have a sweet tooth with a sensor, and once we come across a dessert, the sensor signals the body that it absolutely needs it. So, as many Americans do, we eat the dessert and move on with our lives. However, we often forget about the calories, sugar, and fat content of the sweets we are eating.

We all have this natural sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied every so often. However, there are many other ways to “splurge” into desserts without as many calories, sugar and fat.

Some Ideas For Easy Healthy Dessert Preparation:

Applesauce:

Applesauce—the unsweetened kind—should be a staple item for every baker as you can substitute it for sugar in many recipes. However, when doing so, you will need to reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe (approx. ¼ cup) to counteract the substitution. Using applesauce instead of sugar allows for a more natural sweetness and less calories. Additionally, applesauce can be used to substitute oil or butter in a recipe. There are two ways to do so: Replace half of the total butter or oil with applesauce or replace the whole amount. No matter what the substitution you choose, calories and fat content will be decreased.

Fruit:

Betsy's Best fruit and yogurt parfait features her cinnamon almond butter.Want to indulge in something sweet, without the added calories and fat? Eat fruit for dessert! A Fruit and Yogurt Parfait, with your favorite type of fruit, is the perfect treat at the end of a meal. Or, if you are in the mood for some tasty ice cream, try Dream Cream Fruit and Veggie Ice Cream. This delectable dessert combines fruit and veggies plus double the nutrients! Not to mention, much less fat than the average ice cream.

Betsy’s Best:

Nothing ‘puts the cherry on top’ of the dessert like Betsy’s Best Nut Butter. Try Betsy’s Chocolate Chia Pudding, and blow your ordinary chocolate pudding out of the park. This deliciousToasted Coconut Chocolate Chia Pudding is an easy healthy dessert incorporation of the Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter with the chocolate is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Quick & Easy:

Betsy's Best dark chocolate strawberry poppersAre you in need for a quick, healthy dessert? Try Betsy’s Dark Chocolate Strawberry Poppers. This 4-ingredient treat is not only delicious, but very easy to assemble! It will leave you satisfied without the extra calories of ordinary desserts.

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How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

How To Make Chocolate Dipped Apples

Are you wondering how to make chocolate dipped apples? Apples, a superfood fruit, sure are good for you, so why not turn them into a delicious and healthy dessert. Dipping them into a relatively low-sugar dark chocolate provides the perfect contrast between sweet and tart.  Even better, making this wonderful treat is fairly simple.

How to Make Chocolate Dipped Apples in 5 Easy Steps:

Step 1: Core the apples

Select 2 apples to core. There are two ways you can approach taking the core out of the apple.  First, you can buy an apple corer.  This device makes it super easy to remove the core.  Your other option is to cut the apple in half and cut out the core using a knife.   By removing the core your chocolate dipped apples will be more enjoyable to eat. It is also important if you want to stuff your apples with some yummy surprises (see Betsy’s recipe below.)

Step 2: Melt the chocolate

Place 1 cup of dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.  Pour 1/4 tsp of coconut oil onto the chips. Microwave for thirty seconds and stir. Microwave at 30 second intervals until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. (Hint: The oil helps the chocolate to harden and not stay in liquid form.)

Step 3: Dip your apple into the chocolate

Place your apple into the bowl and swirl it through the chocolate until covered.  Use a spoon to scoop any left ober chocolate onto the apple.

Step 4: Let the chocolate dipped apples cool and dry.

Place the apples onto wax paper, place in refrigerator, and allow the chocolate to cool and dry to the touch.

Step 5: The most important part!

Enjoy your chocolate dipped apples!

Yield: 2 apples

Now that you know how to make chocolate dipped apples, it is time to make them into a gourmet treat.

Betsy’s Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Recipe (pictured above)

These apples are a healthier and tastier version of the traditional caramel apple. The gourmet nut butter surprise inside is the best part! You can choose from Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Almond Butter, Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter, or Cardamom Cashew Butter. Allergic to nuts? Use Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter instead. All 5 nut and seed butters are gourmet treats. Trust Betsy! It will be #LoveAtFirstTaste!

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apple Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored
  • 2 T of any Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter
  • ¼ C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ C white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil

Nut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Dipped Apples Directions:

Stuff Betsy’s Best into the apple’s hollowed-out core. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Dip the bottom half of apple in chocolate and coat with a knife. Let chocolate cool. Melt white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 15-second increments, stirring between. Use knife to coat upper half of the apple. Let chocolate cool completely before eating.

Drizzle some caramel or butterscotch onto your chocolate dipped apples for another twist and roll in crushed nuts to finish it off!

Your Bestie,

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How To Make Peanut Butter Sauce For Ice Cream

How To Make Peanut Butter Sauce For Ice Cream

Learning how to make peanut butter sauce for ice cream is super easy and a great idea.  Big brands are loaded with preservatives, artificial flavoring and way to much sugar. This PB drizzle takes any scoop of ice cream to the next level.  It drizzles and cools into a crisp for a crunchy topping that resembles a Dairy Queen dipped cone.  It is DELISH and only has 3g of all-natural, non-GMO sugar!!! No corn syrup here!

So, if you’re a peanut butter lover trying to beat the summer heat and looking for something unique, Betsy’s super simple and healthy peanut butter sauce is for you!

Betsy’s Best Homemade Peanut Butter Sauce

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter with Cinnamon

2 T Coconut Oil

Here are the directions for how to make peanut butter sauce for ice cream:

In a pot heat the Betsy’s Best and coconut oil until oil melts and you can easily incorporate the butter and oil together.  Remove and allow to cool to room temp.  Or place both in a microwave safe bowl and cook 30 seconds.  Stir and if still lumpy cook another 10-15 seconds until the two blend together.  Allow to cool at room temp.  If you have leftover topping place in the fridge and reheat the same way as instructed above.

Please let us know if you loved Betsy’s peanut butter ice cream sauce?  What ice cream did you top it with?  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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How to Make Peanut Butter Salad Dressing?

How to Make Peanut Butter Salad Dressing?

If you are wondering how to make peanut butter salad dressing, Betsy has and easy and simple recipe for you. This Sweet and Simple Peanut Butter Salad Dressing recipe is great for salads, as a dip or marinade for meats and veggies. The Betsy’s Best in this dressing adds protein and fiber, rounding out your salad with fullness with flavor. This dressing is so delicious and easy to make, you’ll never go back to store-bought dressings!

  • 3 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp stoneground mustard
  • ½ Tbsp raw honey
  • ½ tsp garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

Sweet and simple! Tasty and healthy! Betsy’s Best Peanut Butter salad dressing is a must to keep in your refrigerator. This homemade salad dressing recipe will save you from sabotaging the health benefits of your greens.  So please, stop putting store bought big brand dressings on your salad.  Now there is no reason to use all those chemicals and preservatives.

Now that you know how to make peanut butter salad dressing please share your experiences with this recipe in the comments below!

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How To Eat Heathy on Thanksgiving

How To Eat Heathy on Thanksgiving

Knowing how to eat healthy on Thanksgiving can make this favorite Holiday even better! After all, a healthy Thanksgiving is for stuffing turkey, not your belly. The Thanksgiving meal is really not that bad when you think about some of the foods involved. It’s the over-sized portions that can be bad, and of course, tons of leftovers! At the end of the day, does it really feel all that good to be stuffed?  Instead, imagine a pleasant night of feeling healthy and filled with thanks!

Make this holiday stand out from the rest by putting your portion control knowledge to the test. Here are some tips and tricks to keep you fit during the holidays so you can spend your energy on what truly matters this season: family and friends.

Betsy’s 5 Best Tips For How To Eat Healthy On Thanksgiving:

Tip #1 Get Moving

Planning will help with this so make it a priority to fit exercise into your busy schedule; a little exercise is better than none. If you can’t make it to the gym, spend more time moving: go shopping, clean the house, or heck, wash your car by hand!

Bonus Personal Trainer Tip: aim to burn at least 100 extra calories a day. That’s as easy as three 10-min walks throughout the day, which is an accomplishable goal. The more you move, the better you’ll feel and the less you’ll be tempted to eat.

Tip #2 Aim for 5 a Day!

Fill up your stomach, not your calorie level, by loading up on fresh foods. If you focus on eating more fibrous foods you won’t have as much room for the holiday treats.
Dietitian Tip: eat your veggies first at meals to fill you up faster!

Tip #3 Don’t Temp the Temptation

Know your limits and have a plan of how much you will eat if you are going to indulge. Avoid the common pitfalls such as break rooms at work or the office candy dish.
Dietitian Tip: recognize which treats you’re most tempted by and try to find a healthier version. Be creative! Find healthy foods that spark your interest.

Tip #4 Never Go To a Party Hungry

Saving calories for the party could mean setting yourself up for a diet disaster. You’ll cringe when you start to binge as, naturally, your body is trying to make up for the calories not eaten earlier in the day.
Dietitian Tip: to win against the binge, eat a nutritious healthy snack such as Greek yogurt, Asian leaf wraps or an apple with gourmet peanut butter. When you get to the party you’ll be satisfied from your snack and won’t make a beeline for the buffet.

Tip # 5 Just say “NO”. Really, it’s OK!

We feel forced to eat more food during the holidays simply because people put it in front of us. If you’re already feeling full, train yourself to politely say, “No thank you, I’ve had enough. Everything was delicious,” or “I couldn’t eat another bite! Everything tasted wonderful.”
Dietitian Tip: for the relative that is relentless about making you eat and guilt-trips you out of saying “no”, suggest he or she fix a plate for you to take home.

If you do happen to indulge, don’t let the guilt hang over you or lead to more poor choices. Forgive yourself and be thankful. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

More Tips From Registered Dietitian, Betsy Opyt

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