Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and Peanut Butter Snack Ideas

Apple and peanut butter are a perfect match! if you are looking for healthy snack or lunch ideas why not go to this perfect pairing.  Apples are one of the best fruits to eat and Betsy’s Best Cinnamon peanut butter is non-GMO, low in sugar, and super tasty.  In fact, all of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are non-GMO, low in sugar, and loaded with all-natural flavor.

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich Snack Treats

A sweet treat that is fun to eat!  They may look deceiving, but throw out the bread and use fruit instead!  These gluten-free goodies will fool the kids but keep them satisfied.  We don’t want to fool you, these are for adults too!  You can use any nut butter of your choice to create the flavor you desire.  Trust us, they are as fun to make as they are to devour!!!

Apple and Peanut Butter Sandwich

  • 1 apple, cored and sliced in circles
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter of choice
  • 2 T Granola

Take 2 slices of the apple and apply Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butter to 1 side of each apple.  Sprinkle granola on one slice and sandwich together with the other slice.

Apple and Almond Butter Cookies

  • 1 AppleApple and Seed Butter Snack Ideas
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter
  • Sprinkles or dark cacao nibs
  • Slice apple horizontally in 1/4” slices, but do not remove the seeds or the core.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter over the top of each slice and sprinkle with sprinkles or cacao nibs!
  • Cashew Butter Doughnut
  • 1 Apple
  • 2 T Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Coconut or Cashew Cardamom Butter
  • Sprinkles

Core apple and slice horizontally in 1/4” slices.  Spread Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter over the top making sure not to cover the hole.  Add sprinkles!

Fall into Fabulous With Betsy’s Fall Fitness Tips

Fall into Fabulous With Betsy’s Fall Fitness Tips

As Summer becomes a distant memory and Autumn moves into full swing, it is time to research some Fall fitness tips.. The cooler weather brings more cravings for those cozy treats as our bodies prepare for hibernation. Watch out for the fall slow down. Keep your energy and immunity boosted by reducing inflammation. Lastly, don’t indulging in the foods that drag you down.

Regain your motivation to take charge of your health through the crisp months ahead. Make a goal sheet for how you will handle the fall season and, instead of falling behind on your health goals, fall into fabulous by staying fit!

Each month, I try to provide you with information that is not only helpful, but motivational. These are all easy steps that will lead you in the right direction. Sometimes life is not all about the destination. It is about the journey. This is where character, drive, and motivation are built. That experience is what will rebuild you into a stronger, more resilient person.

Health is something that is not given to you. Sure, we are all born healthy, for the most part. It is our lifestyles that wear us down. It is the good choices we make that will rebuild our health or maintain it. With that in mind, here are a few simple suggestions that should be easy to incorporate into your life:

Betsy’s 3 Best Healthy Lifestyle Suggestions for the Fall

Get outside and enjoy the Fall weather:

  • Visit a nearby park with great hiking tails.
  • Start training for a Turkey Trot 5K or 10K.
  • Go on leaf-peeping walks,

Eat the delicious healthy foods offered by the Autumn harvest:

Set attainable fitness goals to reach by Thanksgiving:

  • Lose 10 pounds over the next two months
  • Add 4 pounds of muscle by Turkey day
  • Walk 10,000 steps a day

If you fail to plan, then you have planned to fail. Don’t let another month go by where you don’t make a change that you can keep. Make a goal sheet for how you will handle the fall season. Instead of falling behind on your health goals, fall into fabulous by staying fit!

Holiday Gift Ideas For Nut Butter Lovers

Holiday Gift Ideas For Nut Butter Lovers

The Holiday shopping season is here!  The search for the perfect gift can literally drive people “Nuts!”

Well, here at Betsy’s Best, we have some “nutty” ideas that are unique and are perfect for fitness and health buffs, foodies, healthy-minded Moms, and especially any nut butter lover.  Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are all-natural and Non-GMO-Project Verified, low in sugar, gluten-free, and most importantly, they are uniquely delicious.  So, if you know a person that loves great tasting healthy foods why search any further?  The perfect gift has been found.

Here are some great ways gift Betsy’s Best this holiday season:

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer:

The perfect stocking stufferDid you know a jar of Betsy’s Best fits perfectly in the toe of any stocking?  It does and it is much more exciting than an orange or a baseball. The nut butter lover in your life will truly be excited to find a jar at the bottom of their stocking.

As Part of a Healthy Gift Box:

A nut butter gift boxMake the perfect gift box for the healthy person in your life.  Buy a nice Holiday box and stuff it full of healthy and tasty treats.  With four different types of Betsy’s Best (Gourmet Almond Butter, Peanut Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, and Cashew Butter) your box will be off to a great start.  What goes great with Betsy’s Best?  How about add in some whole grain artisan bread, and some all-natural low sugar jelly.  Your special someone will delight as they make their own PB&J Gourmet Experience!  Crackers, nut mixes, granola, and fruit all pair well with nut butters, too.

A Unique Holiday Party Hostess Gift

The perfect Holiday hostess giftHow many bottles of wine does any party hostess need?  Well, maybe a lot, but why not bring something truly unique?  Two jars of Betsy’s Best (maybe our Almond Butter and Cashew Butter) will stand out from the crowd.  Plus, they can be enjoyed by the whole family and not just the adults.  Slip the jars into any Holiday wine bag and you’ll be ready to make a grand entrance.

Office Secret Santa:

Secret Santa GiftFinding a gift for an office party can be a real challenge.  But, if you give the gift of Betsy’s Best we bet you will be hearing “Wow!  Whoever gave me Betsy’s Best, Thank You! That was my favorite Secret Santa gift ever!”  It’s good for you, it’s different, and it tastes amazing.

Holiday Cookie Exchange:

Holiday cookie exchangeLots of people love to bring their friends home-made baked goods for the Holidays.  Well, Betsy is here to help.  She loves cooking and concocting all kinds of recipes, especially Holiday themed recipes.  Here are a few of our favorites that will be sure to wow your friends this Holiday season:

Candy Cane Cookie Dough Balls

Holiday Peanut Butter and Peppermint Cookies

Other Fun Holiday Recipes:

Holiday Peppermint Smoothie

Betsy’s Best Eggnog Smoothie

Merry Chocolate Peppermint Martini

Almond Butter and Ginger Jelly Glazed Ham

Healthy Weekday Breakfast Ideas to Improve Your Routine

Healthy Weekday Breakfast Ideas to Improve Your Routine

Are you looking for healthy weekday breakfast ideas? People often say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet breakfast can be one of the meals we spend the least amount of time to really enjoy, especially on a weekday! We are always on the move and on our way out the door. Sadly, some of us even skip breakfast just so we can get to work on time or catch a few more minutes of sleep.

For those of us who do eat breakfast, we don’t usually get too creative with our breakfast options. Cereal, Milk, Orange Juice or a piece of fruit is often the standard that repeats throughout the week. It’s hard to wake up and be excited for the day, especially for the kids, without a healthy and exciting breakfast!

At Betsy’s Best, we believe breakfast should be a priority. We also know that time is short during the morning workweek, so we need healthy breakfasts that are quick and easy to make. Breakfast should be just as enjoyable and delicious as any other meal! No more morning bagel, doughnut or toaster pastry on your way out the door. Goodbye “bland;” hello “grand!”

Try out these fresh ways to switch up your breakfast routine to give your morning rise and shine a little extra boost of creative flavor to brighten your day!

Some Healthy Weekday Breakfast Ideas

Protein Packed Nut/Seed Butter Muffins (made in advance, take on the go)

Hummingbird Cupcakes Recipe with Cinnamon Almond Butter is a kid-friendly baking recipeWho doesn’t love the decadent texture of a Morning Muffin? You can use our Hummingbird Almond Butter Cupcakes for protein packed morning muffins.  Bake these ahead of time to have ready in the morning.  The kids sure love these on their way to school to keep them full and fueled with a healthy breakfast on the go! Also, if you like muffins, feel free to try the delicious recipe for Protein Banana Muffins from Nutrition in the Kitchen. Use your favorite Betsy’s Best in the recipe when it calls for Nut or Seed Butter.

Groovy Smoothie on the Go!

One of my favorite things to make for breakfast to start my day is a coffee lover’s go to breakfast smoothie: Caramel Macchiato Smoothie with Almond Butter with an added teaspoon of Cocoa Powder for a little chocolate flare and added fiber!

Overnight Oats with Betsy’s Best

If you haven’t tried Overnight Oats yet, I highly suggest them for a great way to try something new for breakfast. You can add any and all of your favorite ingredients and flavors in a glass jar stored overnight in the refrigerator for a swift and superb breakfast you can enjoy as soon as you wake up or take with you to work. Some have enjoyed combining their favorites from our Yogurt Recipe & our Overnight Refrigerator Oatmeal.

Breakfast Family Time Together 

For those of us with more time in our morning routines, (thank goodness for weekends), there’s nothing better than a healthy breakfast with the family in the morning. At Betsy’s Best, we absolutely LOVE whipping together some Crepes (as a team effort to have a little more fun) with Granola to give an extra crunch and sweet berries for the family to share in love and laughter as a beautiful start to our mornings. Check out all of our healthy breakfast recipes.

In need of a fresh perspective or fresh take on life? Try some of these fast, fresh, fancy recipes to mix things up and create flavorful breakfast options you may never have considered before for your breakfast routine! It is nice to try something new and exciting, and think outside the box sometimes; just like Betsy’s Best, not your typical nut or seed butter, but something completely new, fresh, delicious and healthy! We hope you put these healthy weekday breakfast ideas to great use with your family!

Creatively Cooking Healthy

Creatively Cooking Healthy

Being a wiz in the kitchen and cooking healthy doesn’t take a trip to culinary school. Learning how to be resourceful, creative and clever is the name of the game when it comes to eating right. Here are some of our favorite quick tips and tricks to make cooking fresh, fun and healthy!

Betsy’s Best Tips for Creatively Cooking Healthy

SOAK BITTER GREENS Give those bitter greens a bath! Soak your greens in a bath of ice water in the fridge for 1 hour to make them come to life and take the “bitter” out of the bite.

NUT-TING HEALTHY Replace breadcrumbs in any dish with ground nuts for a healthy crunch in each bite. Or top soup with a dollop of cashew cream to get the richness and texture of a cream soup without all that cholesterol and saturated fat. For more healthy and tasty nut recipes check out Betsy’s Best Eat at Home Recipes!.

JAMMIN’ IN A JAR Have you ever heard of a Jamminagrette? Don’t let that last spoon of jam go to waste! Add equal parts oil and vinegar to a jar and give it a shake. Your salad will thank you.

BOUQUET OF HEALTH Store fresh cut herbs just like you would a bouquet of flowers. A jar with water on the countertop will keep them hydrated. Just snip to get cooking!

FREEZER FRESH Freezing fresh ginger keeps it fresh for months. You can also grate ginger while frozen to garnish smoothies or soups.

OOOO-ONIONS While sautéing onions, throw in a pinch of baking soda. It cuts the cooking time in half and speeds up the browning process.

MASSAGE & MASH Mash a banana to make a quick puree for any dish. For a fresh, easy to digest, tender kale salad, massage fresh kale with a sprinkle of sea salt for 2 minutes to gently wilt the leaves.

CUBE TO-DO Get creative with ice cube trays! Add a few frozen blueberries or lemon slivers to cubes before you freeze to make a refreshing treat. Puree fresh fruit or veggies and pour them into cubes for a quick flick into a smoothie. Add broth to the ice cube trays and store for broth base, or use in place of oil when sautéing. You can also freeze cubes of coffee to give breakfast smoothies a kick.

Start using these creative tips in your kitchen and you will soon see that cooking healthy is a snap!