Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl With Chia Seeds

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl With Chia Seeds

This peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl recipe was created by one of our favorite gourmet partners, World of Chia.  Their chia fruit jams are amazing and they pair great with Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter. As we all know, Betsy loves her unique and super tasty PB&Js; But, a PB&J in a breakfast smoothie bowl?  What an amazingly yummy idea!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 T Chia Fruit Spread

2 T  granola

1 C fresh blueberries, raspberries and/or strawberries.

1 C almond milk

1/2 C vanilla greek yogurt

ice

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place the almond milk, greek yogurt, fresh berries and some ice into your blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Add the granola into one side of a large cereal bowl and pour the smoothie into the other side.  

Step 4:  Put the peanut butter and fruit spread on top of the smoothie and gently mix it in until swirled.

Step 5: If you have some extra fruit (blueberries our raspberries are great) place them on top.

Step 7: Enjoy your peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl!!

Eating chia seeds is a great way to improve your nutrition and health.  Eating World of Chia’s peanut butter and jelly smoothie bowl is an amazing way to enjoy chia seeds.  Please let us know what you think of this recipe in the comments below! 

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Blackberry and Mint Almond Butter Sandwich

Blackberry and Mint Almond Butter Sandwich

Here at Betsy’s Best we are taking the PB&J to new heights.  If you’re a foodie you are going to love this recipe a gourmet almond butter and jelly sandwich.  Featuring our cinnamon almond butter and mint, this sandwich will have you wondering why PB&Js are considered kids food.

Ingredients:

2 slices bread

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

]1 T Blackberry preserve

9 blackberries

6 mint leaves

Step By Step Recipe Directions:

 

Step 1: Assemble the sandwich with almond butter on one slice of bread and blackberry preserves on the other slice. 

Step 2: Add fresh blackberries on top of the preserve and garnish with the mint. 

Step 3: Place slices of bread together.

Step 4: Enjoy!

We hope you love this gourmet nut butter and jelly sandwich!  Please let us know what you think in the comments below.  Did you #TasteTheDifference?  Did you alter the recipe with some of your own great ideas?

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Peanut Butter and Banana Bunny Wrap

Peanut Butter and Banana Bunny Wrap

With Betsy’s peanut butter and jelly banana bunny wraps you can toss the bread and use veggies instead, optimize your diet and go green!  These are not only healthy and delicious but fun for kids to make and eat too!  Don’t let the green fool you, these taste like the original PB&J just a lot lighter and NUTritious!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

1 collard green, stem removed

1 banana, peeled

1 T Jam

Step By Step Bunny Wrap Recipe Directions:

Step 1Take a collard green leaf and with a sharp knife slice down the stem from end to top of leaf to make it thinner so it is easier to wrap.

Step 2: Place banana in the center of the collard so it is right on top of the stem from one end to the other. 

Step 3: Add nut or seed butter on one side of the banana and the jam on the other. 

Step 4: Start from the jam end and fold over the banana and start to roll towards the peanut butter end. 

Step 5: You can eat whole or slice in bite size pieces!  Enjoy! 

Betsy continues her mission to take the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich to new healthy gourmet heights.  What do you think of her PB&J Banana Bunny Wrap?  Is this a recipe you will make for your kids?  We hope you’ll share a photo of your homemade bunny wrap on social media,

 

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How To Eat Chia Seeds

How To Eat Chia Seeds

Betsy knows why and how to eat chia seeds!

The chia seed is a super food and one of the healthiest seeds in the world. It also makes for an interesting ingredient, although most people don’t know how to cook with it. Betsy’s Best features chia seeds in all of our gourmet nut and seed butters because it offers a satisfying crunch, increased fiber, protein, omega 3 fatty acid and calcium. Yes, you could buy a chia pet and grow green hair, but that is a waste of a perfectly balanced seed full of nutrients.

Why Chia Seeds Are Good For You

The most interesting fact about chia is that no other seed can do what the chia has the capacity to do. It absorbs up to 12 times its weight in water, so when water is added to dry chia the seed expands just like a balloon. The clear gelatinous outer coating is the chia soaking up the water and retaining it within its walls. When the chia is hydrated, it turns an insoluble fibrous seed into a soluble fiber seed. Soluble fiber acts like a gel and slows gut digestion, which is why the chia seed is touted as a weight loss and appetite suppressant—it keeps you full!

Many athletes swear by chia seeds because of the water balloon effect. Also, the additional water supplied and held by the chia helps keep an athlete hydrated during endurance performances.

How to Eat Chia Seeds

When it comes to cooking, here’s a quick crash course on how to include chia in your everyday dishes. The trick is to think of chia as a starch. Add it to sauces, gravy, dressings, pudding, smoothies, or anything you want to thicken. Using the chia seed whole offers a tapioca pearl effect; grinding the chia into a meal allows you to use it just as you would use any starch.

This functional food ingredient offers your meal more filling fiber, more protein, more calcium, more omega 3 fatty acids, and calcium to boot. There’s only one question to ask: Why wouldn’t you use chia?!

Now that you know the benefits of chia seeds, discover all the incredible ways to use this savvy seed. Here is one of Betsy’s favorite chia seed recipes for you to enjoy!

Blueberry Chia Seed Jam Recipe

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3-4 tbsp pure maple syrup, to taste (or other liquid sweetener)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 Recipe Directions:

Step 1: In a medium-sized non-stick pot, bring the blueberries and 3 tbsp of maple syrup to a low boil. Stir frequently, and reduce heat to low-medium to simmer for about 5 minutes.

Step 2: Lightly mash the blueberries with a potato masher or fork, leaving some for texture.

Step 3: Stir in the chia seeds until thoroughly combined and cook the mixture down until it thickens to your desired consistency, or about 15 minutes. Stir frequently so it doesn’t stick to the pot.

Step 4: Once the jam is thick, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Add more maple syrup to taste if desired. Enjoy with your favorite Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut Butter. The jam should keep for at least a week in an air-tight container in the fridge.

Now that you know why and how to eat chia seeds we hope you’ll visit our website often.  Betsy has over 200 recipes with her gourmet nut and seed butters.  Since her spreads all have chia seeds in them her creations are an outstanding way to improve the flavor and nutrition of the foods you eat!

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The BERRY Best Berries!

The BERRY Best Berries!

Wondering which are the berry best berries? Delicious, beautiful, sweet and simple – berries are as healthful as they are delicious. They make simple snacks, festive fruit salads and decadent desserts; their versatility is endless! You can see why dietitians say, “berries are best.”

Let’s find out what makes these ‘super’ foods the Berry Best Berries to Eat:

Cherries

Cherries have a short season, but are great dried. They’re rich in fiber, Vitamin C and anthocyanidins, and are associated with promoting heart health and reducing cancer risk.

Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in folate, which is one of several B vitamins found in food. Folate is responsible for making healthy new cells and preventing anemia and neural tube defects in developing fetuses.

Blueberries

Blueberries contain phytonutrients called anthocyanidins, which help them neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues. They help reduce damage that can cause cataracts, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcers, heart disease and cancer.

Cranberries

Cranberries are best known for their ability to prevent bacteria from adhering to bladder cells. They may also help promote gastrointestinal and oral health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, decrease bad cholesterol (called low-density lipoprotein or LDL), raise good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein or HDL), aid in recovery from stroke and even help prevent cancer.

Red Raspberries

Raspberries are best known for their antioxidant benefits and role in neutralizing free radicals. They are also high in manganese, Vitamin C, riboflavin, folate and niacin. In addition, raspberries are also a good source of dietary fiber.

Blackberries

Marionberries, boysenberries, loganberries and other blackberries are high in gallic acid, rutin and ellagic acid. With their dark-blue color, blackberries have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits. Blackberries are also rich in Vitamin C and fiber, which help reduce the risks of certain cancers.

What pairs better with Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter? JELLY, of course! Now you can make your very own delicious homemade jam and pair it with your favorite Betsy’s Best Peanut, Almond or Seed Butter.

Goldenberry Jam Recipe

Goldenberry Jam Jelly Recipe

Yields: 1½ cups

  • 2 cups white grape juice
  • 4 tsp agar agar flakes
  • 1 cup dried goldenberries (or cranberries) finely chopped
  • Touch of Stevia (optional)

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine grape juice and agar agar. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly to prevent flakes from sticking to pan. Cook 5 minutes, or until agar agar has dissolved and juice is slightly reduced. Stir in goldenberries and remove from heat. Add a touch of Stevia if desired (taste first – it’s already quite sweet). Cover pot and let mix sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Uncover and transfer to small blender. Pulse a few times, until just reaching a chunky texture. (Alternatively, bruise berries with the back of a spoon to release seeds). Pour mixture in a glass jar with a lid. Refrigerate 1 hour. Stir to evenly distribute goldenberries that may have sunk to the bottom. Return to refrigerator, allowing jam to gel completely (about 2-3 hours) before serving. Keep refrigerated, stays fresh several weeks.

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