Discover Why Superfood-Packed Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are What’s Hot at the Schaumburg, IL, -Chicago Area- Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

Visit Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters at Booth #213 at the GFAF Expo in Schaumburg, IL, April 22-23, 2017.

Naples, FL (April 4, 2017) — If you haven’t tried Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt’s gourmet nut and seed butters, then you are in luck. You’ll have the opportunity to stop by and taste Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Cashew Butter, Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter and Peanut Butter at the upcoming Chicago-area Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly (GFAF) Expo in Schaumburg, IL, April 22-23, 2017. 

The GFAF Expo is the biggest gluten free and allergen friendly event in the U.S. The Chicago-area event, held at the Schaumburg Convention Center, opens to the public at 10:00 am each morning and features product sampling, educational classes and cooking exhibitions.

Betsy’s Best Offers the Finest “Free-From” Food

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, chia seeds, and cardamom, has committed to Non-GMO Project Verified certification and keeping palm oil out – a controversial ingredient that appears in a number of other nut butter brands. 

“After years working as a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, I know that it’s hard to find ‘free-from’ foods that tick all the boxes: health, taste, and convenience,” says Betsy Opyt, President, CEO and Founder of Betsy’s Best. “The Schaumburg GFAF Expo offers an amazing opportunity to show the Chicago area just how exciting nut and seed butters can be while still being nutritious, kid-friendly, and delicious,” she adds.

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.

Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters are available online at www.BetsysBest.com and in leading retailers including Kroger, Whole Foods Market (Florida), Bristol Farms, Ingles Markets, Vons, Ralph’s, Lowe’s, City Market, King Sooper, Fred Meyer, Harris Teeter, Wegman’s and other natural, organic and specialty food stores; and through distributors including UNFI, KeHE, Haddon House, Gourmet Merchants and others. The company has expanded from 58 stores at the beginning of 2016 to over 2,100 stores in 39 states today. For wholesale inquiries contact info@BetsysBest.com, tel888.685.8292. 

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GMO’s – Oh NO!

So, what is on your plate????  It is not mystery meat, but mystery organisms in the form of genetically modified foods.  They are found in nearly every processed food and have been a constant unwanted guest at your dinner table.  What you don’t know and can’t see won’t hurt you, right? Why the fuss? While GMO foods may allow for a more profitable crop for farmers and produce larger yelds, that could be coming at the expense of your health.  

GMO foods have been linked to a number of diseases such as cancer, endocrine disruption, DNA damage, reproductive toxicity, developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity, and probably many more undiscovered illnesses.  How should you avoid these toxic substances?  For starters, buy  organic when possible; however, there are also conventional foods that don’t use GMO crops.   If the label does not note non-GMO then contact the company or farm. Watch out for foods that contain these ingredients: soy, corn, cottonseed, canola, sugar from sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, some varieties of zucchini, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, milk containing rbGH, rennet (ingredient in hard cheese), and aspartame.  Some grocery stores such as Whole Foods will be removing all GMO products from shelves by the end of 2015; this is a growing movement.  Also, look for the Non-GMO label on products or print off the non-GMO shopping guide created by the Institute for Responsible Technology. 

At Betsy’s Best taste and health are our top priorities–we don’t want any mystery ingredients lurking in our products.  We only purchase ingredients from Non-GMO sources and are currently in review to receive our official Non-GMO seal of approval.  

If you are still confused as to why GMO’s are such a hot topic then watch this commercial created by the EWG (Environmental Working Group).  You will be sure to get a laugh, but this truly isn’t a laughing matter.   

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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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Celebrate Non-GMO Month for October

Celebrate Non-GMO Month for October

In a world where technology rules and babies are basically born with iPhones, the science behind food is complex and confusing, especially when it comes to genetically modified organism (GMOs). October is Non-GMO Month, which means there’s no better time than the present to educate yourself on this hot topic.

What is a GMO?

A GMO is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified using recombinant DNA methods (also called gene splicing), gene modification or transgenic technology. There are many arguments behind why GMOs may save the food supply—crops that survive pests, plants that tolerate undesirable environments, bigger yields, more consistent outcomes. It’s a farmer’s biggest wish, but at what cost to our health?

According to the Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit organization committed to educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices, most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe and have significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.

The U.S. and Canadian governments, though, have approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.

No Scientific Proof That GMOs are Safe

This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.  There is no scientific consensus on the safety of GMOs, mainly because they haven’t been around long enough to study the long term health effects. Since many Americans are migrating toward more of a plant based and reduced processed diet, it’s important to focus on what is in food at its natural state. You might think twice before biting into that large, shiny apple knowing that its DNA was altered before it was even grown.

Why Betsy Uses Only Non-GMO Project Verified Ingredients:

At Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters we have nothing to hide, which is why we use a clear label—we want to show off our clean ingredients! Betsy, a registered dietitian, created these nut and seed butters by hand for her family with the highest quality ingredients sourced from the best vendors. In fact, when asked at the production facility for the name of their food scientist, Betsy responded with a resounding “I don’t need chemicals in my food!”

In support of Non-GMO Month, we are proud to display our Non-GMO Project label on Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond, Peanut and Seed butters, and we’re awaiting the Non-GMO Project certification for the newly released Gourmet Cashew Butter. Enjoy each bite of your Betsy’s Best knowing we have your health in mind and your family at heart.

For more information about #NonGMOMonth visit the Non-GMO Project.

Non GMO Month

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Why Do Americans Love Peanut Butter?

Why Do Americans Love Peanut Butter?

Are you wondering why Americans love peanut butter? After all, when we think of America, we think of the American flag, the Statue of Liberty, the land of the free and the home of…peanut butter!

Peanut butter is as American as Ballpark hotdogs, apple pie, and classic Coca-Cola.

First introduced at the 1904 St. Louis World Fair, Americans have loved peanut butter ever since. Peanut butter was a vital source of protein for American soldiers in both World Wars. Early on it was used as a satisfying source of nutrition for America’s elderly population. But, American kids loved it, too! After all, didn’t we all grow up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (well, almost all of us)?!

Since most of the world’s peanuts are grown right here in the U.S., it is no wonder that this roasted little nut blended its way into our hearts. Even President Jimmy Carter was raised on a peanut farm!

Although peanut butter is as American as red, white and blue, there has been a shift in the peanut butter world. Peanuts now compete with almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and seeds as other nut and seed butter combinations emerge. They are really only copying what the peanut started, but they will never steal the spotlight.

If you admit to being a true lover of peanut butter, you are not alone.

If you hide your peanut butter jar so nobody else can eat it, you are still not alone.

Us peanut butter lovers are out there saluting that tasty little nut while savoring its flavor. On a spoon or on a sandwich, it doesn’t matter—we love peanut butter! So, the real reason why Americans love peanut butter is simple. Peanut butter is deliciously AWESOME!

Today, there are even better options on the market.  If you are a foodie and/or a health nut be sure to look for non-GMO gourmet peanut butters.  There are healthy alternatives to the big brand that are loaded with preservatives and ingredients you can’t pronounce.

And we might be a bit biased, but we think Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter is the the best! Lot’s of people on Amazon agree!

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