The Best Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The Best Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have received a lot of attention lately for their health benefits – and for a good reason! These polyunsaturated fatty acids have been linked to lowered levels of inflammation, risk for cardiovascular disease and even memory loss.

For the most part, the standard American diet is very deficient in omega-3s. By increasing your intake of omega-3s through food sources, you can drastically improve your overall health. Although this nutrition topic is very complex and expanding constantly, the main thing we know is this: increasing your consumption of the following omega-3 rich foods will increase your body’s omega-3 supply, in turn improving your health and well-being.

Fatty Fish: Albacore tuna, mackerel, anchovies and fresh-caught salmon are the best sources of omega-3s. These types of fish eat a less soluble form of omega-3s (ALA) through seaweed and convert it to the most beneficial forms for our bodies (EPA and DHA). Eating these types of fish, or supplementing with a 1,000-1,500 mg daily dose of fish oil, is an excellent way to improve your health.

Almonds: In addition to being an excellent source of antioxidants, protein, and beneficial vitamins and minerals, almonds are also an excellent source of plant-based omega-3s.

Flax Seeds: These fiber and omega-3-packed seeds can easily be added to your diet by sprinkling them on oatmeal, cereals, salads and smoothies. Just make sure to grind or buy already ground flax seed so your body can fully absorb the amazing nutrients flax has to offer.

Chia Seeds: These seeds may be one of the smallest and most nutritious foods in the world. Chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber in just 2 tablespoons, and are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as iron, calcium and magnesium.

We’re crazy about Omega-3 fatty acids which is a big reason why chia seeds are a key ingredient in all of our Betsy’s Best Peanut, Almond and Seed Butters. Each serving contains all of your daily Omega-3 needs!

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Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

This simple, healthy and delicious chocolate hazelnut smoothie recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian. You’ll love its powerful boost of nutrition just as much as its great taste!

  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk (or other milk substitute)
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ¼ cup whole hazelnuts, with or without skin, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Sunflower Seed Butter
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 3-4 dates, pitted
  • Pinch salt
  • 10 ice cubes

Combine ingredients through salt in blender. Blend until smooth. Adjust any ingredients to taste. Add ice cubes and blend until reaching milkshake-like texture. Non-GMO, Vegetarian

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Banana Berry Smoothie

Banana Berry Smoothie

With a cool blast of superfoods, our healthy banana berry smoothie is the perfect treat after a great workout. Loaded with the incredible nutrition of three berries plus chia seeds and Betsy’s Best, it’s exactly what your body needs to recover.

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1 cup almond milk or milk alternative

½ frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

1 Tbsp dried Acai berry powder

1 Tbsp Maqui berry powder

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp Cacao powder

5 drops liquid stevia (or 3 dates)

pinch of sea salt

Step By Step Banana Berry Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Add all smoothie ingredients into the blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 3: Enjoy your superfood banana berry smoothie!!

Fun Fact: Monkey’s peel their bananas from the bottom.  Why? Because it keeps those strands from sticking to the banana.  Give it a try! You’ll be as smart as a monkey!

Cool down and enjoy our superfood healthy banana berry smoothie recipe. Please tell us how you liked it in the comments.  Was it #LoveAtFirstTaste?

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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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Simple Healthy Smoothies

Simple Healthy Smoothies

Simple healthy smoothies are an important part of Betsy’s day. Smoothies are a customizable food that you can easily add to a healthy diet any time of day. Many people get hooked on making smoothies the second they buy a new blender, but quickly get bored with the same recipes. Since smoothies are the easiest way to get greens like kale and spinach into your diet, or possibly your kids’ diets, it’s important to know how to build the perfect smoothie so you can make endless combinations and beat that boredom stage!

How to make simple healthy smoothies:

Step 1: Your Base (1-2 cups)

First, add a liquid base to your blender. Try water, coconut water and unsweetened regular milk or vanilla milk alternatives (almond milk, hemp milk, soy milk, flax milk, etc.)

Step 2: Natural Sweetness (1-2 cups)

Next, add in fresh or frozen fruits such as banana, berries or mango, and sweet vegetables like already cooked sweet potato, pumpkin or squash.

Step 3: Greens (1-2 cups)

This is your chance to sneak in the amazing nutritional benefits of greens without even detecting the taste! Kale, spinach, collards or sprouts are perfect for this step.

Step 4: Optional Flavorings (per taste preference)

For excellent flavor that will “spice” up your smoothie without added calories or fat, add in cinnamon or nutmeg, vanilla or lemon extract, or unsweetened cacao powder.

Step 5: Optional Healthy Fats (1-2 Tablespoons)

To turn that smoothie into a well-rounded meal replacer, add healthy whole fats such as Betsy’s Best Gourmet PeanutAlmond or Sunflower Seed Butter, avocado, chia seeds or hemp seeds.

Healthy smoothies are one of our favorite ways to incorporate Betsy’s Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters. The added protein, sweet cinnamon and honey in each serving of Betsy’s Best make every smoothie completely delish! Try our Creamy Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie for a creamy Nutella-flavored smoothie that tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy!

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