Caramel Macchiato Smoothie with Almond Butter

Caramel Macchiato Smoothie with Almond Butter

If yA caramel macchiato smoothie is a great way to wake up this morning and put a little pep in your step!  An octane smoothie with natural energy derived from maca powder and coffee fueled with protein rich almond butter and filling chia seeds.!

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

1/2 c almond milk, unsweetened

1/2 c cold coffee

1 frozen banana

2 tsp maca powder

3 dates

1 T chia seeds

pinch pink Himalayan salt

Step By Step Caramel Macchiato Smoothie Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Place all smoothie ingredients unto your blender.

Step 2: Blend until smooth.

Step 5: Enjoy your Macchiato smoothie!

Betsy’s caramel Macchiato smoothie recipe is a  perfect blend for your morning routine! By combining great taste and superfood nutrition your day is sure to get off to a great start!

Did you know Betsy is a registered Dietitian? Read her blogs posts about the health benefits of natural almond butter.

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Crazy for the Health Benefits of Cashews

Crazy for the Health Benefits of Cashews

What better way to bring in the New Year than with a bite of Betsy’s NEW Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter?! This gourmet butter is like no other as it incorporates the sweet taste of coconut with the robust cashew flavor. Here at Betsy’s Best, we are crazy for cashews. That is why we have given our consumers 2 chances to reap the bountiful benefits of this wonderful nut as it is in the Cardamom Cashew Butter and now the Toasted Coconut Cashew Butter.

Why are Cashews so Crazy Good?

FATCashews are full of healthy, monounsaturated and heart-protective fat. Commonly fat is something that we, as health fanatics, try to stay away from. However, monounsaturated fats can raise your good cholesterol while lowering your risk for heart disease.

PREBIOTICSPrebiotics and probiotics are terms that are very popular in today’s health society. Probiotics introduce the healthy bacteria to your gut microbiome, including things like kefir, temph, kombucha and miso. Prebiotics serve as the food to feed the bacteria. Just like we eat foods that are good for our health, we need to feed our healthy bacteria foods that are good for their health. Luckily cashews can do it all! Being one of the highest prebiotic nuts, cashews leave both our gut and the rest of our body happy and satisfied!

VITAMINS/MINERALSVitamins E, K, B6, and minerals copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron and selenium are all packed into this kidney-shaped nut. Our friends, the antioxidants, also find their way into this nut. Lowering our risk for infection and fighting off the bad toxins in our body, we are happy cashews are good sources of antioxidants.

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Going Green – How To Add Vegetables to Your Diet

Going Green – How To Add Vegetables to Your Diet

You know they are healthy for you, your mother told you to eat them when you were little to make you strong, but are you getting enough green vegetables in your diet? Becoming a green eating machine is not as difficult as you may think. You just have to know how to add it into your diet. Here are some ways to sneak in those greens. Your health depends on it!

6 Ways To Add More Vegetables To Your Diet

Smoothies: What better way to get your greens vegetables than to drink them! Mask the taste with fruit and you won’t even know you are eating spinach. Here is an easy green recipe: 1/2 banana, 1/2 c blueberries, 1 c almond milk, 1 T Betsy’s Best, 1 T chia seeds, 3/4 c fresh spinach leaves. Blend and serve.  (Check out all of our healthy smoothie recipes.)

Omelets: Turn your breakfast into a veggie fest by adding spinach, arugula, beet greens, parsley or cilantro and salsa into your eggs for a delicious twist!

Grilled: Roasting veggies is one of the easiest ways to enjoy a flavorful dish. Grilled endive and radicchio are not commonly grilled foods but are flavorful companions to peppers, onions, and mushrooms.

Baked: Baking or roasting veggies is as easy as 1-2-3. Throw some kale on a baking sheet, spray with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 min. You can also roast Brussels sprouts for a dish that is delish!

Shredded: When shredded finely, even tougher greens become easy to handle. You can shred these greens for a healthy garnish on mashed potatoes or mix them into your favorite salad.

Wrap them up!: Instead of using a tortilla, crunchy greens that contain a good amount of water, such as Swiss chard, bok choy, escarole, or romaine make fantastic wraps for a variety of fillings, ranging from roasted eggplant, tomatoes, onion, and garlic to teriyaki chicken with mandarin oranges.

So being creative is just half the fun….the other half is eating your creation! Think outside the box on ways to eat those green leafy vegetables and watch yourself as you get lean!

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Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins

IfBetsy’s almond flour pumpkin muffins are a delicious fall treat. Why do we use almond flour to make our pumpkin muffins? Almond flour is gluten-free, high in protein, low in carbohydrates and easy to use! Almond flour makes these pumpkin muffins tasty, fun and a lot healthier than other muffins.

Muffin Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Almond Butter

2 ½ cup blanched almond flour

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp ground cloves

2 large eggs

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

½ cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup canola oil (or coconut oil, melted)

1 tsp vanilla

Muffin Topping:

6 Tbsp unsalted butter (or coconut oil)

¾ cup granulated cane sugar

1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon

Step By Step Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffin Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease mini-muffin tin. I

Step 2: n a large bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, salt and spices.

Step 3: Stir until thoroughly combined.

Step 4: In a medium bowl, combine eggs, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, oil, vanilla and Betsy’s Best. Stir until smooth.

Step 5: Pour egg mixture into almond flour mixture, stirring until combined.

Step 6: Fill each muffin cup with roughly 1 Tbsp of batter.

Step 7: Bake 12-15 minutes or until muffins pass the toothpick test.

Step 8: Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat.

Step 9: Remove from heat. Combine sugar and cinnamon in small bowl.

Step 10: After muffins cool, dip each one into butter, then roll in sugar mixture.

Step 11: Store in a lightly covered container to keep sugar mixture granulated.

Step 12: Enjoy your almond flour pumpkin miffins!

Enjoy a smarter sweet treat with our Almond Flour Pumpkin Muffins recipe! Did you #TasteTheDifference with our gourmet almond butter as the secret ingredient?  Did you alter the recipe with some of your own great ideas? Where does this recipe fit on your list of best fall baking recipes?

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Superfood Nuts and Seeds On The Rise

Superfood Nuts and Seeds On The Rise

Why are superfood nuts and seeds becoming so popular? Why are people going nuts over almonds? Are they really the healthiest nut to con-sume? The almond industry has exploded in just the past few year and almonds are found everywhere from granola bars, butters, milks, yogurts to even ice cream. Almonds have become an enterprise and due to the growing demand and a limited supply, this hot commodity is feeling the heat of demand as rising costs burns a hole in our wallet.

Almond lovers swear this tasty tree nut has a natural sweetness, extra Omega 3’s, and a mild flavor that mixes in to any dish whether you are using it as a butter, a milk, or raw variety. But what does this nut have that others don’t? Although the almighty almond may be in the spotlight for now, it is not so superior to other nuts and although it remains in the limelight for now, due to the rising costs, high demand, and limited almond farms, other nuts and seeds will start sharing the shelf.

What Superfood Nuts and Seeds Are On The Rise?

So what is on the horizon and what super seeds and nutritional nuts are next? If you have paid any attention to the grocery store aisles you will see the nut and seed selec-tion growing and even more variety of nut and seed butters emerging. Sunflower, chia, cashew, hazelnut, hemp, pumpkin, walnut, pistachio, sachi inchi, among others are working their way into center stage and fighting for the shelf space that the almond empire controls.

As a dietitian I think it is great to see this category expand and other nuts and seeds get the attention they deserve. All nuts and seeds fit into the “health” category because of concentrated amounts of nutrients such as healthy fats, powerful proteins and filling fibers to name a few. It is even more exciting to see the seed selection improve because of so many nut allergies seeds have become a perfect solution. On top of that, many seeds are a complete source of protein, meaning that they contain all 18 amino acids.

So eating seeds such as hemp and pumpkin seeds provide the same protein power as chicken or steak.

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