A Modern Twist on an Old Classic: Betsy’s Best Transforms the ‘PB&J’ into a Healthy, Gourmet Treat at the MetroCooking DC Show, December 9-10

A Modern Twist on an Old Classic: Betsy’s Best Transforms the ‘PB&J’ into a Healthy, Gourmet Treat at the MetroCooking DC Show, December 9-10

Registered Dietitian and food entrepreneur Betsy Opyt will present “The PB&J Gourmet Experience” at Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters Booth #1139 at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Dec. 9-10, 2017, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Naples, FL (Dec. 4, 2017) – The ultimate food lover’s weekend returns to the Washington, DC, Convention Center where Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters founder and CEO, Betsy Opyt, will be sampling her sweet and salty spreads including Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter and Peanut Butter with jellies and jams from World of Chia and artisan sprouted grain Bread Crisps from Angelic Bakehouse.

Dubbed “The PB&J Gourmet Experience,” the creative tasting experience presented by Betsy’s Best at the upcoming MetroCooking DC Show is an excellent example of healthy-foods-meets-gourmet-ingenuity during the two-day culinary extravaganza. Alongside cooking demos and book signings with top Celebrity Chefs, including Guy Fieri, host of the hit TV show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Betsy will showcase the versatility of her healthy and delicious gourmet products.

Now in its 12th year, the MetroCooking DC Show has grown significantly in popularity over recent years and has emerged as a top national event for foodies. The event draws thousands of visitors and features hundreds of vendors.

As a Registered and Licensed Dietitian and former Miss Indiana, Betsy Opyt has been touring the country sharing her passion for healthy, great-tasting spreads that make eating well a lot easier. Made with whole food ingredients and superfoods such as chia seeds and cardamom, Betsy’s Best Nut & Seed Butters have become a national hit because of their unique taste and texture that appeal to adults and kids alike. As an added bonus, Betsy’s products are also Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, and palm oil free.

“We cannot wait to be amongst some of America’s top culinary minds at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show,” says Betsy Opyt, founder and CEO of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters. “To showcase our nut and seed butters in a truly innovative setting has motivated us to come up with some creative twists on a classic sandwich that everyone can enjoy – from the discerning foodie to the pickiest kid. Come explore healthy, gourmet food with us. You are going to love it!” she adds.

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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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Betsy’s Best Presents “The PBJ Gourmet Experience” at the 2017 FNCE Food And Nutrition Conference, Oct. 21-24

Betsy’s Best Presents “The PBJ Gourmet Experience” at the 2017 FNCE Food And Nutrition Conference, Oct. 21-24

Registered Dietitian and food entrepreneur Betsy Opyt will be presenting “The Gourmet PB&J Experience” and also hosting a group of Ball State University Food Science students at Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters Booth 1256 at the annual FNCE Food & Nutrition Conference, Oct. 21-24, Chicago.

Naples, FL (Oct. 16, 2017) – More than making innovative Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters from whole food ingredients blended to sweet and salty perfection, Registered Dietitian and former Miss Indiana Betsy Opyt is committed to educating people about optimal nutrition and health – and making it fun.

Betsy's Best Gourmet Seed and Nut Butters on the counter in Betsy's kitchenPresenting the Gourmet PB&J Experience

As founder of Betsy’s Best® Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters, Betsy will be sampling a variety of unique and delicious nut and seed butter and jelly recipes, dubbed “The Gourmet PB&J Experience”, at the upcoming FNCE Food & Nutrition Conference, Oct. 21-24 at McCormick Place West in Chicago, IL. Using her award-winning Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters and featuring jellies and jams from World of Chia, gluten free, natural and organic veggie and coconut wraps from Wrawp Foods, and artisan sprouted grain Bread Crisps from Angelic Bakehouse, Betsy will present a gourmet  PB&J experience for everyone to enjoy.

Made with whole food ingredients and superfoods such as chia seeds to create products noted for their unique taste and texture that appeal to adults and kids alike, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters are

Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten free, and palm oil free. Products include Betsy’s Best Gourmet Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter and Peanut Butter.

Cultivating the Next Generation of Nutrition Leadership

Produced by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, founded in 1917 and celebrating 100 years, FNCE is the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts. More than 10,000 Registered Dietitians, nutritionists, researchers, policymakers, healthcare providers and other industry leaders participate in this annual event to address key issues affecting the health of all Americans.

Honoring this Centennial event by cultivating the next generation of leadership, Betsy’s Best is also sponsoring a group of Food Science students from Ball State University – where Betsy serves as a distinguished alumnus – to participate in the 2017 FNCE conference.

Betsy's Best recipe peanut butter pita pocketWorking with Deanna Pucciarelli, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Ball State, Betsy’s Best will host the winning group of students in Dr. Pucciarelli’s Food Science and Technology class with an all-expenses paid trip to the FNCE show in Chicago. Students in the class, divided into six groups, were assigned to use Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut & Seed Butters in developing recipes suitable for individuals suffering from the following conditions: Hypertension, Alzheimer’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Arthritis and Anemia. The winning group will present recipe cards at the FNCE show on behalf of all the student groups in the class.
“The advantage of collaborating on this project is that the students take theory and apply it in the real world,” said Dr. Pucciarelli. “The learning outcome, what the students are able to absorb, is that there is a live human being on the other end of the recipe. Everything ha

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Quesadilla

Peanut Butter and Jelly Quesadilla

This peanut butter and jelly quesadilla recipe takes the classic PB&J to the next level. Healthy and gluten-free, it’s sure to be an instant hit at your kitchen table. The gourmet difference is Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter featuring Himalayan pink salt, organic honey and a delightful crunch from chia seeds.  You’ll #TasteTheDifference as you fall in love with this modern twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Recipe Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Peanut Butter

2 6-inch tortillas (whole wheat or gluten free)

1 banana, sliced thin

1 Tbsp apricot jam

1 oz Manchego cheese, shredded

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

Cooking spray or oil

Step By Step PB&J Quesadilla Recipe Directions:

Step 1Preheat griddle or pan and spray with non-stick cooking spray or lightly drizzle with oil.

Step 2: Place half of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut Butter on each tortilla and spread to the edges.

Step 3: Arrange banana slices on top of the peanut butter on one tortilla.

Step 4: Top with jam, spreading thinly to cover banana. Sprinkle cheese evenly over jam.

Step 5: Top with the second tortilla, peanut butter side down.

Step 6: Cook quesadilla until both sides are golden.

Step 7: Remove from pan and cut into 4 triangles.

Step 8: Enjoy the peanut butter and jelly quesadilla!

You’re going to love it when the kids devour this healthy peanut butter and jelly quesadilla and then beg you for more!

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The PB&J Goes Gourmet – Join the Photo Contest

The PB&J Goes Gourmet – Join the Photo Contest

Known as the All-American food and probably the most popular sandwich combo with kids, the peanut butter and jelly (aka PB&J) sandwich is still a winner. I remember this as the first meal I learned to prepare as a child, and I am sure many of you share the same story.

In fact the PB&J sandwich was the inspiration behind developing the Betsy’s Best brand. My daughter was a picky three-year old, and she refused to eat the all-natural peanut butter I’d bring home from the store. As a frustrated mother and unsure of what she would take to school, the hunt began for a nut butter she would eat. No jar I brought home would temp her taste buds. Out of desperation to create a peanut butter and jelly sandwich she would enjoy, Betsy’s Best peanut butter was developed. Now it is shared by all….including my daughter.

Even though I am grown up now, I am still in love with my childhood favorite, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I know others agree.  Some foods you just don’t grow out of.  Heck, even many National Basketball Association players enjoy a PB&J sandwich before games!  However I discovered that my taste buds matured as an adult, and I’m finding really creative ways to enjoy my favorite combo.

This summer I want to celebrate and shed light back on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that we all loved as children.

Why does PB&J have to be just for kids?

Why not make a grown-up version for all of us to enjoy?

I encourage you to put on your thinking caps and think outside the box on some creative ways to enjoy PB&J. Try a different nut butter or even a seed butter. To make a  crazy jelly combo, add bacon or herbs and seasonings for a real twist.

Join our PB&J Photo Contest

Snap a picture of your creation and send it to us to be entered into the Betsy’s Best PB&J Gourmet Photo Contest.  You might even win 12 jars of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters. Join us in the fun. Feel like a kid again and take a bite out of your All-American favorite sandwich!

Join the Betsy's Best PB&J Goes Gourmet Photo Contest

Prizes:

1st Place: (1 winner) A year’s supply of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters (12 jars)

2nd Place: (1 runner-up) Six jars of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters

3rd – 10th Place: (8 winners) One  jar of their favorite Betsy’s Best

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