Everything in life has its balance. Just like in yoga, the word “hatha” means the balance of the sun and the moon. When it comes to balancing your plate, the word “food synergy” refers to the compliment of nutrients in different foods that work synergistically together to produce better health results. Why not eat combined foods in a way that will give you more “bang for your buck.” These foods will not only give you better nutritional results, but will help with digestion, keep you feeling fuller, and give you more energy because of the ease of digestion. Find your perfect pair below and learn how to balance your plate with foods that fuel!
Oatmeal & Apples
Take a lickin’ and keep the ticker tickin’- Heart Healthier Duo: Apples are a powerhouse of nutrients, and never peel the skin of the apple because there are five times the amount of polyphenols in the skin than the flesh of the apple. Oatmeal also packs a powerful punch with the beta-glucan, a soluble fiber, which attaches to cholesterol in the gut and helps escort it out of the body. Add a dollop of your favorite Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut or Seed Butter to boost the protein and healthy fat and you will create the perfect combination to keep you full and satisfied for hours to come.
Protein & Sweet Potatoes
Immune boosting, infection fighting warriors: It is hard to find a vegetable that is as sweet tasting and healthy as the sweet potato. This powerhouse has not only beta carotene, but vitamin A. However, without zinc, which is found in protein foods such as seafood, poultry, pork, and beef, and nuts, the vitamin A will have a hard time metabolizing and absorbing throughout the body. So pair your sweet potato with a dollop of Betsy’s Best Almond Butter or whip 2 T in your next sweet potato casserole for a dynamic duo that will increase nutrient absorption.
Yogurt & Chia Seeds
Digestive fighting dynamic duo: Yogurt, a probiotic, lays the groundwork for good digestive fighting bacteria that are housed in your gut. They help balance the good and bad bacteria to keep you regular. However, these little bugs need to eat too, and they feed on prebiotics, specialized fibers found in foods like chia and flaxseed. If you eat the right balance of the pre and probiotics, you will create an environment in your gut that will restore the health in your belly and keep things moving, in a healthy way! Good thing Betsy’s Best products are loaded with chia seeds so swirl a scoop of your favorite Betsy’s Best into your yogurt for a sweet and probiotic balanced treat!
Wake up! You day is about to get off to a quick and healthy start. With Betsy’s Best, fresh honey and cinnamon stirred in with this recipe, you’ll be making the tastiest Greek yogurt breakfast parfait this side of the Atlantic.
Stir all to combine. Add garnish with strawberries and cacao.
Within minutes of stepping into the kitchen you’ll be treating yourself to this tasty peanut butter, cinnamon and greek yogurt breakfast parfait.
Make your mornings more simple by preparing breakfast the night before! It takes just a few minutes to fill your jar and pop it into the refrigerator. In the morning, just grab it and go!
- 1⁄3 cup almond milk (or other milk/non-milk substitute)
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 ½ tsp dried chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp Betsy’s Best Gourmet Peanut, Almond or Seed Butter
- 1 tsp honey (or 4 drops liquid Stevia) (optional)
- ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked (or gluten-free oats)
- ¼ cup ripe banana, diced
In a half pint (16 oz.) jar or clean Betsy’s Best jar, add milk, yogurt, chia seeds, cocoa powder, Betsy’s Best and honey. Stir ingredients. Add oats. Put lid on jar and shake until combined. Remove lid, add bananas and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.
Stir in your favorite mixing, dried or fresh fruit, or other nuts and seeds for a different blend for your breakfast treat.