I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
Having a toddler and being pregnant has really inspired me to eat healthier over the last several months, and especially since the start of the new year. Some small changes I have made are, that I switched to eating whole grains instead of white breads, greatly increased my water intake, and incorporated a lot more fruits and vegetables into my diet.
One area that I always struggle with is snacking. I’m not really a sweets snacker, but I can down a bag of potato chips like nobody’s business. That’s not a very healthy choice for me to make.
In coming up with a new snack, I wanted something that was very healthy for me, but also filling, and that Kayleigh could enjoy with me as well. We had already kept blueberries on hand nearly every week, as Kayleigh just LOVES them, so I’ve been making blueberry yogurt parfaits lately, and I’m honestly kind of addicted to them now.
I start out with some Greek yogurt. You can use any flavor you want, but I really enjoy vanilla. I then top that with a handful of fresh blueberries, some of my favorite vanilla almond granola, and finally, I drizzle a bit of honey over the top. This quick little treat is so tasty!
I have lived in Maine my whole life, so I have grown up eating wild blueberries. I remember picking wild blueberries on the side of the roads with my grandparents when I was growing up. My favorite way to eat them was with some cream, or baking them into muffins. Yum.
I still love blueberries to this day, but in the middle of winter, wild blueberries are nowhere to be found around here. Kayleigh and I can still get our blueberry fix, however, thanks to our friends in South America. They keep blueberries in season all year-round!
DID YOU KNOW? The domestic blueberry season runs from April to September, and once that wraps up, imports from Chile, Peru and Argentina start flowing in, so you can always find juicy plump blueberries in the supermarket just like you do all summer!
Let’s not forget those other forms of blueberries – frozen and freeze-dried. They are great to keep on hand for those times when you just can’t make it to the store to buy fresh ones, and they taste just as great!
Not only do blueberries taste so fresh and wonderful, but they are really good for you too. One cup of blueberries only has 80 calories, and is packed with 3.6 grams of fiber! They also contribute vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, to help you meet your nutrient needs.
What I love most about blueberries, is that they are so easy to incorporate into your diet. Instead of reaching for a bag of potato chips, I can grab a handful of blueberries. Instead of leaving a candy dish out on the table to snack on all day, I can leave out a bowl full of blueberries. These are really very simple changes that I can make, and they will have a huge impact on my health.
You can also add blueberries to foods you already make. They are great in pancakes, muffins, waffles, yogurt, cereal… the list goes on and on!
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Sweepstakes
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a sweepstakes through which you can enter to win a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge alongside actress, author and TV host Alison Sweeney. I am a huge fan of Alison Sweeney, so I will be entering for sure!
*Runners up may win one of four $500 Whole Foods or Lululemon gift cards for a refreshed pantry or workout wardrobe!
Choose little, win BIG. Hurry! Sweepstakes opens on January 1, 2015 and closes February 16, 2015! You can enter this awesome sweepstakes here!
For more information on blueberries, including recipes, cooking tips, and more, visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website.