Celebrate National Blueberry Month

I am quite excited I get to write the blog on National Blueberry Month because it is truly one of my favorite foods! July was proclaimed National Blueberry Month by the United States Department of Agriculture on May 8th, 1999. Blueberries are grown in 35 states in the US, and the United States produces over 90% of all of the blueberries in the world. They have been used in soups, stews and more, for centuries.

 Here is a little blueberry trivia:

  • It is the most popular muffin in the U.S.
  • The blueberry is the official state fruit of New Jersey.
  • August is National Blueberry Month in Canada.

 I make certain that I always have them on hand. They are delicious in yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, ice cream or by themselves. Here are some other fun ways to include blueberries in your diet:

  •  Put a blueberry smile on your pancakes.
  • See how many blueberries you can fit on top of one cupcake.
  • Add blueberries to your peanut butter sandwich and call it a PB&B.
  • In a glass, layer blueberries, yogurt and crushed cereal or granola — Grab a spoon and dig in!
  • Make a sheet cake with vanilla frosting, and alternate a row of blueberries and a row of strawberries for a festive summer treat

    A blueberry smoothie is a refreshing, tasty way to get calicium and antioxidants into your diet.

Blues Buster Smoothie

  • 1 (6-ounce) container low-fat blueberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen sliced peaches
  • 5-6 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients with ice (amount of ice will vary depending on desired consistency). Pour into a glass and serve chilled.

 Blueberries are considered a “superfood” because of the many healthy nutrients they contain. Did you know that eating blueberries could also be one of the keys to living to a ripe old age? Well, if you take a look at the research, blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, which foods reduce your chance of getting cancer and heart disease. Out of 40 different fruits, juices and vegetables, the blueberry comes in with the highest antioxidant level according to the North American Blueberry Council.  Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, and in one serving there is almost 25% of your daily requirement for vitamin C.  They are also a great source of dietary fiber and manganese. With Just 80 calories per cup – it’s a win – win for your whole body.