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Blueberries are the New Black for Summer Food Trends

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Summer means fabulous weather and being outdoors. It is also a time where many of us eat lighter, enjoying a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are at the height of their ripeness this season. One of my favorite fruits to enjoy in the summer months is blueberries. They are rich in fiber, antioxidants, flavonoids, phytonutrients, and vitamins K and C. In fact, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, “We each eat about three times more fresh blueberries today than we did 10 years ago."

Studies have also shown that blueberries can actually help to boost memory. The study, touting the benefits of this tiny blue fruit, was recently published in the Journal of Nutrition. According to an article in this week’s Huffington Post inclusive of that study, “Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center achieved very interesting results when they studied the connection between blueberries and memory. Their study on older adults with early memory decline found that memory function was boosted by drinking the juice of wild blueberries for 12 weeks.”

The article, written by Leo Galland, M.D., also quoted the University of Cincinnati researchers stating, “To our knowledge, this is the first human trial assessing the potential benefit of blueberry supplementation on neurocognitive function in older adults with increased risk for dementia."

Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy blueberries from my Fitness Answer Meal Plan:

• 1 1/2 scoops of whey protein
• ½ tsp. stevia powder
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 1/2 cup of regular instant oatmeal
• ¼ cup of blueberries

Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix to a batter consistency. Spoon onto hot, lightly greased griddle or skillet. Serve with natural honey or agave instead of syrup. Makes 3-4 small pancakes/1 serving

½ cup of fresh blueberries
1 cup of light vanilla or Greek yogurt
1 scoop of vanilla whey protein
¼ cup of low-carb granola

Mix yogurt with whey protein. Layer the berries, yogurt and granola in a dessert glass


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