Thanks to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council for sponsoring today’s post as part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central.
To follow with this months theme of making healthy changes in the New Year, today I am talking about an important food that can help you reach your goals. Do you have any idea of what this little superfood might be?
Blueberries. A favorite in my house.
When we have a carton of these they are gone in no time. Everyone in my house loves them including my 3 year old and 11 month old. We buy blueberries on a weekly basis because they are so easy to add to just about anything from muffins, to pancakes, to yogurt, to oatmeal, to smoothies. Today I am sharing my favorite post workout snack of Simple Cinnamon Blueberry Oatmeal that you can make in under 5 minutes.
I grew up in Michigan and as a child I remember summer in Michigan revolving around blueberry season. Some of my favorite memories as a child are blueberry picking with my family. Luckily blueberries are not only a summer fruit like some people think. 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 blueberries in the supermarket just like you do all summer, fresh or frozen.
I love the way blueberries taste and what they do for your body. They contribute vitamins and minerals to your body including vitamin C, vitamin K and magnesium. A cup of plain blueberries makes a great snack at just 80 calories per serving.
I know that a lot of people set lofty goals when the New Year starts but it really comes down to small changes throughout the year that you can maintain. For me it is things like drinking more water, eating more nutritious foods, like blueberries, and going to the gym at least 3 times a week. By setting goals you can attain you will be more likely to stick to them.
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website hosts a variety of tips on how to make eating blueberries apart of your lifestyle as well as a slew of recipes in which you can incorporate blueberries, which can be found here.
A simple nutritious oatmeal that makes a great breakfast or post workout snack.
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon honey
- Heat the water in a pan and when boiling add the oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal according to the package.
- Add the cinnamon and honey into the oatmeal and stir.
- Add the blueberries over the oatmeal and enjoy.
Other things I like to add to this oatmeal include nuts (like almonds) or maybe a sprinkle or brown sugar.
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. 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. To enter head over here.
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