Blueberries help me live a healthier lifestyle #LittleChanges #IC #ad

Posted on Jan 20 2015 - 1:52am by Nicole Smith

Disclosure: “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.”

With the new year finally upon us, many of us, myself included, have vowed to make changes in our daily routines that will allow us to live a healthier life. And those changes don’t need to be large, lofty ones that are hard to attain. Sometimes making #LittleChanges help the most. Two of the little changes that we can make this coming year include drinking more water and incorporating blueberries into our diets because they offer some great nutritional benefits.

I have found various ways to incorporate blueberries into my husband and I’s diet. One way is in a blueberry smoothie.

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I LOVE smoothies because there are so many different recipes to follow. I’m hoping my husband grows to love them as much as I do.

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The recipe I use contains nutmeg, vanilla extract, Agave syrup and more.

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Another way that I incorporate blueberries into my diet is by adding them to a gluten-free yogurt parfait. My daughter even tried a bite of it and loved it.

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And if you want to keep it simple, just grab a handful of blueberries and pop them in your mouth. I’ve been doing that since I was a little girl.

I’ve also been known to eat them in a bowl of milk with a sprinkling of sugar. I can thank my daddy for that delicious treat.

To find more blueberry recipes, visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council website.

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council wants to help you make some #LittleChanges in your life.

On January 1st, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council launched the Little Changes Sweepstakes to help you succeed in the new year.

One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge where you’ll get the chance to meet actress, author and TV personality Allison Sweeney. The grand prize is valued at $3,000 and covers travel expenses, hotel costs and entry into the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge.

For those who don’t win the grand prize, there will be four additional chances to win one of four $500 gift cards from Whole Foods or luluelemon.

To enter, please visit the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council entry page and enter your name and email address. Entries into the sweepstakes ends on February 16th.

Little Changes Kitchen Challenge

Little Changes Kitchen Challenge takes place in LA during the month of March. It features LA-based food bloggers, journalists and chefs who will compete in the challenge by creating blueberry dishes that the winner of the Little Changes Sweepstakes will have the opportunity to taste-test. The winner will even have the chance to pose for photos.

Facts about blueberries

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • 80 calories per serving
  • Contain 3.6 grams of fiber per serving which can help you reach the recommended daily fiber intake
  • Include vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese
  • Can be purchased all year long. The domestic season runs from April to September and following that time, imported blueberries from Chile, Peru and Argentina are available at the stores. (All of them can be frozen too, so if you see a great sale on blueberries, be sure to stock up.)

What #LittleChanges are you making?

I would love to hear what kinds of changes you are making this year to help you get healthier. Please share in the comments below.

Aside from eating better foods, including blueberries during hunger times between meals, I’m planning on drinking more water, doing Pilates and yoga again, as well as riding my stationary bike 3-5 miles every other day.

We are also trying to practice more natural forms of treatments for a variety of ailments because we feel that too many medications isn’t a good thing.

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