We are so excited that blueberries are in season! We live less than 10 miles away from a local farm where we have been picking blueberries for the last 4 years or so. It is great to get everyone out there and enjoy picking some fresh berries together. Last year, the late frost here in Georgia killed off the blueberry harvest and I am very excited to get back there this year! We are meeting some friends and their kids to pick berries together this weekend. Below is a photo of Lily and me headed off to pick berries two years ago when my parents were visiting.
In honor of National Blueberry Month, I had the chance to ask Alison Sweeney from The Biggest Loser some questions about fitness, health and blueberries, of course! Check out Alison’s videos for some inspiration, too!
2) How do you incorporate blueberries in your favorite recipes? Or do you prefer them fresh for snacking? Fresh! We keep them in a big bowl on the kitchen counter and munch on them instead of chips or pretzels. And they get eaten every time … you’d be surprised! We also just tried them in turkey burgers and it was a big hit.
3) What is a quick and easy change people can make to improve their overall health?
I love the recipe I found on the Blueberry Council’s site for their Blueberey Chicken Salad Tacos. Tacos and burritos are a dinner staple around our house since it is easy to cook a lot of the inputs on the weekend and make these from leftovers during the week. This recipe gives me some new ideas to re-create an old favorite meal.
2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups cubed or shredded rotisserie chicken
1-1/2 cups blueberries
1 cup diced apples
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
8 large Boston lettuce leaves or 6-inch whole wheat tortillas
Directions: In a small bowl, stir together yogurt, salad dressing, honey and salt until well blended. Place chicken, blueberries, apples and walnuts in separate small serving bowls with spoons. Arrange lettuce leaves on a serving plate. To assemble a taco, place a spoonful of each ingredient and a drizzle of the dressing onto a lettuce leaf and roll up. Secure with a toothpick if desired.