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Meet the Blue Crew – New Tips and Recipes Ahead!

Craving blueberries? Yeah, we’re here to encourage that. And, that’s why we’re hooking you up with even more blueberry goodness, courtesy of the Blue Crew, our new Blueberry Ambassadors! These four health and nutrition experts know all about good food that’s good for you. They appreciate the health benefits, versatility and great taste that blueberries bring to the table (literally). Their fresh and frozen blueberry-themed blog posts, videos and recipes will encourage a healthy lifestyle – and make your mouth water. Read on to learn more about each ambassador and get a taste of their blueberry faves.

Patricia Bannan, MS, RDN

Patricia Bannan MS RD_751x751Patricia is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, healthy cooking expert and captivating communicator inspiring millions of people to eat and live well. She has conducted more than 1,000 media interviews over the last decade, as well as writing for and being interviewed by national print and online media. Patricia also is known for her work as a spokesperson to leading health-minded companies and organizations across the U.S.

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  • Blueberry Quick Bite: “I use frozen blueberries to help me and my family meet our recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables. They’re convenient and cost-effective – a household staple for us!”

Jessica Jones, MS, RDN, CDE

Food Heaven Made Easy_751x751Jessica (pictured right) is a registered dietitian with a certificate of training in adult weight management. She provides hands-on nutrition education and counseling in weight management, pre-diabetes/diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, GI issues, wellness and vegan/vegetarian nutrition. With a B.A. in Journalism and a passion for using media as a tool to promote healthy lifestyles, Jessica has penned hundreds of articles about food, health and culture.

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  • Blueberry Quick Bite: “I love including a cup of frozen blueberries in my smoothie almost every morning. They pair perfectly with Kale, carrots, and half a frozen banana.”

Wendy Lopez, MS, RDN

As a registered dietitian/nutritionist, Wendy (pictured left) is passionate about educating communities on plant-based eating, in ways that are accessible and culturally relevant. Working as a clinical dietitian in a community clinic in Port Chester, New York, she focuses on disease prevention and management. Wendy uses an integrative and individualized approach towards nutrition, health, and wellbeing. Throughout her journey, she has developed a great love for wholesome cooking.

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  • Blueberry Quick Bite: “I love to puree blueberries and then use that as a topping for toast, oatmeal, or my favorite desserts!”

Sonali Ruder, DO

Sonali Ruder MD Chef_751x751Sonali is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, trained chef, mom and author. After treating patients with chronic illnesses in the ER for many years, she developed an interest in the role that food and diet can play in preventing disease. Sonali’s goal is to empower people to take control of their health, starting in the kitchen. She is a contributing writer, recipe developer and health and wellness expert for several national magazines, cookbooks and websites.

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  • Blueberry Quick Bite: “I love how versatile blueberries are! Some of my favorite ways to use them are in salads (like my Spinach Salad with Blueberries and Grilled Chicken), desserts (like my Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Bars) and even drinks (like my Blueberry Lemonade).”

Each of these experts have their own flair and unique approach to health and nutrition. Check out their websites for a more in-depth view, and see what appeals to you the most. Then, stock up on fresh and frozen blueberries, keep your eyes peeled for new recipes and tips … and enjoy!

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