Skip to content blueberry council logo

U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council

Meet the Blue Crew – New Tips and Recipes Ahead!

Love blueberries? We do, too. They’re delicious, nutritious and oh-so versatile. If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy fresh, frozen and dried blueberries, we have you covered. Cue the Blue Crew. These five dietitian ambassadors are harvesting new, blueberry-inspired blog posts, videos and recipes – just for you. Read on to learn more about each ambassador and get a taste of their blueberry favorites.       


Jessica Jones, MS, RDN, CDE

Jessica is a nationally recognized registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a passion for helping people transform the way they eat and make peace with food. She is the co-author of “28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot” and “A Diabetes Guide to Enjoying the Flavors of the World.” As the co-founder of the healthy living website, Food Heaven Made Easy, Jessica provides evidenced-based nutrition tips and tricks for living a nutritious life. When she is not counseling patients on nutrition therapy for wellness, disordered eating, GI issues and chronic disease management, Jessica co-hosts the Food Heaven Podcast, which was named New & Noteworthy by iTunes in 2016.

  • Website:
  • 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, CDE

As a registered dietitian/nutritionist and certified diabetes educator, Wendy is passionate about educating communities on plant-based eating, in ways that are accessible and culturally relevant. She is co-author of “28-Day Plant-Powered Health Reboot,” co-host of the Food Heaven Podcast and co-founder of Food Heaven Made Easy, an online platform that provides resources on living a healthy, balanced life. Wendy is a contributor to SELF magazine, where she writes about intuitive eating, wellness and inclusion. When not working on creative projects, Wendy also provides nutritional counseling and medication management to patients with


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


Maggie Michalczyk, RDN

Maggie is a Chicago-based registered dietitian who focuses on millennial nutrition and loves cooking and baking healthier versions of baked goods and more. When she’s not in the kitchen, Maggie loves exploring the food scene and new workout classes in Chicago and walking her dog named Pumpkin. Maggie believes healthy eating should be as enjoyable as it is nutritious – something she strives to demonstrate through her approach to healthy living.

  • Website:
  • Blueberry Quick Bite: “You may not think blueberries go with something savory, but one of my favorite way to eat them is warmed up and mashed on top of seared salmon!”


Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD

Mary Ellen is the founder and registered dietitian behind Milk and Honey Nutrition. As a type 1 diabetic herself since she was five years old, she knows firsthand the impact food has on how we think, feel, act and move. She strives to make food easy and fun again for people with type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune conditions; and uses both her professional expertise and personal experience to reduce stress and fear around food, and help people find joy in the kitchen again. Mary Ellen is also a contributing writer, recipe developer and content expert for several leading health and wellness organizations.

  • Website:
  • Blueberry Quick Bite: “I love combining fresh blueberries with nut butter for the perfect blood-sugar friendly balance of carbs, protein and fat. It’s a great snack for any time of day and keeps me energized for several hours!”


Natalie Rizzo, MS, RDN

Natalie Rizzo is a NYC-based media dietitian, food and nutrition writer, national spokesperson and owner of Nutrition ȧ la Natalie, a successful sports nutrition blog. Natalie writes for many national publications, such as NBC News, SHAPE, Runner’s World, Greatist and Prevention. In her work as a nutrition spokesperson, she has appeared in many TV segments and is frequently quoted as the nutrition expert in top tier national publications. Natalie is passionate about simplifying complicated sports nutrition information for professional and recreation athletes, and she recently published an e-book titled, “The No-Brainer Nutrition Guide for Every Runner.”

  • Website:
  • Blueberry Quick Bite: “I always have a bag of frozen blueberries in my fridge for post-run smoothie creations! I love that frozen blueberries are affordable and give me access to post-run antioxidants anytime of the year. Not to mention that they make a great addition to pre-workout pancakes. Basically, the little frozen berries are extremely versatile for all your pre-workout and recovery needs!”


Posted in: Blog, General, Health Tips, Recipe Ideas