Blueberries contain vitamins, minerals and that can enhance the nutrient quality of your diet. 1 They couldn’t be more convenient for at-home use, and offer a delicious way to help your patients incorporate the recommended amount of fruits in to their daily intake based on age, sex and physical activity.
Below are quick and easy tips for ways to suggest blueberries in your patients’ diets. For more ideas, see our downloadable toolkit:
- Start the day off right by adding blueberries to your cereal, yogurt and smoothies.
- At lunch time, toss blueberries with greens, or add them to chicken salad.
- For an easy snack that can help keep you satisfied between meals, grab a handful of fresh blueberries, or make a quick trail mix with your favorite cereal, nuts and dried blueberries.
- Add vibrant blueberries to your dinner by cooking them down into a tasty sauce for chicken, pork and vegetables.
- Fresh and juicy blueberries make a great dessert – try a handful by themselves, or sprinkle them over Greek or frozen yogurt.
How Blueberries fit in to MyPlate
Blueberries fit perfectly into USDA’s MyPlate message “make half your plate fruits and vegetables.” MyPlate is a visual tool that can help you guide your patients on how to adopt healthy eating practices that align with the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The MyPlate webpage has several free resources including downloadable tracking tools to help your patients plan and follow a healthy diet and exercise plans.
For more in depth research on potential health benefits of blueberries, visit our health research page.