Busy Mom & Celebrity Alison Sweeney Shares the Benefits of Being Blue!

by Stacey Heneveld

We are excited to be partnering with the Blueberry Council to chat with you about these amazing little blue dynamos, the blueberries. We were compensated to bring you this information but all opinions are the writer’s own.

Summer is in full swing now that my kids are out of school and we are all very excited to start our weekly Summer trips to our local Farmer’s Market. It’s one of our favorite places to go with the kids because, not only do we get to support our local farmers, but my kids get to stock up on some of their very favorite naturally sweet treats — Blueberries!

Luckily we not only have a fabulous Farmer’s Market where we can pick up yummy blueberries but we also have lots of “You Pick” where we can pick our own bushels of little blue goodness!

We love blueberries for so many reasons. They are delicious, nutritious, the kids think they are super fun to eat, and we can add them to so many of our already favorite recipes throughout the day. Seriously, did you know you can pretty much incorporate blueberries into breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snacks? They are like this crazy little ninja fruit!

Recently the Blueberry Council has teamed up with busy mom and celebrity, Alison Sweeney (Biggest LoserDays of Our Lives), because her family happens to be pretty big fans of this little berry, too!

During a long Summer with kids at home and lots of treats around us, it can be tough for moms to stay on track with exercise, health, and a little “me” time. Here is what Ali had to say about those:

“No matter how busy I am, I never skip breakfast! Nutrition is #1 in a busy life. My tried and true way to fuel up for the day is with oatmeal + blueberries + agave nectar + cinnamon. Sticking with a dish you know the nutritional facts of is a good way to stay on track — with blueberries, I know there are only 80 calories in a cup, plus I’m getting fiber, vitamin C and an energy boost!

Start with #1. Don’t lose yourself as you try to balance the various responsibilities in your life. Make it a priority to take care of yourself. Put your workouts on the calendar to ensure you make time to work out. Just as the airplane flight attendant recommends, put your oxygen mask on first!”

And whey you only have 5 minutes to spare between work, kids, and craziness?

“Burpees. It’s definitely a love-hate relationship, but doing 5 minutes of them will skyrocket your heart rate & jumpstart your metabolism. It tones your arms, abs and legs – triple threat!”

As a work-at-home mom of 3, blueberries are one of my favorite go-to snacks! I keep a bowl of them by my desk in the afternoons to snack on while working. They satisfy my sweet tooth and give me the energy I need to power through the afternoon. I also like to make little snack packs of blueberries that the kids can easily grab when they get hungry between meals. They are perfect for taking outside or grabbing on the go!

I encourage you to sweeten up your Summer with some amazing blueberries as they come into season in your area. Find great recipes that your kids can get involved in making. And then remember to connect with the Blueberry Council on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube for more blueberry inspiration and to share your own creations and experiences!

Of course we’d love to hear about your favorite Blueberry Recipes, too! Share with us in the comments below.

Blogging at StaceySays.com about life as a mother to 3 young kids, Stacey dreams big through her life list and is currently shopping two of her children’s books to publishers.




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Blogging at StaceySays.com about life as a mother to 3 young kids, Stacey dreams big through her life list and is currently shopping two of her children's books to publishers. How does she do it all? She has a secret stash of chocolate that keeps her going each day!

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1 Tanya June 20, 2013 at 11:35 am

I love blueberries! Just made blueberry muffins for the kids this morning for breakfast.
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2 Julia Shanon June 21, 2013 at 6:35 am

Hi Stacey, sometimes being blue means sadness but this thing is different, i think it means happiness ;)

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3 Jole June 22, 2013 at 9:19 am
4 Ansley June 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

Two words: blueberry pancakes.

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5 lizzy June 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

We eat a lot of the Eggo Blueberry Waffles.

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6 Laura June 22, 2013 at 11:39 pm

My kids LOVE blueberries! I buy a pint when they go on sale at Aldi and they’re gone within a day or two.

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7 Shelbie Johnston June 23, 2013 at 3:58 am

I think people have always underestimated the benefits of “blue”berries! Great article.

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8 amanda June 23, 2013 at 6:47 am

my munchkins love blueberries, I give them to them a lot, of course they look like blue smurfs when they are done lol

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9 Craig W June 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Blueberries are a super fruit.

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10 Casie June 23, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Not a huge blueberry fan unless they are in muffins, just to eat fresh, I don’t really care for.

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11 Geri C June 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Not a big fan of blueberries by themselves, but I love blueberry muffins! And my kids will eat fresh blueberries by the handful!
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12 Sheena Mae Solmayor June 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm

thank you for the giveaway :)

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13 Ned June 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Blueberries are one of my fav fruits! and I’m a sucker for blueberry muffins!
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14 Lauren June 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm

We love blueberries! My kids love to eat them straight up, by the bowl-full!
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15 Annette {This Simple Mom} June 25, 2013 at 1:57 pm

My kids even eat them frozen!
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16 Jeanna June 27, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Blueberry Muffins are a favorite in our house!

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17 laura June 28, 2013 at 8:16 am

I love blue berries. My parents have a u pick farm an people travel quite a distance to come pick their blue berries.

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18 Sarah June 28, 2013 at 8:57 am

I love just sauteeing blueberries to make a sauce, and then pouring it over ice cream – delish!

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19 Blessie Nelson June 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

i love fresh blueberries in vanilla yoghurt!

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20 Tammy S July 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

We love blueberries. We have several blue berry bushes, so we have fresh blueberries all summer. There is nothing better then fresh picked blue berries.

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