With just 80 calories per cup and virtually no fat, blueberries offer many noteworthy nutritional benefits:
Blueberries are packed with vitamin C.
In just one serving, you can get 14 mg of Vitamin C – almost 25 percent of your daily requirement. Vitamin C aids the formation of collagen and helps maintain healthy gums and capillaries. It also promotes iron absorption and a healthy immune system.
Blueberries are dynamos of dietary fiber.
Research has shown that most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Eating foods high in fiber will help keep you regular, your heart healthy and your cholesterol in check. A handful of blueberries can help you meet your daily fiber requirement. What a tasty way to eliminate this worry from your day!
Blueberries are an excellent source of manganese.
Manganese plays an important role in bone development and in converting the proteins, carbohydrates and fats in food into to energy – a perfect job for blueberries.
Yesterday (Tax Day) is one of the most stressful days of the year in my office. To take a mental break, I was daydreaming about new recipes and came up with this. I made it last night and it was outstanding… I hope you enjoy it 🙂
Imagine my surprise, when I saw that lil ol’ me was nominated for a BLOGGING award… And on the EXACT day that I post my 100th blog post!!!
I started this blog with the desire to create a space for people to share healthy living ideas and support each other in making healthy living choices. Along the way, I have found great blogs and websites, made new friends and found a new way to help keep me accountable to me. I look forward to the comments and feedback I receive and it amazes me every day when I log in and see how many people I have reached. I truly enjoy working on my blog and my goal is to find a way to turn all my “healthy living” interest into a profession.
I want to congratulate Andreea at The Windy Kitchen for her Versatile Blogger Award and thank her for nominating me. You should click on the link and check out her blog, her recipes are fantastic. 🙂
As a part of the rules for the award, I have to tell you 7 new things about me:
- I didn’t start liking chocolate until I turned 30
- My signature “thing” is that I always choose orange for my toenail polish
- Even though I have more than 30 pairs of shoes, I prefer to go barefoot
- I recently joined “Foodie Penpals“, you should check it out
- I love every season and even though winter can get long, I can’t imagine not having it
- It is a personal requirement that I live near water, preferably a large body of water (I drive past Lake Michigan every day on my way to work, even though that route is longer)
Now comes the fun part… I am nominating the following FANTASTIC bloggers (with a wide variety of interests and in no particular order) for the Versatile Blogger Award:
Sometimes we make questions so much more difficult than they need to be…
Regardless of your answer, take a look at the links below, I found some great articles on happiness 🙂
It’s a cold and rainy spring day, but this recipe made me think of a hot summer day… Here’s to a little imagination 🙂
Marinated chunks of grilled chicken breast served over a bed of lettuce with feta, fresh diced tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, black olives, red onions, parsley and dill tossed in olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
A wonderful high protein, low fat, low carb, low point, gluten-free main dish salad!
Mediterranean Chicken Kebab Salad (Thanks to Gina at www.skinnytaste.com)
While I was on vacation, I was introduced to Stand Up Paddleboarding. What an awesome workout. I highly recommend it to anyone who lives near the water and wants to get a full body workout while “standing around” on the water. I am posting an beginner’s guide I found on REI’s website. This is far more information than I had when they sent me out with my board, so read up and get out there…
I found a great yoga article on Women’s Health’s website. A few weeks ago I posted a chart to help people find the right yoga for them and I thought article would be a good follow-up to share. They have great info on each of the following types of yoga: Anusara, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, Power, Prenatal, Restorative, Sivananda, Viniyoga, and Yin.
I am always on the lookout for good “Veggie” options and I really like the new products from Lean Cuisine. They don’t have a ton of options yet, but I have enjoyed the ones they are currently offering:
If you have other “veggie” suggestions, I would be thrilled to hear…