Full Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
A lot of people make the new years resolution to eat healthy, and it's amazing how little changes in your diet can make a huge difference. Now that I'm almost 8 months pregnant I wake up hungry, so skipping breakfast isn't an option. When I start the day with a healthy meal it usually helps me eat right throughout the rest of the day.
My favorite breakfast is a bowl of Quaker Oats Weight Management Oatmeal. It has added protein to keep you fuller longer and contains less sugar than other low-sugar options. Prior to pregnancy I used to make my oatmeal with water, but now I use milk (for extra protein and calcium) and I top it off with a handful of fresh blueberries. Those little changes have made my breakfast more nutritious and a little sweeter.
For a sweet snack I like to bake muffins. Homemade muffins taste sooo much better than the processed, packaged ones and you know exactly what ingredients go into them. I found a really delicious blueberry muffin recipe on Refined Mom blog. These muffins are super easy to make and they only require 9 simple ingredients.
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg (room temp)
1/2 cup milk or half-half (room temp)
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup fresh blueberries
Method: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pan or use cooking spray. Melt butter in a dish, set aside and let cool. Mix dry ingredients together and then add eggs, milk, butter, and vanilla. Don't mix your berries into the batter -- fill each muffin cup 1/3 of the way with batter and then place a few berries into each cup. Fill muffin cup to the top with the remaining batter. Cook for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is hosting a Sweepstakes with some amazing prizes -- the grand prize is a trip for two to LA for the Little Changes Kitchen Challenge, four runner ups will win $500 gift cards to Whole Foods or Lululemon (yes, please!!). The Sweepstakes ends February 16, 2015! Enter HERE.
What is your favorite way to eat blueberries?