There’s a lot to celebrate in July centering around red, white and blue, but one of the best things about the patriotic month is that it is National Blueberry Month. Sweet and juicy, blueberries are the ideal food for summer and can easily be incorporated into many dishes.
You and your aging relative can celebrate National Blueberry Month in many ways that are fun, healthy and delicious. Getting other family members, friends and elderly care providers on board means that everyone can enjoy nutritious and tasty blueberries in meals, snacks and desserts.
Learn About Blueberries
Did you know that blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat? Part of celebrating National Blueberry Month is learning what is so special about them. Blueberries contain numerous important nutrients that deliver all kinds of vitamins and minerals to the body without a lot of calories, fat or other harmful substances. Elderly adults are often deficient in many of these important nutrients, so adding blueberries to their diet can boost their health and wellness.
Blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, manganese, iron and more. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which can aid digestion. When it comes to antioxidants, blueberries contain the most of any fruit. Antioxidants help protect the body against harmful toxins. These are often missing in an elderly person’s diet, so family caregivers and elderly care providers should consider adding blueberries as regulars on the menu.
Enjoy Blueberry Recipes
Another way to celebrate National Blueberry Month is to focus on recipes that star blueberries. Family caregivers and elderly care providers are generally in charge of grocery shopping and meal prep, so it doesn’t take much to introduce some blueberry-friendly dishes to elderly adults. Besides enjoying them raw or on top of yogurt, cereal or oatmeal, blueberries are also great on green salads and mixed with granola in parfaits.
Blueberries can provide a sweet and tangy addition to a refreshing fruit salad. They can be added to fruit smoothies and included whole in pancakes and muffins. Blueberry cobbler and blueberry pie are delicious desserts that seniors will love. Elderly care providers won’t have to push too hard to get seniors to eat any dishes with blueberries.
Attend a Blueberry Festival
Blueberries are so important to some communities that many host festivals that honor the fruit. Many aging adults enjoy outings, and family caregivers and elderly care providers can help them check out the nearest blueberry festival.
More than 98 percent of all blueberries are produced in North America, especially in California, Indiana, Michigan and New Jersey. Other states with a lot of blueberry festivals include North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. It’s easy to go online and find a fruit festival nearby. Seniors will certainly enjoy the music, food, games, and celebratory atmosphere of a local blueberry festival.
When it comes to celebrating National Blueberry Month in July, family caregivers and elderly care providers can encourage seniors to really focus on the red, white and BLUE-berry!
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Lawrenceville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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