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Blueberries – Are They the Best Fruit to Eat?

Your dad doesn’t eat much fruit. You know he should, but you’re not sure which is best. You’re looking for something he can eat or add to drinks. Blueberries are one of the best fruits to eat and here’s why.

 

Caregiver in Ridgewood NJ: Best Fruit to Eat

Caregiver in Ridgewood NJ: Best Fruit to Eat

 

They’re Packed With Nutritional Value

One cup of blueberries has only 84 calories. The total sugar count is just over 14 grams. But, the blueberries have almost 4 grams of fiber, a quarter of your daily requirement of vitamin C, 9 milligrams of calcium, and 114 milligrams of potassium.

The antioxidants in blueberries are believed to help lower the risk of cognitive decline and heart disease. Plus, antioxidants are great for skin health. There’s also plenty of calcium, vitamin K, zinc, and magnesium in blueberries, which makes them helpful for bone health.

 

They’re Available All Year

While you may not find fresh blueberries all year, you’re sure to find frozen ones. July and August tend to be the best months for fresh blueberries. When you do, you can usually get a couple of pints for $5 or less in chain grocery stores. If you spot them on sale, stock up and freeze what isn’t needed.

Throughout the year, you’ll find frozen blueberries in your grocery store’s freezer section. It’s easy to buy them in bulk this way. Companies like Cascadian Farm, Welch’s, and Wyman’s of Maine all offer frozen blueberries. You may find store brands, too.

 

They’re Easy to Freeze

There’s no preparation needed when it comes to freezing blueberries. Spread them out on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer. When they’re frozen, transfer them to freezer bags. You can use them frozen in smoothies, pie fillings, and baked goods.

 

They’re Versatile

Your dad can snack on blueberries throughout the day. If he’s not fond of them for snacks, blueberries are very versatile. He can add them to oatmeal and breakfast cereals. Frozen berries make great smoothies and milkshakes. Cooked with some vinegar and spices, blueberry chutney is a nice addition to roast pork or chicken.

Foods like blueberries help your dad get enough vitamins and minerals. It’s not the only food they should eat. If they struggle with meals, hire a senior care professional to help them shop for groceries, cook meals, and take care of the dishes.

Caregivers also offer something your parents need frequently – companionship. Don’t let your dad become isolated. Caregivers offer transportation to stores, senior centers, and other local addresses. Call a senior care agency to learn more.

If you or a senior family member are considering hiring a Caregiver in Ridgewood, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC.  In-home senior care servicing Bergen & Passaic Counties. Call today at (973) 427-3553.

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Pamela DelColle, RN, CCRN

Pamela DelColle, RN, CCRN

Founder/Director of Nursing at Caring Solutions Home Care LLC
Dementia Care Provider-Member of The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

I started my career as an ICU nurse over 30 years ago. I have functioned as an educator and preceptor mentoring new nurses in the clinical arena. I have sat on many Patient Care committees authoring a variety of patient care protocols.

In 2007, I saw an opportunity to improve the delivery of patient care services in the home and founded Caring Solutions Home Care. Over the last 10 years I have functioned as the Director of Nursing overseeing all client care, administrative and personnel operations.
Pamela DelColle, RN, CCRN