PEPTalks About Superior Foods for Superior Health: Blueberries

Little blue bombshells, that’s what blueberries are!  The king of antioxidants that boasts a long list of nutritional benefits.  You’ll be amazed!  But I could have cared less about all that as a kid growing up in New England where blueberry bushes abound.  All I knew is that they made great snacking on long summer hikes with my friends and I liked the way they burst into blue circles in my mom’s buttermilk pancakes.

If you don’t have any fond childhood memories of eating any kind of berry (because ALL berries are nutritional powerhouses) then take a look at what a mouthful of blueberries can do for you!

  • Cancer-protective ellagic acid, a phytochemical that may lessen the effect of estrogen in promoting breast-cancer cell growth
  • Anthocyanins – a phytochemical that improves brain function, balance, motor skills, and age related short-term memory loss
  • May reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease because of their antioxidant load
  • Good source of Vitamin C and fiber (4 grams per cup)
  • Keep frozen berries on hand for breakfast cereal, smoothies, fruit salads and salsas (recipe follows)
  • For a spritzer, mash them and top with club soda

If you don’t really care about the science then maybe you would like a new recipe.  OK!

A short story behind this one first:

I had the most fun last summer when I was hired as a motivational speaker for a beautiful resort to speak on “Recapturing Your Health At Any Age”.  The fun twist was doing a cooking demonstration with the resort chef!  He was such a good sport when I challenged him to a parsley chopping contest – if that gives you any idea of the kind of fun we had!  The other great part was that the ladies were fed the luncheon that the chef and I had demoed…and they loved the Blueberry/Mango Salsa that was served over pan seared snapper.  Here’s that recipe!

Blueberry Mango Salsa

2 mangos, diced

1/2 cup blueberries

2 tablespoons fresh lime

1 small jalapeno pepper, minced

1/4 cup red onion, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Lightly toss all ingredients together.  Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes to let flavors blend.  Scrumptious on fish!

From your motivational speaker, Polly Pitchford, who doesn’t want you to be blue but eat blue!





Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Oh yummy yummy yummo!  Polly that recipe sounds FABULOUS!  I’m IN!  One word of caution, if you are a motivational speaker, and are presented with a buffet containing fresh blueberries BEFORE you get up to be the “after lunch keynote” – do NOT, I repeat do NOT eat a bunch of these gorgeous “blubes” as I call them.  You will look like someone threw blue paint in your mouth.  Thank you so much to the little lady at my table who lovingly suggested that I might want to run to the rest room and rinse out my mouth before I got up to speak.  

  2. Yes! My mother has been singing the praises of blueberries for years! Thanks for sharing with those who don’t know what gems they are!

  3. Thanks Polly — I’m going to try this salsa with chicken tonight.

    Thanks for the information too! I’ll use it tonight to explain to my kids why we always have blueberries on hand… they’re one of the staples in our home for our daily green smoothies and your information will produce more buy in than my sometimes disputed proclamations of “because they’re good for you and they taste yummy.” We use:
    – Blueberries (1/2 a cup)
    – Spinach/kale/romaine lettuce  (2 cups of something green) 
    – Strawberries (1/2 a cup)
    – Then I sometimes throw in either a banana, some pineapple, mango… or really anything that takes my fancy

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