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5 ways to get more blueberries in your diet


We all know blueberries are good for us — they’re full of vitamins, full of healing properties for better eyesight, better hydration and even better cognition.

Here are some easy ways to get more blueberries in your diet:

Visit a you-pick farm: You can pick as many blueberries as you want, take them home and eat them fresh or freeze them for future use.

Buy them at the farmers market: During July and August, the Grand Haven and Spring Lake farmers markets are bursting with blueberries.

Grand Haven’s market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays under the green canopy at Chinook Pier.

The Spring Lake market runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays in the Harvest Bible Chapel parking lot on Savidge Street.

Visit Blueberry Haven: This store at 213 Washington Ave. specializes in exactly what its name implies — blueberries.

You’ll find blueberry juice, jam, chocolate-covered blueberries, dried blueberries and other delicacies.

Plant your own blueberry bushes. Several local blueberry farms sell blueberry bushes. Ask for advice, buy some bushes, and grow your own for sweet sensations right in your own back yard.

Visit Spring Lake District Library or Loutit Library in Grand Haven and check out some recipe books.

Or, stay on the beach and Google “blueberry recipes” for some great ideas on how to heap more of this healthy treat into your diet.

You can make smoothies, muffins, eat them frozen on a hot summer day, add them to salads, puree them, or eat them on your breakfast cereal.