Bask in the Benefits of Blueberries

July 22, 2014

A popular fruit (taking the #2 spot in fruit consumption in the US), blueberries are one of the best fruits to eat. Loaded with tons of antioxidant benefits, researchers have made a link between eating blueberries and brain health/memory improvement.  They’re also rich in fiber and Vitamin C and low in calories. Other benefits include:

  • Vision Loss – research has shown that eating three servings per day can reduce the risk of vision loss
  • Belly Fat – say so long to belly fat since blueberries can help break it down
  • Reduced Risks of Heart Attacks – for females, studies show a reduced chance of heart attacks by eating three servings each week
  • Blood Sugar – those with type 2 diabetes will find the fruit beneficial in regulating their blood sugar

In their prime, the power fruit gets deemed National Blueberry Month each July, although their season runs seven months long – from April to October.  Added bonus?  They’re great to eat at every meal!  Top off your breakfast by adding them to your oatmeal or cereal or try whole wheat blueberry pancakes.  Snack time calls for fruit salad or mixing fresh blueberries into your yogurt. Liven up a lunchtime salad with blueberries and pecans and make a blueberry BBQ glaze chicken at dinner.  For a list of healthy recipes, check out this site we found and just remember that the possibilities with this fruit are endless!

Central PA Outdoor Trails

July 15, 2014

Summertime is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.  Outdoor activities like mountain biking and hiking (without a backpack) can help you burn approximately 545 calories and 385 calories per hour, respectively.  That’s a great reason to grab you kicks and hit the trails this week!

There are a lot of places in Central PA that offer great trails that are just waiting for you to trot on.  No matter who you’re with, take advantage of the hiking, biking, dog walking, horseback riding or running.

Visit Lake Redman in York PA if you’re looking for moderate trails to work up a sweat. Not only do you get a view of a lake, these trails (11 miles of them!) are great for hiking, mountain biking and running. Other activities are also available onsite, including kayaks and rowboats.

With over 12 miles of trails, also located in York is Rocky Ridge. A great spot for mountain biking, outdoor enthusiasts also enjoying hiking and horseback riding.

Gifford Pinchot State Park in northern York county offers 18 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to difficult. It’s easy to spend an entire day (or weekend!) there hiking, biking, horseback riding. There are lots of areas to picnic at to fuel up on energy too.

Across the river is family friendly Tucquan Glen Loop in Lancaster County. This well maintained trail is perfect for running and is approximately 2.1 miles in length. Bring man’s best friend so they too can enjoy the scenery, including the stream that runs by.

Head north from Lancaster to Lebanon Country and visit Mount Gretna/Mount Hope. There are 14.6 miles of trails for all skill levels. Some favor mountain biking there, so grab your wheels for a good workout.

The warm weather doesn’t last forever, so make sure you visit these trails! Most are open seasonally. Visit their websites for hours before packing up and heading out.