Ready for a delicious crop of new, blueberry-inspired blog posts, videos, social content, and recipes? You’re in luck – throughout the year, the Blue Crew will share new ways to grab a boost of blue! You’ll find all kinds of delicious inspiration from the all-star group of registered dietitians, physicians and wellness and lifestyle experts profiled below. Just visit this blog and follow us @blueberries (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) + @blueberrycouncil (TikTok) to fuel your best blueberry life.
Sonali Ruder, MD
Dr. Sonali Ruder is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, trained chef, mom and cookbook author. She is a graduate of Brown University, Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Institute of Culinary Education. Dr. Ruder is a contributing writer, recipe developer, spokesperson, and health and wellness expert for several national magazines, cookbooks, websites and companies. She is a frequent guest on national television, as well as on local South Florida news, where she does regular healthy cooking segments. She is the founder of The Foodie Physician website and the author of several cookbooks.
Favorite Blueberry Memory: “When I was growing up, we would go to the farmers market on the weekends and buy delicious, fresh blueberries. I would eat them by the handful! Once we got home, we would usually make blueberry pancakes, which are still a favorite of mine!”
Manuel Villacorta, MS, RDN
Manuel Villacorta is an internationally recognized, award-winning registered dietitian nutritionist with more than 18 years of experience. He is the author of six books and is the founder and owner of MV Nutrition, his San Francisco-based private practice. Manuel is one of the leading weight loss and nutrition experts in the country and the recipient of five ‘‘Best Bay Area Nutritionist’’ awards from the San Francisco Chronicle and ABC7 News. He was recognized as the “2019 Influencer of the Year” by the Produce for Better Health Foundation. His knowledge, charismatic talent and English/Spanish bilingual proficiency have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on local and national television as well as radio (National Geographic, the TODAY Show, Good Day New York, CNN, ABC7 Eyewitness News, Telemundo and Univision, among others).
He also has been featured in print and online articles in both the general and Hispanic markets, including Woman’s World, Natural Solutions, Closer, MORE, Latina Magazine and Men’s Fitness. Manuel prides himself on empowering his clients and followers to make appropriate diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes for a longer and healthier life.
Favorite Blueberry Memory: “Growing up in Peru, I never ate a blueberry. I didn’t learn about blueberries until I moved to the United States. I remember my first encounter was at a breakfast place where I saw blueberry jam, and I asked my American friends, what is a blueberry? My first job in the U.S. was at Safeway where I worked as a bagger, and that is when I finally met a blueberry in the produce department. And from there the rest is history. I became a blueberry lover.”
Jordan Elbaum is a food photographer and recipe developer. Her popular food and wellness blog, Prickly Fresh, provides tasty, clean recipes, wellness tips and non-toxic living solutions. She has a background in event management and hospitality, working in catering sales for three years. Jordan grew up in South Florida, where she was exposed to many different food influences. She was always trying new things and experimenting with different ingredients in the kitchen. She now enjoys creating recipes that nourish her body but are still delicious.
Favorite Blueberry Memory: “My dad was always way ahead of his time in the clean eating/health department and would try to sneak all sorts of things to my sister and me when we were younger. One of his favorites is blueberries – he used to warm them up with a little bit of water and maple syrup and put them over some vanilla ice cream. He still makes it to this day, and it’s so good!”
Mackenzie Burgess, RDN
Mackenzie Burgess is a registered dietitian and recipe developer at Cheerful Choices. She focuses on customizable recipes with ingredients “of your choice.” Mackenzie is passionate about improving people’s cooking confidence through easy meals and kitchen hacks. Mackenzie also offers a virtual program where she provides nutrition coaching and personalized cooking classes to help busy professionals gain kitchen confidence. You can connect her with on Instagram @cheerfulchoices or on her website at cheerfulchoices.com.
Favorite Blueberry Memory: “As a kid, I always remember playing a game with friends where we would throw blueberries up in the air and compete to try and catch as many as we could in our mouths. We would go through a carton so fast!”
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDCES, CHWC, FAND
Jill Weisenberger is recognized internationally for her expertise in nutrition, diabetes and prediabetes. She is the author of several books, including Prediabetes: A Complete Guide (2nd edition). In addition to holding credentials as a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes care and education specialist, Jill is also a certified health and wellness coach. She’s worked as a nutrition counselor, diabetes educator and a health coach in the hospital, research and private practice settings. Through writing, speaking, blogging, developing recipes, and working with the media, Jill empowers people to grab control of their health – one lifestyle habit at a time. She’s an editorial advisor for Today’s Dietitian magazine and ADCES in Practice Journal (a journal for diabetes educators), and a contributor to a number of publications.
Additionally, she is a consultant and spokesperson to the food industry, a resource to the media, and an engaging, on-point speaker. If Jill’s not tethered to her computer or otherwise working, you might find her in the kitchen cooking up something nutritious and delicious. Other times she’s out jogging, kayaking, keeping up with her daughters, goofing off with her dog, or simply trying to sneak some quiet time with her husband. Find out more at jillweisenberger.com.
Favorite Blueberry Memory: “Years ago, before my boyfriend got on a plane for a business trip, I gave him some freshly baked blueberry muffins. He told me later during his trip that if I could make muffins that delicious, he might have to marry me. A few days later I met him at the airport with a backpack full of two dozen blueberry muffins. We’ve been married for nearly 37 years.”
Mascha Davis, MPH, RDN
Mascha Davis is a nationally recognized registered dietitian nutritionist, humanitarian and founder of Nomadista Nutrition, a private nutrition practice based in Los Angeles. Her writing and expertise have been featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including TIME, CNN, Newsweek, The Washington Post, ABC News, Men’s Health Magazine, Women’s Health, Mind Body Green, Bustle, Refinery29, PopSugar Fitness, Reader’s Digest, and many more.
In her private practice, Mascha uses an evidence-based approach and nutrigenomics to help her clients optimize their health, manage chronic conditions, and achieve a healthy weight. In addition, she provides nutrition consulting services to start-ups and corporations.
In 2016, Mascha gave a TED talk about her international humanitarian work in Africa, where she spent five years working on programs for the treatment and prevention of malnutrition in women and children. Her nutrition tips, health advice and recipes can be found on her Instagram account @nomadista_nutrition and her blog on nomadistanutrition.com. Her book with publisher Simon & Schuster, Eat Your Vitamins, is available online and in bookstores nationwide.
Favorite Blueberry Memory: “I didn’t try a fresh blueberry until I came to the US as a 7 year-old from Ukraine. I was blown away by the beautiful color and the burst of delicious flavor. Blueberries became one of my favorite foods, and once I learned about their extraordinary health properties, they became one of my favorite foods to recommend!”
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