National Blueberry Muffin Day

You probably didn’t think anything different if you ate a blueberry muffin for breakfast or a snack today. But in fact there’s reason to celebrate because July 11 is National Blueberry Muffin Day

Here’s a fun fact: blueberry was named the official state muffin of Minnesota in 1988. Blueberries are powerful little superfruits packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. They also provide great health benefits and are low in calories.

Although baking blueberries into muffins kind of cancels out the “healthy” aspect, we all need to indulge once in a while. I celebrated the holiday by baking blueberry buttermilk muffins because I had some leftover buttermilk I needed to use up. 

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Here are some different twists on the classic blueberry muffin:

1. Skinny banana blueberry muffins for a lower-calorie option 

2. Blueberry muffins with a fruit or jam filling and crumble topping

3. Vegan blueberry-lemon muffins that are healthier and vegan-friendly

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Happy National Ice Cream Month

Today is the first of July, which marks the start of National Ice Cream Month! Some may find it silly to devote an entire month to ice cream, but I’ll take any excuse I can find to devour the delectable dessert.

President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He also designated the third Sunday of July as National Ice Cream Day. Because this holiday was created by the president and backed by Congress, it has a legitimacy that many other food holidays lack.

In honor of this oh-so-important holiday, I had my own celebration at Karma Cream, located on West University Avenue in Gainesville. Karma Cream is known for their organic ice cream and their large selection of vegan flavors, in addition to regular dairy flavors. I had a mix of vegan pineapple coconut and cherry amaretto.

How are you celebrating National Ice Cream Day?