Make your heart and taste buds happy with these 5 Heart-Check certified blueberry recipes. They’re nutritious, delicious and sure to be a hit at snack time or mealtime – during American Heart Month in February and throughout the year.
A boost of blue is a heart-smart choice in more ways than one! Blueberries:
- Have been Heart-Check certified by the American Heart Association
- Contain just 80 calories per serving (a handful or a cup)
- Are a good source of fiber, which helps support heart health and digestive health
- Contribute essential nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese and phytonutrients called polyphenols
- Contain anthocyanins, which are plant compounds that give blueberries their blue color
That’s why blueberries – fresh or frozen – make such a simple, stress-free, everyday treat. They fit right into health-conscious meals and snacks. Maintaining an overall healthy dietary pattern and lifestyle are the keys to preventing and managing heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.1 And, a growing body of scientific evidence demonstrates that blueberries can support cardiovascular health. You can feel good about grabbing a boost daily – with the recipes below and ideas from the Blueberries and Heart Health Tip Sheet.
1) Breakfast: 5-Ingredient Blueberry Protein Muffins
2) Lunch: Blueberry Almond Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps
3) Snack: Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Rice Cakes
4) Dinner: Blueberry Peach Orzo Salad
5) Anytime: Blueberry Turmeric Smoothie
With these heart-healthy blueberry recipes, you’ve got 5 new staples to add to your rotation of meal and snack ideas. But, the fun doesn’t stop there! You’ll find all kinds of inspiration on our Recipes page, and each recipe has a Nutrition Facts drop-down included for reference. If you’re looking for more fruit and vegetable-forward ideas, check out our Smoothies and Salads sections as a start!
You can feel good about grabbing a heart-healthy boost of blue, in February and in every month. Keep visiting this site for more blueberry health information, recipes, ideas and hacks! And, don’t be shy about your own blueberry creations – please do share by tagging your social media posts and pics with #boostofblue and @blueberries (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) or @blueberrycouncil (TikTok).
1. The American Heart Association Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations. (2021, November 1). Retrieved from https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthyeating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/aha-diet-and-lifestyle-recommendation