Happy American Heart Month!
During February and beyond, be good to your heart, and it will love you back! Small changes to your eating plan can drive big results. One easy way? Add more blueberries to your meals + snacks. Though miniature in size, these heart-healthy berries are proof that, when it comes to nutrition, good things really do come in small packages. And it’s as simple as grabbing a boost of blue!
Let’s Get Heart-Smart
A growing body of scientific research shows that blueberries can be part of eating patterns to improve cardiovascular health, especially as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition investigated the intake of blueberries and heart health outcomes in individuals with metabolic syndrome.1
Grab A Boost of Blue
Here are some smart tips from our registered dietitian experts to add heart-healthy blueberries into your day:
- Toss into a refreshing salad, or add as a topper to cereal or oatmeal.
- Mix up a satisfying smoothie – you can even use frozen blueberries instead of ice!
- In a hurry? Grab a handful of blueberries to enjoy on-the-go. They make a quick, packable snack for adults and kids alike.
- Pair a handful of blueberries with nuts, yogurt, granola, nut butter toast, cheese, or a protein bar for a robust snack or mini-meal.
Check out our nutrition infographic for more insight on the health benefits of blueberries, and be sure to follow us on social media (@blueberries) for more ways to celebrate American Heart Month together!
1Curtis PJ, van der Velpen W, Berends L, Jennings A, Feelisch M, Umpleby AM, Evans M, Fernandez BO, Meiss MS, Minnion M, Ptter J, Minihane AM, Kay CD, Rimm EB, Cassidy A. Blueberries improve biomarkers of cardiometabolic function in participants with metabolic syndrome—results from a 6-month, double-blind, randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019; 109(6):1535-1545.