Benefits of Red Fruits and Vegetables for American Heart Month

By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA

February 8th, 2019 

February is the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign. Celebrate with nutritious and delicious Red fruits and veggies like these…

  1. Red Bell Peppers: Rich in Vitamins C & A these nutrients help strengthen your immune system.
  2. Tomatoes: Rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which studies show, may help protect against cancer and heart disease.
  3. Strawberries: Low in calories and sugar this Vitamin C rich fruit is a tasty way to go Red!
  4. Cranberries: Tiny, tart and full of proanythocyanidins – compounds that can clear bacteria from your bladder. 

Go Red this month and every month to maintain a healthy heart and healthy body!


Easy to Eat Well Tip: According to the American Heart Association®, here are additional heart healthy tips to follow all year long!

Eat an overall healthy dietary pattern that emphasizes:

  • A variety of fruit and vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Low-fat Dairy products
  • Skinless poultry and fish
  • Nuts and legumes
  • Non-tropical vegetable oils

Limit saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, red meat, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages. If you choose to eat read meat, compare labels and select the leanest cuts available.


Fire Roasted Tomato Pesto With Zoodles

This fire roasted tomato pesto with zoodles is vegan, grain free, and packed with flavor. Whip it up for an easy and healthy weeknight meal!

Total Prep: 10 Minutes

Makes: 2 Servings


  • 5 oz Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup roasted almonds
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 medium zucchini, spiralized into zoodles



  1. Add half of the almonds to a food processor and chop until fine
  2. Remove almonds and set aside
  3. Add garlic and pulse, then add basil and process until finely chopped and fully combined.
  4. Next, add olive oil, nutritional yeast, and tomatoes. Process until smooth!
  5. Finally, add the rest of the almonds and season with salt and pepper.
  6. In a large bowl combine zoodles with the pesto and toss to combine.
  7. Serve with crushed almonds sprinkled on top. Enjoy!

Recipe Source: Muir Glen® Organic