Go Red! The Big Benefits of Red Fruits and Vegetables for American Heart Month

By: Jacqueline Gomes, RDN, MBA

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.


Cranberry Breakfast Mix

The crunchy mix of pecans and almonds combined with the sweetness of the dried cranberries will keep you satisfied all morning long!


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup bran
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Dried Cranberries
  • 1 cup puffed rice



  1. Combine all ingredients; toss well to combine. Store in an airtight container. Serve with milk, yogurt or fresh fruit.

Makes approximately 6 servings.