Your arteries' new BFFs: strawberries and blueberries
Ladies, you need to increase your intake of anthocyanins.
Antho-what, you ask?
According to researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of East Anglia, anthocyanins are aggressive compounds that dilate arteries. This dilation counters the icky plaque build up that occurs when we aren't so kind to our bodies. (You know what I mean: when we smoke, eat a diet high in saturated fat, fail to exercise).
Blueberries and strawberries both contain high levels of anthocyanins, and if you eat three servings of berries each day, researchers say you can reduce your risk of heart attack by 33%.
Get thee to Costco or BJ's to buy berries in bulk, or go to your favorite grocery store and buy the frozen variety. Berries taste great when topped on yogurt and cereal. If you are one of the many juice addicts out there, make a fantastic smoothie with them. Eat them for dessert. I like to wash a mess of strawberries and blueberries each night. I fill up a bowl with my stash and take them out of the refrigerator each morning. They provide the family with a tempting, easy snack that's available throughout the day.
Perfectly easy, healthy and delicious: I love that.