7 Cholesterol-Fighting Breakfasts
Your cardiovascular system works tirelessly to transport nutrients throughout your body in order to keep you feeling on the top of your game. Return the favor by starting your day with a delicious, cholesterol-fighting breakfast!
Quinoa with Yogurt, Grapes and Toasted Seeds
Give "lousy" LDL-cholesterol the double
boot with the mighty pairing of quinoa and sunflower seeds. This dynamic duo
contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and soluble fiber, which binds and
removes bad cholesterol from circulation. Plus, this protein-packed Quinoa with
Yogurt, Grapes, and Toasted Seeds
is sure to keep you satiated so you
can power through your morning.
Banana Almond Muffins
In this recipe, the typical
lackluster white stuff used in most muffin recipes is replaced with fiber-rich
barley flour to provide a burst of niacin, a B vitamin that helps reduce
dangerous clots in your arteries. These scrumptious Banana Almond Muffins
are also packed with inflammation-fighting omega-3 fats (thanks to
the ground flaxseeds) and a punch of cholesterol-lowering monounsaturated fats
(from the almonds). Bonus: Throw a few of these magic muffins in the freezer, and
you've got a convenient grab-and-go breakfast for busy mornings.
Peanut Butter Banana Waffle
This Peanut Butter Banana Waffle
is a heart-friendly meal that is sure to get the whole family out
of bed on a Sunday morning. With a whole-grain waffle as the vehicle for creamy
peanut butter and delightful bananas, this power breakfast provides plenty of
soluble fiber and heart-smart fat to keep arteries flexible and clear of plaque,
while the sweetness from the fruit satisfies even the pickiest taste buds.
Adding chia seeds and pureed pumpkin
to a creamy, wholesome bowl of rolled oats piles on the benefits in an already
heart-healthy breakfast. Chia seeds are loaded with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA),
an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid shown to reduce total cholesterol and
blood pressure. Combine that with the potassium and soluble fiber in the
pumpkin, and you've got a power-packed Pumpkin-Chia Oatmeal
out cholesterol and tastes absolutely delicious!
Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with Lemon Yogurt Topping
These Apple Cinnamon Pancakes with
Lemon Yogurt Topping
are a gluten-free, cholesterol-fighting short
stack that will start your day with a bang. Buckwheat, a fruit seed related to
rhubarb, provides a burst of flavonoids to reduce the harmful oxidation of LDL
particles, while the skin from the apple offers soluble fiber in the form of
pectin to exponentially boost the mighty meal's cholesterol-lowering powers.
Smoothies are the ultimate on-the-go
breakfast, and this antioxidant-packed Berry Smoothie
impressive amount of cholesterol-lowering ingredients. Blackberries, red
raspberries, sweet cherries, blueberries and strawberries have all been shown
to clear away plaque and fight cardiovascular inflammation. I recommend blending
in low fat dairy or almond milk to keep the saturated fat to a minimum without
sacrificing flavor. Toss in a tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia seeds and
your arteries are ready to party!
Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats with Apples & Figs
Since steal-cut oats take quite a
while to cook, the slow cooker is the perfect tool for preparing a hot
breakfast with minimal prep time. Whether you have high cholesterol or you're
just craving a yummy morning meal, my warm and hearty Slow Cooker Steel-Cut
Oats with Apples & Figs
is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks
to soluble fiber from the oats and apples, a delicious bowl will escort
circulating cholesterol right out of your body. Plus, figs provide a punch of potassium
to improve blood flow while infusing sweetness into each heart-healthy bite.
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