Quick, Heart-Healthy Breakfast Options
Amidst the flurry of activity getting ready to go to work and children off to school in the morning, it can seem difficult to find time to make a heart-healthy breakfast. Here are some simple tips, even if you are on the go!
When you only have five minutes to spare, grab a packet of instant oatmeal, place it into a bowl with water (per the instructions), heat it in the microwave and then stir in a tablespoon of flax seed. Try topping it with a sliced banana or cut-up strawberries for some extra sweetness.
Eggs get a bad rap for being high in cholesterol, but there are ways to make them heart-healthy—eating egg whites, skipping the salt and using hot sauce instead.
For an extra boost, scramble your eggs and toast two pieces of whole-grain bread at the same time. When your toast is ready, spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on top and then eat them with your scrambled eggs on the side. Total prep and cook time: less than 10 minutes.
Yogurt and Muesli
Yogurt is a smart and easy option for breakfast. It also protects against gum disease, which can lead to heart disease if unchecked. Top one cup of plain, low-fat yogurt with a half cup of muesli. From there, add a half-cup of sliced grapes and one tablespoon of chopped walnuts.
The night before, put half of a peeled banana in small freezer bag with a cup of frozen berries. In the morning, empty the bag into a blender with a half cup of low-fat yogurt and add ice until it blends smooth. Grab it with a handful of almonds and you will be out the door with a healthier, more affordable option than what you would find in a drive-thru.
Find more heart- and family-friendly recipes and healthy eating tips in the Cooking Up Health section of D-H Health + Wellness.