February is Heart Health month! Since we’re huge believers in supporting health through great food, we’re highlighting some of our favourite heart-healthy recipes this month. This week? Heart-healthy breakfasts that will keep you going all morning.
We couldn’t put together a list of heart-healthy breakfasts without including a smoothie or two! Chia and hemp seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are supportive for reducing the risk of heart and cardiovascular disease. Combine these with the probiotic benefits of yogurt and the high Vitamin C content of pineapple for a deliciously sippable breakfast.
If the fruity smoothie above is too beginner-level for you, check this one out. This unusual smoothie takes advantage of turmeric’s intense anti-inflammatory benefits and the supercharged nutrients of kale, spinach, celery, and ginger.
Oatmeal has to be the queen of heart-healthy breakfasts. It’s a classic for a reason. The soluble fibre in oatmeal reduces low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is known as the “bad” cholesterol. Soluble fibre also reduces your cholesterol absorption. When there is too much cholesterol in your blood, your arteries can become narrowed, slowing blood flow to your heart and eventually leading to heart disease or even heart attack.
Prefer a savoury breakfast? This is for you. Eggs used to get a bad rap for heart health, but new research indicates that moderate egg consumption does not increase cholesterol levels. In addition, egg yolks are rich in nutrients that may help lower heart disease, including protein, Vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate. Combine them with coconut oil, garlic, broccoli, and herbs for a satisfying brunch.
Even if you’re not a fan of breakfast foods, you can still enjoy heart-healthy breakfasts: just eat dinner for breakfast! These tasty tostadas are rich in heart-healthy beans, salmon, and cabbage. Add some avocado for an extra satisfying meal.