Happy Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day has a reputation for sweets, chocolate and more sweets.
And while I'm all for receiving boxes of chocolates (hint, hint) here is an awesome way to start off your V-Day with a heart healthy bang... and yes, chocolate is involved.
Valentine's Day Strawberry Banana Oatmeal
In the Mix...
- 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 banana, chopped
- 4 strawberries, chopped
- cinnamon to taste
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- sprinkle of kashi cereal (just for some added crunch)
- Valentine's Day special toppings
I throw my oatmeal, liquids and chopped banana in the saucepan all at once and let it all cook together. This gives the oatmeal a natural sweet taste from the banana without having to add any extra sugar, and also gives it it a creamy texture.
Okay, now that I have you all wishing you had this for breakfast, here are the heart healthy benefits of this lovely little Valentine's Day treat I enjoyed this morning:
- Oatmeal. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. This fiber-rich superfood can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear.
- Strawberries. Full of anti-inflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.
- Soy. May lower cholesterol, and since it is low in saturated fat, it's still a great source of lean protein in a heart-healthy diet.
- Almonds. Help lower cholesterol. They pack more fiber and calcium than any other nut, are lower-cal than most other varieties, and are an excellent source of vitamin E.
- **Dark Chocolate. The cocoa ingredient may lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels while preventing diabetes and improving the health of blood vessels.
- Cinnamon. Cinnamon may help stabilize blood sugar by helping insulin work better.
Oh! And what would breakfast be without an ***appropriate amount of coffee!
|I have to give thanks to my mom for my 2011 Valentine's Day mug. Hi Mom!|
The caffeine in coffee can speed up metabolism and fat-burning, which helps lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. And black coffee is one of the lowest-calorie drink choices around.
I'll cheers to that!
Hope everyone has a good, healthy and fun Valentine's Day!
- **Dark Chocolate. As much as I would LOVE to say eat as much dark chocolate as you want to, I can't. Chocolate should be consumed in moderation and infrequently. The little Dove heart seen in my oatmeal above is plenty for the day. Proceed with caution....
- ***Coffee. Limit your intake to 2 cups a day. People with high blood pressure, who are sensitive to caffeine or have high anxiety might want to consider skipping the morning cup of joe.
blog content taken from health.com