|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||10 minutes|
Healthy breakfast recipes made with oatmeal have been shown to lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. It is an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which both aids digestion and helps you feel full longer, so you do not get hunger pangs halfway through the morning.
Oats contain antioxidants called avenanthramides that protect the body from damage caused by LDL cholesterol and help prevent atherosclerosis. In addition to containing potent antioxidants, blueberries protect against cancer and and promote healthy bone growth. A serving of only 3.5 ounces of blueberries contains 25% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C and has only 57 calories.
So if you are looking to lower cholesterol in a natural way, think about a warm bowl of blueberry oatmeal in the morning and watch those cholesterol numbers drop!
1 1/3 cup water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons mild honey
2/3 cup rolled oats or oatmeal
1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup low-fat milk, soy milk, or almond beverage
In a medium-size saucepan, boil the water. Add the cinnamon, salt, oatmeal, and honey. Lower heat and simmer for five minutes, uncovered or until the water is absorbed. Add the blueberries, zest, and milk. Simmer five minutes more or until creamy and until the blueberries have begun to burst. Cover and let sit for five minutes before serving.
Photo: Andrea Soares
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