Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cholesterol-busting breakfast bliss!

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HeartActive is a delicious, 99% fat free milk enriched with plant sterols, which are proven to help reduce cholesterol. Research shows that consuming plant sterols everyday in milk can reduce cholesterol by an average of 10% in three weeks.  HeartActive is currently available in a 1L carton with an extended shelf life (45 days from production) compared to regular white milks with a shelf life of 14 days.

Cholesterol-lowering foods - yay!

I'm due to have my cholesterol checked again in a week or so and I'm very hopeful that the numbers will have moved downwards a little more since my last test. After all, I've been exercising my butt off, I've dropped a few more kgs, have (mostly) been taking my fish oil supplements, and have been pretty much the model of healthy eating.

When experts talk about reducing cholesterol, they always recommend following a cholesterol lowering diet - but what does that actually mean? The Heart Foundation gives these general recommendations:

Eat a variety of foods, including vegetables; wholegrains; lean meats; oily fish; fruit; low, reduced or no fat dairy; and vegetable and seed oils. Remember to also include nuts, seeds and legumes.

There are some specific foods that are known to have a positive effect on cholesterol, and according to the Harvard medical school, included in those are oats, apples, walnuts and plant-sterol fortified foods.

Reading that got me thinking about breakfast. Mmm, my favourite meal of the day. I've been a bit boring with my breakfast choices lately, and was ready for a change. So I trawled through some of the healthy breakfast recipe ideas on the Heart Active site for inspiration for something new. There are some yummy meals there (not just breakfast, by the way) but the hazelnut and cinnamon porridge with pink poached pears recipe caught my eye.

Of course, I had no pears on hand. And my hazelnuts need shelling and I can't find the nutcracker. Plus I like some protein with my breakfast. So I just used the recipe as inspiration and freestyled my own version. Ta-dah! I give you Kek's creamy apple and blueberry porridge.

Just the thing on a cold winter morning.

The key cholesterol lowering ingredients are oats, apples, walnuts and Heart Active milk, which has those beneficial plant sterols added. Health benefits aside, this is the best porridge I have ever made. And that's a big statement. It's rich, creamy and filling. Oh, and of course it tastes delicious. :) It was so filling that quarter of a cup of oats was enough for me - I cooked half a cup and ended up with two serves.

I may just have this for breakfast every day until winter is over. My cholesterol should be damn near perfect by then, right?




HeartActive is a delicious, 99% fat free milk enriched with plant sterols, which are proven to help reduce cholesterol. Research shows that consuming plant sterols everyday in milk can reduce cholesterol by an average of 10% in three weeks. HeartActive is currently available in a 1L carton with an extended shelf life (45 days from production) compared to regular white milks with a shelf life of 14 days.


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2 comments:

Debbish said...

Oh yes... I was saying in my blog that breakfast is my problem meal as I have an egg every day (and the same thing every day). As a coeliac cereals are a bit problematic, but not impossible!

I've bought the HeartActive milk and think it's great. Plus... it lowers cholesterol without me having to do anything so what more could I want!?

Kek said...

Oh, I agree, Deb. It's totally the lazy girl's cholesterol fix. ;o)

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