I'm determined to get through the holidays without a growing waistline, so to keep me going during this busy holiday month, I'll need a power breakfast. Oatmeal is always a terrific, nutritious breakfast choice.
I’ve added toasted walnuts, dried cranberries and shredded apple to really boost the fiber, and give you a breakfast that will stick with you during those holiday shopping sprees!
2 cups oatmeal 2 cups water 2 cups non-fat milk 1 large apple, shredded with skin 2 tablespoons flax seed meal ½ cup walnuts, chopped ½ cup dried cranberries 1 tsp cinnamon pinch nutmeg
1. Toast walnuts in oven at 350 for 5 minutes. 2. Combine remaining ingredients (except toasted walnuts) in a large saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes until apple is tender. 3. Add walnuts. 4. Sweeten to your taste with your favorite sweetener. What’s good for me in this dish?
Oats are a great source of manganese, selenium, tryptophan, phosphorous and thiamin. They are a great source of soluble fiber thought to have a significant impact on improving cholesterol levels.
Apples are a great source of vitamin C and fiber. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant for a healthy heart. The flavonoids in apples also contribute to heart health. High in fiber, apples can help lower LDL cholesterol.
Walnuts are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, copper and tryptophan. Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to a healthy heart. They are known to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, and raise good HDL cholesterol levels. They also improve and control high blood pressure.
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com I am not a licensed nutritionist, nor a medical professional, and do not mean this information as medical or nutrition advice. See your medical professional if you have questions regarding your nutritional needs.