March is National Nutrition Month. During the month of March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietics invites everyone to focus on making informed and healthier food choices and we wanted to contribute by talking about breakfast! Skipping breakfast is linked to health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. Here are some of our favorite heart healthy breakfast recipes.
1) Avocado Toast
Avocados are full of heart healthy unsaturated fats. Use a whole grain bread to support cardiovascular health and for added fiber. A drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of kosher salt pulls it together to create a breakfast that is sure to leave you satisfied!
Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate that gets a bad rap for being boring, but it's actually super customizable and fun! For a sweet version, add your favorite antioxidant-filled fruit and a sprinkle of brown sugar for a delicious treat. Oatmeal is also great as a savory dish if you serve it with an egg on top. Adding peanut butter or a sprinkle of heart healthy seeds or nuts is an easy way to make oatmeal more filling.
3) Yogurt Parfait
Start with a low-fat, low-sugar yogurt and add your favorite fruit. To take it to the next level, add a low-sugar, whole grain granola or chia seeds to help keep you feeling full throughout the morning.
All of these recipes go perfectly with Vera Coffee, the world's only coffee infused with the powerful antioxidant resveratrol. Don't be afraid to start small, making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference! What are your favorite heart healthy breakfast recipes?