Have you been told you have high cholesterol?
You’re trying to lower your cholesterol through diet, but you’re having a hard time moving away from your high carb, high fat, on-the-go breakfast?
If this sounds like you, keep reading. Below are 5 easy heart healthy breakfast options that can help you to lower your cholesterol levels.
Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber which has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels (1). Oatmeal makes for a quick and simple breakfast too. Whether you use the instant packets, or cook the oatmeal on the stovetop, there are endless options for flavors and mix-ins. You can try spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Or, fruits such as apples, strawberries, or peaches make for excellent additions.
- Egg omelet with veggies
Truly eggs get a bad reputation when it comes to cholesterol. Eggs are high in dietary cholesterol, however dietary cholesterol is not well absorbed in the human body – therefore it does not affect our blood cholesterol levels. Eggs are a great source of protein that will help keep you full and satisfied. If you use just the egg whites, you cut back on the saturated fat found in the yolk. Plus, when you add in plenty of veggies you get all the extra heart healthy nutrients and fiber.
- Whole grain toast with almond butter
When choosing a simple toast breakfast, always look for “whole grain” on the label. Processed bread that takes out part of the grain, takes away the heart healthy fiber. Adding a fat source such as almond butter also adds unsaturated fat which can help lower cholesterol levels, and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable and feeling full.
- Salmon breakfast bowl
Who says you can’t have salmon for breakfast? Salmon makes a great addition to a breakfast bowl. One of the great things about breakfast bowls is that you can really add in whatever you want. Salmon adds the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid which has been shown in studies to provide cardiovascular benefits.
- High protein granola bars
Granola bars can be such a great, quick, healthy breakfast choice for those of us that are low on time in the mornings. However, granola bars can be high in sugar. So be sure to find one that is tasty, but has more than 10 grams of protein and less than 10 grams of added sugars.
Breakfast does not need to be complicated and there are simple and healthy choices you can make that can be part of your heart healthy diet.
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