The Triple Threat Oatmeal Breakfast
Breakfast offers a surprising opportunity to easily add several cholesterol-lowering foods to your daily diet. Simply changing to oatmeal with a few key mix-ins is a lo-co triple threat.
After a lot of trial and error, here’s the breakfast I now have nearly every morning: A cup of whole-grain oatmeal (read, steel cut oats, not instant – recipe attached), with a bit of sugar, a lot of cinnamon, and the following mixed in:
- A handful of almonds – dry roasted and unsalted. I cut mine in half. As I do not like almonds, I thought I would hate this, but turns out to be innocuous in oatmeal – just adds some nice crunch.
- Some wheat germ. For maximum cholesterol-lowering properties it should be flax seed not wheat germ, but I found that too difficult to manage (have to try again), so I add this high fiber food instead. Gives a slightly nutty flavor.
- Diced apple. I could just eat an apple every day – but I do not like apples, so found that difficult. But adding diced apple to the oatmeal tastes great.
Along with the Metamucil I chug (while waiting for the oatmeal to heat up and the coffee to brew), this has turned out to be THE ONLY lo-co change that has been relatively easy for me to make.
In fact, my husband just told me how surprised he was that THIS was the one lo-co thing that I now do every day – he thought changing breakfast would have been hard for me, and that daily exercise would have been easier. (OK, I added that part about exercise, but he implied it). Surprising or not, it was relatively easy for me to change to eating a breakfast that works to lower cholesterol every day.
The only hard part about this breakfast is the steel-cut oats from scratch. Instant just doesn’t have the cholesterol-lowering properties of whole grain oats, which take forever if you try to cook them every day. However, it’s EASY if you have a crockpot. See attached recipe for Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal.
With this triple-threat breakfast, now when I invariably fail to plan for a lo-co dinner, I have at least not failed for the entire day. And given how often I still fail at planning dinner (oh, and exercising daily), this new breakfast has been key for me.