Sadly, soluble fiber is not easy to come by. Only two cereals on the market are allowed to claim it on their nutrition info: Oatmeal and Kashi. As for veggies, you'll be stuck with okra, zucchini, and egg plant. It's that "gooey"ness in all of these foods that does the trick. Luckily, most beans are great sources... so if you're serious about heart health, bring on the chili, hummus, and delicious black bean burritos (I add a can of tomatoes and top with salsa and low-fat sour cream, and I use 2 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce instead of jalapeno).
But back to breakfast. I've heard so many people say oatmeal is boring. No!!! It doesn't have to be! Whether you do oatmeal or oat bran, or a mixture of the two (my personal fave), it's all about the toppings.
Saturday night, our friend Kelly tipped us off that berrries were on sale. So we did strawberry, blackberry, and blueberries. So good, and packed with antioxidants. Thus, the recipe generally is:
- Make oatmeal, oat bran, or Irish steel cut oatmeal as directed but add *milk* instead of water. Do NOT use instant oatmeal (use "old fashioned" or Steel Cut). You won't get the heart benefits.
- Add a tiny sliver of butter (or Smart Balance if you're us) and a sprinkling of sea salt in each bowl
- Top with fruit. If you're only going to try this recipe once, please wait until August and use fresh ripe peaches. The combination of peach and cardamom simply cannot be beat.
- Sprinkle with dark brown sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom. The cardamom is very important! Cardamom is a spice (so found in the spice aisle by the baking section). It's used in a lot of Swedish baked goods... I discovered it by marrying a half-Swede. It's great in coffee, just sprinkle some on... it's also used in Indian food; try it with yogurt, mango, and honey for a "mango lassi." Add it to ANY smoothie for a greatly enhanced experience.
|Mommy and baby sized oatmeal - baby sized in the front. He ate half of that!|