Heart disease remains the number one killer of both men and women in the United States, and you can greatly reduce your risk of developing this life-threatening condition by making some simple changes to your diet.
5 Heart-Healthy Breakfast Recipes
A breakfast that’s high in fiber and packed with nutrients can help improve your heart health, which means you’ll enjoy better overall health and be more prepared to handle life’s curveballs as they come up. Try these five heart-healthy breakfast recipes to get started on the road to good heart health!
1) Energy Smoothie
Prepare this delicious smoothie as a healthy and filling breakfast in the morning. To make it heart-healthy, include some of your favorite ingredients such as
- kale, spinach,
- milk and
- ice cubes.
Blend until completely smooth and enjoy! If you want to start off your day with a lighter option, opt for my Healthy Egg Muffins. These tasty muffins are not only full of protein but are also filled with nutrients from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that are essential for good health.
Just like the smoothie recipe, feel free to experiment with any of your favorite ingredients by adding or substituting what you like best!
It’s important to find foods that will satisfy both your taste buds and nutritional needs for breakfast.
2) Strawberry Almond Spinach Smoothie
Blend up a refreshing strawberry almond spinach smoothie made with lots of wholesome ingredients. This sweet drink is jam-packed with healthy fat, protein, antioxidants, and calcium. Ingredients:
1 cup raw spinach leaves, 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt,
2 cups frozen strawberries (chopped), 1 banana (frozen), 1 tablespoon almond butter (optional)
Strawberry Almond Spinach Smoothie Recipe – To make the smoothie, simply add all the ingredients to your blender in the order listed. Add some ice if you like your drinks colder. Turn on your blender and blend until you have reached your desired consistency.
Pour into two glasses or enjoy from the jar for convenience on the go! You can add more or less of any ingredient depending on personal preference or other dietary restrictions such as veganism or dairy intolerance.
3) Green Protein Oatmeal
Add protein and a serving of vegetables with your oatmeal to give your morning the nutritional boost it needs. Boil two cups of water and combine it with one cup of oats, a third cup of milk, an egg, and a banana. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, ginger, and salt to taste.
Bring everything to a boil again before turning off the heat and letting it simmer for five minutes. Mix in fresh berries or fruit if desired before enjoying your hearty breakfast treat.
4) Whole Wheat Bagel with Cream Cheese
Even though they’re traditionally known as an on-the-go breakfast, a bagel and cream cheese is still a heart-healthy option when you do the right things.
The fiber in the bagel can help slow digestion, regulate blood sugar levels, and keep you feeling full for longer periods of time. Add some tomato slices or fresh veggies and your meal becomes even more nutritious.
Oatmeal with Peanut Butter: Add protein to your morning meal by stirring peanut butter into your oatmeal before adding any toppings or mix-ins.
5) Healthy Baked Eggs and Veggies
Baked eggs and veggies are an excellent choice for a heart-healthy breakfast. This dish is high in protein, high in iron, low in carbs, and provides an outstanding source of folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
All of this makes baked eggs with vegetables a great dish for those with coronary artery disease or anyone who is looking to lose weight.
While you may not want to make it every day because it does contain butter, the recipe has been shown to reduce total cholesterol levels by 9%. If you don’t have any dietary restrictions, it’s worth making at least once a week.
healthy heart recipes
- 1. 100% whole wheat oatmeal with sliced bananas and strawberries
- 2. Multigrain toast with natural peanut butter, sliced banana, and honey
- 3. Grilled vegetarian burrito stuffed with beans, brown rice, bell peppers, onions, and topped with salsa
- 4. Vegetarian wrap filled with a bean dip of choice like hummus or refried beans
- 5. Oatmeal cookies made from oats (grind them yourself in a food processor!), applesauce, rolled oats or quick oats, cinnamon & raisins
- 6. Banana bread pancakes made from white flour, eggs, milk, bananas & buttermilk
- 7. Cranberry pecan waffles – white flour, egg whites, fresh cranberries & chopped pecans for extra crunchiness
- 8. Almond Joy breakfast sandwich – mashed up almond butter on an English muffin smeared with mashed banana + a few chocolate chips sprinkled on top
Breakfast can not only make or break your day, but it could also be the difference between a heart attack and healthy life. And the best part is that if you prepare these five heart-healthy breakfast recipes, not only will you get your day off to a great start, but you’ll be able to enjoy each and every one of them guilt-free.