The Importance of Having a Heart Healthy Breakfast Each Day

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It is amazing how the first meal of the day can determine your health and your weight! Eating the right type of food at this time of the day will make all the difference in your long term health. You should be eating breakfast to jump start your metabolism. An energy boost will increase your metabolism, which helps you burn more calories each day. A healthy, nutritious breakfast can also prevent heart disease so a glass of skim-milk, a bowl of fruit with low-fat milk and walnuts is a safe bet.

What If You Don’t Like A Traditional Breakfast?

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How can you make a heart healthy breakfast without any special ingredients? It’s quite easy. Here are some ideas for breakfast that are both nutritious and delicious.

If eggs are a no-no for vegans or people watching their cholesterol, then there are plenty of healthy alternatives for a filling protein. Many heart disease patients have found that eggs high in protein, like chicken or turkey (without the skin) make a delicious alternative to eggs. Eggs can also be served in many different styles: sunny side up, poached, scrambled, sunny side down, poached, etc. The important thing to remember is that the healthier the eggs, the less fat and sodium they contain, and the more nutrients they have.

Another great, filling option for a healthy breakfast is whole grains. Whole grains, like brown rice, barley, oat bran, and whole-wheat flour are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. They can be sprinkled on pancakes, served on sandwiches, and even mixed in with rice and sauce. For a delicious breakfast-many people like to add some nuts to the mix. Nuts can be added right to the eggs for a delicious, nutty treat.

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Some people may be turned off by the thought of eggs, but there are plenty of other delicious options for a healthy option for a morning meal. For instance, fish is always a great choice, as long as you avoid the frying process. You can toast some whole grain bread to accompany your fish or simply grill it. Another simple yet effective breakfast idea is a cup of low-fat or non-fat milk, yogurt, or cottage cheese. Low-fat yogurt is healthier than regular yogurt, and whole milk has been shown to help lower cholesterol in adults.

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Of course, the most important part of any heart healthy meal is choosing the right ingredients. Avoid foods that are heavy in sodium and preservatives, and which are packed with trans fats. Trans fats are man-made fats that come from industrialized, processed meats, including red meat, bacon, lunch meats, sausage, processed poultry meat, and full-fat dairy products. These types of food are more likely to raise the bad cholesterol levels in the blood stream, which puts people at greater risk for developing cardiac problems. Trans fats have also been linked to a variety of cancers, so stay away from them as much as possible.

Last Words

Remember that a healthy breakfast doesn’t have to be very complicated. A bowl of cereal, a glass of milk, and a handful of fruits and/or nuts makes a great start to your day. You can spice things up by adding some healthy meats and vegetables to the mix (breakfast sausage and low-fat or skim milk makes for a tasty addition) and enjoy your breakfast. Make it into a healthy, meal-replacement day every day and you will be on your way to a happier, healthier life!

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