OATMEAL & SUPERFOODS
Here’s a fabulous breakfast that will keep you satisfied until lunch.
Prepare one serving of McCann’s Steel-Cut Irish Oatmeal as the package indicates, adding:
A dash of cinnamon (This helps keep your blood glucose levels even throughout the day, and is great for diabetics)
1 tablespoon of wheat germ (full of antioxidants and Vitamin E)
A handful of walnuts (full of Omega 3s)
¼ cup of blueberries (a superfood highest in antioxidants and provides fiber and vitamins)
This is naturally sweet, but you can sweeten with sugar substitute if you wish. You just need a small serving to derive the benefits of all the nutrients.
TOP SUPERFOODS TO EAT DAILY
SPINACH—The dark leafy green has an exceptional nutrient profile, including Vitamin C, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, Vitamin B6, magnesium and zinc. It has three key carotenoids—beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin.
BLUEBERRIES—This tiny treat scores at the top of the antioxidant chart. Its powerful antioxidants help prevent cell damage, and thus help protect against heart disease, cancer and possibly mental decline. Blueberries also have fiber, Vitamins C and E and potassium.
SALMON—Wild salmon is a top source of Omega 3 fatty acids and protein. It also has B vitamins, potassium and selenium.
KIWI--This superfood can help prevent heart disease and protect your eyesight. With Vitamins C and E, it helps keep your immune system strong, which is vital with so many viruses going around. It also provides potassium, magnesium and lutein.
To get through the holidays, I remember these simple lifestyle changes to keep me healthy and satisfied. For more practical advice geared to the holidays, see “Lose Weight and Improve Your Mood” and “De-Stressing Tips,” both in my Family Nutrition section.
One more motivator: Have your lab work done in 30 days or so and see if your cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose levels have changed for the better. It’s a great incentive to get you through the holidays!
Be well. Happy, healthy holidays to you and your families!