Breakfast for Heart Health!

Many Studies have shown that skipping breakfast is directly related to greater waist circumference, high fasting insulin levels, raised total and LDL cholesterol levels and thus heart disease.

Skipping breakfast also leads to elevated triglyceride and uric acid levels and reduced HDL Cholesterol levels. All these have been identified as the risk factors for the cardiovascular health.

Skipping breakfast has become a trend in most developed countries due to many reasons, such as lack of time; more women working outside the home and the fast paced lives. It is also due to the fact that many people think that it may help in weight reduction.

Consuming breakfast which is nutritionally healthy affects the overall nutritional adequacy of diets. Sufficient macro-nutrient intake at breakfast has a positive health effect and lowers the total energy intake during the day, thus helping in reduction of weight and promoting cardiac well being...

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... Heart healthy breakfast options should have whole grain cereals, nuts, low fat dairy products or poultry and whole fruits. This kind of break fast is rich in antioxidants, non starch polysaccharides and proteins and has low calorie and fat content. This nutrient combination has been proven to be heart healthy.

Whole grain choices could be oats, shredded wheat, whole grain toast, whole grain muffin, fiber one, cheerios, etc.; the choice of fruits can be made from banana, strawberries, blue berries, orange slices, pineapple slices, apple, etc. it is always better to eat a fruit than drink juices to smooth out the roller coaster of blood glucose and blood insulin levels. Low fat dairy products that could be included in the heart healthy breakfast are low fat (1%) milk or yogurt. Walnuts, sunflower seeds, flax-seeds and other unsalted nuts are good choice for the breakfast. An omelet made from one egg or one egg white can also be included. Eggs can also be poached or boiled.

The Big Book of Breakfast: Serious Comfort Food for Any Time of the Day

The latest in the best-selling Big Book series, The Big Book of Breakfasts starts the day right with over 280 recipes for every kind of breakfast food imaginable.

Its classic Maryana Vollstedt: every delicious dish is so easy to make you can hit the snooze button again and again.

From classic blue-plate specials of Corned Beef Hash and Eggs to an innovative brunch of Spicy Orange Pancakes, here are frittatas and omelets, quiches and stratas, casseroles and skillet entrees, sandwiches and wraps, French toast and pancakes, waffles and cereals, meats and potatoes, breads and fruits plus a bevy of beverages and the basic how-to.

A great cookbook idea for a novice, new couple, or serious breakfast lover. It will encourage people to spend more time with a good breakfast, and perhaps with each other!

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