Eating more oats can do wonders for your cholesterol levels, as oats are rich in dietary fibre, which reduces the amount of cholesterol in your blood. I try to eat oats every day, so I’m constantly experimenting with new ways to fit them into my daily diet. Here are some of my favourites:-
- Eating an oat-based muesli for breakfast with yoghurt.
- Using oats instead of flour when making pancakes.
- Eating this easy baked breakfast oatmeal.
- Adding oats to smoothies.
- Snacking on oatcakes with toppings.
- Adding oatcake pieces to chocolate treats.
Another great way to eat more oats is to have a big bowl of porridge for breakfast. I’ve recently started adding grated apple to my porridge to increase its cholesterol-reducing benefits, as apples are one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods.
The cinnamon goes really well with the apple, adds extra nutritional benefits and can also help to stabilise blood sugar levels. Topping the porridge with berries or flaked almonds will increase the cholesterol-lowering benefits even more, making it the ultimate cholesterol-friendly breakfast.
Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
- Serves 1
- Preparation time: 2 mins
- Cooking time: 5 mins
- Difficulty: Easy
- 1 apple
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 200ml semi-skimmed milk
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- Berries or flaked almonds (optional)
- Peel the apple and grate it using a cheese grater.
- Place the grated apple in a saucepan with the oats, cinnamon and milk.
- Stir ingredients, bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Pour in the honey (or maple syrup), and stir into the porridge.
- Serve in a bowl topped with the berries or flaked almonds, if using.
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