This is a great cheat’s recipe (if you can even call it a recipe!) that’s really quick and easy to prepare. I have this breakfast a couple of times a week, and find it keeps me full until lunch, plus it helps to lower cholesterol as it contains these four cholesterol-reducing foods:-
1. Wheat Bran
Wheat bran is low in saturated fat and contains dietary fibre that helps to lower cholesterol, so it’s a great base for cholesterol-reducing breakfasts.
Sultanas also contain fibre and count towards your five a day, so are a great natural and cholesterol-friendly way to sweeten your breakfast. Depending on which brand of Sultana Bran you buy, you may like to add extra sultanas to add a bit more sweetness.
3. Ground Flaxseeds
Ground flaxseeds are one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods, so try to eat a tablespoon a day if you can. The easiest way to do this is to add them to your breakfast cereal or muesli. I buy a packet of Linwood’s Milled Organic Flaxseeds, which lasts for about a month – I keep it in the freezer to stop the seeds going rancid.
I try to eat almonds every day as they’re rich in monounsaturated fats, which can help to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, as well as providing lots of other nutrients.
- Makes 1 serving
- Preparation time: 1 min
- Difficulty: Easy
- 2 handfuls Sultana Bran
- 1 extra tbsp sultanas (optional)
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 tbsp flaked/whole almonds
- Semi-skimmed milk or yoghurt (see notes)
- Simply mix everything together in a breakfast bowl and add the milk/yoghurt.
If you like the taste of it, soya yoghurt is a great accompaniment to this cereal as soya products help to lower cholesterol. If you don’t like the taste of soya yoghurts, or can’t eat it for other reasons, then choose low fat natural yoghurt. My favourite yoghurts are:-
- Alpro Simply Plain Soya Yoghurt
- Yeo Valley 0% Fat Natural Yoghurt
- Tesco Low Fat Natural Yoghurt
- FAGE Total 0% Greek Style Yoghurt
- St Helen’s Farm Fat Free Goats Milk Yoghurt