The heart is the most important organ in the human body after the brain. Being responsible for blood flow, it makes sure that all our other organs have sufficient oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Thus, it becomes all the more important to keep the heart healthy and functioning. One of the easiest ways to do that is to have a healthy and proper diet and since breakfast is the most important diet thus you need to focus a bit more on the first meal of the day. To help you in this endeavour, we have come up with some recipes that are sure to keep your heart healthy.
1. Avocado(Butter Fruit) Toast
The ingredients you need are 1 avocado, cut into ½-inch dice, a pinch of salt and pepper to taste if desired, hemp seeds, flax seeds ground, or chilli flakes. This yummy and healthy breakfast is really simple to prepare. Toast your favourite 100 percent whole grain bread. Mash the avocado and spread it on the warm toast. Sprinkle with hemp, ground flaxseed, or chilli flakes and serve warm.
2. Blueberry-Apple Oats
Blueberries, fresh or frozen, are often called brain berries for the boost they can provide to our memory. They also support healthy hearts by reducing oxidative stress. The ingredients you will need are ½ cup frozen/fresh blueberries, 1 small apple grated, ½ cup rolled oats and 1 cup plant milk (e.g., hemp, oat, rice, organic soy, almond). Place the blueberries in a saucepan with a splash of hot water. Let them cook for 5 minutes until the blueberries are soft and juicy and pour them into a glass bowl. Mix the grated apple, oats, and milk in the saucepan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until they’re hot and creamy. Add the blueberry mixture into the oats. Mix together and enjoy.
3. Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
The ingredients required for this tasty meal are 1 small apple, 2 tablespoon chopped walnuts, ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1½ cups water, ¾ cup rolled oats, pinch of salt, 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds, 2 tablespoon raisins, 1 tablespoon brown sugar and a splash of plant milk. In a small saucepan, add a little water over medium heat. Add the apple and sauté for 2 minutes. Now, add the walnuts, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon while stirring and cooking for 1 minute. Add the water and bring to a boil. Add the oats and a pinch of salt. Turn heat down to medium-low and simmer until oats begin to thicken up. Add the ground flaxseed, raisins, brown sugar, and a splash of plant milk. Cook until thick and serve fresh.
4. Strawberry Quinoa Flakes
All you need is ⅓ cup quinoa flakes, 1 cup water, ½ cup frozen or fresh strawberries and a pinch of cinnamon. Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to simmer. This will be ready in about 1 minute and you can have it in no time.
5. Blueberry Buckwheat Meal
The components required for this breakfast are 1 cup buckwheat groats that have been soaked overnight, 2 cups blueberries, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, ½ cup nondairy milk or water, 1 banana, juice of half a lemon and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cover buckwheat with water in a bowl and let it sit overnight. The next morning, drain and rinse it properly. Now, using a blender blend the blueberries with maple syrup until they are very smooth. Remove about ¼ cup of the blueberry puree and set it aside. Add the buckwheat groats, milk or water, banana, lemon juice, and vanilla to the remaining blueberry puree in the blender, and blend until it’s smooth. Pour the meal into bowls.