Contributed by: NAPSA
Key Ingredients For A Healthier Heart
(NAPSA) - Here's heartening news: Although cardiovascular diseases remain the nation's No. 1 killer, according to the American Heart Association, you can help reduce your risk.
Omega-3 fatty acids can decrease the plaque on artery walls while raising healthy HDL cholesterol levels.
Phytosterols, plant sterols, can lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol while raising HDL.
Vitamin D: Not only does vitamin D help keep bones strong, but it also plays a role in heart health.
Balanced fats: All fats are not created equal. For example, Smart Balance spread has been shown to balance cholesterol ratios. The patented blend of all-natural vegetable oils contains no hydrogenated or interesterified fats or palm kernel oil.
Here's a great way to use it to start the day:
Bring cups water and salt to a full boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Stir in oats. Reduce heat to medium and cook, uncovered, 6 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
While oatmeal cooks, combine all the spread ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Heat a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1/4 cup of the spice spread; refrigerate remaining spread for later use. When bubbly, add the apple slices and cook 3 minutes or until tender, stirring gently.
Remove from heat and let stand 1 minute to absorb flavors. Divide oatmeal equally among four bowls. Spoon equal amounts of the apple mixture over each serving.
Per Serving: 234 calories, 5g protein, 39g carbohydrate, 6.5g total fat, 1.7g saturated fat, 2g monounsaturated fat, 2.4g polyunsaturated fat, 0g trans fat, 183mg omega-3 fatty acids, 810mg omega-6 fatty acids, 0mg cholesterol, 271mg sodium, 5g fiber
Serving Size: Makes 4 Servings
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