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Oatmeal with Spiced Apples

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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.

Oatmeal with Spiced Apples
"People tend to focus on what they should cut out of their diets; but it's also what you add in that can make a difference," said registered dietitian Tammi Hancock. Here are key heart-healthy nutrients to look for:

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:


  • 3 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup Smart Balance HeartRight Buttery Spread, softened
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) sliced Granny Smith apple, peeled if desired


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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