Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN, CSSD is one of the nation’s leading experts in personal wellness, nutrition, physical fitness, and weight loss. As the founder of Robin Barrie™, her Manhattan-based practice and consulting group, she has cultivated a following for developing individualized, realistic, and results-oriented plans that ensure diet and fitness goals are achieved and maintained for a lifetime.
Since February is American Heart Month, I wanted to share with you some amazing heart-healthy foods. Each of these ingredients is great on its own, BUT they are all found together in one of my favorite new products: Supernola, which is a new superfood granola. Check out these ingredients and some Supernola recipes below!
Chia Seeds: Full of antioxidants, these small seeds provide more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant, packing more protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese than all other foods. They also help to regulate insulin levels, and provide a feeling fullness.
Flax Seeds: These brown seeds contain a significant amount of fiber, as well as omega-3 fatty acids. Due to their lignan content, they are a great anti-inflammatory food, and may help lower cholesterol levels. Be sure to grind flax seeds so your body can easily digest and absorb their nutrients!
Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil: This superfood oil is not only known to promote healthy cholesterol levels, help boost the immune system through anti-microbial lauric acid, and boost energy, but it is easily digestible and may help your body burn fat. Be sure to get unrefined, cold-pressed organic coconut oil, and not the refined or ‘high heat’ versions.
Natural Almonds: These delicious and nutritious nuts are higher in vitamin E, manganese and protein than other nuts. Adding almonds to your diet has been proven to lower your LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, which is involved in creating plaques in your coronary arteries that can cause heart attacks.
Ceylon Cinnamon: Ceylon cinnamon is amazingly healthy, as it has been found to have anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. It may also improve digestion, lower blood sugar levels, improve the body’s ability to respond to insulin, lower cholesterol and boost memory.
Walnuts: Alpha-linoleic acid in walnuts acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. It has actually been shown to help reduce plaque buildup in coronary arteries, so these nuts help to keep your arteries clear. They are also known to improve brain function.
Easy Chia Pudding: Serves 1
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/3 cup almond or coconut milk (or other milk of choice)
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract for flavor
- Top with Supernola (flavor of choice)
- Optional: Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
In a jar, mix chia seeds, milk, and vanilla well. Let sit overnight, shaking at least twice. Layer with Supernola, spices, and top with antioxidant-rich berries!
Energizing Breakfast Parfait: Serves 1
- ½ cup yogurt – Greek or coconut yogurt (or yogurt of choice)
- ¼ cup Supernola (flavor of choice)
- Top with seasonal fruits or berries and shredded coconut
Layer ingredients and enjoy!
Grain and Dairy Free ‘Cereal’ Bowl: Serves 1
- ½ cup almond or coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- ½ cup Supernola (flavor of choice)
- Optional: Seasonal fruits or berries
Don’t worry, it won’t get soggy! Get creative and use exotic fruits in season at your local food store or farm!
Trouble with portion control? Supernola comes in pre-measured single serving bags to make your life easier, and your eating balanced!
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