Health trends come and go, but there's one piece of advice that's managed to stand the test of time: Eat breakfast! Countless studies show that partaking in a morning meal can help you lose weight, but if that's not enough to entice you to flip a pancake, at least do it for your heart. Adults who regularly miss breakfast tend to have higher cholesterol, elevated insulin levels and larger waist circumferences—all risk factors for heart disease. But not just any morning meal will do. The best breakfast consists of some lean protein and fiber, which stabilize your blood sugar and keep you feeling satisfied longer. Check out these delicious breakfast recipes, all packed with nutrient-rich, heart-healthy superfoods.
Tex-Mex Breakfast Sandwich
Avocados are positively packed with heart-healthy (and belly-flattening) monounsaturated fats. And when it comes to your cholesterol, those fats are doubly effective.
Calories: 326 | Protein: 30g | Carbs: 28g | Fat: 8g | Fiber 5g
Low Fat Frittata w/ Smoked Salmon
Fatty cold-water fish, like salmon, are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, as well as selenium, an antioxidant shown to help protect your heart.
Calories: 96 | Protein: 10g | Carbs: 2g | Fat: 1g | Fiber 0.5g