According to the Mayo Clinic, nuts contain at least one or more heart healthy substances including unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, plant sterols, and L-arginine, which makes artery walls more flexible and less prone to blood clots. There are increasing studies that show that nuts can help control blood sugar in type 2 diabetes. Because they are high in calorie, it is important to not get carried away with eating a whole bag. Restrict your portion size to get the most out of these tasty treats.
During a cold winter day, there is nothing better than a good ol’ bowl of warm oatmeal. For years this breakfast staple has had a great reputation with the American Heart Association for having the highest proportion of soluble fiber than any other grain. The steel cut variety are the least processed and lower on the glycemic index. Make an overnight version in a slow cooker so they are ready for you in the morning.