The nuts used are Almonds, Pecans and Hazelnuts. These three nuts, consuming two handfuls a day can lower your blood cholesterol.
A lead author of the latest research, Joan Sabaté, says the study "confirms that nuts, indeed, lower cholesterol." A professor and the chairman of the department of nutrition at Loma Linda University, in Loma Linda, Calif., Dr. Sabaté was among the group of researchers that first linked nut consumption to a lower risk of heart attack several years ago ( Wall Street Journal May 2010 ).
Most nuts are also full of protein, and the type of protein in nuts is rich in arginine -- a precursor to the substance nitric oxide, which helps relax blood vessels in the body, and lower blood pressure (askmen).
Read more about nitric oxide in our article at Savor the Food and Your Health (Vitamin D and Your Heart ).
Flax seed is a source of CoQ10 or omego-3 fatty acids, which is good for the heart. To get the full benefits of the flax seed, you need to grind the seed first. Our digestive tract cannot digest the seed in its whole form. The seed is expelled whole. Also buy the seed whole and grind it in your kitchen food processor. The minute the seed is ground it starts to loss its benefit. So our advice is not to buy the flax seed pre-ground at the market.
As for the medium banana, will it has:
Vitamin B6 – .5 mg
Manganese – .3 mg
Vitamin C – 9 mg
Potassium – 450 mg
Dietary Fiber – 3g
Protein – 1 g
Magnesium – 34 mg
Folate – 25.0 mcg
Riboflavin – .1 mg
Niacin – .8 mg
Vitamin A – 81 IU
Iron – .3 mg
With all this nutrition in this breakfast, I don't think you could ask for something better.
1/4 to1/3 cup each of almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 cups milk
1 banana, medium, mashed
2 tbsp. real maple syrup
Grind 1/4 cup flax seed.
Mash one medium banana. The banana should be spotted and soft. At this stage it has more natural sugar for sweetness.
In a small sauce pan pour one cup of milk and allow to warm, but do not bring to a boil. Add one cup of ground nuts and three tablespoons of flax seed; mix into milk until well incorporated.
Add mashed banana and mix in. Stir in one cup more of milk. Next, stir in two tablespoons of real maple syrup. Allow to cook for and additional 2 minutes on medium heat.
Allow to cool slightly.
Enjoy your good nutritious breakfast.
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