Heart Health Granola

You have probably heard how important what we eat is for our health. This could not be more true, and that is why we are excited to share recipes like this one with you. This granola is heart healthy because it contains ingredients that support a healthy cardiovascular system. You can make this recipe in only 30 minutes and feel good about eating it. Granola is extremely versatile and can be added to yogurt, smoothie bowls, fruit, cereal or eaten alone. It is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. You can prep this granola in larger batches and use it throughout the week to save time. In this article we will discuss the heart healthy properties of this granola recipe.

heart healthy granola

The main ingredient in most granola is oats. Oats contain plant lignans, which have been shown to protect against heart disease. Oats also help to reduce your cholesterol levels which we know promotes a healthier heart. Oats are a key food linked to heart health and are thus a great ingredient for this recipe. Eating certain nuts has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Nuts help to lower the type of cholesterol called LDLs (low-density lipoproteins) which play a part in heart disease. Nuts and seeds are a rich source of dietary fiber which are essential for healthy digestion and also slow down the rate of digestion, promoting regular bowel movements. Coconut contains saturated fats that increase the type of cholesterol called HDLs (high-density lipoproteins) in your body. HDLs are like scavengers that “clean up” LDLs and promote a healthier cardiovascular system.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup crushed almonds
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (solid state)
  • Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well.
  2. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the tray and use a spoon to level it on the entire surface.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 F. Check from time to time so it doesn’t burn.

SERVES 12

Total time: 30 minutes Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Calories: 271 Fat: 15.5g Carbs: 29g Protein: 6.4g

As you can see, there are many foods that we can add more of into our diets to increase our heart health. With recipes like this one, you can make your own homemade recipe without any added preservatives or additives, and know that you are fueling your body properly. We hope that you give this recipe a go and love it as much as we do here at Exercises For Injuries. We are passionate about health and are proud to bring you recipes like this one that support your wellbeing.

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