Beat Heart Disease with this Breakfast Food Hack

Updated: Aug 31, 2018

MEDIA SEGMENT: IAND Media Spokesperson Caroline Weeks on KCCI News 8

Men’s Health Week is scheduled for June 11-17 and there is no better way to show gratitude for the beloved men in our lives by encouraging them to live healthy lifestyles. A recent report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the leading cause for all men of all ages and races is cardiovascular disease.

New research focuses on the benefits of incorporating anti-inflammatory foods and minimally processed whole grains to prevent the onset of chronic disease. Oatmeal is a healthy and inexpensive breakfast option that can be easily customized for the perfect breakfast in bed this Father’s Day. In addition to being rich in B vitamins, the soluble fiber found in oatmeal naturally lowers blood cholesterol, in turn lowering risk for cardiovascular disease. In this segment, we will feature an oatmeal bar with anti-inflammatory superfood toppings like chia and flax seed, pepitas, berries, turmeric, etc.

Nutrition Benefits of “Superfood” Turmeric

  • Promotes anti-inflammatory processes in the body

  • One 2012 study showed turmeric to decrease the number of heart attacks in patients post-bypass surgery compared to placebo

  • Has shown to delay onset of Type 2 Diabetes and improve brain function

Steel Cut Oat Benefits

  • Processing technique of steel cut retains greater nutrient content (e.g. fiber, protein, B vitamins) compared to rolled oats

  • High in beta-glucan, a type of fiber that naturally reduces cholesterol

  • Lower glycemic index compared to rolled oats, therefore improving overall blood sugars.

Heart Healthy Breakfast Cookies


  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • ½ cup natural peanut butter

  •  1 extra ripe banana, mashed

  •  ¼ cup maple syrup

  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

  • Optional: ¼ cup flax seed


  1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick coating.

  2.  Combine all above ingredients and roll into balls.

  3.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately, or store in the refrigerator for breakfast throughout the week!

Oatmeal Bar will Feature

  • Rolled Oats versus steel -cut (Irish) oats

  • Chia seed

  • Flax Seed

  • Hemp Seed

  • Cacao and Turmeric

  • Coconut flakes

  • Fresh berries

Recipe Developed by Caroline Weeks, RDN, LD


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