Adding sunflower seeds and beverages to your family’s breakfast table offers variety as well as powerful antioxidant and folate benefits
HOPE, MN – (Jan. 19, 2012) – February is National Heart Month, and to really get your blood pumping one of the most important things you can do is feed your body breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day because it gets your body – and your heart especially – in gear.
Heart health is vitally important, since heart attacks remain the leading killer of American men and women. Each year 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the U.S., with 500,000 deaths. Many of these deaths can be prevented with lifestyle changes that include exercise, smoking cessation, and stress management. But the easiest way to start improving your heart health is with your morning meal.
“Eating a healthy breakfast helps fire up your metabolism, fuels your body for optimal performance during the day, and reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and heart failure,” said Christina Fitzgerald, MS, RD, LDN. “Starting your day with a meal that provides protein, whole grains, fruits, and healthy fats from seeds or nuts prevents blood sugar spikes and reduces harmful levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. And if that isn’t enough of an incentive to eat breakfast, here’s another good reason: people who eat it daily tend to be leaner than those who don’t.”
Among the most healthful new products to hit America’s breakfast tables in recent years are nut and seed milks. Welcomed by those who avoid or cannot tolerate dairy products, nondairy milks have been embraced by a wide variety of consumers thanks to their delicious taste when paired with cereal, mixed in coffee or smoothies, or enjoyed cold in a glass.
One of the most exciting recent entrants in the nondairy beverage category is Sunrich Naturals’ SoL Sunflower Beverage. Made from wholesome sunflower seeds, SoL is naturally rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that help neutralize cancer-causing free radicals and slow down signs of aging. It’s an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Phosphorus, Folic Acid, Calcium and Vitamin D. SoL’s vitamins, minerals and healthy fats boost immunity, promote brain and heart health, strengthen bones and teeth, and promote beautiful, younger-looking skin. SoL is also free from the eight most common food allergens, making it a perfect choice for people allergic or sensitive to dairy, gluten, wheat, soy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts.
We’ve taken five traditional breakfasts and improved them by adding the healthy goodness of SoL. Most are dairy-free and lower in fat, and the nutrition facts are given for each serving:
- Sunflower Pancakes – In a large bowl stir together 1.5 cups flour, 1.5 cups wheat flour, a tablespoon baking powder, 2 tablespoons of a sugar substitute and a little salt. Slowly mix in one egg and 1 cup of SoL Vanilla, 1.5 cups of sunflower butter and two tablespoons of applesauce until combined. Add a little extra Sol if it’s too thick. Let mixture sit for five minutes, then pour circles onto a hot griddle. Cook, flip, cook and serve. Makes 12 servings.Calories 140, Total fat 8 g, Total carbohydrate 15 g, Dietary fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 4g
- Breakfast Casserole – Lay a defrosted puff pastry sheet at the bottom of a baking pan. Add chopped up veggies like bell peppers and onions. Cook 12 oz. of ground turkey or turkey sausage and add to the pan. Add a cup of loose, pre-cooked hash browns. In a bowl mix five egg whites (or an egg substitute) and a cup of Unsweetened or Original SoL. Whisk and pour into a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and sprinkle with shredded low fat mozzarella and bake again for 15 minutes. Serves 6.Calories 450, Total fat 25 g, Total carbohydrate 28 g, Dietary fiber 2 g, Sugars 3 g, Protein 29 g
- Easy Apple Oats – Core and roughly chop one apple in a bowl. Add a cup of oats, cinnamon and 1.5 cups of SoL Vanilla. Cover tightly and cook in microwave for three minutes. Divide between two bowls, add pecans and it’s ready to eat.Calories 270, Total fat 6 g, Total carbohydrate 49 g, Dietary fiber 7 g, Sugars 19 g, Protein 8 g
- French Toast – In a bowl combine two eggs (or an egg substitute) beaten with SoL Vanilla and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Dip slices of whole wheat bread into the mix allowing each to soak. In a pan, melt a small amount of butter and cook each slice of bread 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with real maple or sugar free syrup. Makes six servings.Calories 390, Total fat 8 g, Total carbohydrate 59 g, Dietary fiber 10 g, Sugars 9 g, Protein 20 g
- Egg White Omelet – Spray a pan with olive oil. In a bowl combine 11 egg whites, ¼ cup of SoL Original, and some chopped basil. Whisk till peaks forms. Pour the mixture into the hot pan until bottom is covered. Once the mixture has set, add chopped tomatoes, onions and mozzarella to half. Gently fold over the other half and cook for three more minutes until set. Makes four servings.Calories 80, Total fat 0.5 g, Total carbohydrate 4 g, Dietary fiber 0 g, Sugars 2 g, Protein 16 g.
For more recipes featuring SoL Sunflower Beverage, please visit www.sunrich.com/health.html.
About Sunrich Naturals®
Sunrich Naturals®, maker of SoL Refreshing Sunflower Beverage, has been working with American family farms to produce wholesome organic and natural foods for over 25 years. Sunrich Naturals® believes that healthy, good food starts with a healthy, good Earth. This simple belief guides everything we do – how we work with farmers, handle and process our grains, and produce our natural and organic foods. Our products can be found in many fine supermarkets, natural food retailers, and health food stores nationwide.
Sunrich Naturals® is a brand of SunOpta Inc., a leader in natural and organic ingredients, raw materials and consumer products and the largest sunflower processor in the United States.
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