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Wednesday
Feb012012

February SFHL52 Challenge: A Month of Heart Healthy Eating (and Week 1 Oatmeal Recipes)

I am so far behind in SFHL52 Challenge posts and I apologize for that. I cannot believe it is February. How did month one go? If you didn't sign up to take the SFHL52 Challenge, it certainly isn't too late. February holds four weeks of four great challenges. This month is geared towards "heart healthy" foods and incorporating these foods into your daily/weekly diet and cooking habits. There are FAR more heart healthy foods than those that make up this month's challenge. Check out this list for a look at the Top-25 Heart Healthy Foods.

Here is the breakdown of February challenge foods:

February: Heart Healthy Foods

Focus on incorporating these weekly heart healthy foods into your diet:

  • Week 1: Oatmeal
  • Week 2: Broccoli
  • Week 3: Blueberries
  • Week 4: Spinach

What isn't to love about all of these foods? None of these ingredients are difficult to cook or work with; there are no out-of-the-box ingredients. Nothing to make this month difficult. In fact all four foods (oatmeal being the slight exception) can be eaten raw. February is a month of ZERO excuses. Let's get to it.

Here are some great oatmeal recipes for Week 1 of February. If you don't like to cook, simply microwave oatmeal and top it with some fresh fruit, nuts, a tsp of brown sugar or some honey. Oh, and according to my mom, McDonald's oatmeal isn't half bad, so if you're in a bind, might as well swing by there and jump on the oatmeal bandwagon.

How's the SFHL52 Challenge going for you? Any great oatmeal recipes to share? Do you have a favorite way to eat your oatmeal?

Journal Entry by Ashley at Simple Food Healthy Life on October 6, 2010
This was such an easy breakfast recipe. It took some time but if you plan ahead and throw it in the oven while showering and getting ready for the day, it will be done in time to eat and head out the door. The other catch to this recipe is, depending on the consistency you wish, it can be more of a ...
Journal Entry by Ashley at Simple Food Healthy Life on April 12, 2011
I woke up the other morning wanting something other than a bowl of Cheerios. I eliminated the immediate breakfast front runners: pancakes, eggs, and french toast. I thought about oatmeal with some fresh fruit and voila, this lovely combo came to mind. Why not mix three of my favorite things: oatmeal ...
Journal Entry by Ashley at Simple Food Healthy Life on March 1, 2011
What to do with a late night dessert craving? If you can't beat it, succumb to it I suppose. So what did I do last night? Made myself these irresistibly delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. If you are a nut person, adding walnuts to these suckers would be pretty delicious. Word to the Wise: D ...
Journal Entry by Ashley at Simple Food Healthy Life on February 27, 2011
These muffins are healthy and easy to make. If you like oatmeal and fruit in a bowl, you will like these too. Gluten Free Oatmeal Banana Muffins Yield: 12 Prep Time: 20 minutes 11/4 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup yogurt, plain or vanilla low fat 1/2 cup milk, ...
Journal Entry by Ashley at Simple Food Healthy Life on January 4, 2012
I rarely cook anything for breakfast. A typical breakfast for me consists of a whole wheat bagel thin with peanut butter and honey, some days I top it with sliced bananas. On the side I generally have a glass of V8-Fusion juice and a cup of tea. In the spirit of the Healthy Eats January Challenge, I ...

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