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?