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NOW Real Food Organic Oat Bran -- 14 oz


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NOW Real Food Organic Oat Bran -- 14 oz

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NOW Real Food Organic Oat Bran Description

  • Non-GMO Project Verified
  • USDA Organic
  • Kosher
  • Good Source of Fiber and Protein
  • Grown in the USA
  • Hearty, Nutritious & Wholesome

Oat bran is the nutrient-dense outer husk of oat grain and is a good source of fiber and protein. NOW Real Food® Organic Oat bran is a great addition to most baked goods and is primarily used to boost fiber content. It adds texture and imparts a subtle, nutty flavor that's ideal for breads and muffins, and it's a flavorful addition to cereals, or as a topping for breads and muffins that adds color and improves taste.

 

Soluble fiber from foods such as oat bran, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of NOW Real Food® Organic Oat Bran supplies 2 grams of the 3 grams soluble fiber from oat bran necessary per day to have this effect.


Directions

To use as a hot cereal, simmer 2/3 cup of Oat Bran in 2 cups of water for 2 minutes, while stirring. Add salt, raisins or flavors to suit taste. Serves two. Optional: Add 1 tsp. of olive or avocado oil for added smoothness.
Free Of
GMOs

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1/3 cup (38 g)
Servings per Container: About 10
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Calories130
Total Fat2.5 g3%
   Saturated Fat0.5 g3%
   Trans Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Sodium0 mg0%
Total Carbohydrate24 g9%
   Dietary Fiber4 g14%
     Soluble Fiber2 g
   Total Sugars less than1 g
      Includes Added Sugars0 g0%
Protein6 g12%
Vitamin D0 mcg0%
Calcium17 mg2%
Iron1.7 mg10%
Potassium179 mg4%
Other Ingredients: Organic Oat Bran.

Packaged in a peanut-free facility that processes tree nuts. May contain traces of wheat due to agricultural practices.

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A Dietitian’s Heart Health Meal Plan

It’s never too late – or too soon – to think about your heart health. In the United States, heart disease takes the most lives every year, but there’s something you can do about that. By making proactive changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease – and influence others to do the same. Start the movement by adopting these five heart-healthy diet habits. And just for good measure, there’s a dietitian-approved meal plan to guide you through one full week of heart-smart eating.

Woman at Kitchen Table on Tablet Goes Over Her Heart Healthy Diet Meal Plan | Vitacost.com/blog

Fight the fat

Fat is an essential part of a heart healthy diet. However, not all fats are created equally. Saturated fats should be limited and trans fats should be avoided as much as possible. Saturated fats include items such as dairy (whole milk, cream), marbled meats (bacon, sausage), poultry skin and butter.

Trans fats are found in many packaged foods, solid fats such as shortening and stick margarine, pastries and baked goods, as well as some fried foods. Partially hydrogenated oil is another word for trans fat. The nutrition label can list trans fat as 0 g if there is less than 0.5 g per serving. However, serving sizes in these products are not usually consistent with the amount the average person actually consumes.

Fully hydrogenated oils contain saturated fat. Many times the label does not specify this, so it’s a good idea to limit all hydrogenated oils in your diet.

Help yourself to heart-healthy fats

Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are protective of your heart health. Swapping trans fats and saturated fats for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats will keep your heart in shape. Foods high in monounsaturated fat include olive oil, avocados and nuts. Foods high in polyunsaturated fat include sources of omega-3s, walnuts, sunflower seeds and soybeans. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that your body does not produce on its own. Therefore, you must get them through food. Good sources of omegas include salmon, herring and mackerel. You can also find plant-based omega sources, such as chia, flax and pumpkin seeds.

Slash sodium

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 mg, or 1 teaspoon, of table salt per day. The ideal limit is 1,500 mg daily. Reducing your sodium intake can help manage blood pressure, reduce fluid retention and weight gain and reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke and kidney disease as you age.

Reduce your sodium intake by limiting cold cuts and cured meats, pizza, canned soups, frozen meals and bread. Look for “reduced sodium” or “no added salt” options in packaged foods. It’s also a good idea to cut back on eating out – including those drive-thru stops! Also, try to avoid the temptation of shaking on more salt at the dinner table. There’s usually ample salt added in the kitchen during preparation.  

Fuel up with fiber

Aim for 25-35 grams of fiber per day. Adequate dietary fiber can help maintain healthy cholesterol and blood glucose levels. It’s also important for maintaining a healthy weight and reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Fiber helps you feel full longer, which reduces unnecessary snacking or overeating at meals throughout the day.

High-fiber foods include whole grains like barley, rye, oats and brown rice. You can also get plenty of fiber from fruits and vegetables, especially with their peel or skin still intact. And, of course, you know the jingle: Beans, beans, the magical fruit! When choosing packaged foods, look for at least 4 grams of fiber per serving and make sure to drink plenty of water as you increase fiber intake slowly.

Say adios to added sugar

Too much added sugar in the diet contributes to weight gain and increased risk for many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The American Heart Association recommends that women limit added sugar to 6 teaspoons per day, while and men should stick to no more than 9 teaspoons per day.

As you well know, sugar occurs naturally in fruit and milk, but added sugars are lurking in many products you know and love. Whether in cookies, cakes, sodas or sport drinks, added sugar hides under many names. Be sure to check the ingredients for these words: Molasses, honey, syrup, evaporated cane juice, high fructose corn syrup and words ending in –ose (maltose, dextrose).

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Breakfast Steel cut oatmeal made w/nonfat milk + flaxseed & cinnamon 1 pc. whole grain toast w/smashed avocado & red pepper flakes, ½ cup fresh fruit Spinach, onion & mushroom frittata, small banana
Mid-morning snack Apple & nut butter 1/4 cup hummus + carrot sticks 1/4 cup unsalted almonds + 1 pear
Lunch Kale salad: butternut squash, chickpeas, pine nuts, unsweetened dried cranberries & tahini Tuna avocado salad over mixed greens,  1 cup fresh mixed fruit salad Quinoa chicken chili + avocado slices
Dinner Black bean burger w/avocado, fajita-style peppers & onions Zucchini noodles w/ low-sodium tomato pasta sauce & turkey meatballs Crispy Brussels sprouts, pork tenderloin & mashed sweet potatoes
Evening snack 1/4 cup dried edamame 1/2 cup low-sodium cottage cheese, cucumbers & tomatoes 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, fresh berries & chia seeds

 

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Chicken apple sausage, 1 scrambled egg, 1 orange Smoothie: strawberries, spinach, Greek yogurt & chia seeds Hard-boiled egg with 1 pc. whole grain toast + nut butter Greek yogurt w/fresh berries & slivered almonds
2 Tbsp. roasted pumpkin seeds 2 Tbsp. guacamole +  bell pepper slices 1/4 cup pistachios + unsweetened dried cherries Low-fat string cheese + 1 pear
Salmon tacos w/ red cabbage & avocado crema Mixed green  salad: strawberries, walnuts, feta cheese, & chicken + balsamic vinaigrette

Spicy chicken   wrap + cucumber & tomato salad­­

Wheat berry turkey minestrone soup, spinach salad + balsamic vinaigrette
4 oz. flank steak w/  fingerling potatoes & roasted broccolini Cauliflower rice, sautéed squash, zucchini & mushrooms + baked chicken breast Greek Portobello mushroom burger (tzatziki sauce, spinach) + baked sweet potato fries Parmesan spaghetti squash cakes,  chicken breast & sautéed kale
Fresh cherries + low-fat string cheese ¼ cup cashews + apple chips Whole grain crackers + nut butter 1/2 cup low-sodium cottage cheese w/peaches & walnuts
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