It’s the most important meal of the day, but is your breakfast doing your veins any good? Here are some quick and easy recipes to get your day started with your vein health in mind:
Original Bircher Muesli
Constipation increases pressure on the veins, which can contribute to the development of varicose veins over time. The apples and oats in this muesli are rich in soluble fiber, which absorbs water in the colon, keeping the stool soft and preventing constipation.
1 tbsp. rolled oats
|Combine oats and water and refrigerate overnight. Soaking improves the nutritional value of oats as it allows enzymes to break down and neutralize phytic acid, a compound that can block the absorption of many minerals in the intestines.|
|Grate apples. Add them, together with sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice, to soaked oats. Stir well.|
|Sprinkle with almonds or hazelnuts and serve.|
Weight Loss Muffins
Obesity and excess body weight have been associated with an increased risk of varicose veins. These scrumptious muffins are packed with weight loss promoting fiber and protein, while being extremely low in fat.
1 cup rolled oats, soaked in 1 cup skim milk for 1-2 hours
|Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C, gas mark 6).
Beat together egg whites, oat-milk mixture, and applesauce. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined (do not over-mix). Fold in blueberries.
Fill 12 paper muffin cups with batter (about two thirds full). Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
Buckwheat Pancakes with Papaya Purée
Buckwheat is one of the best natural sources of rutin. The bioflavonoid rutin is well known for its role in maintaining a well-functioning circulatory system by making capillaries stronger and by improving circulation. Papaya, on the other hand, is loaded which vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shown to enhance the beneficial effects of rutin
1 cup buckwheat flour
|Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add rice milk and canola oil, and whisk until well combined. If batter seems very thick, you may want add a little extra rice milk or water.|
|Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with vegetable cooking spray.|
|With a ladle, pour batter to the size you prefer. Even out batter on skillet with back of a spoon. Cook pancake on medium high heat for a few minutes until bubbles appear. Flip over and continue frying until cooked (a properly cooked pancake appears dense and not sticky when cut in the middle).|
|Repeat previous step until batter is gone.|
|Purée diced papaya in a food processor. Ladle into a serving bowl.|
|Serve pancakes with papaya purée and brown rice syrup.|