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Oatmeal

Waking up in a heart-healthy way is as effortless as a bowl of oatmeal. The versatile hot breakfast cereal can be made with steel-cut or rolled oats, mixed with fruits, sweetened with brown sugar, or peppered with nuts. However you prefer it, oatmeal will fill you with warm goodness.

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Cooked the night before and allowed to chill, this wholesome pudding makes an easy breakfast (or dessert!). You can use store-bought almond milk or make your own -- for the recipe, go to marthastewart.com/almond-milk.

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Look for omega-3-rich flax meal alongside the flaxseeds in your natural-foods store -- or grind your own. Once opened, store flax in the refrigerator. Since milk contains saturated fat, we chose to cook the high-fiber barley with almond milk instead. Per serving; 320 calories; 8 g protein; 5 g fat; 63 g carb; 10 g fiber. See another cholesterol-lowering recipe

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These cookies, cousins of zucchini bread, are perfect for packing up as picnic fare -- even if the picnic table is right in your kitchen. A sweet cream-cheese filling goes in the middle. Print these nifty labels onto adhesive paper or attach with double-sided tape.

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To ensure your cookies come out just right, follow a couple of basic rules: Space them at least 1 inch apart during baking, rotate the sheet pan half way through, and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 1 to 2 minutes before transferring to wire cooling racks. From the book "Mad Hungry," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

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