Heart-friendly breakfast smoothie

Written by Catherine Saxelby on Monday, 27 May 2013.

Heart-friendly breakfast smoothie
 HeartActive is a delicious, fat-free milk enriched with plant sterols, which are proven to help reduce cholesterol. Research shows that consuming plant sterols everyday in milk can reduce cholesterol by an average of 10% in three weeks.

Smoothies or milk shakes are one of the quickest healthy breakfast recipes around and a great way to 'disguise' things whether it's fish oil in liquid form or a lot of oat bran, both of which keep your heart pumping smoothly. I like this smoothie as a complete breakfast on the run – it gives you lots of nutrition for almost no saturated fat and about a third of the kilojoules of normal milkshakes. And it's low GI so will keep you fuller for longer. Get the blender ready the night before and you're set to whirl.


  • 2 cups low-fat milk with sterols (eg HeartActive )
  • 1 banana, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup oat bran or quick cook oats
  • squeeze of honey, about 2 teaspoons (optional)
  • few shakes of cinnamon (optional)
  • 3-4 ice cubes

Nutrition per serve

Kilojoules 845, Calories 200, Fat 1.5 g, Saturated fat 0.3 g, Fibre 4.2 g, Sodium 78 mg


Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process for 15-20 seconds or until blended and frothy. 


Instead of the banana, substitute ½ cup sliced strawberries or ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries.