Recipe: Slimming cereal

Ingredients (Serves 1-2)

  •  100g fresh cranberries
  • 250ml apple juice/cider
  • 350ml water
  • 90g oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • ½ apple, chopped
  • Small dollop of natural yoghurt
  • Sprinkling of flaxseed

Method

1. Simmer the berries in the juice for about two minutes, until soft.

2. Add the water, oats, cinnamon and apple, and cook for three to six minutes.

3. Stir in the flaxseed and natural yoghurt.

The Benefits

Discounted Christmas cranberries won’t just save you a few pennies – they may also help you lose a few pounds. In research published in the Journal of Metabolism, a daily dose of the tart red fruit cuts LDL cholesterol in just two weeks.

In a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, meanwhile, swapping breakfast cereal for oats for two weeks led to a 47 per cent dip in study subjects’ fat absorption.

Flaxseed is one of the few natural sources of leucine, an amino acid that Louisiana State University researchers found helped athletes metabolise fat more efficiently, while leaving lean muscle mass intact.