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Let’s talk about your heart this Valentine’s Day; according to the Heart Foundation of SA, 225 people die every day from heart disease – a rather shocking statistic considering it is largely preventable, simply requiring the adopting of healthier lifestyle choices to prevent and/ or reverse the disease.

“Cardiovascular disease remains the leading killer worldwide, yet both strokes and heart attacks are largely preventable with highly familiar risk factors, such as poor diet, smoking, obesity and lack of exercise. The key to preventing and reversing heart disease is to provide all the right nutrients your cardiovascular system relies on to stay healthy and to avoid those that cause problems,” says Patrick.

Treat your heart to Patrick’s delicious granola which is packed with seeds to provide Omega’s 3 and 6 essential fats which boost brain, heart and hormone functioning.

Serve with a handful of fresh berries such as blueberries or strawberries and add a splash of natural yoghurt for a well-rounded breakfast or brunch.


  • 3tbsp coconut oil
  • 150g whole oat flakes

3 table spoons of the following:

  • tahini
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • poppy seeds
  • desiccated coconut
  • goji berries
  • xylitol
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 3-4tbsp cacao powder


  • Gently heat coconut oil in a frying pan. Add the oat flakes, and cook for a few minutes, stirring to coat them well. Mix in the tahini for about 1 minute, spreading around the oats evenly.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in remaining ingredients. According to taste add more xylitol, cinnamon, ginger or cacao.

Find this recipe in a copy of the Patrick Holford & Fiona McDonald Joyce book “Delicious, Healthy Sugar-free”