I’m 15 weeks pregnant and was a bit worried about my cholesterol during my first trimester as my cholesterol-friendly diet went completely and utterly down the pan! From about 6 weeks, I went off meat, vegetables and salad, and was also absolutely knackered in the evenings, so stopped cooking proper meals for a while.
This is my go-to lunch at weekends when I want a quick, healthy and filling meal. It contains apples, which are one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods, and avocados, which contain monounsaturated fats that help to increase good cholesterol.
Low cholesterol eating can be easier than you think. These simple food swaps will help to reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet, and increase the amount of dietary fibre, both of which will help to lower your cholesterol:-
Lots of people have asked me what I ate to reduce my cholesterol so much last year, so I thought it would be useful to write a blog post including a list of all the things I ate on a daily basis.
Cholesterol-friendly eating doesn’t just have to be all about oats, nuts and beans. The foods listed below are low in saturated fat, meaning you can eat them as part of a cholesterol-friendly diet. One thing to be aware of though is that these foods are fairly high in salt, so are best eaten in moderation, and where possible I’d recommend always eating them with foods that actively lower cholesterol if you have high cholesterol (I’ve included suggestions below):-
This is going to sound like the weirdest combination of ingredients, but it really does taste good, and is soooooo filling! And the best thing is it contains 5 of the top cholesterol-reducing foods (oats, chickpeas, avocados, seeds and nuts), making it the perfect cholesterol-friendly snack.
Dates are a brilliant cholesterol-friendly natural sweetener that can be added to desserts to give a lovely chewy texture. I love combining them with chia seeds to add a bit of crunch, and also because chia seeds are another great cholesterol-lowering food. Pistachios also contain healthy fats that lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. So these bites really do tick all the boxes!