Oatcakes are a brilliant base for a snack, because oats contain soluble fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol. They’re also low in saturated fat and if you combine them with other healthy foods, you can make a really nutritious, filling snack.
You can make your own oatcakes, or buy them from a supermarket or health food shop. There are all sorts of varieties available – I’ve tried most of them, and my favourites are the ‘Rude Health’ oatcakes, which are thicker than normal and a bit tastier. They come in a few different flavours, which are all delicious.
Here are some different ways to eat oatcakes that will help to lower your cholesterol:-
1. Almond butter with extra almonds
Protein-rich almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. They also contain a host of other nutrients, such as vitamin E, riboflavin, manganese and magnesium. Oatcakes with almond butter make a delicious, filling, nutritious snack that will help to lower your cholesterol.
2. Peanut butter with banana slices
Peanut butter, like almond butter, is high in protein and nutrients. It doesn’t contain as much fibre or as many monounsaturated fats, but is still a great cholesterol-friendly snack option (as long as you go for the no added sugar version). Adding slices of banana increases the nutrient content, and contributes towards your five a day.
3. Houmous with sundried tomatoes
The chickpeas in houmous contain cholesterol-reducing soluble fibre, so snacking on houmous is a great way to lower your cholesterol. Houmous also contains garlic, which research suggests can help lower cholesterol. If I make my own, I add ground flaxseeds and use olive oil, both of which help reduce bad cholesterol. Here is my homemade recipe.
4. Low fat cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is low in calories, low in saturated fat, and high in protein, making it a great cholesterol-friendly oatcake topping. I love sprinkling paprika or garlic salt on top.
5. Sliced avocado with a pinch of salt
Avocados are very nutritious and contain a whole variety of nutrients, such as vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and potassium. They are also loaded with monounsaturated fats, which help to lower cholesterol, so this is a brilliant cholesterol-friendly snack choice.
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Extra thick are apparently “Orkney” oat cakes.