Sticking to a low cholesterol diet can be really hard if everyone else in your family is still eating ‘normally’. So if you can find cholesterol-friendly meals that the rest of your family will also enjoy, then it’ll make things a lot easier.
My kids eat the same cholesterol-friendly meals as I do, but I make small adjustments to their portions just before serving. For example:-
- Add a dollop of full fat greek yoghurt to their breakfast.
- Add grated cheese to their pasta dishes.
- Add cheese slices to their burgers.
- Add soured cream to their fajitas/tacos.
- Add a dollop of soft cheese to their curries and risottos.
There’s no need to spend ages preparing cholesterol-friendly meals for your family every day though, as there are some really quick and simple options that your kids will enjoy. For example:-
- A bowl of shredded wheat with banana slices.
- Baked beans on toast, or on a jacket potato.
- A ‘no added sugar’ peanut or almond butter sandwich
- Wholemeal pitta bread slices with a houmous dip.
- Oatcakes with peanut butter and mashed banana.
If you do have a bit more time then try some of these delicious child-friendly low cholesterol recipes:-
- Banana & Honey Porridge
- Banana & Oat Pancakes
- Banana Bread Overnight Oats
- Blueberry & Banana Oat Bars
- Cherry Bakewell Porridge
- Peanut Butter & Banana Overnight Oats
- Easy Salmon Fishcakes
- Chickpea Meatball Subs (v)
- Hoisin Chicken/Turkey Wraps
- Jumbo Chickpea Pancake with Fillings (v)
- Moroccan Chicken Salad Pitas
- Turkey & Cranberry Pita Pockets
- Almond & Banana Milkshake
- Apple Turtle Snacks
- Banana & Oat Cookies
- Houmous & Turkey Rollups
- Nutty Apple ‘Sandwiches’
- Salted Chocolate Nutty Oatcakes
- Strawberry & Watermelon Smoothie
- Black Bean Chicken & Rice
- Chicken & Mushroom Pie
- Chickpea Vegan Burger *
- Chinese Sweet & Sour Chicken
- Creamy Mushroom Risotto (v)
- Healthy Sweet & Sour Fish
- Healthy Beef Burgers *
- Meatballs with Vine Tomato Sauce *
- Oven-Baked Fish & Chips
- Sausage & Bean Casserole
- Spaghetti Bolognese *
- Spanish Stuffed Peppers (v)
- Tandoori Chicken Burgers
- Turkey Burgers
- Turkey Meatballs
- Turkey Pasta Bolognese
* Use extra lean beef mince – see note below
- Baked Sweet Potato Wedges
- Black Bean & Corn Salad
- Carrot & Sweet Potato Fries
- Garlic Roasted Potatoes
- Healthy Mushy Peas
- Homemade Baked Beans
- Oven Baked Potato Slices
- Potato-Avocado Salad
- Apple Cookie Bites
- Cinnamon Bananas
- Frozen Banana Yoghurt Bites
- Frozen Rainbow Fruit Kebabs
- One Ingredient Tangerine Sorbet
- Strawberry Nice Cream
- 3 Ingredient Chocolate Ice Cream
Note about beef mince
Beef is often avoided by those with high cholesterol because it’s high in fat. But cooking with extra lean beef mince is a great way to continue eating beef as part of a low cholesterol diet. As it contains 2.4g of saturated fat per 100g (which is higher than the recommended 1.5g) I limit it to once or twice a week and make sure I keep an eye on how much saturated fat I eat for the rest of the day.