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!
I can’t believe it’s now been over a year since I started my cholesterol-lowering journey and started writing this blog. The last 12 months have flown by so quickly. I had a health check up last Thursday, and I’m pleased to say that my cholesterol hasn’t increased since my last check up – in fact it’s gone down. My total cholesterol is currently 4.3 mmol/L, and my HDL (‘good’) cholesterol is 2.04 mmol/L.
One of my absolute favourite things in the world to eat is warm toast smothered in melted butter. The thing is, while it tastes amazing, it never really keeps me full for long, so I always end up feeling hungry an hour later. And because butter is so high in saturated fat, it’s not something I can eat as often as I used to. So I’ve found alternative toast toppings that taste just as good, but also help to lower my cholesterol at the same time:-Read More »
All of these snacks contain at least one of these cholesterol-reducing foods: oats, almonds, peanuts, bananas, avocado, chickpeas, apples and flaxseeds. They’re also really tasty and nourishing, so should keep you full and satisfied until dinner time!