Adding a side dish to your meals can be a great way to include extra cholesterol-lowering foods in your daily diet. There’s no need to spend ages making side dishes either. These simple cholesterol-friendly side dishes are really easy to prepare:-
I was quite surprised when I initially found out I had high cholesterol because I felt I had a pretty healthy diet at the time. I mostly ate foods that were low in saturated fat and generally got more than my five-a-day of fruit and veg, so I couldn’t understand why my cholesterol was so high. After a lot of research I realised that my diet didn’t contain enough foods that actively lower cholesterol, like beans, nuts and seeds.
As a mum of a toddler and baby I find that my breakfasts these days are rushed, almost always interrupted and generally eaten standing up. So to make things a bit easier I now have overnight oats most mornings.
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.
There’s no need to avoid burgers altogether if you’re following a low cholesterol diet. In fact, some burger recipes can actually help to lower cholesterol if they contain ingredients like beans or chickpeas.
Most of the top cholesterol-lowering foods are plant-based, so vegan meals are great for a low cholesterol diet. There’s no need to go ‘full-vegan’ though, if you don’t want to give up meat or dairy foods. I often make vegetarian or vegan meals to get all the cholesterol-lowering benefits and just add some fish, chicken or turkey.
Soups are great for the cold winter months and they can also help to balance out all the overindulging around Christmas.
There are plenty of breakfast options for a cholesterol-lowering diet because a lot of traditional breakfast foods, like oats and high fibre cereals, naturally lower cholesterol.
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Beans are rich in cholesterol-lowering dietary fibre, so the more you include in your diet the better. The good news is that they’re inexpensive and really easy to fit into your normal meals.
When I first started my cholesterol-lowering diet I assumed I’d have to cut out all desserts because they tend to contain things like butter and cream. But after a bit of research I realised that desserts could actually be a great way to include more cholesterol-lowering foods in my diet, as long as they’re low in saturated fat and sugar.