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.
A lot of people with high cholesterol just focus on reducing the amount of saturated fat in their diet to lower their cholesterol. However, to get the best results, it’s recommended that those with high cholesterol also eat more foods that actively lower cholesterol.
As a mum of a young baby, I now have limited time to prepare meals. But I still want to make sure I keep my cholesterol down. So my weekday meals are currently based on really simple and minimal cholesterol-friendly ingredients that I can put together as quickly as possible.
Here are my favourite quick and simple meals that contain cholesterol-lowering foods and are really quick to prepare (many take just a few minutes):-
Snacks can be a great way to include extra cholesterol-lowering foods in your daily diet. I have a snack every day at around 4pm when my blood sugar levels dip, and this keeps me going until dinner time. Here are some quick and simple cholesterol-friendly snacks for you to try:-
Chicken is one of the top cholesterol-friendly protein options because it’s so lean. Skinless chicken breast is the best choice for low cholesterol diets because it’s very low in saturated fat (1g per 100g). Skinless chicken thighs are higher in saturated fat (2.3g per 100g), so I eat them less frequently.
Here are some of my favourite chicken recipes that contain cholesterol-lowering foods like beans, olive oil, nuts and avocados:-
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Breakfast cereals aren’t always the healthiest breakfast choice, but they’re fine to include in a low cholesterol diet as long as you choose the right ones. There are two things to check on the back of your cereal box to see whether it’s cholesterol-friendly:-
I made an exciting discovery a few weeks ago while doing my weekly online grocery shop. I found a cheese that’s low in saturated fat (so won’t raise your cholesterol levels), high in protein and 100% natural. The only ingredient in it is unpasteurised British cow’s milk (plus some salt), so it’s also a great source of calcium.
Oats are one of the top foods for lowering cholesterol, and the best thing is that they’re incredibly cheap. They’re also really versatile and have a low glycemic index, so will keep you feeling full for longer.
I try to eat oats every day to help lower my cholesterol and keep it low. Here are some of my favourite ways to eat them:-
Through writing this blog over the last two years I’ve tried and tested lots of different ways to lower cholesterol naturally without having to resort to statins. Here’s a list of the tips I’ve found most useful in helping to lower my cholesterol and keep it low:-
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent the last few days – actually make that weeks – eating like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve always been a massive advocate of eating what you want on holiday, and I definitely count the Christmas period as a holiday. It’s hard to avoid all the food, with all the office parties, meet-ups with friends, meals with the family….oh and the pigs in blankets – who could say no to those?!!
So I’ve decided now’s the time to start thinking about getting back into cholesterol-friendly eating. Thankfully (as we’ve got A LOT of it in our fridge right now) turkey is a great cholesterol-friendly food as it’s low in fat, high in protein and has tons of other nutrients. So I’ve put together this list of simple cholesterol-friendly ways to use up the leftovers:-
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