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.
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):-
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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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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It’s getting pretty cold here in England now, so I’ve dusted off my slow cooker and have been using it at least once a week. I prepare all the ingredients the previous evening, then bung it all in the slow cooker before I go to work and turn it on low so that it’s ready for when I get back. There’s something really satisfying about coming back from work to a ready-made and ready-heated meal…and the house always smells amazing!
As I’m due to give birth in a couple of months, I’m planning to cook a load of cholesterol-friendly meals to stick in the freezer, so that we don’t need to worry about cooking during the first few weeks.
Finding time to cook healthy cholesterol-friendly meals can be a real challenge, and is one of the biggest reasons why people end up falling off the wagon. These cholesterol-friendly lunches are all really quick to make and don’t involve any fancy cooking techniques:-
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This is my go-to lunch at weekends when I want a quick, healthy and filling meal. It contains apples, which are one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods, and avocados, which contain monounsaturated fats that help to increase good cholesterol.
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):-