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:-
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:-
If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll be pleased to hear that all of the top cholesterol-reducing foods are meat free! Here are some easy ways to incorporate these cholesterol-reducing foods into your daily diet:-
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!
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!