Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to fit lots of cholesterol-reducing foods into your daily diet. This smoothie contains 4 of the top cholesterol-lowering foods:-
Oats are a great cholesterol-reducing food, so I try to eat them every day. I always used to associate oats with porridge and oatcakes, but I’m starting to discover more interesting ways to incorporate them into my daily diet, like these chocolate oaties.
Eating more oats can do wonders for your cholesterol levels, as oats are rich in dietary fibre, which reduces the amount of cholesterol in your blood. I try to eat oats every day, so I’m constantly experimenting with new ways to fit them into my daily diet. Here are some of my favourites:-
Turkey breast meat is a great choice for cholesterol-friendly meals as it’s really low in saturated fat. It can be a bit bland on its own, but combining it with mushrooms and spinach turns it into a delicious cholesterol-friendly pastry filling.
A great way to reduce cholesterol naturally is to add more beans to your diet. There are tons of ways to do this (here are some suggestions), but one of the easiest ways is to add them to your main meal. Not only do they help to lower cholesterol, but they’re also a good source of protein, and they help keep you fuller for longer.
Oatcakes are so cheap and versatile – I eat them all the time. I have them for breakfast topped with cottage cheese or almond butter, for lunch topped with tuna or houmous, or as a snack dipped in houmous or with sliced avocado on top. Eating them is a great way to add more fibre to your daily diet, which helps to lower cholesterol. I always carry a packet around in my bag, and have boxes of them at home and at work, and find they work really well as an afternoon snack to tide me over until dinner.
Apples are one of the top cholesterol-lowering foods. They’re also full of nutrients and antioxidants, so an apple a day really could help keep the doctor away. Here are some cholesterol-friendly suggestions to include more in your daily diet:-
These chocolate truffles contain dates, nuts and seeds, all of which help to lower cholesterol and provide tons of nutrients. They also contain 70% dark chocolate, which can help to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol when eaten in moderation.
Eggs contain a lot of cholesterol, but studies have shown that the cholesterol found in food has much less of an effect on blood cholesterol than the amount of saturated fat you eat. As eggs contain lots of vitamins and minerals, and are such a good source of high quality protein, they definitely shouldn’t be avoided if you have high cholesterol. But it’s still recommended that they’re eaten in moderation (see this blog post for details).