Most of the ingredients that make desserts taste good, like butter and cream, are high in saturated fats, which unfortunately means they’re not great for anyone with high cholesterol. Luckily though there are lots of chefs and bloggers who have dedicated a lot of time to creating healthy dessert recipes that don’t include high fat ingredients, but still taste great.
I used to avoid salads at all costs because I always thought they were boring, and they never left me feeling satisfied. But now that I’m trying to keep my cholesterol low, I’ve realised that salads are a great way to fit lots of cholesterol-reducing foods into one meal.
I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few months searching for recipes that are cholesterol friendly and still taste good. I haven’t found a huge amount of meat-based recipes containing foods like beans that actively lower cholesterol, so I tend to add them myself or have them on the side.
When I started my cholesterol-lowering mission, I decided against transforming my diet completely because I think if you change too much, then it’s probably not going to be sustainable.
I’ve seen friends go on diets where they’ve basically replaced everything they normally eat with completely different foods that they would never normally choose to eat. Read More »
Breakfast is a great opportunity to fit lots of cholesterol-reducing foods into your daily diet. I try to include at least one of these in my breakfast every morning:-
- Sunflower/chia seeds
- Ground flaxseeds
- Baked beans
- Soya yoghurt
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I used to really hate salads and I would avoid them at all costs. As far as I was concerned, salads meant strips of bland iceberg lettuce mixed with a few chopped tomatoes, slices of cucumber and some sort of oil and vinegar dressing. If I had salad with a meal when eating out, I would invariably leave most of it and hide the remnants under my knife and fork. And I just couldn’t understand why people would want to order a salad on its own as a main meal in a restaurant – it just baffled me!
Curries are one of my favourite things to eat, so I make them a lot. As I’m trying to reduce my cholesterol, I add as many cholesterol-lowering ingredients as I can to my meals. Curries are great for this, because you can add things like chickpeas, ground flaxseeds and vegetables, and the curry tastes just as good. And the vegetables count towards your five a day, which is an added bonus.
I love long, lazy weekend breakfasts. I eat pretty much the same thing every morning during the week, so I like trying something different on Saturdays and Sundays to keep things interesting. My current favourite is a pancake that I invented when I first found out I had high cholesterol. It’s really easy to make, and doesn’t involve much preparation, which leaves lots of time to eat, relax and enjoy not having to go to work.
I love cooking, but don’t have a huge amount of time to prepare meals during the week as I commute to London every day. When I get home from work, I have about 40 mins before my husband gets home. So I like to set myself a bit of a challenge to cook a healthy meal from scratch using whatever’s in our fridge, and have it ready for when he gets home. It doesn’t always turn out brilliantly admittedly – there have been more than a few occasions when my husband has had to fake a smile when I’ve presented him with something that resembles the dog’s dinner!