As a mum of a toddler and baby I find that my breakfasts these days are rushed, almost always interrupted and generally eaten standing up. So to make things a bit easier I now have overnight oats most mornings.
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.
My fridge has a whole shelf dedicated to dressings and sauces that I use for all sorts of recipes and for adding to leftovers. I also like having a few dips like houmous and guacamole in the fridge to add to salads and sandwiches, and to snack on with oatcakes, carrot sticks or pitta bread.
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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Fruit salads are a great way to fit cholesterol-reducing foods into your diet, as well as contributing towards your five a day. This fruit salad contains 4 of the top cholesterol-reducing foods:-
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!
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:-
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:-