Snacks can be a great opportunity 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:-
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!
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:-
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.
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.
I really love chocolate, so when I found out I had high cholesterol I was worried that I’d have to cut it out of my diet. Imagine my delight then when I found out that eating chocolate can actually help to reduce cholesterol! There’s a catch though…well two actually. It has to be dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher), and it has to be eaten in moderation, because unfortunately it’s still pretty high in sugar and saturated fats.
Oatcakes are a brilliant base for a snack, because oats contain soluble fibre, which helps to lower cholesterol. They’re also low in saturated fat and if you combine them with other healthy foods, you can make a really nutritious, filling snack.
Houmous is a great food to eat if you’re watching your cholesterol. I love the plain houmous you get from the supermarket, but make my own whenever I can to make it healthier, and it also means I can add extra cholesterol-reducing ingredients.