According to the CDC, approximately one in every six adults-17% of the
U.S. adult population-has high blood cholesterol, and one of the ways
to lower your bad cholesterol is by eating a healthy diet. Here are some
of my personal favorite low-cholesterol foods that are easy to make as well.
1. Egg-whites - This is quick and easy to make, especially if you buy them already separated
in a carton, and they are also a good source of protein. There are many
different ways to cook eggs so you won't get bored quickly with them
as your main entree.
2. Imitation Crab Meat - Okay, the name does not sound appetizing, but this food gives you the
protein and fish-oil benefits without the high levels of cholesterol found
in other seafood. It's already cooked so it's easy to grab on
the go as a snack or an entree. Dip it in some cocktail sauce or mix it
in with your scrambled egg-whites and enjoy the sweetness it adds to the eggs!
3. Homemade Sweet Potato Fries - I love the taste of French fries, but when you have high cholesterol,
they are one of the worst foods for you. So if you have a craving for
fries, try this instead: Peel one sweet potato, and cut it up in long
slices with the same thickness throughout, about ¼ inch. (They
shrink a little when you bake them so don't cut them too thin, or
they will just burn). Spray your aluminum covered pan with cooking spray
and spread out the fries so they are not touching each other. Before you
place them in the oven, season them with salt and pepper as desired, or
cumin if you like a little kick. Bake them in the oven at 400 degrees,
for 20 minutes, flipping the fries over once half-way through.
4. Oatmeal - Even instant oatmeal is included in this favorite group! (Just watch out
for too much added sugar.) Oatmeal is a great source of fiber and protein,
and it's tasty! It is a quick and easy breakfast meal that won't
leave you with a sugar crash afterwards. Mix it up by adding some cut
up pieces of fresh fruit.
Pomegranate - Most fruits and vegetables make for a good low cholesterol snack, but
if you have a sweet-tooth, pomegranate is a great fruit to try, and I'm
not talking about the juice. When picking out the best pomegranate at
the grocery store, look for the darkest red one, but with minimal bruising.
The darker the fruit, the more flavorful your seeds will be. If you have
never had pomegranate in a fruit form, when you open it up you will see
many seeds that are actually surrounded by a thin layer of skin that's
filled with juices from the fruit, called arils. Lightly pick them out
and store them in a plastic container. And it's ready to eat with a spoon!