Are You Eating to Lower Your Cholesterol

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I hate the idea of being on yet another medication, but my doctor has reminded me on a yearly basis that my numbers are not looking so great.  So the question is what options do I have besides medications? Here are a list of foods you can eat to help lower your cholesterol and help you to be healthier.

Fiber is always an easy answer – Foods like whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables.  My favorite fiber snack is the Fiber One Bars and Cereal.  Tastes like a treat, but has 35% of your daily fiber. Cheerios really can help to lower your cholesterol!

Fish Oil is a wonderful source of good cholesterol and helps lower your ‘bad’ cholesterol.  Eating salmon or another white fish twice a week will help you have a healthier heart and a lower cholesterol level.

Oatmeal or oat bran is also a great meal idea that lowers your cholesterol and if you doctor it up just right it can also add to the healthiness.  I recommend you have a hot bowl of oatmeal with crushed walnuts or almonds, cinnamon and small chunks of apples on top.  All these ingredients alone are heart healthy, mix them together and it’s a great tasting breakfast.

Do you sauté foods regularly? When I cook at home I use Grape seed oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  They are both a great source of good cholesterol and they improve the taste of your food.  Next time you need a healthy meal why not sauté up some green beans, asparagus, onions, bell peppers and shrimp or chicken.  Wonderful meal with healthy benefits.

Need a snack idea that your kids will love?  What about homemade trail mix?  I put Cheerios, Chex cereal, raisins, yogurt bites, Craisins and maybe some walnuts or peanuts to round out the snack. Bran muffins?  I know, but if you use oat bran and mix in cinnamon chips and chocolate chips and perhaps some chopped walnuts what a great breakfast treat that your kids will even eat!

Next time you need a snack, find one that is not only tasty, but heart healthy too!!