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Need to lower your cholesterol?
Need to lower cholesterol?

Most cholesterol lowering diets are not low fat.  Its about swapping bad fats for good. Then adding cholesterol busting foods. For more check out HEART UK's Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering Plan.  Need help deciding how to lower your cholesterol? Find out your options now.   

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Low fat recipes

HEART UK's Low Fat Eating Plan

Step 2 - Pulling together your meal plan

Having identified foods that are LOW or HIGH in fat it is now time to put together a meal plan that works for you.  You will soon get the hang of it and learn as you go.  Below are some ideas to start you off.

It is a good idea to make a shopping list before your weekly shop.  If you are in a rush or feeling hungry it is easy to lose sight of all your good intentions.  You can also check food labels online on supermarket websites before you go to find out if individual foods are suitable.

Breakfast

  • Whole wheat biscuits (such as Shredded Wheat, Weetabix or Oatibix) with skimmed or 1% milk
  • Porridge made with skimmed or 1% milk and topped with a spoon of honey and a handful of raisins
  • Fruit smoothie – 1 ripe banana, cranberry juice, and frozen red fruit blended together and served with an English muffin toasted and spread with a “light” spread or marmite 
  • Lean bacon butty – lean back bacon, trimmed of all fat and grilled.  Served in a toasted bun with tomato ketchup
  • Home-made muesli, made with rolled oats, and a variety of dried fruits served with low fat yoghurt
  • Kedgeree made from poached smoked haddock, boiled rice and curry paste topped with hard boiled egg quarters

Lunch

  • Jacket potato served with cottage cheese and a side salad with a low fat dressing
  • Chunky vegetable soup and a wedge of crusty wholegrain bread
  • Sandwiches made with lean ham, mustard and watercress, or tinned tuna and cucumber
  • Baked beans on toast or for something different try mashed banana on toast
  • Pasta with tomato sauce
  • Chicken pasta salad      

Evening Meal

  • Poached or grilled fish served with new potatoes and peas
  • Fish cakes served with salad and a sweet chilli sauce
  • Cottage pie made with Quorn or very low fat minced beef 
  • Stir fry pork with vegetables and noodles
  • Spicy vegetable burgers
  • Vegetable risotto
  • Hearty chicken casserole

Snacks

  • Fresh, dried, canned and frozen fruits
  • Fresh vegetables served with tomato salsa or cottage cheese
  • Popcorn – cooked with the minimum of added fat or oil
  • Bread sticks
  • Ready to eat breakfast cereals
  • Fat free yoghurt
  • English muffins toasted and spread with jam, marmalade, honey or yeast extract
  • a glass of skimmed or 1% milk
  • Crisp bread spread with cottage cheese

Re-visit Step 1 - Recognising foods high or low in fat
Try Step 3 of HEART UK's Low Fat Eating Plan  -  Getting confident with low fat eating

If you need help with healthy eating or cholesterol-lowering, check out our advice elsewhere on this site.