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Snacks that Actually Lower your Cholesterol

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Cholesterol lowering Snacks

Snacking is something that everyone does every day.  We snack for all kinds of reasons whether it is to get energy or because we are bored at work.  The average person consumes more than 600 calories from snacking each day.    It is important to choose  healthy snacks so you avoid adding inches to your waistline.

Snacking can also be a  big contributor to your cholesterol level.  Choosing the right healthy snack can actually lower your LDL or “bad”  cholesterol.  Choosing the wrong snacks can cause your bad cholesterol levels to increase.

Skip the chips or other vending machine processed snacks which are “bad” for you.   Try these healthy snacks that will help you lower your LDL level:

Apples are full of anti-oxidants.  Eating 2 per day can help slow down the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and help prevent the build up of plaque.  Be sure to bring apples to work to snack on and they go great with some organic peanut butter!

Grapefruit contains liminoids which are phytochemicals that destroy LDL.  If you take statin meds, you may not be able to eat grapefruit so be careful.

Nuts and Seeds are also cholesterol busters!  Seeds like pumpkin, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds are filling and healthy.  Almonds, cashews, walnuts and pistachios can lower your  bad cholesterol.  Just be sure not to eat too many nuts as they are high in calories so 1/4 cup per day is adequate.

Oat Bran is full of water soluble fiber and is also great for lowering cholesterol levels.  Enjoy a bowl of oat cereal for breakfast or for an afternoon snack!

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Healthy eating at work and on the go

Eating Healthy does not mean it has to be complicated.  Here’s some easy to prepare foods that will keep you fit, energized and feeling great without a lot of work!

 

1.  Raw Almonds.  Almonds are high in fiber and protein and they keep your tummy feeling full!  Great on cereals, oatmeal, yogurt or just alone as a healthy snack!

2.  Broccoli.  Broccoli is a superfood that detoxes your liver!  Tastes great raw in a salad or snack  and steamed as a side with your favorite dinner!

3.  Eggs.  Eggs are protein rich and are easy to add to a veggie omelette or quiche!  If you are concerned about cholesterol, just use the egg white!

4.  Coffee/Green Tea.  These favorite drinks are loaded with disease fighting anti-oxidants so drink up!  Green tea is the best choice as it has less caffeine.

5.  LowFat Greek Yogurt.  Great tasting breakfast, snack or dessert..just buy the yogurt without added sugar and add your own fresh fruit and nuts.

6.  Steel Cut Oatmeal.  A fabulous source of lean protein and it also helps lower cholesterol.  Add fresh fruit, raw nuts or sprinkle with some cinnamon and natural honey.

7.  Fresh Fruit.  Fruits contain natural “healthy” sugars which are slowly absorbed into the bloodstream.  They contain antioxidants and fiber and help you stay focused, energized and help with weight management!

8.  Dark Chocolate.  Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa) is super healthy and can help lower the “bad” LDL cholesterol.  It also improves blood vessel function.  Tastes awesome too!!

9.  Grapefruit.  Grapefruit curbs hunger and protects the heart against disease.  The “redder” the flesh, the healthier it is!

 

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