Cholesterol.… there has been so much bad publicity about taking statins, however, if you are taking prescribed medication for your cholesterol please speak to your doctor before you stop taking any prescribed medication.
If your doctor is suggesting that you take medication then now is maybe the time to look at natural ways of reducing your cholesterol before you start medication and it does work as my mum did just that and she got her cholesterol level down and didn’t need medication so diet does work for a lot of people.
If you’re looking for a snack food that lowers your cholesterol levels, research shows that you should get cracking! Ha Ha… In a study published by The Medical Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was found that people who munched their way through 1.5 oz of whole walnuts 6 days a week for 1 month lowered their total cholesterol by 5.4% and LDL cholesterol by 9.3%. Almonds and Hazelnuts are other great options.
The picture above shows the little cob nuts we used to pick and enjoy at Christmas also known as Hazelnuts they are sweet and incredibly nutritious edible kernels from the “birch” or Betulaceae family of trees.
They are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids like oleic as well as essential fatty acid, linoleic acid that helps lower LDL or bad cholesterol and raises HDL or good cholesterol.
This popular green food contains lots of lutein, the sunshine-yellow pigment found in dark green leafy vegetables and egg yolks. Research suggests that just ½ cup of lutein-rich food daily guards against heart attacks by helping artery walls “shrug off” cholesterol invaders that cause clogging.
- 25g butter
- 100g fresh breadcrumb
- zest of a lemon
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 red chilli, finely chopped
- 500g spinach…
Firstly melt the butter in a large frying pan add everything except for the spinach. Cook until golden and crunchy. Remove from the pan and put to one side. Add the spinach to the pan and wilt, Stir and season then put in a serving dish and top with the crispy crumbs and serve as a lovely side dish with pasta or ????? You choose!
Fruits such as apples, citrus fruit, berries, apricots, and cherries are high in soluble fibre and pectin both have been shown to be helpful in lowering cholesterol. A bowl of beautiful fruit in season is just wonderful or make it into a smoothie…I use fresh and frozen fruit for my smoothies, if you have some bananas that are getting too ripe and they do ripen so quickly don’t they?..then pop them in a bag ..remove the skin of course and chop them into pieces and when you do a smoothie just pop in frozen.
My smoothie recipe.... a couple of strawberries, a banana, a few frozen raspberries and 3 cheeks of lime and about half a small glass of coconut milk. I like my drinks a bit tart and I don’t do sweet drinks so if you like yours sweeter you may want to cut the lime a little and add some honey to sweeten but the beauty of the smoothies is anything goes ….you can make them to order.
I also sometimes add a slice of tomato, beetroot( not in vinegar), and carrot…Play with your flavours you will be surprised and you are getting your 5 a day beautifully served in a glass of deliciousness.
If I want it colder and more frozen then I use frozen bananas.
Omega 3 fats found in fish are one of the natural health wonders of the world these fatty acids can lower cholesterol by replacing saturated fats with omega-3 like those found in salmon, sardines, and herring can raise good cholesterol by as much as 4%.
Do you think that fish looks appetising? It is one of my favourite dinners and is so quick and easy to do click here for the recipe I hope you love it as much as I do. For ease, I buy a piece of fish and portion and freeze it so if you are busy or working you can just take it from the freezer before you leave the house and it is nice and thawed ready to cook when you get home.
Aside from adding zing to almost any dish, garlic makes the list of foods that lower cholesterol; Research also finds that it helps stop artery-clogging plaque at its earliest stage by keeping cholesterol particles from sticking to artery walls.
If you are looking to lower your cholesterol then get out the Scotts Porridge Oats. I grew up on those… a lovely warming bowl before I went out into the cold to walk to school. Yes…shock horror..walk to school…
Now that is another post as I still walk …my longest walk….26.2 miles which is the official length of a marathon and I did it!
Back to that bowl of oats…Eating two servings of oats for breakfast can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by 5.3% in only 6 weeks.
The key to this cholesterol buster is beta-glucans, a substance in oats that absorbs LDL, which your body then excretes.
Don’t like porridge then what about some lovely oat biscuits?
I don’t make biscuits very often..almost never but I food because of the humidity doesn’t last long here it either goes off or the ants take residence. I was guided by the desiccated coconut and the golden syrup which was a gift from afar aka visitors and the rolled oats which I mistakenly bought instead of the porridge oats.
These cookies are my basic recipe and next time will be my experimental recipe I am already planning what I can add to them.
- 150gm rolled oats
- 100gm plain flour
- 100gm light brown sugar( I used raw sugar)
- 100gm desiccated coconut
- 100gm butter
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
- 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
- 2 tbsp of boiling water.
Set oven to heat at 175C, gas mark 4.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the sugar, flour, coconut and oats mix to combine well.
In a small pan add the butter and golden syrup and melt the butter. meanwhile, bring the kettle to a boil and add two tbsps of boiling water to the bicarbonate of soda in a small cup. Add this to the melted butter/syrup mix. It will foam a little.
Make a well in the centre of your dry mix and pour in the melted butter/syrup mix. Stir to thoroughly combine and it will form a slightly sticky dough.
Roll out balls and put them on a baking tray leaving a space as they will spread on cooking ( the mix made 15 balls) Slightly flatten with your hand.
Put in the preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
THE BISCUITS WILL BE SOFT TO THE TOUCH BUT WILL HARDEN ON COOLING.
Don’t make the mistake I made when I first made them and thought they weren’t cooked and gave them another 10 minutes. They were a tad harder than required when they cooled down…haha…I could have built a wall with them…Opppps
Good news: This common cooking ingredient can help your health. Olive Oil is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids which lower LDL cholesterol—and have the welcome side effect of trimming belly fat. Use it to make your own salad dressings, marinate chicken and fish, or roast vegetables.
Isn’t healthy eating delicious???
I love science especially when it tells me that a glass of what I love is healthy for me….It doesn’t get better than that…Does it???
Now, who doesn’t love a good Rioja? Well, those lovely high fibre Tempranillo grapes may well significantly lower our cholesterol levels.
A study by the Department of metabolism and nutrition at University Health News
Confirmed this …That’s good news a glass of Red wine is beneficial to our health, isn’t it…..Cheers!
I hope you enjoy these posts ..my aim is to encourage healthy eating but also to help you realise that most of us only need to tweak our diets a little as much of what we eat is good for us as long as we buy fresh produce or grow our own… don’t buy processed foods but hey I don’t buy processed foods and we eat well…I also have a budget and buy foods in season, on special offer, if it is something I use, we swap vegetables and fruit here so if I have too much of something I share it with my family or neighbours and they do likewise.
Just a few little adjustments sometimes make so much difference.
I could tell you about so much more…name everything which helps lower your cholesterol…It would be akin to War and Peace BUT I want you to use google, ask and decide for yourself what you want to cook and what you want to buy……If only 1 person does this then I will be a happy bunny.
And if you think I am being too frivolous as health is a serious subject……..Laughter is also good for your health.
Until next time…Stay safe, laugh a lot, have a glass of red wine and ASK a question.