By Antoinette Boulay
If you would like to lower your cholesterol level, you will
probably need to cook your own meals more often, since many
restaurants add heaps of fat and salt to their foods in order
to add texture and taste at a low cost. Convenience foods,
obviously, are well known for offering bad nutrition and
of fat, salt, and sugar.
If you want to lower your cholesterol, avoid all fast-food,
convenience, and prepackaged meals.
That's not hard to do, even if you are a dummy in the kitchen.
There are lots of very fast and easy ways to ensure that you
can whip up tasty and cholesterol-friendly meals - no matter
how harried your schedule:
• If you are busy and tired at the end of a long day, a salad
and sandwich take less time to put together than it takes to
phone the pizza parlor. Wrap some veggies in a tortilla, cut
more veggies into a salad, and drizzle the salad with olive
and lemon juice. Use a mashed avocado or salt-free salsa as
“dressing” on your sandwich. Soups and stir-fries are other
kitchen friends of busy people who aren’t very handy in the
• Keep fresh ingredients handy and don’t tempt yourself by
keeping convenience foods and junk food in your house.
• Choose fresh ingredients - the very freshest you can. Not
only is this healthier for you, but you will need less fat and
salt in your cooking if your food ingredients are flavorful on
• Find low-fat and cholesterol-friendly recipes in cookbooks
and plan to make these recipes. There are many recipe books at
your local library - and many of these feature heart-healthy
and fast recipes that can make cholesterol-friendly eating a
snap. Don’t overlook cookbooks that feature Chinese, Japanese,
Raw food, Vegan, and Indian recipes. These are often
heart-friendly and contain enough variety to keep you happy
with your low-fat diet forever.
• Buy some fresh herbs. Use these to add flavor to your
rather than relying on salt. If you must use salt, use only a
pinch of the best sea salt you are able to buy.
Cooking to lower your cholesterol is simple. There are a few
basic foods that almost anyone can make that can keep your
health in good shape.
About The Author: Antoinette Boulay writes for the fitness and
health site www.xp9.biz/