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5 Food Items You Must Eat to Reduce High Cholesterol Levels

Check out this list of 5 items that can easily replace high cholesterol snack options you have become habitual of.

Shruti Kandwal
The vegetables help in the removal of toxins from the body as well as blocking the absorption of cholesterol.
The vegetables help in the removal of toxins from the body as well as blocking the absorption of cholesterol.

Replacing high-cholesterol snacks for healthy alternatives comes with various health benefits.  We may live longer and stay away from diseases if we replace our diets high in cholesterol with those rich in fiber and nutrients. Foods rich in soluble fiber helps in flushing this greasy substance out of the body as well as lowering the absorption of cholesterol in the body.

Fruits and vegetables, plant-based protein, whole grains, and meals high in soluble fiber should all be included on a list of healthy options. While there are many choices that can work, we've included five that can easily take the place of high cholesterol snack foods you've become habitual of:

Apple with Nuts

Have no time to prepare a meal? Do not worry; simply stick to an apple and a mix of almonds, walnuts, and raisins. This soluble fiber-rich snack alternative also has a healthy fat, Omega 3, an antioxidant boost. Additionally, it will keep you full till dinner and is the perfect recipe for fending off repeated hunger cravings. As an alternative, you might go for a protein-rich, multigrain bar. Just make sure that the bar contains enough protein rather than added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Pros and Cons: High in good fats and carbohydrates, but the fiber content is not so good.

Popped Potato Chips (50% Less Fat)

You don't have to give up your love for wafers to eat healthily. The key here is to avoid choosing fried foods in favor of healthy options like popped chips. When it comes to enjoying munching guilt-free, popped chips are a great option because they have up to 50% less fat than regular ones. Additionally, you may select from a wide range of flavors or varieties and indulge your taste buds without feeling guilty.

Pros and Cons: Guilt-free snacks, much less fat, and no downside.

Broccoli Salad

Leading a healthy life requires eating plenty of green, leafy vegetables. The vegetables help in the removal of toxins from the body as well as blocking the absorption of cholesterol. The experts recommend broccoli salad as a quick snack option. Add some additional vegetables (spinach, kale, etc.) and top the salad with chopped onion, sliced tomatoes, boiled corn, and a spoonful of mint sauce to make it your own. Doesn't it sound delicious? Also, you may serve this salad with a saucy gourmet dip to elevate its flavor even further.

Pros and Cons: Packed with antioxidants, but some people may not enjoy the taste.

Vegan Milk Smoothie

Smoothies are necessary on any list of nutritious foods. Simply combine some sliced bananas, berries, almonds, and a half cup of vegan milk to create the ideal 4 p.m. snack in a blink. The rich antioxidant content of berries lowers cholesterol, and the banana will provide the smoothie an energy boost.

On the other hand, vegan milk will also provide the necessary amount of protein to complete the macro-and micronutrient profile of this healthy and full snack choice. For an extra sweet and delicious kick, serve this smoothie with some chocolate cigars.

Pros and cons: Delicious in taste but high in carbs and calories

Roasted Lotus Seeds

Lotus seeds are one of the superfoods with a variety of health advantages and are a great source of calcium and vitamins. The snack choice is also quite filling and keeps you satiated for a while. Simply roast 100 g of lotus seeds in a little amount of Desi Ghee (not oil) for a rapid preparation, and turn off the heat as soon as the seeds begin to turn a light brown. To add more flavor and taste to the dish, season it with salt and mix in some crushed curry or mint leaves.

You could certainly pair them with some low-calorie cookies to increase the joy and happiness of indulging in healthier ways by double.

Pros and Cons: Excellent nutritious profile, but somewhat cost is a little on a higher side

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