Tips for Including Almonds in Your Cholesterol-Lowering Diet

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Quite a few studies have shown that a handful of almonds may help to keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels within a healthy range. Almonds contain many cholesterol-friendly ingredients, including fiber, phytosterols, and omega-3 fatty acids. Because of this, almonds – along with other healthy nuts – have been bestowed a “heart healthy” designation on their packaging by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Other than snacking on a handful between meals – where else can you include almonds? Surprisingly, there are many, healthy ways to fit almonds into your lipid-lipid lowering diet. These tips and recipes will show you how to include almonds in your meals.

Hearty Breakfasts

What better way to celebrate breakfast than to include a handful of almonds? Almonds can be incorporated into many of your healthy breakfasts – from the most elaborate to the simplest dish. For quick preparation, you can add a few sliced almonds to your favorite, warm oatmeal or cold bowl of cereal. Just be careful not to add too much butter, sugar, or sugary jellies or syrups – all of which can add calories to your breakfast. These healthy ideas can also add some almonds to your breakfast:

Delicious Almond Sides

Almonds can spruce up a boring side dish by adding flavor and a little crunchiness. Whether it’s rice, lentils, a side salad, or other side dish, almonds are versatile and can be practically added to any type of side item.

To keep it heart-healthy, you should be using fresh veggies, fruit, beans and legumes in your sides. If your side dishes call for using breading, such as stuffing, you should use whole wheat or whole grain bread – instead of white bread – to add more fiber to the dish. 

Healthy Almond Snacks

Almonds are always good to have on-hand for snacking.

Although you can consume them straight out of the package, there are also other surprising ways to enjoy almonds on a lipid-lowering diet. Are you craving milk? Almonds can be easily processed into a creamy – and healthy – alternative to milk. You can also combine almonds with dried fruit, grains, and other nuts to make a filling trail mix. You can toast, roast, and grill almonds – but you shouldn’t fry them, as this can introduce more fat into your diet. To make it more heart-healthy, you should limit the amount of salt and sugar added to your almonds. Just be careful not to go overboard in including almonds in your meals. Even though they are healthy, they still contain calories that can add up in large amounts. Here are some healthy snack ideas for almonds:

  • Toasted Almonds

Healthy Dinners Containing Almonds

Almonds can even be incorporated into your entrees. Are you new to a lipid-lowering diet and are trying to wean yourself off of fried foods? Coating your proteins with sliced almonds adds that familiar crunchiness you get from fried foods – without the trans fats. When using almonds, you should combine them with other lean ingredients – such as beans, vegetables, fish or poultry.

If you decide to use beef or pork in your entrée, make sure to remove any excess fat before preparing it to serve.