Low Budget Meals for Your Cholesterol Lowering Diet

If you’ve gone into restaurants or health foods stores lately, you may have noticed a disturbing trend: eating healthy can be costly. In fact, this has caused many people to abandon their healthy meal plans in favor of high-fat, less expensive foods. Fortunately, eating healthy not have to come at a high price. About.com's Low Fat Cooking site has many recipes for low-fat, nutritious meals that can help you to keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels in check – without burning a hole in your wallet.

Delicious, Low-Fat Appetizers

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Whether you are gathering with family in front of the TV or having a party with friends, there will always be room for appetizers. Selecting healthy snacks can help keep your lipid levels within a healthy range - without costing you a lot of money. One inexpensive, high-nutrient appetizer is a fruit and veggie tray. However, you should make sure that any dips that you use are low in fat and calories. Good examples would include hummus, salsa, or low-fat varieties of your favorite creamy dips. Here are a few, inexpensive ideas for your next gathering.

Low-Fat Breakfast on a Budget


Breakfast doesn’t have to come from a fast food dollar menu. There are many tasty, low-fat breakfast foods that are cholesterol-friendly and don’t cost a lot of money. To make your breakfasts a little more heart-healthy, use whole grains – such as oatmeal, barley, or whole wheat – to increase your fiber content. 

Inexpensive Lunch Recipes

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There are many low-fat, inexpensive options for lunch – ranging between light lunches if you are on-the-go to sit-down, satisfying lunches. By opting to bring your lunch from home instead of dining out, you can help keep your cholesterol levels within normal range – and your checkbook out of the red. Soups, wraps and salads are an excellent way to fill up on your favorite veggies, beans, whole grains, lentils, and fruits – just make sure that you limit the amount of butter, cheese, spreads, and sugar you add, as these can pile calories onto your cholesterol-friendly lunch. 

Healthy Dinner Recipes


These low-fat, low-budget meals are easy to prepare after a hard day at work. You can prepare something light for yourself or a large meal that everyone in the family will enjoy. Either way, these recipes are delicious and healthy:

  • When preparing your dinners, make sure that you use lean proteins – such as fish, poultry, and soy. Although you can indulge in beef and pork every once in a while, some portions can be a little fattier and higher in calories in comparison to leaner proteins. Therefore, you should cut away any visible pieces of fat before preparing the food. If you want to cut calories even more, serve your dressings and sauces on the side.

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