5 Low-Cholesterol Lunches Under 500 Calories

Learn Easy Swaps for Lowering Cholesterol in Your Favorite Lunches

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If you're trying to limit the cholesterol in your diet, lunch is a good place to start. Many popular lunch items—think cheese and deli meat—can be high in cholesterol and saturated fat. On the other hand, there are lots of lunch ingredients that help to lower your cholesterol (think whole grain bread, hummus, nut butters and veggies). The secret to revamping your favorite lunch to make it low-cholesterol is to make minor substitutions with low-cholesterol and low-fat ingredients, then add nutritious, high-fiber ingredients to help you feel full.

These low-cholesterol lunches are quick and easy, and all under 500 calories:

Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Your childhood favorite is a surprisingly healthy choice. Use a small amount of natural peanut butter, free of hydrogenated oils and added sugar, and add banana for sweetness. Best of all, it's a family pleaser and great for picnics and those who are on-the-go.

  • Per serving: Calories: 422, Calories from Fat 97, Total Fat 10.8g (sat 2.8g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 270mg, Carbohydrate 70mg, Fiber 6.8g, Protein 11g

Extra Tips for Easy Low-Cholesterol Lunches

  • Make half of your grains "whole." Choose whole grain (100% whole wheat flour) breads, pita, or sandwich wraps. Try open-faced sandwiches and you will automatically cut down on extra calories.
  • Spice Things Up! Avoid the fat and cholesterol of mayonnaise by using spicy mustard, salsa, or spicy hummus on your sandwiches.
  • Cook for Two. When you prepare cholesterol-friendly fish (such as salmon and tuna) for dinner, make an extra piece and use it as a salad topper for your next day's lunch.

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