Skip to content

    Cholesterol & Triglycerides Health Center

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Triglyceride-Friendly Meals

    Lunches to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack continued...

    1 cup fruits: apples, grapes, kumquats, pears

    1 Tbsp salad dressing made with olive oil or canola oil (or nonfat dressings)

    Sandwich With Double Crunch

    2 slices whole-wheat bread or 1 hamburger bun

    2 oz tuna

    1 Tbsp low-fat mayonnaise

    Minced onion

    Dill pickle relish or sugar-free sweet pickle relish

    Top with thin slices of apple or pear for crunch (1 medium piece of fruit)

    Add this crunchy side:

    Finger Salad

    1 cup veggies like baby carrots, grape tomatoes, and red pepper strips mixed with fruit such as apple, grapes, or pear (with peel)

    Chinese Delight

    1 cup veggie stir-fry with 2 oz shrimp, chicken, or tofu (request olive or vegetable oil)

    1/2 cup whole-wheat pasta or rice (brown or wild)

    1 cup pineapple chunks

    A Friendlier “Burger”

    2 oz grilled chicken breast on whole-grain sandwich (with 1 Tbsp low-fat or nonfat mayo)

    1 cup side salad

    1 piece of fresh fruit

    Super Suppers to Tackle Triglycerides

    Keep it simple at night to make choices easy to follow.

    Chicken Dinner

    3 oz skinless grilled or broiled chicken (breast or dark meat)

    1 baked sweet potato, served with 1 tsp trans-fat-free margarine

    1 cup steamed broccoli with red pepper rings

    1/2 cup light ice cream, frozen yogurt, low-fat or nonfat pudding, with 1 tsp chopped pistachios

    Pasta Night

    1 cup whole-wheat pasta or spaghetti squash

    1 can of Italian diced tomatoes

    1 cup or more of sauteed zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, peppers, or onions – veggies you like best

    Add 3.5 oz. ground turkey breast, tofu, or crumbled meat substitute

    Add basil, oregano, or rosemary, whichever flavor you prefer that night

    1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, dry grated, reduced fat

    Wine: 1 glass for women, 2 for men (Skip the alcohol if your triglycerides are over 200 mg/dL)

    Easy Fish

    4 oz grilled or sauteed salmon or tuna steaks

    Or grilled or broiled shrimp kabobs

    1 tsp olive oil

    1 cup steamed asparagus with lemon juice or balsamic vinegar

    1/2 cup wheat couscous with mushroom broth and sliced scallions

    1 cup roasted tomatoes

    Vegetarian Night for Meat Lovers

    1 (8 inch) corn tortillas

    1/3 cup refried beans (fat-free or vegetarian)

    2 Tbsp salsa

    1 oz low-fat or fat-free Mexican cheese

    1/2 cup slices of avocado

    2 oz crumbled veggie sausage or meat substitute

    Beer: 1 glass for women, 2 for men (no alcohol if your triglycerides are over 200 mg/dL)

    Is This Normal? Get the Facts Fast!

    Is Your Cholesterol Level Heart Healthy?
    What is your LDL (low-density lipoprotein) level?

    Get the latest Cholesterol Management newsletter delivered to your inbox!


    or
    Answer:
    Desirable
    0-199
    Borderline
    200-239
    High
    240+

    Your level is currently

    Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal.

    Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal.

    Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is borderline high. If your LDL goes higher, your total cholesterol level could become Borderline High. Consider reducing the amount of foods you eat with saturated fats and increasing physical activity. If you get more exercise, your level of "good" HDL cholesterol may increase, which could also help to keep your levels of LDL and total cholesterol in check.

    Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL. The HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

    Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL because the HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

    Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

    Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

    Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

    Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

    Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. But your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

    Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

    Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

    Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

    Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as statins. Following medication, dietary, and exercise instructions should result in improvements.

    Your total cholesterol level is High, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications.

    Start Over

    Step:  of 

    Today on WebMD

    woman pulling supplements from shelf
    Can they help lower yours?
    bowl of yogurt with heart shape
    What it can do for you.
     
    woman exercising
    14 practical tips.
    chocolate glazed donut and avocado
    What your levels mean.
     
    Heart Foods Slideshow
    Slideshow
    Cholesterol Fact or Fiction
    Quiz
     
    Food & Fitness Planner
    TOOL
    Attractive salad
    ARTICLE
     
    Heart Disease Overview Slideshow
    SLIDESHOW
    worst sandwich slideshow
    SLIDESHOW
     
    Fat Foods Fit Foods
    SLIDESHOW
    woman drinking coffee
    SLIDESHOW