Super Suppers to Tackle Triglycerides
Keep it simple at night to make choices easy to follow.
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
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)
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)
Putting Together Your Own Meals
Fit in with your favorite meals by following these basics to lower your triglycerides.
- Plan for a “moderate” amount of whole-grain carbohydrates. Use portion sizes on packages as a guide. Another way to estimate a healthy amount is to visually divide your plate into 4 equal parts. Fill half of it with fruits and vegetables, and fill a quarter of it with a whole grain. Fill the last quarter with a low-fat protein.
- Limit “white” carbs and sugars. Keep foods made with white flour, desserts, candy, juices, and fruit drinks to a minimum.
- Serve healthy fats because they can help lower your triglyceride levels. They are the unsaturated fats, especially omega-3s found in fatty fish, flaxseed, canola oil, and walnuts.
- Don’t keep around tempting, unhealthy fats -- saturated fats found in red meat and baked goods and trans fats found in some packaged foods. If a food label says hydrogenated oil, don’t even open the bag.
- Choose low-fat proteins, including chicken, fish, seafood, lean meats, and tofu.
- Pour low or nonfat milk and choose low or nonfat dairy -- yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheese.
- Limit how much alcohol you have each day. That’s 1 drink if you’re female and 2 if you are male. But even a small amount of alcohol may raise triglycerides in some people, so ask your doctor what’s right for you.
Having trouble adapting to low-triglyceride meals? See your doctor or a dietitian for help. Together you can put together a healthy meal plan that will lower your triglyceride levels and help you lose weight if you need to.