Kitchen Makeover for a Low Cholesterol Diet
Follow these 9 steps for a kitchen that makes it simpler to stick to your low cholesterol diet.
Low Cholesterol Diet Tip 6: Bring on the Fruits and Vegetables.
Clean the leftovers out of the vegetable bins, and stock up on a variety of fruits and vegetables, in all colors of the rainbow. Fruits and vegetables are rich in soluble fiber, as well as phytochemicals, which have been shown to help prevent heart disease.
Low Cholesterol Diet Tip 7: Make Healthy Foods Accessible.
Wash and chop fruits and vegetables and store them in plastic containers in the refrigerator, so you can grab them whenever you're hungry. You can also put out bowls or baskets of fruits (such as apples, pears, and plums) for easy access.
''If you make it easier to eat, you'll eat it,'' Gerbstadt says. ''No one wants to pull a melon out of the refrigerator and cut it up. So just do it ahead of time.''
Low Cholesterol Diet Tip 8: Get a Few Good Tools.
Having nonstick frying pans allows you to cook with less butter and oil. Buying your own oil pump allows you to make ''cooking spray'' from the oil of your choice. Good knives (that is, sharp ones) make chopping easier. A steamer lets you to cook vegetables without oil, while still keeping them crisp.
Low Cholesterol Diet Tip 9: Keep a Friendly Kitchen.
If your cooking space is clean, well-organized, and attractive, you're more likely to want to be in the kitchen -- and out of the fast food drive-in lane or the snack aisle at the grocery store.
Keep your herbs and spices fresh and alphabetically organized, so you can easily flavor your food without resorting to high-fat sauces. Keep your plastic containers organized so you can easily store healthy snacks in the refrigerator.
And keep your kitchen and dining room tables cleared of clutter, so family members can sit down and enjoy a real meal together, rather than snacking from cabinets or the fridge.