Our best recipes to lower cholesterol

Even if you’re lean and healthy, high cholesterol could put you at risk for heart disease and stroke. These recipes will help keep cholesterol in check

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edamame avocado radish salad

Avocado, Edamame and Radish Salad

As well as increasing feelings of fullness, the oleic acid in avocados can help reduce cholesterol levels. In one study, individuals eating an avocado-rich diet had a significant decrease in total cholesterol levels, including a decrease in LDL cholesterol. Their levels of HDL cholesterol (the healthy type) increased by 11%.

 

Crisp, clean and versatile, this salad makes a great lunch or perfect on the side of grilled meat or fish. Hearty avocado chunks lend a creamy texture and smooth, savoury flavour.

 

Get the recipe: Avocado, Edamame and Radish Salad

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Cherry butternut squash

Roasted Cherry Butternut Squash

All cherries are high in pectin-a soluble fibre that helps to prevent heart disease by lowering "bad" cholesterol.

 

Try: Roasted Cherry Butternut Squash

 

Rehydrated dried cherries turn simple roasted butternut squash into a special side dish.

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Spiced Cherry Maple Carrots

Plain carrots become an elegant side dish with cherries, maple syrup, nutmeg and ginger.

Get the recipe: Spiced Cherry Maple Carrots

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Savoury Squash and Pear Crumble

Bing Cherry-Walnut Oatmeal Crumble??

This delicious Bing cherry-walnut oatmeal crumble dessert is topped with heart-healthy nuts and oats.

Get the recipe: Bing Cherry-Walnut Oatmeal Crumble

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avocado guacamole

Guacamole

The word guacamole comes from the Nahuatl words for "avocado" (ahuacatl) and "mixture," or "concoction" (molli)-and what a beautiful "concoction" guacamole is, pale green sparked with the cilantro's darker green and the red of the tomato.

Get the recipe: Guacamole

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Avocado Carpaccio with Wild Blueberry Cottage Cheese Mix

This fresh avocado salad, topped with antioxidant-rich wild blueberries, makes a great afternoon snack or side dish.

Get the recipe: Avocado Carpaccio with Wild Blueberry Cottage Cheese Mix

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walnut granola

Power Up Granola

A study conducted by the University of Toronto in 2006 on people with high cholesterol found one ounce of almonds a day, along with other heart-healthy foods, reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Have this tasty granola for breakfast, or pack it in a bag for a wholesome snack on-the-go.

Get the recipe: Power Up Granola

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Chocolate Almond Smoothie

This is a satisfying, antioxidant-rich smoothie that will keep the hunger away for hours.

Get the recipe: Chocolate Almond Smoothie

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Couscous

Almond-Currant Couscous

Crunchy toasted almonds add flavour and nutrition to this simple couscous recipe.

Get the recipe: Almond-Currant Couscous

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