Trying to lower your cholesterol? Try these heart healthy low cholesterol breakfast ideas for your next meal!
Are you looking to lower cholesterol levels?
It seems to be a big thing. My family is no exception.
The fact is, high cholesterol brings a risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attack, and other medical issues that we want no part of. Luckily, healthy lifestyle changes can help turn that around!
Breakfast is my most important meal of the day. If I don’t eat breakfast, my day does NOT go smoothly. But these are some of the best foods to keep me full and lower my future cravings.
How do these recipes lower cholesterol?
A diet that contains the following have been shown to help improve heart health:
- Whole grains: This includes whole wheat items like bread and tortillas, as well as oats, brown rice, and quinoa.
- Healthy fats: Foods high in unsaturated fat, including olives, olive oil, avocado, and nuts/seeds.
While I don’t claim that these low cholesterol breakfast recipes will definitely lower cholesterol, the foods in them are part of a healthy lifestyle!
This collection of breakfast recipes has been tested by me and fully approved by my family for deliciousness!
Low Cholesterol Breakfast Ideas
Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes
Pancakes are an easy way to get in extra nutrition, believe it or not. Pumpkin has amazing health benefits and add to the softness of these pancakes. Plus, they’re freezer friendly! Serve with fresh fruit on top for extra fiber.
Morning Glory Muffins
To me, the best way to add in vegetables is with bread products. These muffins have carrots AND zucchini. Instead of all purpose flour, you can substitute whole wheat flour, which can help lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Some people don’t like the skin of apples. But in fact, that’s where you’ll find the fiber and nutrients! These muffins are perfect for a cold Fall morning; and the fiber from the apples and whole wheat flour are beneficial for a heart-healthy diet.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Meal Prep Bowls
Eggs get a bad reputation with cholesterol. But in general, eggs don’t actually raise cholesterol levels. So yes, you can eat the egg yolks AND egg whites, because both have amazing benefits.
This breakfast also has a good amount of fiber from the sweet potatoes and vegetables.
Greek Yogurt Banana Bread
This bread is made with white whole wheat flour, but you can easily use regular whole wheat instead. I like to add a bit of peanut butter to my slice for some extra healthy fats. And cottage cheese on the side gives me a protein boost!
Whole Wheat Pancakes
Whole grain products can help lower the bad cholesterol, and these pancakes are made with whole wheat flour. To lower the saturated fat, you can use olive oil instead of butter.
Kid Friendly Carrot Pancakes
This recipe is the perfect way to get your kids to eat vegetables! The health benefits of carrots (Extra vitamins) and whole wheat flour make this a breakfast you’ll want on your menu every week.
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Oatmeal is one of those healthy recipes that can be totally customizable. Pretty much anything goes. This oatmeal has pumpkin puree, which has fiber; and pumpkin seeds, which are full of healthy fats. I love a hot bowl of oatmeal on cold mornings!
Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal
Oats are a POWERHOUSE of nutrition. A half cup serving has 4 grams of fiber, which helps with satiety. Combine that with bananas, and you’ve got a fiber-filled breakfast to keep you full all morning. Use low-fat milk to help lower saturated fat.
Whole Wheat Waffles
Yes, healthy breakfast recipes can include waffles! These waffles are made with whole wheat flour, which is a great addition to a low-cholesterol diet. Make a double batch and freeze some for later!
Because fiber helps keep you full longer, it also aids in weight loss!
Honey Vanilla Granola
If you like oats but don’t like oatmeal, try making your own granola. Homemade foods can have less added sugar as opposed to all those breakfast cereals you see at the store. Add this granola to Greek yogurt for a protein boost!
Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
This recipe is AMAZING. You get nutritious antioxidants from the blueberries, and fiber and healthy fats from the addition of flaxseed. Baked oatmeal is cheap to make and SO filling!
Peach Baked Oatmeal
This is an AMAZING Summer breakfast. Use fresh peaches for the best flavor; or use canned peaches when they’re not in-season!
I hope you found some low cholesterol recipes that you’ll try next week. These will make nice healthy additions to your diet and keep you from getting bored!
Using these recipes and other dietary changes, I’ve helped lower my husband’s total cholesterol levels. We’re nowhere near perfect, but we aim for a little better every day!