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Get your comfort food fix while staying on track with your heart health! You won’t find cream-based pasta dishes up high on a doctor’s list of low cholesterol diet approved foods, thanks to the saturated fat-laden sauces. For a heart-healthy twist, we collaborated with the National Heart Institute to put a little spin on the traditional cream pasta sauce.
Traditionally, alfredo sauces are made with cream which is richer than milk and gives a satisfying lusciousness to the dish. To mimic the creaminess, our recipe uses avocados which are an amazing source of healthy monounsaturated fats, making it suitable for those with high cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Studies have found that avocados can help improve HDL cholesterol, the good cholesterol that keeps bad LDL cholesterol at bay, reducing your risk of heart diseases!
Ingredients (makes 5 servings):
This recipe makes the basic pasta and sauce. For a complete meal, add protein and a couple of servings of vegetables. We love heart-healthy fatty fishes like salmon, mackerel and codfish for a boost of natural omega-3 fatty acids.
For even more health benefits, our nutritionists recommend choosing wholemeal pasta options.
Wholemeal pasta contains more nutrients as well as soluble fiber, they’re part of a group of foods that lower cholesterol fast! In your body, soluble fibers bind and flush out cholesterol before they become a problem! For the same effect, add more fruits and vegetables into your diet to really lower your risks of heart disease.
Dessert, the ultimate comfort food. For some, there’s nothing that a slice of cake won’t fix. So for a heart-healthy dessert , we collaborated with the National Heart Institute to put a little Superfood+ spin on it.
Being loaded with saturated fat and all, cheese is seen as a danger to your heart health and cholesterol levels. However, latest research has suggested that eating about 40g of cheese a day could help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke!
Our version of the cheesecake veers from the norm, being low in trans fat (a big deal for baked goods!). While still an indulgence, our recipe features a better nutritional profile. Superfood+ adds essential vitamins, minerals and soluble fibre for a dessert that’s friendly to both your heart and cholesterol levels!
Ingredients (Makes 12 slices)
Combine digestive biscuit crumbs, brown sugar and Kinohimitsu Superfood+. Add melted butter and mix well.
Press into the bottom of an 8X10 inch springform pan, chill until firm.
Whip together cream cheese and lemon juice until soft and creamy.
Add whipping cream and beat with an electric mixer until mixture thickens up.
Add in sugar, continue to beat until stiff.
Pour into chilled crust, chill several hours or overnight. (pic 6-9)
Love your heart with these simple tips from our nutritionists!:
Fiber up: Ideally, a low cholesterol diet is one that’ll help your heart the most. To prevent heart attacks and the like, experts recommend that you get at least 20 - 35 grams of fiber a day. Fruits and vegetables along with whole grains are amazing foods that lower cholesterol fast. They help to lower the risk of heart disease with soluble fiber that binds cholesterol and flushes it out of the digestive system before it can wreak havoc on your body.
Oils matter: The oils that you use can play a part in preventing heart diseases as well! Using vegetable oils such as olive oil when cooking can help to lower the levels of bad LDL cholesterol.
Avoid Trans Fats: Found in many foods including your favourite baked goods like cakes, biscuits and cookies. Trans fats have been shown to raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Meats matter: Your choices of protein can break or make your cholesterol levels. People with high cholesterol should avoid red meats and fatty cuts.
Try fishes instead! Fatty fishes like salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, that can help raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).