Snack to Help Lower Cholesterol

Cholesterol and snacking can be bad words. But they are just words. So, if you do it right, you can do some good eating to boost your good cholesterol.

You’re likely aware that certain foods can boost your bad cholesterol. Sugary snacks, processed foods, and junk food are the main culprits. However, your snacks don’t have to be sugary or junky. And they certainly don’t have to harm cholesterol levels.


Cholesterol is found in every cell in your body. You actually make it to help with several functions. But diet can play a role, too. And it’s not necessarily foods with cholesterol that cause it to go up.

There are two main types of cholesterol in your body: “good” HDL and “bad” LDL. Too much LDL can get stuck to arteries, turn to plaque, and boost blood pressure and the risk for a serious cardiac event.

On the other hand, HDL picks up the extra LDL and takes it to the liver so it can be excreted from the body.

“High cholesterol” means you have too much LDL, not enough HDL, or a combination.

Lowering LDL and boosting LDL, therefore, is a great combo for heart health. And here is a snack that can help you do it: Nut Butter Oat Balls.


Oats are one of the best foods for cholesterol. They are high in soluble fiber, which helps coat your small intestine in a way that keeps bad cholesterol out of the bloodstream.

Nuts and natural nut butter help boost HDL to help get rid of HDL. Adding some whey protein or dried fruit can be beneficial, too.

So, here’s how you make them: just take a bunch of oats, nut butter, and protein powder (if you like), put it in a bowl and mix it all around. Then scoop into balls and let them sit in the fridge for a couple of hours. No baking and plenty of taste for a cholesterol-lowering snack!

Author Bio

About eight years ago, Mat Lecompte had an epiphany. He’d been ignoring his health and suddenly realized he needed to do something about it. Since then, through hard work, determination and plenty of education, he has transformed his life. He’s changed his body composition by learning the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, and fitness and wants to share his knowledge with you. Starting as a journalist over 10 years ago, Mat has not only honed his belief system and approach with practical experience, but he has also worked closely with nutritionists, dieticians, athletes, and fitness professionals. He embraces natural healing methods and believes that diet, exercise and willpower are the foundation of a healthy, happy, and drug-free existence.