Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? It’s debatable. But there is a very strong case for it. And if you’re interested in lowering cholesterol, it very well might be.
What you choose to eat as your first meal of the day can set the tone for how your body operates. It can help regulate appetite, promote better digestion, and work to regulate cholesterol levels.
If you do it properly. What makes breakfast so important is its ability to swing your body in different directions. Choose wisely, and it is a valuable opportunity to boost intake of valuable nutrition. Opting for muffins, pastries, or donuts, and you’re headed down a potentially dangerous path.
Cholesterol-lowering breakfasts will feature items like whole-grain oats, fruit, whey protein, and eggs.
Yes, even eggs. They don’t have much of an effect on blood cholesterol levels, and the nutritional benefits of yolk far outweigh any potential risk. Of course, if the idea of yolk is unsettling, you could always use egg whites.
But really, limiting the number of saturated fats you’re eating is more of a concern.
So, what are some great ways to start the day that can boost fiber intake, help you reach nutrient targets, and get you on the path to lower cholesterol? Here are some easy ideas.
- Oats and whey. Heating up some whole grain oats and mixing in whey, blueberries, and nut butter is a quick nutritious breakfast with cholesterol-lowering effects. Feel free to use nuts instead of nut butter.
- Avocado toast and an egg or two. Just make sure you’ve selected a whole grain or whole wheat bread.
- Scrambled eggs with sautéed peppers and onions
- Smoked salmon in a whole wheat bagel
- Fruit bowl/fruit on top of plain Greek yogurt
- Egg/egg white omelet
All of those breakfasts can set your day off on the right foot and potentially lead to better food decisions throughout the day. If you’re consistent with it, you may begin to notice cholesterol coming down within a matter of weeks or months.