Just because you follow a diet to help lower your cholesterol doesn't mean you have to miss out on creamy pasta dishes. This quick and easy meal is ideal after work, and is made with a homemade pesto that contains cholesterol-reducing almonds.
Soaking the almonds first makes them creamier. You can pre-soak and freeze them, or soak and leave them in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Add some chopped vegetables to the pasta pan for the last few minutes of cooking to increase your veg intake too.
Remember to use the best-quality olive oil and hard cheese that you can - they have more flavour, so you can use less of them.
|Typical Values||per 100g||per 206g serving|
|Energy ||226 kcal |
|465 kcal |
of which saturates
|9.8 g |
|20 g |
of which sugars
|21 g |
|43 g |
|Fibre||6 g ||12.3 g |
|Protein||10 g ||22 g |
|Salt||0.2 g ||0.4 g |
It is suggested that almonds increase vitamin E levels, which helps to lower cholesterol. As with most other nuts they also contain healthy fats that, when consumed in moderation, may contribute towards good heart health.
There are many studies that suggest the consumption of plants like rocket/arugula decreases the risk of issues such as heart disease.
Whole grains are particularly high in dietary fibre, which promotes health digestion and, in turn, helps to lower cholesterol levels.
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