Saturday, May 19, 2012

Healthy Eating

Robin has always battled high cholesterol. He's often borderline and with his job he has regular check ups so he often has reminders to watch his cholesterol. Well this spring he was more than borderline high cholesterol and so he has taken steps to really watch what he eats. So we've tried a few new recipes to help him with his goal.
We're boosting the times we eat fish. I've always tried to have fish once a week but am not always successful. Now I'm working harder to have fish 2 times a week. At least for Robin.
This is actually a recipe we had before but it's a good heart healthy one. Crock Pot Black Bean Pumpkin Chili. Surprisingly you can't taste the pumpkin but it just helps to make the chili smooth.
I have several variations of black bean salads that I have been making. This one is a Southwestern Black Bean and Corn Salad. The kids chose to take this to school for lunch over a chicken sandwich.
Even with the internet recipes I have found, I bought a small cookbook called Heart Healthy Recipes. It's not specifically for low cholesterol but for better eating. This heart healthy meat loaf is one of the recipes we tried. The flavor wasn't as intense as we would like, but it was certainly a great alternative. Robin made this one and froze the individual meat loaves so he could just take one out and reheat it. I certainly hope this helps him to lower his cholesterol. We're all rather fond of him and would like to have him around as long as possible.


Anonymous said...

Yes, it is difficult to modify ones diet, and stick to it. Sounds like you're motivated. Best wishes. Westfield Mom

Anonymous said...

hey beth- my husband has really bad cholesterol also and is constantly working to keep it down. his doctor recommended a book called....prevent and reverse heart disease.
which is basically a vegan diet. the diet plus exercise ALWAYS drastically lowers his cholesterol. he has been on and off of the diet over the past three years. it isn't always easy to stick to it, but i think now after all the on and off HE, not me, has finally got it down and is managing his own diet. i'm honestly talking drastic changes, 100 points in trigylcerides.