Book Review: The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan

The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan by Karen Swanson and Jennifer Koslo
Rockridge Press (January 16, 2018)
Health, Fitness & Dieting/Low Cholesterol/Special Diet/Cookbook


From the publisher that brought you The Heart Healthy Cookbook for Two and The Complete DASH Diet for Beginners comes The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan, to help you jumpstart your heart-healthy lifestyle.
Getting serious about heart health can be overwhelming. That’s why cardiac dietitian, Jennifer Koslo, and “Go Low Cholesterol” blogger, Karen Swanson, created The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan. With an easy-to-follow 4-week program, this low cholesterol cookbook will help you lower cholesterol naturally, with food and exercise. This low cholesterol cookbook delivers comprehensive recipes and a proactive meal plan to help you eliminate bad fats without losing the flavors your heart loves.
Go beyond your basic low cholesterol cookbook with The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan. Accessible and up-to-date, this low cholesterol cookbook offers:
• A 4-Week Meal Plan getting you started on the right path to lower cholesterol
• 120 Recipes featuring heart-healthy versions of your favorite meals, from Banana-Oat Pancakes to Honey Mustard Chicken and Flourless Chocolate Cookies
• 30 minutes or less of preparation per recipe
This low cholesterol cookbook includes tips for shopping and creating food lists, plus suggestions for exercise and more. Start your heart-healthy lifestyle with the proactive diet and meal plan from The Low Cholesterol Cookbook and Action Plan.


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The biggest benefit for me was Part One: Going Low Cholesterol. Breaks down what not to eat, what to eat, fighting cholesterol with fiber with specific foods that high in cholesterol lowering soluble fiber.
Gives you the tools with food and exercise choices to help lower your cholesterol; the tool to start choosing healthier foods. A guideline to restock your pantry with low-fat, fiber-rich ingredients. Suggested moderate and vigorous activities.
You are given a four-week meal plan which includes Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, and a suggested physical activity. The weekly plan includes a shopping list.
Part two are the low-cholesterol recipes which is broken down into Breakfast & Smoothies, Vegetarian and Vegan Mains, Poultry Mains, Seafood Mains, Beef and Pork Mains, Vegetables and Sides, Desserts, and Broths, Condiments, and Sauces. All the recipes require little prep time and most cook within 30 minutes. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients are easy to find. The recipes serve from 1 to 4 people.
I’m not a fan of beans or spicy foods and am allergic to nuts which has been my downfall in the past with trying to lower my numbers and add fiber to my diet. The previously mention foods are used frequently in many of the recipes, however there are enough alternatives and substitutes given that I can make adjustments.
Honey Mustard Pork Roast, Steamed Rosemary Trout, Yogurt-marinated Grilled Salmon, Garlic-Ginger Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry, Slow Cooker Hawaiin Chicken, Cranberry-Orange Muffin, are some that I have tried and liked so far.
Overall I feel this Cookbook gives me hope that I can reduce my high triglycerides and add more fiber to my diet in a doable and tasty way.
Note:  I received a free copy of the book from the publisher/Callisto Publishing Club


KAREN SWANSON is the author behind Go Low Cholesterol, a blog that chronicles her journey to lower cholesterol without taking medication. Previously, she has written on behalf of as a category expert for low cholesterol. She lives in Westport, Connecticut with her son and husband.

Twitter: @GoLoCholesterol


JENNIFER KOSLO, PhD, RD, CSSD, ACE-CPT is a recipe developer, registered dietitian, and nutrition expert. Her previous books include The Heart Healthy Cookbook for Two and The Complete DASH Diet for Beginners. She lives in Austin, Texas.


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