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Sample Low Cholesterol 2000-Calorie Meal Plan

One Day of Delicious, Low-Cholesterol Meals on 2000 Calories

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Updated June 23, 2010

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Watching your calories, as well as your fat and cholesterol intake, is part of managing your cholesterol through diet. This 2000-calorie meal plan can help make doing this easy.

Remember that your dietary requirements may be higher or lower than 2000 calories depending on your weight, age, and activity level.

You can also always consult your physician and/or a dietitian for guidance.

Enjoy!

Look for links to recipes within this meal plan. The total calories, fat, etc. of this meal plan are based on these preparations.

Breakfast

Beverage: 1 cup (8oz) decaffeinated coffee with 2 oz skim milk

1 Serving Melba Peach Smoothie

2 slices whole grain bread (look for 100% whole wheat flour in first location of ingredient list)

2 tsp stenol/ light plant sterol spread, such as Benecol

Snack

8oz nonfat yogurt with 2 tsp honey

1 cup red grapes

Lunch

Beverage: 1 cup (8 oz lemon or orange flavored seltzer)

1 serving Tomato Spinach Soup'

1 serving Chicken Caesar Salad

Snack

1 serving (1oz) low sodium wheat crackers

2 tbsp hummus

1 large orange

Dinner

Beverage: 1 cup (8oz) decaffeinated flavored iced tea

1 serving Low Fat Chicken, Asparagus, and Quinoa Salad

1/2 cup boiled or broiled edamame (soybean)

1 serving Thai Style Ground Beef

2 Chocolate-covered Strawberries

Optional beverage: glass of red wine*

Nutrition Information Total For The Day: Calories 2000, Calories from Fat 415, Total Fat 46g (sat 13.4g), Cholesterol 160mg, Sodium 2,210 mg, Carbohydrate 279, Fiber 39g, Protein 127g

Tip: To make these dishes even more heart healthy, lower the sodium of these dishes by using a non-sodium salt substitute.

One glass of red wine contributes an additional (5 oz Serving): Calories 127, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (sat 0.g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 0 mg, Carbohydrate 5.5g, Fiber 0g, Protein 0.1g.

*Be certain to ask your doctor if alcohol is permitted on your diet plan and with your current medication regimen. Pregnant or nursing women should completely abstain from alcohol.

This information does not replace the advice of your doctor.

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