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Cheese Lovers' Low-Cholesterol Meal Plan

One Day of Cheesy, Low-Cholesterol Meals on 1,700 Calories

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Updated December 13, 2012

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Variety of Cheeses

Variety of cheeses on a plate

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Think that cheese lovers are out of luck if diagnosed with high cholesterol? Well think again. This menu provides a day's worth of "good" monounsaturated fat, high-fiber, and antioxidant-rich dishes -- and yes, cheese lovers, it includes several different kinds of cheeses.

This meal plan provides 1,700 calories for the day. Remember that your dietary requirements may be higher or lower than 1,700 calories depending on your weight, age, and activity level.

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

Enjoy!

Breakfast

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

1 serving Peach Melba Smoothie

Snack

Cheese and Crackers: 2 wedges reduced-fat cheese, such as Laughing Cow Light, and 3 whole grain crisp bread crackers, such as Kavli or Finn Crisp.

Lunch

Beverage: 1 cup (8 oz. flavored seltzer)

1 serving Lentil Soup

1 serving Chicken Caesar Salad (omit anchovy paste and Worcestershire sauce)

Snack

1 large orange

Dinner

Beverage: 1 cup (8 oz.) sugar-free iced tea

1 serving Spinach and Pear Salad (contains walnuts)

1 serving Vegetable Lasagna (featuring reduced-fat ricotta and mozzarella cheeses)

1 serving (1/12 recipe) Low-fat Summer Cheesecake

Optional beverage: glass of red wine*

Nutrition Information Total for the Day: 1,700 Calories, 304.5 Calories from Fat, Total Fat 33.8g (sat 10.9 g), Cholesterol 107.4 mg, Sodium 1,700 mg, Carbohydrate 223 g, Fiber 35.4 g, Protein 84.5g

Tip: Lower the sodium content of these dishes by using a salt-free sodium substitute.

Optional 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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