French meal plans are not the first things most people think of when they hear the words "low-cholesterol diet." But if you focus on vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, eggplant, zucchini and mushrooms, heart-healthy seafood, and fresh seasonings -- rather than high-fat meats, cheese dishes, and butter -- you will be able to include French food in your cholesterol-friendly diet.
This menu provides a day's worth of "good" monounsaturated fat, high-fiber, and antioxidant-rich dishes.
This meal plan provides 1,230 calories for the day. Remember that your dietary requirements may be higher or lower than 1,230 calories depending on your weight, age, and activity level.
1 cup coffee with 2 oz. skim milk
1 medium baguette with 3 Tbsps all-fruit jam
1 cup red or green grapes
Beverage: Your choice sugar-free beverage, 8oz.
1 serving (1/4 recipe) Avocado and Romaine Salad (balsamic vinegar and olive oil not included in nutrition information; I recommend that you use the oil sparingly)
1 medium orange
Beverage: Your choice sugar-free beverage, 8 oz.
1 serving (1/4 recipe) Avocado and Romaine Salad (balsamic vinegar and olive oil not included in nutrition information)
1 serving Snapper in Papillote (1/4 of recipe) (use 2 Tbsps light plant stenol, spread such as Benecol Light, instead of butter)
1 serving (1/10 recipe) Red Cabbage (use only 2 slices of bacon in recipe; use low-sodium chicken stock/broth)
1 cup (1/2 recipe) Blueberries Wine Coulis *
Tip: These dishes can be made even more heart healthy by using a non-salt substitute.
Nutrition Information Total For The Day: Calories 1,230 , Calories from Fat 231 , Total Fat 25.7 g (sat 4.6g), Cholesterol 111 mg, Sodium 530 mg, Carbohydrate 153 g, Fiber 20.75 g, Protein 61.5g
Optional beverage: glass of red wine*
Note: 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.