Sample Low Cholesterol 2,000-Calorie Meal Plan

One Day of Delicious, Low-Cholesterol Meals on 2K Calories

If you're wondering how to eat a cholesterol-lowering diet, you've come to the right place. When you're managing your cholesterol through diet, it's important to watch your calories, as well as your saturated fat and cholesterol intake. This 2000-calorie meal plan does the work for you by telling you exactly what meals and recipes fit into a heart-healthy meal plan. You'll notice that every meal and snack has some sort of fruit or vegetable, and some sort of protein. Plus, we've used whole grains in place of refined grains. These are easy tips you can use to make your own heart-healthy choices.

Remember that your dietary requirements may be higher or lower than 2000 calories depending on your weight, age, and activity level. Use this as a guide, but if you'd like more tailored guidance, consult your physician and/or a dietitian.

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

1 Serving Melba Peach Smoothie

2 slices whole grain bread (look for 100% whole wheat flour as the first ingredient on the food label)

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


8 ounces nonfat plain yogurt sweetened with 2 teaspoons honey

1 cup red grapes


Beverage: 1 cup unsweetened lemon or orange flavored seltzer

1 serving Tomato Spinach Soup

1 serving Chicken Caesar Salad


1 serving (1 ounces) low-sodium wheat crackers

2 tablespoons hummus

1 large orange


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

1 serving Low Fat Chicken, Asparagus, and Quinoa Salad

1/2 cup boiled edamame (soybeans)

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


To make these dishes even more heart-healthy, lower the sodium of the recipes you prepare 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.

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