Some recent studies have suggested that high cholesterol may be prevalent in as much as 25% to 30% urban and 15% to 20% rural subjects.
When you have high cholesterol, fat is deposited in the blood vessels. Without changing your lifestyle and medication, these deposits will grow and eventually start blocking blood flow through the arteries. This will lead to many issues such as Coronary Heart Disease leading to a heart attack or a stroke.
Yummy Desserts That You Can Eat Without Worrying About Cholesterol
One of the most major lifestyle changes comes with the food we eat. We will need to avoid muffins and other commercially baked goods, cheese and cream cheese, ice cream and butter among other foods.
This sort of drastic change is understandably difficult. We all love desserts. From blueberry muffins to strawberry cheesecake, buttered danish to sundaes, there is nobody who would voluntarily give up these extraordinarily delicious desserts without any reason.
When health becomes our priority, we will need to sacrifice for it.
What if I told you that you can enjoy your desserts in a slightly different manner without compromising your health?
Here’s a list of some delicious and healthy low-cholesterol desserts that can make your heart and your body happy at the same time.
What? Sheera without ghee and sugar?! This recipe from Tarla Dalal uses whole wheat flour and ragi along with jaggery instead of sugar and chopped dry-fruits to make an equally tasty but healthier version of our favourite sheera.
Love munching on cookies between meals but cannot right now? Make your own oatmeal cookies that are good for the heart and the tongue using oats, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, raisins and low-fat butter. It can stop your between-meal cravings without the guilt!
Fruits make for superb desserts and dessert fillings simply because they are naturally sweetened, very juicy and extremely healthy. They also contain various necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients to help build a stronger heart.
This simple fruit salad recipe requires no sugar, no butter, no custard. Only a variety of fruits of your choice (pineapple, apple, orange, strawberries, pomegranate etc.), some lemon zest and lemon juice and honey are needed. You can chill it in the fridge for a couple of hours for an absolutely divine treat.
Which one of us has not annoyed our parents in the hot summers for a refreshing, frozen popsicle? Unfortunately, the ones that are on the market today are filled with artificial flavouring, artificial colours and sugar.
However, you can easily make your own healthier (and tastier, in my opinion) version of popsicle. Juice a fruit of your choice. You can either choose one fruit or mix different types of fruits. Add some honey, a pinch of lemon juice and freeze in a popsicle mould for at least 6 hours. And enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon Bites
This unique recipe is no-bake and uses the natural sweetness in apples to make delicious laddoos. This recipe uses oats, flaxseeds, almond butter and freshly grated apple to make these quick and delicious treats.
Khajur Mishti Doi
We all love Mishti Doi. So, why stop enjoying this treat when you can simply make your own healthier version of it? This recipe from Tarla Dala uses dates, milk and curd (Dahi) with some saffron and sliced dry fruits for garnishing. This no-sugar recipe will make your tongue weep in joy and your heart too!
Summer has arrived and all we crave is some cool ice cream. However, sugar, artificial flavours, colours and other preservatives are certainly not good for our hearts.
So, why not make your own? This recipe uses bananas, milk and some chopped dry fruits and whip and freezes this mixture for some yummy ice cream. You can even add honey for additional sweetness.
Fudgy Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cookies
Dark chocolate has been associated with heart health. Studies have indicated that dark chocolates may help keep our hearts healthy. So, don’t give up on your favourite chocolate cookies.
You can use this recipe which uses dark chocolate, whole wheat flour, yoghurt, brown sugar and (surprise!) zucchini, to bake this dark, deliciously sweet.
An interesting natural sweetener is Stevia. Stevia is supposed to be 250 times sweeter than sugar with reduced calorie intake, blood sugar levels and risk of cavities. It is touted as a substitute for sugar.