7 Cholesterol-Lowering Snacks

These snacks can help lower cholesterol by capping unhealthy fats that can raise total and "bad" LDL cholesterol but shrink your "good" HDL. If you're trying to lose weight, limit yourself to just one tasty snack a day.


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3/4 cup edamame in pods (boiled or steamed)

134 calories, 6g fat (5g sat.), 3g fiber


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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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5 large strawberries dunked into 4 melted dark-chocolate kisses

157 calories, 7g fat (4.5g sat.), 3g fiber


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Peach Smoothie

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Smoothie made with 1/2 cup fat-free milk, 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup frozen peaches, 1/2 banana. and 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

180 calories, 1g fat (0g sat.), 6g fiber


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Apple & Almond Butter

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1 medium apple, sliced, spread with 1 tablespoon almond butter

180 calories, 8g fat (5g sat.), 6g fiber


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Brown-Bag Popcorn

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Mix 2 tablespoons popcorn kernels, 1 teaspoon canola oil, and a dash of salt in a small bowl. Place mixture in a brown paper lunch bag and fold down twice. Cook in microwave on high 2-3 minutes, until there are a few seconds between pops. Makes about 4 cups.

126 calories, 6g fat (0g sat.), 4g fiber


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Greek Yogurt

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One 6-ounce cup Greek yogurt (such as Chobani), any fruit flavor

140 calories, 0g fat (0g sat.), 0g fiber


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Cocoa Almonds

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1 ounce Emerald Cocoa Roast Almonds

150 calories, 13g fat (1g sat.), 3g fiber

Originally published in the May 2010 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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