20 Easy Steps to Reduce Fat and Cholesterol in Your Diet
Meat and Beans
ξ Have small meat servings that total no more than 6 ounces per day.
ξ Choose lean, less marbled meats (tenderloin, top sirloin, round, etc).
ξ Prepare by baking, grilling, broiling or roasting.
ξ Trim any visible fat and remove the skin from poultry.
ξ Include fish (not deep fried) at least 2 times per week.
ξ Include small amounts (1-2 handfuls) of nuts or seeds several times per week.
ξ Try meatless meals including dried beans (navy, kidney, split peas, lentils, soybeans,
ξ Use skim milk, low-fat yogurt (including Greek), low-fat cheese and low-fat cottage
ξ Substitute sherbet, frozen yogurt, or low-fat ice cream for ice cream.
ξ Limit egg yolks to no more than 4 per week.
ξ Use egg substitute or egg whites in baking and preparing food.
Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains
ξ Include a variety of vegetables and fruit each day.
ξ Use oatmeal, barley, and quinoa as a source of whole grains.
Fats Added to Foods
ξ Use smaller amounts of all fats.
ξ Choose oils (canola, olive) and soft tub margarine instead of butter and shortening.
ξ Use reduced fat margarine, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and salad dressing.
Processed Foods and Desserts
ξ Choose baked snack foods instead of deep-fried snacks.
ξ Eat smaller servings of all desserts.
ξ Eat fruit for dessert.
ξ Avoid all fried foods.
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Nutrition clinics for UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) and American Family Children’s
Hospital (AFCH) can be reached at: (608) 890-5500.
Nutrition clinics for UW Medical Foundation (UWMF) can be reached at: (608) 287-2770.
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