Try this simple and easy whole food cholesterol lowering smoothie. It’s made from nut butter, spinach, oats, flaxseed, milk, and berries.
The reason I love smoothies is they can be loaded with veggies, fruit, and other heart-healthy foods that individuals can’t seem to fit into their day. Smoothies create very little mess and come together in 5 minutes.
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Why Make A Heart Healthy Smoothie To Lower Cholesterol?
This cholesterol reducing smoothie not only delivers a wealth of nutrients but it is also:
- quick to put together (takes less than 5 minutes!)
- uses a blender (very little mess)
- requires no chopping (no knife or cutting board needed)
- is portable (a fantastic way to ensure you eat breakfast)
- a natural and tasty way to lower your cholesterol levels
Why Will This Smoothie Lower Cholesterol?
This recipe offers:
- 12 grams of plant protein
- 11 grams of fiber
If you find you’re not eating the recommended amounts of plant proteins and fiber, a cholesterol lowering smoothie is a great way to meet those needs and boost your intake of nutrient dense foods.
According to the Portfolio dietary pattern – a diet that helps lower cholesterol – it is suggested to consume 50 grams of plant protein a day (1). This 12 gram smoothie meets 24% of this requirement with almond butter and soy milk.
The Portfolio diet also suggests that eating enough soluble fiber can reduce your cholesterol by 5-10% (1). Three ingredients in this smoothie: flaxseed and linseed, avocado, and oats are fantastic sources of soluble fiber to meet this requirement.
I’ve added other ingredients like almond butter as it contains significant amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids or healthy fats. Monounsaturated fats are found in food like olive oil. These types of fats can raise your “healthy” HDL cholesterol and lower your “lousy” LDL cholesterol.
Almond butter is also rich in Vitamin E, and when vitamin E is consumed in food it acts as an antioxidant that can help stop plaque buildup in the arteries.
Studies have shown that spinach can help your body make nitric oxide, which opens your arteries and can unclog them. Spinach has even been shown to lower blood pressure (2).
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins. Anthocyanins help fight off free radicals and prevent LDL-cholesterol oxidation in arteries (3).
There is some research that cinnamon can directly prevent atherosclerosis (plaque in the arteries) as it has the potential to lower platelet aggregation and better manage cholesterol levels in your blood (4).
This recipe is a testament to my nutritional philosophy of consuming whole foods that are mainly plant-based. It can be really difficult to fit in enough servings of vegetables and fruits to make a big difference in your heart health. This smoothie increases the consumption of produce, and also essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, plant protein, and antioxidants to lower cholesterol.
Ingredients In The Heart Healthy Smoothie
There are only 7 main ingredients needed for this recipe:
- almond butter
- rolled oats
- ground flaxseed
- soy milk
Tips When Purchasing Heart Healthy Ingredients:
Consuming trans fat can increase your “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and reduce your “good” HDL cholesterol. In order to eat as little trans fat as possible be sure to purchase natural nut butter, where the only ingredient is the nut.
For example, when purchasing almond butter, the only ingredient on the list should be “almonds.” This is the same for peanut butter, cashew butter, and so on.
Be sure to purchase ground flaxseed instead of whole. Click here to learn more about linseed and flaxseed.
Instead of fresh blueberries, you can include frozen produce or ice cubes to give the final product the cool, icy consistency of a milkshake.
This cholesterol-lowering smoothie has no added sugar. Non-dairy milk like soy milk and some nut butters are potential sources of added sugar. Be sure to read the label to ensure there are no added sugars on the ingredient lists of these products.
How To Make A Smoothie To Lower Cholesterol
This recipe comes together so quickly. All you need to do is add the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add more soy milk. It’s that easy.
If you like smoothies cold, try adding ice cubes, frozen blueberries and frozen avocado instead of fresh.
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When Should I Eat A Smoothie To Lower Your Cholesterol
Eating high fiber, whole grain snacks like this smoothie with a punch of protein is important to ensure you are eating enough nutrients to support your heart health.
Need a quick meal on the go? Double the smoothie for a high-fiber meal.
This heart-healthy smoothie is a much better option than skipping a meal or grabbing take-out. It is nutrient-dense, and the high fiber and protein will keep you full between meals, to reduce the likelihood you will overeat at your next meal.
Batch Cook To Save Time
Make Ahead: Freezer Method
If you love this smoothie, I would suggest making freezer smoothie packs. All you need to do is fill a Ziploc bag with smoothie ingredients (minus the milk). Then freeze the bags.
When you desire a smoothie to lower your cholesterol, remove a package from the freezer, place 1 cup of soy milk in the blender, blend and enjoy!
Since this smoothie uses fresh spinach, I’d be sure to keep it no longer than 3 months in the freezer. If you use frozen spinach you can store it for around 6 months.
Make Ahead: Pre-Blended
Another make-ahead option is to make the smoothie. Blend it in the blender, then pour the smoothie into freezer-safe containers, and freeze.
You can defrost the smoothie overnight in the fridge, or leave it on the counter for a few hours for a quick defrost. You can even pack it in your lunchbox and use it as an ice pack!
How To Store Leftover Smoothie
If you only need one serving of the smoothie simply make a smoothie, pour the smoothie into Mason jars or a container with a lid, and refrigerate. Smoothies will keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.
If separation occurs, which is likely after 12 hours, just stir the smoothie and enjoy! Additionally, you can also add ice and re-blend the smoothie.
Variations Of Smoothie To Lower Cholesterol
This recipe is vegan as is!
All ingredients are naturally gluten-free. Be sure to check the nutrition label of the oats to ensure they are certified gluten-free to guarantee this turns out to be a gluten-free smoothie to lower cholesterol.
Switch Up The Flavor
- Instead of spinach, try kale
- Don’t have blueberries? Try strawberries.
- Enjoy peanut butter more than almond butter? Use that instead.
- Choose your milk of preference
Lots of ways to switch up the flavor or use what’s in your fridge. Need more ideas? Try some of these 39 foods that unclog arteries.
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If you prepare this cholesterol reducing smoothie packed with nutrients, let me know if you like it! This fast smoothie can help you pack lots of beneficial ingredients in a tasty and practical format to lower your cholesterol for good!
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A Smoothie To Lower Cholesterol
- 1 Blender
- ⅓ cup large flake oats
- 2 tbsp flaxseed ground
- ⅓ cup spinach packed
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- ⅓ cup blueberries
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup soy milk
- Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth to enjoy.