The Cleveland Clinic

High Cholesterol: Stocking a Heart-Healthy Kitchen

If you want to eat a heart-healthy diet but are not sure what foods you should buy, check out this heart-healthy kitchen essentials guide. From fruits and vegetables to whole grain goodness, learn what foods to keep on hand.

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Fill your fridge with seasonal fruits, such as berries, oranges, apples, pears and grapes, and vegetables, such as bell peppers, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, celery, eggplant, zucchini and squash.

Dairy and Dairy Alternatives

  • Skim or 1% milk
  • Soymilk (plain, unsweetened, vanilla or chocolate)
  • Low fat or nonfat buttermilk
  • Nonfat half and half or nonfat creamers
  • Nonfat or reduced fat cheese (bricks, slices or shredded)
  • Soy-based cheeses (bricks, slices or shredded)
  • Nonfat or light cream cheese
  • Nonfat or 1% fat cottage cheese or ricotta cheese
  • Nonfat or 1% fat yogurt (includes fruited, vanilla or plain)
  • Soy-based yogurts
  • Nonfat sour cream
  • Egg substitutes, egg whites

Meat, Poultry, Fish & Meat Substitutes

  • Skinless, boneless chicken or turkey breasts and tenders
  • Skinless, white breast meat ground chicken or turkey
  • Pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
  • Lean ground beef such as ground round or ground sirloin (Note: When buying beef, look for words like "round" or "loin" and choose lean cuts -- the less marbling, the lower the fat content.)
  • Assorted fish: salmon, mackerel, tilapia, trout, herring, tuna
  • Tofu silken, firm or extra firm
  • Tempeh
  • Seitan