Cholesterol: Stocking a Heart-Healthy Kitchen (cont.)

Frozen Foods

  • Frozen vegetables and vegetable blends without added sauces, gravies, and added sodium
  • Frozen fruits without added sugar (for example, frozen blueberries, strawberries or raspberries)
  • Frozen soybeans (Edamame)
  • Frozen vegetarian burgers, sausage patties or links (For example, Boca Burgers, Yves, Morningstar Farms or Gardenburger)
  • Reduced fat and sodium vegetarian chili, burritos and entrees like Amys Organic and Health Valley.

Fats, Cooking Oils

  • Assorted cooking oils (olive, canola, walnut, grapeseed, peanut and sesame)
  • Non-fat cooking sprays (for example, Spectrum Naturals, PAM)
  • Baking fat replacements (for example, pureed prunes, applesauce, or Smuckers Healthy Bake)
  • Non-hydrogenated shortening (for example, Spectrum Naturals)
  • Trans-free liquid or tub margarine (for example, Take Control, Benecol, Fleishmanns Light, Smart Balance)
  • Reduced fat or nonfat salad dressings

Herbs, Seasonings & Spices

Here are some delicious seasonings to take the place of salt:

  • Allspice
  • Basil
  • Bay Leaves
  • Black pepper
  • Caraway seeds
  • Cayenne
  • Chili powder
  • Chinese five-spice
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Curry powder
  • Dill
  • Garlic powder
  • Ginger, ground
  • Italian seasoning
  • Marjoram
  • Mint
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion powder
  • Oregano
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Rosemary
  • Assorted sodium-free Mrs. Dash seasonings

Sweeteners

  • Splenda, Equal, Nutra Sweet, Sugar Twin and/or Brown Sugar Twin (sugar substitutes)
  • Sugar free or "light" maple syrups
  • Honey
  • Brown rice syrup for a sweetening alternative to use when baking

Pantry Essentials

Snacks

  • Assorted raw nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds)
  • Dried fruits
  • Whole grain breads, tortillas, pitas
  • Whole grain, trans-fat free crackers (such as Health Valley whole wheat crackers, Kashi TLC crackers, Reduced Fat Triscuits, Fat Free Rye Crisp, Wasa)
  • Baked, trans-fat free tortilla chips
  • Brown rice cakes, popcorn cakes
  • Whole grain pretzels (such as Snyders oat bran or honey wheat)
  • Plain popcorn or light (98% fat free) microwave popcorn