I’m a firm believer that there is no perfect universal diet. I know the Ketogenic diet works wonders for some, while a low-fat diet is amazing for others. I am one of the people who thrive on a low-fat diet.
I was diagnosed with high cholesterol when I was only 18 years old, and I was only 130 pounds. It typically didn’t run in my family unless my family member was either overweight, over the age of 50, or both. Honestly, I wasn’t eating very well, but it was still alarming. I knew I didn’t want to start taking medicine for my high cholesterol, so I just changed my diet. Rather than consuming cholesterol in every meal, I started eating foods with cholesterol as a treat. For example, I would only have steak if it was my birthday, our anniversary, or any other big celebration. I saw myself lose weight, I felt so much better, and I was more comfortable in my body.
With all of that being said, here are four recipes that I ate when I was starting a low-fat diet:
This recipe is good! It tastes exactly the same as chicken noodle soup, especially when the chickpeas have time to absorb the surrounding flavors. Chicken doesn’t have a lot of fat, but this is a nice option for when you’re starting a low-fat diet.
There was a long period of time where I only at this pasta salad for lunch. It’s so easy to make a quick batch, put it in some Tupperware, and throw it in the fridge! The dressing can be substituted for plain olive oil, or even an organic dressing if desired! If you’re avoiding fat altogether, then leave the dressing off!
Fried rice is spectacular, and it’s something that I’m thankful for. Did you know that the fried rice you get from most restaurants is incredibly high in fat? Between the egg and whatever cheap oil they decide to fry the rice in, it’s a low-fat diet nightmare. When I found this recipe, my spirits were lifted, and I gained some hope for my low-fat journey. (P.S. Feel free to leave off the tofu.)
This couldn’t be a recipe blog post without showing some love to my Italian roots. I remember my nana making this for me when I was a little kid! I can’t wait to pass down her recipe to my kids, because it’s so delicious and filling. This recipe is very similar and is also low in fat that’s derived from animals, but does have fat from the olive oil, so please note if you are avoiding all fat.
I know you are going to love all of these recipes. I will be sure to write more blog posts about meat substitutes that don’t taste like cardboard, and post some recipes of my own! Let me know what you think!