For hypothyroid patients, finding tasty and healthy snacks can be frustrating and overwhelming when first diagnosed. It seems like everything that you pick up has ingredients in it that are inflammatory and damaging to your thyroid.
Are the munchies in between meals leaving you agitated? Does it seem that even the “healthy foods” aren’t healthy and you just want to grab a bag of chips and run? Throw down that bag of chips and let’s look at these 11 good and good for you snacks.
Rich in selenium, brazil nuts are one of the top snacks to reach for if you have thyroid disease. Selenium protects the thyroid from oxidative stress and only two to three nuts per day adds up to your recommended daily allowance.
To jazz them up stir together an egg white and a little water in a small bowl. Sprinkle in cinnamon, stevia, nutmeg and a little salt. Pour over the brazil nuts and mix well. Spread onto greased baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for approx. 30-40 minutes or until nuts are golden.
Dark Chocolate and Cherries
Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants that help nourish the thyroid and combined with raw cherries you have a powerhouse combination of inflammation fighting deliciousness. This combo is the perfect snack to curb that sweet tooth.
With so many healthy options available in the yogurt section now, there’s all kinds of choices for something sweet to indulge in. To Jazz up that container of yogurt, choose your favorite flavor of stevia sweetened Greek yogurt and drop by very small spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.
Pop into the freezer and allow to freeze and then store in plastic sandwich baggies. These are the perfect sweet snack on a hot afternoon.
On a large plate arrange sliced veggies of your choice such as yellow and red bell peppers, zucchini, and radishes just as you would tortilla chips. Top them with taco meat, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.
If you don’t care for the crunch of raw veggies with this, another option would be to roast them in the oven for a few minutes and then top with the nacho ingredients. This is more of a meal than a snack, but hey we won’t tell anyone.
Almonds are another great choice for a crunchy snack on the go. Many people with hypothyroidism are depleted in magnesium and almonds are a great source of this important mineral. Pour a handful of almonds and dried cranberries into a sandwich bag and keep in your bag or car for a quick pick-me up snack.
We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but apples can begin to feel uninspired. Here’s a great idea that’s super quick to have ready.
Core an apple and slice into round slices. Spread a slice with almond butter, then sprinkle with chopped walnuts, dark chocolate and shredded unsweetened coconut. Top with another apple slice and repeat layers. Super yummy and filling!
Slice sweet potatoes into thin fries and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and steak seasoning. Mix together and pour onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees until tender. This is a great way to feel like you have indulged and had a big plate of salty fries.
For another option, use the same recipe above but omit the steak seasoning. After the fries have baked, drizzle with just a little honey for the perfect sweet-and-salty snack.
Combine almond milk, frozen fruit of your choice, a few ice cubes, and a packet of stevia or a little honey. Blend until smooth and pour into a tall glass. Adding a banana really bumps up the creaminess and is so good!
Fill a bowl with berries of your choice and then drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Sprinkle with nuts or coconut and you will have a satisfying snack without any of the guilt
If the kid in you is dying to come out, then this snack idea is a great choice! Add 3 cups of berries, 1 tablespoon honey and 2 Tablespoons lemon juice to a blender or food processor and blend until pureed. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the fruit mixture onto it. Place in an oven that has been preheated at its lowest setting. Allow to dehydrate for 4-6 hours. When they no longer feel sticky, remove from heat and allow to cool. Cut into long strips and roll up. These can be stored in an air-tight container.
If you find yourself starving in the middle of the afternoon, then you will be looking for a quick snack with lots of protein. A simple option is to mix a can of drained tuna with chopped onions and plain Greek yogurt. Scoop this into a half of an avocado. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Hopefully these 11 snacks ideas leave you inspired and ready to whip up a healthy snack that will nourish the thyroid and leave you feeling your very best.
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