Each of us is unique with individual sensitivities, so what is a dietary trigger for one person may not be for another. However, if gluten causes inflammation that worsens your autoimmune reactions or interferes with your thyroid function, you may decide to eliminate it from your thyroid diet.
There are many gluten-free snack options conveniently available in stores, but many are high in calories or added ingredients. Ahead, ten gluten-free, nutrient-rich snacks that you can make at home.
Slice two, organic sweet potatoes into thin, even slices (~1/8 inch thick slices). Lightly coat in olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a single layer at 250 degrees F for about two hours, flipping halfway through, until crisp and golden brown. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, vitamin C, and potassium.
Let two cups of dry chickpeas soak overnight. In the morning, add chickpeas, half a cup of water from soaking chickpeas, one cup of tahini, the juice from half a lemon, one garlic clove, one teaspoon cumin, one cup cold water, and a generous sprinkle of salt to a food processor. Blend until smooth. Regularly enjoying hummus may improve your nutrient intake of dietary fiber, healthy fats, vitamins A, E, C, folate, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk one and half cups of organic coconut cream from a can, half cup of raw cacao powder, and six tablespoons of pure maple syrup until smooth. When it starts to bubble, remove from the heat and stir in two teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and a generous pinch of sea salt. Chill in the fridge overnight. Cacao is full of minerals like magnesium, copper, potassium, and calcium.
Mix four cups Corn Chex Cereal, four cups Rice Chex Cereal, one cup mixed nuts, three cups gluten-free mini pretzels. Melt six tablespoons coconut oil, and stir in two tablespoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce, one and a half teaspoons salt, 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder. Pour liquid over cereal mixture and stir until coated. Microwave uncovered on high for five to six minutes, stirring every two minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool.
Rinse, dry, and remove stems from kale. Cut into large pieces, lightly coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in a single layer at 300 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until crisp. Kale contains fiber, antioxidants, calcium (more than dairy, even!), vitamins C and K, and iron.
If you have a dehydrator, dehydrated beets (or other veggies) make a simple, crunchy snack. Wash several large organic beets, cut off the tops, and slice into thin, even slices (~1/8 inch thick slices). Lightly coat in one tablespoon olive oil, a quarter teaspoon sea salt, and a quarter teaspoon of your preferred spices. Place them in a single layer on your dehydrator trays and dehydrate on low for 10-12 hours. Beets are rich in phytochemicals and essential nutrients and may help reduce blood pressure and blood sugar.
Combine two tablespoons minced onion, one and a half tablespoons minced, seeded jalapeno, and two tablespoons minced cilantro leaves. Mix in the juice of half a lime and a generous pinch of salt. Then, add chunks from two large, ripe avocados to mixture and mash to desired consistency. Avocados are a fantastic source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, C, E, K1, B6, folate, riboflavin, phytosterols, and heart-healthy fats.
This snack is so simple, and the lemon perks up the sweet, earthy carrots with acidity. Cut up at least ten carrots and squeeze the juice of at least one lemon all over them. Sprinkle the carrots with some coarse salt, and enjoy! Carrots are a rich source of betacarotene, dietary fiber, and many essential micronutrients.
Layer desired topping combinations on puffy brown rice cakes for a quick snack. Topping ideas might include:
Mix nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, and unsweetened, dried fruit, like goji berries or apricots for a nutritious trail mix. Shop for these foods in packages instead of bulk bins to avoid the risk of gluten contamination from containers and scoops. Nuts and seeds are good sources of selenium (especially Brazil nuts), zinc, and dietary fiber.
Gluten may trigger a negative reaction in many people with hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's, but not all. Paloma Health provides nutritional coaching if you need additional support to identify dietary triggers, reverse nutritional deficiencies, or develop an eating plan tailored to your specific needs.
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