The food you eat directly impacts your gut health, which plays a role in your thyroid function. When there is an imbalance of healthy gut flora with harmful bacteria, overcoming thyroid dysfunction can be a challenge.
The good news? Simply changing your eating habits can help improve your gut health.
A few of the best ways include:
- Eating more fibrous foods such as vegetables, fruit, sprouted grains, and nuts & seeds.
- Reducing highly inflammatory food items. Common offenders include processed snacks, chips, sugary treats or drinks, and fast food. Replace these with whole, real foods.
- Enjoying anti-inflammatory foods rich in omega-3s, including wild-caught salmon, walnuts, or ground flaxseed.
Here is a thyroid-friendly recipe to get you started. To get individualized nutrition guidance or more thyroid-friendly recipes, meet with a thyroid nutritionist.
Plated Salmon Taco with Garlic Avocado Aioli
Serves: 4 | Time: 30-35 minutes
Salmon Plated Taco
- 4 wild-caught fillets (can also use fresh shrimp or Mahi Mahi)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp low sodium taco seasoning
- 1 bunch kale, chopped
- 1 head red cabbage, chopped
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 2 jalapenos, diced (optional)
- 2 tbsp avocado oil
Garlic Avocado Aioli
- 1 medium avocado, pitted
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1/4 cup plain coconut yogurt (can sub plain greek yogurt, if not dairy-free)
- 3-4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/2 lime, juiced or 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp agave nectar
- Pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cover a baking tray with aluminum and spray with nonstick olive oil.
- Brush olive oil over salmon fillets. Season/sprinkle salmon fillets with taco seasoning to taste (feel free to use more or less than 1 tbsp based on your preferences).
- In a large bowl, combine chopped kale and red cabbage with onion and jalapeno. Add avocado and salt/pepper to taste until vegetables are lightly coated. Transfer ingredients to a larger, greased tray.
- Bake, both trays for 22-25 minutes, or until fish, is cooked through and vegetables are lightly crisp.
- Meanwhile, prepare avocado aioli. Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix with an emulsion blender. If using a food processor or Ninja Blender, add oil gradually while ingredients emulsify.
- Once fish is cooked, serve veggies on the side. Top salmon or kale mix with garlic aioli.
Serve with halved cherry tomatoes, mango salsa, and a side of brown rice or cauliflower rice.