Green Chicken Sliders

Green Chicken Sliders

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

These chicken sliders are a quick, yet delicious recipe that also supports your thyroid. Your thyroid is a gland near the base of your neck that releases hormones into your blood stream. These hormones interact with cells throughout your entire body. For many reasons your thyroid can stop releasing these hormones. 

While diet alone won’t solve this issue, diet can support your thyroid and reduce symptoms. To learn more about the importance of thyroid health, check out our recent blog post here!

Chicken, the star ingredient in this recipe, is a source of zinc. Zinc is helpful as it “activates” thyroid hormones (1). In one case study, when an individual with a zinc-deficiency took zinc supplements, all thyroid hormones levels were found to increase as well (1). Chicken is also a good source of selenium, a nutrient also shown to “activate” thyroid hormones (2). It is important to remember that this recipe calls for lean chicken, which is recommended for best results. This means selecting skinless options and focusing on lean areas such as the breast and thighs.

Incorporated in these sliders are nutrient-dense green vegetables including broccoli and kale. While these vegetables contain many nutrients, research has shown that when eaten raw they can be potentially harmful to your thyroid. That is because they contain a goitrogen compound, which interferes with thyroid function (3). However, it is important to note that when cooked, this compound is deactivated. Therefore, individuals looking to support their thyroid should cook their dark leafy greens to get the best nutritional value.

If you like this recipe, you might love our 1-Week Thyroid-Supporting meal plan, with more recipes designed for the thyroid that the whole family will enjoy!

Preparation note: This recipe calls for the sliders to be grilled, but they can also be prepared in the oven on a baking sheet.

Green Chicken Sliders

These chicken sliders are a quick, yet delicious recipe that also supports your thyroid. Your thyroid is a gland near the base of your neck that releases hormones into your blood stream.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb Extra Lean Ground Chicken
  • 1 tsp Oregano dried
  • ¾ tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 cups Kale Leaves very finely chopped
  • 2 cups Broccoli very finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 head Boston Lettuce

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except the lettuce mix until well combined. Form the meat mixture into four even patties, approximately 3 inches in diameter, and set aside.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Cook the sliders for about 8 to 10 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  • Serve sliders in a lettuce wrap with your favourite toppings. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Per 1 Serving:
 
Calories - 212
Sugar - 1g
Carbs - 4g
Fat - 13g
Protein - 21g
Sweet Paprika Shrimp

Sweet Paprika Shrimp

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

This shrimp recipe makes for a perfect snack or dinner party appetizer. Filled with bold flavours and bright colours, this shrimp recipe also has an impressive nutrition profile.

Specifically, shrimp are a wonderful support for your thyroid gland. 

The thyroid is a gland that is located near the base of your neck and is responsible for releasing a host of hormones. These hormones play an important role throughout the body. The mineral iodine and selenium contained in shrimp help support the thyroid and the release of hormones.

Shrimp is an excellent source of iodine, which is an essential mineral for the production of thyroid hormones. Studies show that individuals with iodine deficiency are at a higher risk for hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid does not release enough hormones (1). This makes shrimp an important consideration in thyroid health as iodine is not commonly abundant in many foods.

Shrimp is also a great source of selenium, containing almost half of the recommended daily intake in 85 grams (2). Selenium is important as it helps to “activate” thyroid hormones (3). Additionally, selenium can act as an antioxidant which has been shown to protect the thyroid from inflammation (4).

It is important to ensure that extra virgin olive oil is used to prepare this shrimp. This oil is regarded as one of the healthiest fats, which is partly due to the antioxidants it contains (5). These antioxidants provide protection from damage from free radicals, including protecting the thyroid.

When making this shrimp, add in some extra red pepper flakes for more heat if you desire!

If you like this recipe, you might love our 1-Week Thyroid-Supporting meal plan, with more recipes designed for the thyroid that the whole family will enjoy!

 

 

  1. Zimmerman, M., & Boelaert, K. (2015). Iodine deficiency and thyroid disorders. The Lancet. Diabetes and Endocrinology. 3(4), 286-295. doi: 10.1016/S2213-8587(14)70225-6 
  2. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4174/2 
  3. Ventura, M., Melo, M., & Carrilho, F. (2017). Selenium and Thyroid Disease: From Pathophysiology to Treatment. International Journal of Endocrinology, 2017, 1297658. doi: 10.1155/2017/1297658 
  4. Negro, R. (2008). Selenium and thyroid autoimmunity. Biologics: Targets and Therapy. 2(2), 265-273. doi: 10.2147/btt.s2746 
  5. Beauchamp, G., Keast, R., Morel, D., Lin, J., Pika, J., Han, Q., … & Breslin, P. (2005). Phytochemistry: ibuprofen-like activity in extra-virgin olive oil. Nature, 437(7055), 45-46. doi: 10.1038/437045a 

 

Sweet Paprika Shrimp

This shrimp recipe makes for a perfect snack or dinner party appetizer. Filled with bold flavours and bright colours, this shrimp recipe also has an impressive nutrition profile.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • tbsps Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbso Maple Syrup
  • tsps Paprika
  • tsps Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • tsp Red Pepper Flakes optional
  • 14 1/16 ozs Shrimp large, peeled and deveined
  • tbsps Water
  • tsps Lemon Juice

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, paprika, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes, if using, in a large bowl. Ensure the ingredients are well combined.
  • Add the shrimp to the large bowl and toss to coat thoroughly in the sauce.
  • Heat a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the shrimp and all of the sauce to the heated pan. Allow the shrimp cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  • Add water and lemon juice to the pan. Stir well to coat the shrimp in the sauce.
  • Allow the sauce to come to a gentle bubble, then remove from the heat.
  • Taste the sauce and season with more salt and lemon juice if needed, to taste.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Per 1 Serving:
 
Calories - 195
Sugar - 4g
Carbs - 5g
Fat - 8g
Protein - 27g
Top 10 Foods For Thyroid Health

Top 10 Foods For Thyroid Health

Detoxifying vegetables and fruits

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland, located at the base of the neck. Thyroid hormones are essential for growth and metabolism. Every single cell in the human body has receptors for thyroid hormone, so the effects of poor thyroid function affect a wide range of body systems from the digestive system to the neurological system, and musculoskeletal system to reproductive systems. (1)

Common thyroid disorders can include hypothyroidism (low thyroid function), Grave’s disease (an autoimmune condition where the thyroid is overactive), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (an autoimmune thyroid condition), thyroid nodules (growths on the thyroid gland), thyroid cancer and goiter (an enlarged thyroid).

Approximately 10% of Canadians have thyroid disease (2). Additionally, other thyroid disorders or dysfunction (that is, conditions and symptoms not severe enough to be labelled a “disease”, but that still impact health and quality of life) affect approximately 1 in 3 Canadians (3). Irregular thyroid function can have wide-ranging, seemingly unrelated symptoms, which is why thyroid issues go undiagnosed and/or untreated so frequently. (4)

Could you have an undiagnosed thyroid disorder?

There are actually over 300 symptoms of thyroid dysfunction.

  • Common symptoms include:
  • fatigue
  • loss of the outer third of the eyebrows
  • reproductive issues such as difficulty becoming pregnant and/or difficulty carrying a pregnancy to term
  • menstrual issues including painful periods, heavy bleeding or irregular cycles
  • depression/anxiety
  • constipation/diarrhea
  • joint and muscle pain
  • dry skin
  • weight gain/loss
  • difficulty sleeping
  • difficulty regulating body temperature including always feeling cold, or hot flashes
  • poor memory or concentration

This broad range of symptoms, in addition to difficulty accessing functional testing through one’s family doctor, can make it difficult to obtain a proper diagnosis.

Can dietary choices support thyroid health?

It can take many years, even decades, for a sluggish thyroid to become weak enough to become a diagnosable disease. Whether you want to support your thyroid or want food to help support or address a thyroid condition, then nutrition has a vital role in supporting thyroid hormone production and conversion. We are here to help you with some thyroid supportive foods that contain specific nutrients that play a key role in thyroid health. (5)

Top 10 Foods for Thyroid Health

#1. Brazil nuts

The thyroid gland is the organ with the highest selenium content, and selenium is known to play an important role in converting T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) into T3 (active thyroid hormone), decreasing Reverse T3 (which can block T3 hormone receptor sites), and decreasing anti-thyroid antibody levels (antibodies the body produces to attack itself). (6, 7)

For most people, eating just 1 – 3 Brazil nuts daily can easily meet their selenium needs.

#2. Liver

Grass-fed beef liver is the richest source of B12 and Vitamin A around. This is important because these nutrients are critical for thyroid hormone production and regulation. Adequate intake of Vitamin A improves cellular sensitivity to thyroid hormones. (8)

#3. Dark Leafy Greens

Dark leafy greens are high in detoxification-supportive fibre, sweeping waste out of the digestive tract. Supporting the body’s natural detoxification pathways (including the colon) assists in reducing the amount of harmful toxins circulating in the blood by carrying them out of the body through waste. Circulating toxins can increase systemic inflammation, trigger autoimmune flares, and can even potentially be damaging thyroid tissue. So, ensuring adequate intake of fibre is an effective way to support the body’s natural detoxification, which in turn supports thyroid health. Additionally, leafy greens are a great source of magnesium as well, aiding in the conversion of inactive T4 to the active thyroid hormone T3.

#4. Berries

Berries are high in antioxidants. Studies show those with thyroid dysfunction have higher levels of harmful free radicals, the antioxidants found in berries offer great protection to neutralize those free radicals. Berries’ are another food that is high in fibre content to help aids in detoxification as well.

Plus, berries are delicious! Check out our Berry Beet Smoothie Bowl for a twist on a classic smoothie.

#5. Turmeric

This simple spice has powerful anti-inflammatory effects that can calm down an active autoimmune response that is often the cause of damage to the thyroid gland. Curcumin is the active component of turmeric responsible for this action. Curcumin also has the benefit of offering pain relief. Many thyroid-disease sufferers struggle with pain in their thyroid, body pain, headaches, and more as a result of their condition. Curcumin may serve as a pain-management option while they work to correct the underlying imbalance(s) causing the thyroid condition.

We have loads of turmeric recipes, but one of our favourites is this anti-inflammatory Turmeric Latte!

#6. Seaweed

Seaweed such as kelp, nori and wakame, also known as sea vegetables, are a great food source of iodine which the body uses as a building-block for thyroid hormone production. These food sources of iodine also contain selenium, which is required to support iodine uptake. In essence, selenium improves how efficiently your body can absorb the iodine consumed from your diet. (9)

#7. Bone Broth

Bone broth is known as “liquid gold” for good reason. Most people recognize that bone broth is a source of easy to absorb essential minerals.

A cup of bone broth also contains many amino acids, which have gut healing benefits. Gut healing is an important consideration because most thyroid disorders are autoimmune in nature and often have roots in impaired digestive function. Bone broth is also a source of glutamine, used by the intestinal and immune cells for energy.

#8. Avocado

Avocados are a source of a wide variety of micronutrients, vitamins, and healthy fats. Avocados’ high fat content is made up of mostly health-promoting monounsaturated fats. Teaming these fats up with high fibre improves blood sugar balance and increases satiety. Blood sugar balance is critical for those with a thyroid dysfunction because the hormone insulin that is responsible for signalling our cells to take in sugars from our blood has an inversely proportional relationship to thyroid hormones. That is, as blood sugar goes up, insulin goes up as a result, and thyroid hormone production goes down.

#9. Oily Fish (Salmon, Sardines)

These oily fish are high in specific types of omega-3s. Some such omega-3s include EPA (eicosapentanoic acid), which is hailed for its anti-inflammatory effects, and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) which supports the nervous system, including the brain. Both fats can be utilised by every single cell membrane in the body to improve cell signalling and down-regulate systemic inflammatory responses. Systemic inflammation is a common contributing factor to most diseases, including thyroid conditions. As such, reducing systemic inflammation can help support thyroid function.

If you’re looking for some recipe inspiration, check out our Walnut Crusted Salmon.

#10. Fermented Foods

Coconut kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, pickles and other fermented foods provide a wide variety of beneficial bacteria. These beneficial bacteria, also known as probiotics, are critical not only for gut health, but also for regulating immune function (which is responsible for autoimmunity). (10)

Plus, the fermentation process increases the bioavailability of existing nutrients by breaking down the anti-nutrients including phytates that can bind to essential nutrients and cause irritation within a compromised gut. As concluded in Knezevic et al. 2020, “Gut microbiota also influences the absorption of minerals that are important to the thyroid, including iodine, selenium, zinc, and iron.” (11)

Summary
Whether you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, suspect you may have a thyroid condition, or just want to maintain your thyroid health… we encourage you to consume these 10 healthy foods to support your thyroid health.

If you’d like to make implementing the recommendations above easier, get your copy of our 1-Week Thyroid-Supporting Meal Plan today.

Or, to take things a step further, if you’re interested in functional thyroid testing above what is offered at your family doctor’s office, please connect with one of our naturopathic doctors. You can also connect with our nutritionists to learn more about how nutrition strategies – ranging from micronutrient balancing to autoimmune protocols or specific therapeutic foods – can be applied to improve thyroid function.

 

https://thyroid.ca
https://thyroid.ca/thyroid-disease/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/thyroid-disorders-1.814623
https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/06/06/hypothyroidism-can-go-undetected-sometimes-for-years-before-proper-diagnosis/
http://www.whfoods.com
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4049553/
https://www.thepaleomom.com/the-health-benefits-of-fermented-foods/
https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/12/6/1769/htm

 

 

Walnut Crusted Salmon

Walnut Crusted Salmon

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

This Walnut Crusted Salmon is a simple yet delicious dish that adds flavour and texture to your typical salmon dinner.

If you’re a salmon-lover already, this recipe is for you!

The main stars of this recipe, salmon and walnuts, come packed with health benefits.

While salmon is typically known to be rich in fatty acids and protein, it is also an excellent source of selenium. Selenium is an essential mineral that supports the health and function of our thyroid, a small gland located in the base of the neck. Your thyroid releases important hormones that travel through your blood and interact with cells throughout your body. Selenium works to help “activate” these thyroid hormones, which can be important for individuals with low thyroid hormone levels (1). Research shows that consuming two servings of salmon a week increased selenium levels in the blood more than fish oil capsules (2). 

Walnuts are a superfood filled with wonderful health benefits. They have been shown to have the highest antioxidant activity compared to any other nut (3). Antioxidants are a group of nutrients which prevent damage from free radicles called “oxidation”. One small study showed that when adults ate a walnut-rich meal, it prevented the oxidation of specific types of cholesterol (4). When these types of cholesterol are oxidized, they are more likely to build up in your arteries, leading to blockages (4). This is important to consider for individuals with low levels of thyroid hormones, as they are more likely to have higher cholesterol levels (5).

If you are looking to prepare this recipe with a soup or salad, check out Koru’s recipes for more options, including our Creamy Roasted Garlic and Kale soup.

References

  1. Ventura, M., Melo, M., & Carrilho, F. (2017). Selenium and Thyroid Disease: From Pathophysiology to Treatment. International Journal of Endocrinology, 2017, 1297658. doi: 10.1155/2017/1297658
  2. Stonehouse, W., Pauga, M., Kruger, R., Thomson, C., Wong, M., & Kruger, M. (2011). Consumption of salmon v. salmon oil capsules: effects on n-3 PUFA and selenium status. The British Journal of Nutrition. 106(8), 1231-1239. doi: 10.1017/S000711451100153X
  3. Yin, T., Cai, L., Chen, Y., Li, Y., Wang, Y., Liu, C., & Ding, Z. (2015). Tannins and Antioxidant Activities of the Walnut (Juglans regia) Pellicle. Natural Product Communications, 10(12), 2141-2144. PMID: 26882685
  4. Haddad, E., Gaban-Chong, N., Oda, K., &Sabate, J. (2014). Effect of a walnut meal on postprandial oxidative stress and antioxidants in healthy individuals. Nutrition Journal, 13(4). doi: 10.1186/1475-2891-13-4.
  5. Mullur, R., Liu, Y., & Brent, G. (2014). Thyroid Hormone Regulation of Metabolism. Physiological reviews, 94(2), 355-382. doi: 10.1152/physrev.00030.2013

 

Walnut Crusted Salmon

A simple yet delicious dish that adds flavour and texture to your typical salmon dinner. The main stars of this recipe, salmon and walnuts, come packed with health benefits.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup Walnuts very finely chopped
  • 1 stalk Green Onion very finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp Italian Seasoning
  • ½ tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil divided
  • 8 ozs Salmon Fillet
  • ¼ Lemon optional for serving, cut into wedges

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking tray.
  • Combine walnuts, green onion, salt and Italian seasoning. Add the lemon juice, half of the oil, and then combine well together.
  • Rub the remaining oil over all sides of the salmon fillets. Then place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet, with the skin facing down.
  • Use a spoon to place the walnut mixture on top of each salmon fillet. Then gently press the walnut mixture down with the back of the spoon to compress it so that it stays in place.
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily.
  • Serve with a lemon wedge. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Per 1 Serving:
 
Calories - 281
Sugar - 1g
Carbs - 2g
Fat - 19g
Protein - 25g
Turmeric Latte

Turmeric Latte

Two Glasses with Detox Green Smoothie

This delicious soothing latte is packed full of anti-inflammatory benefits and is a great beverage for those struggling with pain.

Turmeric is the star of this recipe! Turmeric’s active component is curcumin which has shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Because of these health benefits, curcumin has been shown to help with pain with individuals with rheumatoid arthritis, and was found to be more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug. In individuals with osteoarthritis, participants reported improvement in pain, physical function, and quality of life after taking curcumin, with decreased use of pain medication. Turmeric can cross the blood brain barrier and can support healthy brain function including helping with memory, attention, and can help with health conditions such as concussion, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. You can read more about the health benefits of turmeric here.

The black pepper in the recipes is very important as this helps to increase the absorption of curcumin in the body by 2000%!

Ginger is antimicrobial, it has bene shown to help manage blood sugar levels, reduce feelings of nausea, and help with pain. Studies have shown that just a single gram of ginger a day can be enough to reduce both the duration of pain and the intensity with women with menstrual cramps and osteoarthritis. The studies show that it worked just as well as other well-known remedies such as ibuprofen. If you are on a lot of pain medications this may cause stomach ulcers and research has shown ginger can be effective at helping to prevent aspirin-induced stomach ulcers by blocking the activity of the enzymes responsible. Because ginger is antimicrobial, it can also help fight off bacterial, fungal and some viral infections.

Cinnamon is a great spice to incorporate into any diet because it helps with blood sugar regulation and it also contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties especially in the digestive tract which makes it a valuable digestive aid. Plus, it’s delicious!

Coconut milk has a delicious creamy taste and has been shown to reduce stomach ulcer size in rats by 54% — a result comparable to the effect of an anti-ulcer drug. However, one cup of coconut milk can contain as much as 552 calories, so if weight loss if your goal then we suggest switching out coconut milk to a more low-calorie option such as almond or cashew milk, or diluting it half-and-half with water.

Turmeric Latte

This delicious soothing latte is packed full of anti-inflammatory benefits and is a great beverage for those struggling with pain.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Coconut Milk canned
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp Ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Maple Syrup (or honey) to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to saucepan and whisk over medium heat until warm. Do not allow to boil.
  • Turn off heat, sample, and adjust flavours as needed.
  • Pour into mug and enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition Per 1 Serving:
 
Calories - 197
Sugar - 14g
Carbs - 24g
Fat - 12.1g
Protein - 0.4g