Hormone Balancing Pasta
Could a pasta really balance hormones, boost metabolism, be nutrient rich and still low-calorie??? KELP PASTA my new love.
Hormones have one of the largest effects on your energy, metabolism, weight and even mood. One root cause of hormonal imbalances is found in the thyroid gland, which synthesizes thyroid hormones for the entire body. No small feat.
I recently posted about my diagnosis of hypo-thyroid. It basically means, I have a low functioning thyroid and it is not producing as many hormones as I would like to feel my best. Wow, I heard back from so many of you going through the same thing, so I figured I would continue to share how I boosted my thyroid through food, movement and meditation.
“Let food be thy medicine” – First of all, Iodine is an essential trace mineral that is crucial for the thyroid to function properly. Research has shown that a lack of dietary iodine may lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, lethargy, fatigue, weakness of the immune system, slow metabolism, weight gain and possibly even mental states such as anxiety and depression. Therefore, eating foods rich in iodine ensures the thyroid is able to manage metabolism, detoxification, growth and development.
SEA VEGETABLES: The ocean hosts the largest storehouse of iodine foods, including Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame. Kelp has the highest amount of iodine of any food on the planet and just one serving offers 4 times the daily minimum requirement. 1 tablespoon of Kelp contains about 2000/mcg of iodine.
*Bonus: a whole bag of kelp noodles (about 4 servings) only has 40 calories.
Try adding my KELP NOODLE RECIPE into your weekly meals every other week to boost your iodine intake. You can also pick up trace minerals that include Iodine at a specialty grocery store or Amazon.com. What are your favorite Kelp Noodle recipes?
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
1 package kelp noodles
2 cups carrots, shredded
1-2 scallions, thinly sliced to garnish
black sesame seeds, to garnish
lime wedges, to serve
3 rounded tablespoons natural almond
2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
1clove garlic, grated, minced or pressed
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon fresh grated (I always have this great liquid ginger on hand)
Begin by mixing all the ingredients of the dressing in a small bowl, set aside letting the flavors develop. To make the dressing spicy you can add red pepper lakes to taste.
Rinse your kelp noodles under cool running water. Add noodles and carrots to a large bowl, add dressing and mix until well coated. Be patient while mixing your kelp noodles, they are not as pliable as regular noodles and will take a moment to completely coat.
Serve in individual bowls garnished with scallions and sesame seeds. Top with fresh lime juice.
*The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for iodine is 150 micrograms daily for everybody over the age of 14.