Jumpstart Your Energy with this Noodle Dish That’s Perfect For Your Thyroid Health
Looking for a quick and easy way to jumpstart your energy levels? Try this delicious noodle dish packed with energizing nutrients and ready in just 20 minutes! The perfect recipe for when you need a pick-me-up!
What makes this recipe so exciting is the “large bowl of vegetables.” Choose whatever vegetables fit you best, the possibilities are endless. You can remake this recipe over and over and never get bored. Adding all of the different colors of the rainbow will give you a functional meal full of phytonutrients, flavor, and different textures to keep it interesting.
Choosing vegetables like avocado, asparagus, red bell peppers, purple cabbage, and carrots will add a boost of B vitamins, zinc, and beta carotene, the precursor for vitamin A.
1. Select your bowl of veggies.
2. Add low-glycemic kelp noodles (or konjac or make your own “zoodles” from zucchini)
3. Make the delicious sauce.
This recipe is packed full of minerals that are specific to the thyroid with the additional support of sea vegetables, adaptogens, and herbs that support the entire endocrine system.
Arame is a sea vegetable that is a good source of calcium, iodine, potassium, vitamin A, and dietary fiber. Iodine is a vital part of the thyroid hormone molecule making up T3 and T4. For additional iodine support, kelp powder can be added to the sauce. Arame is thin, black, and wiry. Dried, it is stiff and brittle. When rehydrated, it resembles black spaghetti strands. Arame should be rinsed thoroughly and then soaked in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes before using it in recipes.
Cordyceps is a medicinal mushroom that has been used traditionally for energy, vitality, and endurance. It is anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating and is used regularly in herbal remedies for autoimmune conditions. Mushrooms are high in antioxidants and have been long considered anti-aging, detoxifying, cardiovascular protective, digestive aids, and soothing to the mind and spirit. Medicinal mushrooms can regenerate and protect the liver. They are great sources of B vitamins, vitamin D, and protein.
Cayenne adds quite the zing, but it is functional, as well. Cayenne contains capsaicin, the active component of cayenne. It's also a source of vitamins A and C, the complete B vitamin complex, and is rich in calcium and potassium, making it good for the heart.
Cayenne has the ability to stimulate the circulatory system, bringing fresh blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the heart and other organs of the body. This also allows the hormonal signals to make their way through your system, which will then boost your immune system. Studies have also shown that it can help lower blood sugar levels because of the stimulation of the circulatory system.
Ginger adds a delicious flavor, as well as inflammatory properties. Ginger improves digestion, boosts the immune system, and lowers cholesterol levels. It also has antioxidant properties that protect against cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Garlic is another delicious herb or vegetable that adds a pungent taste with medicinal properties, too. Garlic contains allicin, which is an enzyme that is antimicrobial and antifungal. Garlic also has anti-inflammatory effects which can help reduce inflammation in the body and improve immune function, and garlic has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in some lab studies. The medicinal effects of garlic are best consumed raw.
Enjoy this energizing dish that is truly a functional meal that is perfect for the thyroid.
Energy Jumpstart Noodle Dish
- 1 cup arame sea vegetable
- 1 package konjac noodles
- big bowl of veggies – steamed, wilted (marinated), or finely chopped raw
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1 teaspoon cordyceps mushroom powder
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 1/2 teaspoon kelp powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 pinch cayenne
- 1-inch piece ginger
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup water or steam water from making veggies or vegetable juice
1. Set the first 3 ingredients aside. Blend all remaining ingredients together.
2. Soak arame in enough water or steam water to completely cover. Soak for 15 minutes.
3. Rinse and drain, reserving the soak water.
4. Rinse and drain the konjac noodles.
5. Combine veggies and noodles then pour sauce over and mix well.
This dish is delicious, energizing, and filling! For more tips on thyroid balancing, taken from our Thyroid Revive and Thrive program, download our free Guide! And post in the comments your favorite variation of this recipe.