Iodine deficiency is a silent epidemic. Iodine is typically found in iodized table salt and in sea vegetables. In the American culture, we have decreased our use of table salt and eat almost no sea vegetables. As a result, there is an alarmingly high amount of Americans who unknowingly suffer from iodine deficiency.
Iodine is essential to life and especially crucial for brain development in children. It also plays a central role in healthy function of your thyroid gland.
Adding sea vegetables into your diet is a great way to boost your iodine intake without having to increase your sodium intake. In our house, I sprinkle dulse granules on many of our meals to ensure we are getting adequate iodine intake. I also use kombu when cooking beans or grains.
These Paleo banana carrot breakfast muffins from paleonewbie.com are delicious! They are also a great way to sneak veggies into your kids’ diet without a fight!
- 1 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbs cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 3 eggs – whisked
- 2 bananas – mashed
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup raw honey
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or raisins
- Makes 12-14 muffins
- Preheat oven to 350º F
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients above
- In a separate medium bowl, mix together all wet ingredients above
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl and mix well
- Next fold grated carrots and the walnuts, pecans or raisins into the batter
- Pour batter into lined muffin tin molds (use paper or silicone cup liners) Fill each cup about two-thirds full
- Bake 22-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
- Cool and enjoy!
In the hot summer months, it is especially important to keep your body hydrated. Many of my clients are drinking lots of soda, coffee and energy drinks when they start coaching with me. While these beverages may taste good, they offer very little hydration. In fact, they can actually add to dehydration. Most flavored “waters” like Vitamin water are filled with chemicals and food coloring, making those a less than ideal option as well. So what do I recommend for my clients who need a little flavor in their beverage without the calories and junk? Infused waters!
Infusion is a great way to add a little flavor to your water and encourage an increase in water intake. This is especially great for children who struggle with drinking water. You can create your own flavor combos with your favorite fruits and vegetables, or find recipes to follow online. Make sure you are drinking AT LEAST 8 glasses of water a day, if not more!
Some of my favorite flavor combos are:
- Cucumber & Mint
- Grapefruit & Rosemary
- Grape & Orange
- Raspberry & Lemon
- Grape, Strawberry & Lime
PERFECT SALAD FOR SUMMER!!!!
2 -3 avocados, chopped
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10 ounce) package frozen white corn, cooked and drained
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
1⁄4 cup cilantro, chopped
1⁄2lime, juice of, freshly squeezed
1 dash coarse salt
1 dash olive oil
Mix together all of the above ingredients. I’m an avocado lover, so I use three, but two is good. You can use fresh corn if you prefer and also use as much chopped onion or squeezed lime as you like. In fact, all of the ingredients are to your own liking, use as much or as little as you want. The lime juice helps to keep the avocado from turning brown. Refrigerate for a couple of hours and serve cold. Enjoy!