Posts filed under Hypothyroidism

Expo West: Best New Plant-based Products

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going to Expo West, the largest show for organic and natural products in the world! While I was there I found some amazing plant-based products that should be part of your diet! Drum roll please... here are the best new plant-based products in the market....

1) Follow your Heart Vegan Egg : Yes you heard me correctly! Follow your heart has developed a vegan egg substitute! I ate it at the show and it is so yummy! It has the same consistency and flavor of egg, but it is made from algae! Earthy friendly and oh so good for you!

2) Veggemo Vegetal Milk: Almond milk is not good for the environment, and soy can wrack havoc on your hormones. What's a plant-based girl to do? Now, she can buy veggemo, a veggie milk made from pea protein, potato starch, and tapioca. What's even better? It has 4 grams of protein vs 1 gram in almond milk.

4) Hamona Coconut: There is nothing I love more than young coconut water and my favorite thus far has been harmless harvest. But those little bottles add up and are so bad for the earth... If only there was a more earth friendly option... Well now there is! Hamona coconut are premium coconuts that are shaved down so much that you can use a straw to pierce them! And then afterwards you can open it using only a spoon.... No machette necessary!

5) Bee Panacea: There are so many super foods to be had.... maca, pollen, spirulina, chlorella... How in the world are you supposed to eat all of that? Well, Bee panacea takes the best superfoods and adds raw honey so that you can get all your nutrition with just one teaspoon a day! Did I mention it is also delicious and Victoria Beckham is eating this like it's going out of style?

6) Buttery Coconut oil from Nutiva: Love butter in your popcorn, but your plant-based lifestyle is cramping your movie time? Well, nutiva has created an amazing buttery coconut oil that tastes exactly like butter! Just lather on top of your popcorn and add a movie.... 

7) Burma Love: Eat your tea: If you don't love drinking green tea, now you can eat it! Burma love are green tea leaves that are gown in Burma and then fermented. The result is an earthy addition to salads and other recipes. I highly recommend it. 

8) New Barn Almond Milk ice cream: If you have ever had the pleasure of trying New Barn Almond milk, you know they are the best out there. If you haven't tried it, I recommen you find a store that carries it and try! It really tastes like homemade almond milk and now they are using their amazing milk to create dairy free ice creams! This is probably the cremiest almond milk ice cream I have ever tasted... But beware, some of the flavors have eggs....

9) Kor Shots: If you know me, you know I am all about health shots - specially ginger and turmeric... It seems Kor shots has commercialized that idea adding great ingredients like activated charcoal to rid your body of all those toxins! If you are pressed for time, I highly recommend these shots. They are delicious and really healthy!

I hope you enjoyed reading about the best of new plant-based products from Expo West! 

Stay Blessed!

Izabel

 

 

 

Healthy Fettucini Alfredo: Kelp Noodles and Plant-based Alfredo sauce

It is that time of the year when we start craving lots of fattening and comforting foods. The cold weather sets in and our body seeks warmth and comfort. But, it is possible to survive winter, eat what foods that are creamy and amazing, and still not gain 10 lbs by March. All you need to do is indulge in healthy versions of your favorite comfort foods. When you focus on plant-based versions of comfort foods, we are able to create recipes that fulfill that psychological need, but are also good for your body. My version of fettucini alfredo uses Kelp noodles. If you are not familiar with kelp noodles, they are noodles made out of kelp and are carb free, gluten free, and basically free of anything except thyroid boosting iodine! It does have added soldium alginate, but that is a natural emulsifier extracted from brown seaweed. So it is safe! Kelp noodles can be eaten right out of its pack raw, but I am not fond of its crunchy texture. I use a trick I learned from Mathew Sweeney to create soft and amazing kelp noodles that have similar texture to an al dente pasta. I buy the Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles brand - the one you see to the left of the text.  The Alfredo cream is based on cauliflower, caramelized onions, garlic, and treeline vegan cheese. If you are not familiar with this brand and you are Vegan I suggest you get familiar with their products. They cheese is out of this world and I absolutely love them! The produced vegan cheeses and spreads made from cashews and aged like regular cheese - it is full of probiotics and adds an amazing cheesy taste to any recipe. The one I love the most is the scallion flavor see the picture below . This cheese is great by itself too - try it with some Mary Gone Crackers! By the way, don't forget to sign up for four weeks of exclusive nutrition tips and yoga sequences here!

Without further ado here is the recipe. Everyone that tasted it loved it - Even my 18 month old baby girl! I hope that you love it just as much as they did. 

Ingredients

  • One head of cauliflower
  • One bag of Kelp Noodles
  • Garlic to taste ( I like a lot of it so I did an entire bulb of garlic)
  • One entire white onion
  • Earth Balance Vegan Butter (1/4 cup)
  • 6 tbsp on hemp seeds
  • 1stp red pepper flakes
  • ½ treeline Vegan cheese in scallion flavor
  • water – start with one cup – add more as needed
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • salt 1 teaspoon
  • olive oil

Kelp Noodle Prep

Before you start drain all of the water from the kelp noodles. Place them in warm water - nothing above 95 degrees - otherwise it won't be raw. Then add some vinegar and baking soda. Yes - be prepared for a small chemical reaction. The bubbles will subside. Let the Kelp noodles rest for at least thirty minutes so that they soften. 

Alfredo Sauce

As you let the kelp noodle rest in the baking soda and vinegar bath, trim off the leaves from your cauliflower. Take the Earth Balance Vegan butter and brush your head of cauliflower with it. Set the cauliflower on a baking sheet and the oven to 400 degrees and place the head of cauliflower there. Let it bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. 

While the head of cauliflower is baking, slice the onions and peel the garlic. Take some more of the vegan butter and place it in a frying pan with the sliced onions and garlic on low heat. And I mean the lowest setting - you want the onions to slowly caramelize. This will take about 30 minutes. When the onions are browned and smelling amazing they are ready!

Once both cauliflower, garlic and onions are ready, place them in the blender. Add 6 tbsp of hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast, 1/2 treeline cheese in the scallion flavor, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 tbsp olive oil. Blend all of the ingredients.

Final Prep

Once your sauce is ready, drain the kelp noodles from their bath. Then mix the kelp noodles and the sauce. Your Alfredo is ready! Add any other veggies and nuts you may want - I added some cashews, scallions, and tomatoes. 

 

Enjoy!

Yoga for the thyroid gland

If you suffer from hypothyroidism, know that Yoga can be a great ally in the battle against the disease. Because the thyroid regulates various metabolic processes, when it is underactive, like mine, your circulation and your metabolism will also suffer. This means that you will likely feel lethargic, gain water weight, and feel an overwhelming unwillingness to do any physical activity at all. All of these symptoms of thyroid disease are a slippery slope since physical activity is an antidote to those symptoms in the first place as exercise stimulates your metabolism and circulation. However, an activity like yoga that begins slowly - focusing on mental and breathing exercises – may be easier to commit to. I say this from experience. I remember being in the middle of a thyroid crisis thinking, "If I can get myself to yoga class, I know that I can just lay there if I have to." By the time the class starts to get more challenging your body and your mind will already be prepared, so yoga is really the perfect physical practice for those suffering from an underactive thyroid.

The yoga class I prepared today is thyroid-centric and focuses on the bandhas. There are four different bandhas, or locks. This locks are contractions of certain areas of the physical body related to nerve conglomerates, organs and glands in the body. Today we will focus mostly on the Jalandhara bandha, which corresponds to the same physical space of the thyroid gland. The contraction of this bandha helps us regulate all our internal systems including our hormonal and metabolic processes. Engaging this lock can be very beneficial to the thyroid gland.

We will engage the Jalandhara lock by creating pressure on the throat by pressing the chin against the thyroid gland. Throughout practice, I will guide you on how and when you should create this lock. We will start practice with a breathing exercise called victorious breath (Ujjay). This exercise constricts the throat during breathing, making a sound much like Darth Vader. Then I will guide you through an Asana sequence that oxygenates the thyroid and stimulates it through the Jalandhara lock.

I hope you enjoy the class and as always, if you have any questions just ask!

God bless you!

Uplifting Pranayama (useful for those of us with Hypothyroidism)

For those of you who don't know me, I suffer with hypothyroidism. This means my thyroid gland produces less hormones than it should. As the thyroid regulates the metabolism, when it is sluggish you feel lethargic and energy-less. It also means I often feel tired and lethargic, so I have shaped my yoga and pranayama practice to create an uplifting energy that keeps me moving.

Every morning, I practice an uplifting pranayama before having breakfast. I drink a litter of water and then I start this breath work. This pranayama wakes me up and gives me the energy to keep my day going. This particular exercise is helpful for those with low thyroid function, but it can also help to others that my be experiencing lethargy from other conditions like lupus, depression, winter blues, etc... I recommend you follow it up with some sun salutations to wake up your body and prepare you for your day. And, if you need extra prolonged energy, check out my other post on a raw vegan version of the "bulletproof" coffee (here). It uses coconut butter to maximize the effects of caffeine on your body without the slump that the usual coffee consumption gives you. I hope you enjoy this pranayama practice! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! 

 

Namaste!