A gorgeous client and fellow Health Coach inspired me to write this recipe when she found herself in a surprising predicament, recently discovering that she was suffering form a Thyroid disorder.
In an effort to support optimal thyroid health I’ve included some key nutrients. Selenium, the trace mineral found in in Brazil nuts, a mere 3-4 of these power packed babies will do the trick. Selenium is also found in spinach, plus there’s the Iodine in sea vegetables and sea salt. In keeping with the recommended gluten free diet I used chickpeas and quinoa for protein. In this case we’ve kept things vegan, however, selenium is also found in several animal products, which could easily be included for additional protein and sustained energy.
When we talk Thyroid issues, it’s important to acknowledge the impact of stress. The production of the stress hormone cortisol can suppress healthy thyroid function hence having a profound effect on overall thyroid health. So, I’ve topped this hard working salad off with a Calming Passion Fruit & Coconut Dressing. Energetically, passion fruits have calming properties, whilst their sweet and tangy flavor combined with the coconut sugar keeps this dressing refined sugar free.
Packed with nutrient dense veggies that are optimal for thyroid health like leeks, squash and zucchini, all bases are seemingly covered in one humble salad. Hope it’s a new found favourite for some of you out there xx
Quinoa & Chickpea Shaved Veggie Salad with Passion Fruit & Coconut Sugar Dressing
Recipe By Shelley Kamil
2 handfuls spinach leaves
2 handfuls sprouts
½ can organic chickpeas
2 yellow squash, shaved
1 zucchini, shaved
1 bunch asparagus, chopped and blanched
½ leek, finely sliced
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 sheet nori, cut to thin strips
6 brazil nuts
Juice and pulp of one ripe passion fruit
1tbs apple cider vinegar
2tsp olive oil
2tsp coconut sugar
Pink Himalayan Sea Salt to taste
1. In a large mixing bowl combine all the dressing ingredients, besides the brail nuts. Mix to combine.
2. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over the salad and mix together thoroughly.
3. To serve, transfer to serving bowls and sprinkle with 3-4 Brazil nuts per serving plus an extra drizzle of any remaining dressing xx