You’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism. You’ve gained weight and you don’t have much energy. You want to know what to eat with hypothyroidism to lose weight, right? You’re in for a treat. Get ready for a post of 20 recipes for food that helps hypothyroidism.
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in December 2013. Since then I’ve lost more than 35 pounds. I’ve discovered the key to losing weight and keeping it off with a few key lifestyle practices.
My post about losing weight with hypothyroidism goes over how I lost weight and now keep it off. These recipes follow those key eating practices I lined out in the post.
Are you looking for a thyroid-friendly meal plan? Check out my free hypothyroid meal plan!
All the following recipes follow one or more key concepts:
- High in legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.)
- Lots of fiber
- High in vegetable
- Medium amount of fruits
- Low to no grains
- Low fat
- No animal products (meat, eggs, dairy, etc.)
Essentially, this is a vegan diet for hypothyroidism that concentrates on legumes and veggies. These are foods to help hypothyroidism because they’re low in calories, are starchy and keep you satisfied. Read the full hypothyroidism post for all the lifestyle changes I recommend.
In the meantime, let’s get to the hypothyroidism recipes!
Starters (Soups, Salads and Bread)
Add some nutrition to your meal with this effortless Asian salad. Bok choy and mushroom team up with select flavors to create a flavorful side dish without a sweat. If you’ve never tried bok choy before, this is the recipe to try it out.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? This salad is a warm alternative to a regular chopped salad. The warm bok choy and mushrooms keep you warmer than a cold salad.
Let your old trash be your newfound treasure by using the beet greens and stems you’d otherwise throw away. Citrus Sautéed Beet Greens is a flavorful method to use nutritious beet greens as part of a meal. This recipe is light enough to eat in the summer and homey enough to enjoy in the winter.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? I pack Citrus Sautéed Beet Greens with nutrition and flavor. Like the Warm Asian Bok Choy and Mushroom Salad, this recipe keeps you warmer than raw salad greens would.
This recipe is ideal when you have no time to prepare tasty, nutritious meals. I love this recipe because you can let your spice cabinet do the talking with this recipe.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Soups are ideal for weight loss. This soup brings on the flavor without packing in the calories. It can serve as a flavorful starter or a light meal on its own.
Appreciate the simplicity of fresh greens and tomatoes with this Mediterranean Salad. Simple to prepare so you can live la vida like the Spaniards do: in relaxation and comfort. This salad is a refreshing entrée before any main meal.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Consider my Fresh Mediterranean Salad when you don’t have energy to prepare one. This basic yet flavorful salad is the right salad to start off your meal. Eating salads before meals fills you up so you don’t overeat dishes with more calories.
Don’t settle for unhealthy gluten free flatbread. Prepare Gluten Free Flatbread with Parsley for a flavorful and healthy homemade flatbread. Use it for side dishes, sandwiches and even pizza! It’s so painless you’d be silly not to test it out.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? This recipe is a hypothyroid food because it’s a grain-free. Chickpea flour has more fiber and fewer calories than grains. This flatbread is a lighter alternative to wheat flatbread.
Ready your taste buds for the best quinoa chili of your life. This sweet, wholesome chili will make you question all the other chili’s you’ve ever had. It had me at first bite. I’m sure you’ll love it, too. Though the ingredients list is long, it’s a one-pot meal you can prepare in a flash.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? This one-pot meal is a lifesaver for those with hypothyroidism. Cook a large batch and eat it for days to reduce time in the kitchen. It combines the best aspects of minimalism and flavor.
Break out your inner Latino and create a spicy and mouth-watering meal at home. Simple and Healthy Mexican Black Beans and brown rice are ideal as a hassle-free main meal. ¡Olé!
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Healthy Mexican Black Beans offer flavor and heat without lots of calories. The moderate heat and robust flavor please your taste buds and keep you warm so you don’t have to keep eating to warm up.
Loaded Lasagna is the perfect name for this recipe. It’s loaded with everything a healthy body desires. I won’t forget to mention it’s loaded with flavor as well. The only things this recipe isn’t loaded with are salt, sugar and fat.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? This Loaded Zucchini Lasagna is pasta-free. You won’t care that the texture of the zucchini is different than traditional lasagna noodles. It’s downright mouthwatering. It’s full of flavor without the heavy calories from pasta.
Enjoy homemade vegetarian baked beans without the added salt, sugar and bacon! These healthy, no-bake baked beans made from scratch are the best. This easy recipe will be your favorite side to pair with your favorite veggie burger for a long time.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Baked beans are homey. They provide your soul and body with comfort. Both the pinto beans and barley are packed with fiber, so they fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours to come.
Help your family overcome their nasty perceptions of vegetables with this Shepherd’s Pie. The family may assume you need salt, sugar and fat for tasty food, but that doesn’t mean it’s true. Let them think it’s unhealthy while they revel in your nutritious Earthy Shepherd’s Pie.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Lentils are high in protein, which keep you full for a long time. They’re one of the best foods to eat for low thyroid condition. The lentils are paired with potatoes, which are lower in calories than grains and pseudo-grains.
This is an excellent recipe to have on hand when you’re busy and don’t have time to cook a nutritious dinner. A loaded spice cabinet, a can of beans and a few tomatoes creates a scrumptious, quick (and not to mention cheap) meal. Add as much or as little spice as you want.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? I loaded Exotic Moroccan Bean Variety with flavor from beginning to end. The mixed beans, the spices and the lemon juice ensure your meal is packed with flavor. Enjoy it by itself or with a side of wholegrains such as wholegrain bulgur or brown rice.
Ooey Gooey Refried Beans includes all the taste of refried beans without the oil, cheese and salt. Without them, this recipe is still tasty. In fact, the herbs and spices shine through even more when they don’t compete with the junk.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Ooey Gooey Refried Beans are like Healthy Mexican Black Beans. Both are packed with flavor and the right amount of spice. The spice keeps you warm and the beans keep you satisfied.
Explore India with this spicy, low-fat curry. Colorful vegetables simmer in a divine assortment of herbs and spices. The result a healthy, saucy Indian curry you can cook anytime you get the craving.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? This curry is so flavorful and filling, you don’t need a grain to fill you up. The veggies provide bulk, the beans provide energy and the spices provide the flavor you want.
Finally! A bean burger recipe without soy, nuts, seeds or loads of fat. Mushrooms provide an irreplaceable heartiness and carrots add nutrition. Make a few batches then keep uneaten ones in the freezer for a quick meal.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? The mushrooms make these bean burgers hearty enough to eat without a bun. Complete your bean burger with the omega-3 pesto recipe at the bottom of the page. Surely no burger is complete without a messy sauce.
This is a homemade dairy-free hot chocolate recipe, reinvented. This hot chocolate breakfast smoothie is flavored with Teeccino Mocha Mint herbal coffee. Medjool dates add wholesome sweetness. The black beans add protein and make the recipe thick and creamy. The result is the easiest chocolate mint smoothie.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? The hot water prevents you from becoming chilled. The beans give it fullness and satisfaction without adding unhealthy calories. If you don’t have a Teeccino teabag, replace it with a tablespoon of carob and fresh mint leaves.
Don’t grab a candy bar when you’re craving sweet chocolate. Blend up a filling Deep Fudge Smoothie. It’s more satisfying and nutritious than a piece of chocolate and won’t result in a stomach ache either.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? It’s filling and fudgy without being unhealthy. Though it tastes like a thick chocolate shake, it doesn’t have any empty calories from sugar. It’s healthy enough for breakfast and sweet enough for dessert.
Warming Banana Milk is a perfect milk for the cold winter months. The warming spices add a cozy essence. This milk is made from whole bananas, so it has beneficial nutrients other milks don’t. Try Warming Banana Milk with your breakfast today!
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Use this milk to avoid empty or liquid calories. Minimizing liquid calories helps you lose weight with hypothyroidism. Replace your other milks with this light banana milk to do just that. No added sugar, flavors or preservatives.
This wholesome cake rivals the best unhealthy treats. My microwave carrot cake bowl is the right combination of moist cake and earthy flavors. A secret ingredient replaces the oil and butter other cakes call for.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Cake with beans! This microwave carrot cake is the perfect hypothyroid dessert recipe. You can eat it without feeling guilty because it has natural sugars, fiber and a vegetable.
Chocolate + beans? You bet. You’ll love this dairy-free chocolate pudding recipe healthy enough for breakfast. My chocolate pudding is transformed into a smoothie bowl with TeeChia cereal. This is the ultimate healthy breakfast… or secretly guilt-free dessert.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? You don’t have to miss out on sweets or flavorful food with hypothyroidism. The key is to reduce fat calories and always opt for healthy fat, like the avocado in this recipe. The high fat avocado is balanced out by banana and beans to keep it high in wholesome carbohydrates.
You’ll love these light and sweet carrot cake bites. They’re less work than a cake and more nutritious, too. The combination of light carrot, sweet date and delicate carob will delight you.
Why is this a food that helps hypothyroidism? Raw Carrot Cake Bites are packed with flavor and sweetness… and fiber. The secret is carrot pulp as the base. The result is very low-calorie dessert you’ll love to eat and loves you back.
If you’ve found my hypothyroid recipes, please share so others can lose weight, too. Let’s help one another live healthy and happy with hypothyroidism.
My Full Article: How to Lose Weight With Hypothyroidism Without Feeling Hungry