Article written by Theresa Peduto
Thyroid cancer patients are often required to alter their dietary intake in preparation for either a radioiodine scan and/or treatment. Restricting the amount of iodine in the diet for a period of two weeks does not need to be overly challenging. Having recently undertaken this diet myself following thyroid surgery, I will offer a day’s worth of delicious recipes that can be served to the entire family.
Recipe #1 Breakfast
Restrictions– Dairy: this includes the omission of butter, milk (including commercial almond, soy), coffee creamer, eggs and cheese. Commercial bread products. Instant hot cereals. Instant coffee.
The biggest challenge for breakfast is the milk restriction.
However, if you possess a blender you can make almond or cashew milk simply by soaking 1 cup of unsalted nuts (purchased in the grocery’s baking section) in two cups of water overnight.
In the morning, drain and rinse. Add 2 fresh cups of water to the soaked nuts and blend.
Strain, using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
Not feeling ambitious? The brand So Delicious offers an acceptable coconut milk. (Available at Fairway in the NYC area). However, only the coconut milk with the orange packaging is carrageenan free and acceptable.
Milk for coffee, oatmeal, cream of wheat!
Do not use the instant individual wrapped portions of oatmeal. Oatmeal can be cooked ahead of time and just reheated in the morning.
If you experience difficulty swallowing I recommend using McCann’s Irish Oatmeal or place the cooked oatmeal in a blender.
Want to ramp up the protein?
During the last few seconds of cooking add 3 tablespoons of packaged egg whites. OR mash half a banana with unsalted peanut butter.
And for an easy alternative breakfast: Your almond, cashew or coconut milk provides an excellent base for a nutritious smoothie! Just add your choice of frozen fruit and for an extra protein boost, unsalted peanut butter.
Theresa Peduto Bio
Working as an educational consultant, I guide students and their families through the rigors of academic life. In my professional life, I serve as a mentor, guiding my students through a maze of choices and decisions. Recently, I was personally confronted with navigating a maze – my journey with thyroid cancer. One of the challenges is preparing for a radioiodine scan or treatment — two full weeks of eating what at first appears to be next to nothing! I love to cook, and I was determined to get through this eating healthy, nourishing, tasteful meals, which I also planned to serve to my husband. I adapted some of my recipes, which I am pleased to share with you in this blog series.