As many of my readers know, I am living with with thyroid cancer. I was diagnosed in January 2014. In March 2014 I had a complete thyroidectomy. Shortly thereafter, I had radioactive iodine treatment. I also had a further tracer dose of radioactive iodine about a year later.
Before my radioactive iodine treatment I have to go on a very restrictive low iodine diet for 10 days. It’s a challenging diet to say the least. In addition, there aren’t too many resources out there focused on recipes, meal plans etc.
For more see –> What is the Low Iodine Diet
Last year I wrote a post listing a few easy, healthy and yummy low iodine diet dinner ideas and it seems to be really helpful for anyone going into this type of treatment. Since we can always use more information, I thought it would be beneficial to write a separate post listing a few simple low iodine diet breakfast ideas.
If you usually have milk and cereal for breakfast or eggs and toast, the low iodine diet will be a challenge. Under the LID all commercially prepared foods are off limits (except for specific items) along with other specific food groups.
All of these limitations mean that to create healthy low iodine diet breakfast ideas you need to be a bit innovative and ready to get your hands dirty in the kitchen.
5 Low Iodine Diet Breakfast Ideas
One thing I would suggest before getting started on these low iodine diet breakfast ideas is to make your own almond milk. I use homemade almond milk as a basis for many of these breakfast recipes.
Here’s a helpful video from the Kitch’n on how to make your own almond milk at home.
Please see –> 5 Awesome Low Iodine Dinner Ideas
Low Iodine Diet Breakfast Idea #1 –> Chocolate Chip MuffinsSearching for #LID ideas? Give these low iodine diet breakfast ideas a try! Click To Tweet
I love these muffins. They’re simple to make, whole grain and high in fiber. I make these often, even when I’m not on the low iodine diet. Have a couple of muffins (they’re small) with fruit for a filling and healthy meal.
You can find the recipe in one of my earlier posts: Low Iodine Diet Chocolate Chip Muffins
Low Iodine Diet Breakfast Idea #2 –> Chia Pudding with Fruit
Even when I’m not on the diet I like to make chia pudding. It’s filling, healthy, full of fiber and nutritious. Once you have the base, you can add vanilla, cocoa, and fruit. I also like to add my healthy chocolate granola, made to be compliant with diet.
To make the chia pudding just mix the following ingredients together in a bowl and leave it covered in the fridge overnight.
1 1/2 cups of homemade almond milk
1/4 cup of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
Once the pudding is set, add your extras and customize to your liking. I enjoy adding berries, raw nuts and some vanilla.
Low Iodine Diet Breakfast Idea #3 –> Egg white omelet with veggies
While you aren’t able to eat egg yolk on the low iodine diet you can eat egg whites. If you have the time in the morning to cook you can scramble some egg whites with a variety of veggies. I would suggest using egg whites from a container rather than separating your egg whites from your yolks. That way you’ll know that there are no egg yolks in there.
I like to add a variety of veggies from spinach and mushrooms, to red peppers and avocado. I also enjoy adding some spices to the omelet. While I can’t add salt, I do like sprinkling fresh basil and dried Herbs de Provence.
Low Iodine Diet Breakfast Idea #4 –>Healthy Smoothie
I drink a green smoothie every morning because it’s easy, quick and portable. When I’m on the low iodine diet I just modify my Vegan Superfood Smoothie to fit the LID requirements. I make my own almond milk and instead of protein powder I add more chia seeds and some raw nut butter.
Low Iodine Diet Breakfast Idea #5 –> Toast with Fruit and Nut Butter
Since you can’t eat any processed food during the diet, if you want something you have to make it. Before I went on the low iodine diet I had never baked my own bread. It’s actually not that hard and it’s kind of fun. I found an easy vegan whole wheat bread recipe on Pinterest, omitted the salt and made my very own bread.
For some extra protein and flavour, I like to add raw nut butter and some sliced berries to the bread.
If you’re stuck on the low iodine diet for a few days I hope you find these breakfast suggestions helpful!
I’ll be sharing this post at some of my favourite link parties.
For more information on thyroid cancer check out these posts:
- Check your Neck: Thyroid Cancer Awareness
- Living with Thyroid Cancer
- Being Diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer