"Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease."

~ American College of Endocrinology

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THYROID DISEASE IS KILLING US

More than 30,000,000 people in the US and 200 million worldwide have a Thyroid Disorder Most affected are women. Some estimates are over 50 million in US and over 200 million worldwide, and growing.

Estimates vary widely as most patients are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because doctors don't know what they are looking for.

Thyroid disease is also an autoimmune disease. This means that over 27 million people have one or more of the over 105 known autoimmune diseases.

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Thyroid Healthy Snacks – Pumpkin No Bake Power Bites

Thyroid health is maintained by the best foods and nutrients. Sometimes it feels hard to find “fun” and “comfort” foods that we can eat, especially snacks and “treats.”

In the season, and month, that’s all about treats, here’s a fun one that is all about pumpkin too!

Add Pumpkin No Bake Power Bites to your October pumpkin recipe search. It’s a great add-on to your clean, lean, healthy eating regime.

Pumpkin No Bake Power Bites

INGREDIENTS

8 oz. (about 1 packed cup) chopped dates
1/4 cup organic honey (this is okay as a sweetener as it’s not overwhelming in the recipe)
1/4 cup pumpkin puree  – organic
1 Tbsp. chia seeds or flax seeds
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, not cooked) – organic
1 cup toasted coconut flakes – organic
1 cup toasted pumpkin seeds – organic (Buy already toasted or toast/roast your own!)

METHOD

Combine the dates, honey, pumpkin puree, chia (or flax) seeds, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl, and stir in the oats, coconut flakes and pepitas until evenly combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Once the mixture is cool (and easier to work with), use a spoon or cookie scoop to shape it into your desired size of energy balls. 1-inch in diameter is a good size. Alternately, you can line a small baking pan with parchment paper, and press the mixture evenly into the pan, let it cool, and then cut into bars.

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Storing them in the refrigerator especially helps the energy bites hold their shape.)

PERSONALIZE IT

You may find that you want more cinnamon, or add a little Stevia to sweeten a bit more.

6 comments to Thyroid Healthy Snacks – Pumpkin No Bake Power Bites

  • Naomi Bell

    Isn’t oatmeal a no-no on a gluten free diet?

    • kim

      Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten. However, most oatmeal brands on the market today are not pure — they contain oats that have been cross-contaminated with a tiny bit of wheat, barley and/or rye. Since those grains do have gluten in them, that cross-contamination makes most oatmeal brands unsafe on the gluten-free diet.

      For example, Quaker Oats states on its website that it cannot guarantee its oatmeal is gluten-free.

      Find organic oatmeal or brands like Bob’s Red Mill and Holly’s Oatmeal in your health food store or online. Some regular grocery stores are now stocking Bob’s Red Mill products.

  • Robin Trescott

    I am a single mom of 3 kids. I work full time and run the kids to various ball practices after work, however I have also been diagnosed with hypothyroid disease. I am 36 and was diagnosed when I was 18. I stay tired all the time and yet I have trouble sleeping. I have problems maintaining my weight. I weigh more now than ever in my life. I have problems with constipation also. I need help!!!! I have read several things about thyroid disease and most of them are contradicting. I am not sure what foods are good to eat and if I need to take vitamins? i do have my blood levels checked regularly and have my synthroid adjusted as necessary. I just want to feel rested and healthy again!

    • kim

      Hi Robin,

      I’ve been there too – http://thyroidu.com/about/

      You’ll need to do a couple of things to rebuild your health starting immediately:

      1. DOCTOR
      You’ll need to find a “thyroid trained” practitioner. Any “regular” doctor won’t have been trained or understand the depths of this condition to help you past giving you the thyroid hormone replacement medication.

      If yours just says to take thyroid medication and that’s all, find a new one close to you at my site page: http://thyroidu.com/practitioners/

      2. DIET
      Diet is the BIG solution that you can start right now.
      You’ll need to change your diet and take the necessary supplements (from your thyroid trained practitioner) to help your symptoms reverse.

      You can get started on this right away by yourself. The Thyroid Healing Diet is in my Get Your Life Back Manual plus the Checklists that will help you help your doctor help you better.
      Order here: http://thyroidu.com/bookstoreresources/my-thyroid-health-plan-manual/

      Or, my 6 Module Audio Home Study Course which has even more information.
      http://thyroidu.com/get-your-life-back-reset-your-thyroid-health-home-study-course/

      3. KEEP LEARNING
      Keep reading my blog posts for more help.

      You’re in my thoughts,

      Kim

  • Janet Rivera

    I have been living with Hypothyroidism for many years. The last few years I’ve really begun to feel the symptoms you are describing. I have now been diagnosed with “suspicious” nodules on both sides of my thyroid – the right side has doubled in size over the last 6 months. I am scheduled to have surgery to have the complete thyroid removed. I am very apprehensive of how painful this surgery will be so any thoughts to calm my nerves will be appreciated, along with any advice regarding the surgery such as questions to ask, ways to prepare for follow-up, etc. I have purchased your manual and am not quite finished reading it. Thanks for any insights!
    Janet

    • kim

      Hi Janet,
      I’m so sorry for your health issues.

      PRE SURGERY

      I had 1/2 mine out 20 years ago. Since it’s nodules, they may in fact not actually take your thyroid out, which would be nice, but usually they don’t know until they get in there.

      And, since it’s really not your throat that is getting cut into, it’s not that painful as the thyroid lives a little south of it bothering swallowing, etc.

      I don’t know that there’s much you can do to prepare except the usual be as healthy as you can and follow their directions.

      You might read this if it helps.
      http://surgery.med.umich.edu/general/endocrine/patient/conditions/thyroid/thyroid_nodules.shtml

      POST SURGERY
      But, post surgery, make sure to stick to the thyroid reset diet in my manual to start and keep your thyroid hormones (even if they remove 1/2 or both of your butterfly wings, you still have the hormones in your body) rebuilding, and all of the other glands that will have to jump in and help out in their absence.

      You might plan on protein smoothies, beef or chicken stock, and other easy to drink foods of course until you’re ready to eat solids again.

      A good protein “tapioca” is chia seeds and almond milk. Mix 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1 cup almond milk. Let sit for 15-20 minutes and it will get really thick and pudding/tapioca like. If you want to flavor with vanilla, add a tsp or more with the first 2 ingredients and enjoy some fun food. 🙂

      All these foods organic of course:)

      I hope that is helpful, Janet.

      You’re in my prayers.

      Kim

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