How to survive a low-iodine diet (difficulty level: vegetarian)
May 21, 2014 2:19 PM Subscribe
Mrs. Morsa is about to start a low-iodine diet -- no dairy, no soy, no eggs, limited beans & cereals, no processed/commercial food, no store-bought bread or baked goods, very limited chocolate, and only iodine-free salt. How can I keep her from starving, and/or keep her from going crazy?
posted by Yo Soy La Morsa to Food & Drink (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mrs. Morsa's doing radioactive iodine therapy in a couple of weeks to blast away the remnants of her truculent thyroid, and until then we have to eliminate pretty much all iodine from her diet. This'd be hard enough in any case, but she's very firmly vegetarian, and also a pretty picky eater, which limits her options still further.
Does anyone have suggestions for delicious, satisfying food that I can make to keep her from starving? I like to cook, but I'm having trouble figuring out menus. At the moment I'm thinking that she'll be eating a lot of fresh veggies, homemade hummus, lentil soup, and quinoa, with home-roasted nuts for snacks. What am I missing?
We're particularly worried about breakfast time -- Mrs. Morsa normally eats soy-protein cereal + milk, neither of which she'll be able to have. We could cobble together a sort of home-made granola, but she doesn't like non-dairy milk substitutes, so it'd have to be dry, which I think could get old pretty quickly.
Also: any suggestions for morale-boosting snacks and treats? Chocolate cake, sadly, appears to be off the menu.