Delicious Low Iodine Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy

50+ Low Iodine Dinner and Dessert Recipes

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If you're receiving iodine therapy for thyroid cancer, you might be told to go on a short term low-iodine diet. This can sound daunting at first...what foods have iodine? How do you avoid it? And most importantly...what should you cook??

In order to follow a low-iodine diet, you'll find it's important to cook for yourself. The good news is low iodine recipes can easily be found or created with a little effort and creativity.

The low iodine recipes below were not created specifically for those on the diet, but are free of forbidden ingredients, such as canned foods, seafood, and dairy.

Find Out Which Foods are Allowed and Prohibited on a Low Iodine Diet

When preparing these recipes, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Always use non-iodized or kosher salt. Iodized salt (and foods made with it) are one of the biggest sources of iodine in the diet. 
  • Remember that you can only have 5 ounces of meat per day.
  • Always use fresh (rather than cured) meat and read the meat packaging label. Avoid meats that contain injected broth and salt.

Low Iodine Appetizers

These appetizers make great low iodine snacks. Make a few batches and use throughout the week. Some of the salsa recipes are great low-added-salt accompaniments to add flavor to meats, like baked chicken.

  • Avocado Salsa
  • Low Iodine Chicken Recipes

These are lunch and dinner recipes make great leftovers and pair well with many of the appetizers above.

  • Baked Chicken with Paprika
  • Lemon Chicken

    Low Iodine Beef Recipes

Like chicken, beef is versatile and makes for good repurposing into leftover meals. For instance, you can wrap leftover carne asada steak in corn tortillas and serve it with homemade salsa recipe. Experiment, have fun, but remember to stay within the low iodine diet rules.

  • Chili Carne Asada

  • Low Iodine Vegetarian Recipes

Even though the diet appears to be vegetarian friendly, it still can be difficult for those who don't eat meat. Avoiding salt in take-out, prepackaged, and processed foods is almost impossible these days. These vegetarian recipes are great because they are hearty, filling, and don't require a lot of preparation.

Low Iodine Side Dishes

Don't forget the sides. Here are lots of suggestions to keep things interesting.

  • Grilled Corn on the Cob
  • Latkes

    Low Iodine Breads

You don't have to go without the ultimate comfort food: bread. You may not be able to buy it off the shelf, but you can make it at home. The good news is that most bread recipes can be low iodine by replacing regular salt with non-iodized salt.

Low Iodine Desserts

This is everyone's favorite low iodine category! Just because you have to give up chocolate and commercial baked goods, doesn't mean you can't satisfy your sweet tooth. 

  • Fried Bananas

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