Thyroid-Friendly Recipes: Green Smoothie

Thyroid-Friendly Recipes: Green Smoothie

thyroid-friendly green smoothie
Jane Frank

Smoothies are a popular way to get healthy vegetables and fruit in a fast, easy drink. BUT, so many smoothie recipes rely on raw cruciferous vegetables - like kale and spinach - that when consumed raw and in higher concentrations - can be goitrogenic. This means they can actually slow down your thyroid! 

So if you're in the mood for a smoothie, here's a delicious, thyroid-friendly recipe. 


1 bunch organic greens (I used kale)

1 bunch organic parsley – you could also use organic cilantro but I liked the parsley better!

5- stalks fresh crisp celery

1 large cucumber (I peeled mine as it wasn’t organic)

2 ½ - 3 tablespoons of coconut oil

Filtered water 

Get Your Vegetables Ready

thyroid-friendly green smoothie recipe
Jane Frank


Wash all the vegetables

Set up your steamer basket (get the water going) – or set up your electric vegetable steamer

Steam the greens until they turn bright green – you cannot miss the “bright green” hue!  (Note: steaming the vegetables helps remove most of the thyroid-slowing goitrogenic potential!)

The steaming usually takes about 90 seconds to 2.5 minutes. 

Don’t turn the steamer off.

Cut the celery into big chunks.

Blending Your Thyroid-Friendly Green Smoothie

blending the thyroid-friendly green smoothie
Jane Frank

Put the celery into your blender, smoothie machine, VitaMix, or whatever you have!

Add steamed greens to blender

Add water to blender – around ¾ cup. 

Blend blend blend blend blend and then BLEND SOME MORE!!!!!  No over-chunky smoothies!!!

Adding More Vegetables To Your Smoothie

thyroid-friendly green smoothie
Jane Frank

Cut cucumber into large pieces and add to blender as well. 

Keep that blender going…

Steam the parsley (90 seconds max) and add to the blender. 

Add the coconut oil to the blender.

This should result in a VERY full blender – of yummy dense green smoothie!!

I then put this into several glass containers (do not overfill!) and into the fridge for up to 48 hours. 


Enjoy Your Thyroid-Friendly Smoothie

thyroid-friendly smoothie
Jane Frank

When you get ready to drink your smoothie, pour in maybe 1/8-1/4 cup water and SHAKE it really well, as it congeals and becomes very thick and you need to soften it up in order to drink.

By the way – I would highly recommend a VitaMix or Ninja or a heavy duty mixer for this.  (My KitchenAid blender got a SERIOUS work out from this smoothie!)

Enjoy your healthy, delicious, thyroid-friendly smoothie! 

This recipe was created and tested by Jane Frank, a talented North Carolina-based food blogger. You can find her, as well as many more amazing recipes, at her site, Cookies and Curtains.

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