Are you a smoothie fan?

Smoothies are super popular for their ease and convenience. How can you beat it? Throw a bunch of veggies and little bit of fruit into a blender and you’ve got a quickie breakfast or an on-the-go snack. But, if you’ve got a thyroid condition, are smoothies really good for you?

Smoothies have three things going against your thyroid: #1- Smoothies are cold. So even though they’re super simple to make, they’re hard for your body (and your thyroid) to digest. Your thyroid likes to take it easy. Foods that are closer to body temperature tend to be a little gentler to this sensitive gland.

#2- Smoothies are drinks. So yes- they might be loaded with a whole bunch of nutrients, but most of us (myself included) tend to gulp these puppies down. Much of our digestive and absorptive process takes place in our mouths. When you skimp on chewing, you miss out on some of the digestive process.

#3- You know those green leafy veggies that you love to add to smoothies? Greens like kale, spinach, and parsley. They are loaded with goitrogens. Goitrogens tend to inflame the thyroid and act as an anti-thyroid medication. Too many goitrogens will actually slow down an otherwise healthy thyroid.

Collard greens
Collard greens

Well now, what’s a girl to do?

Don’t despair. Smoothies are probably ok if you have them occasionally. I wouldn’t recommend them for an everyday experience, but every now and then, a smoothie can be a fun pick-me-up.

And, don’t skimp on your greens. Greens are loaded with all sorts of great nutrients for your body and your thyroid. Most greens just need to be cooked (steamed or sautéed) a little bit to neutralize any goitrogens.

Below is a list of a few other common foods that tend to have higher levels of goitrogens. Again, these foods do not need to be avoided, just cooked lightly. Yes, I still eat raw strawberries. (I just don’t eat pint after pint of them.)

Make sure that these foods are lightly cooked: Brocoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, collards, peanuts, radishes, strawberries, turnips, and watercress. Please note, this is by no means a conclusive list. I just listed some of the most popular foods available.

~ Kristin