By Julie Daniluk, RHN
Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and turkey, or black beans — this salad is packed with protein. Protein helps stabilize blood sugar, which helps prevent adrenal strain. The amino acid tyrosine is especially important for the adrenal glands as it supports the synthesis of adrenaline (aka epinephrine). Most varieties of seaweed provide all the essential minerals your body needs to support enzyme activity, repair tissues and balance hormones.
Makes 4 servings
1⁄2 lb cooked organic chicken or turkey, sliced into 1⁄2-inch strips, or 3⁄4 cups cooked black beans (or one 14-oz can, rinsed and drained)
5 cups napa cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups green beans, steamed and chopped
1⁄2 cup carrot, grated
1⁄2 cup green onions, chopped
1⁄2 cup raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
1⁄4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
3 Tbsp raw sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil
1⁄3 cup dulse flakes
1⁄4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp raw liquid honey or coconut nectar
2 Tbsp coconut aminos
1⁄2 tsp pink rock or gray sea salt
2 Tbsp raw sesame seeds
- In a bowl, mix together all the salad ingredients.
- Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl or Mason jar. Pour over the salad and toss gently. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.
Recipe notes: Sea vegetables are especially rich in iodine, which is key for supporting thyroid function. With a balanced thyroid, your adrenals function at their best — these glands are connected.
Recipe reprinted with permission by Julie Daniluk RHN and HarperCollins/