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How to Build A Thyroid-Friendly Holiday Menu
Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC., is partnering with Nicole German Morgan, RDN, LD, CLT, to bring greater awareness to the importance of thyroid care and education. This post is sponsored by Acella Pharmaceuticals and should not be construed as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor about your individual medical situation. 

The holidays can be a challenging time if you have a thyroid condition and are trying to eat right. You want to stay on track with your eating routines, but temping foods are everywhere this time of year. How can you maintain your thyroid health goals this holiday season? By making your own thyroid-friendly holiday menu! Prepare and meal prep your food in advance to save time and energy. In this article, we will review recipes and food ideas for the holiday season.

Lightened-Up Appetizers

During the holidays, you’ll find breaded and fried appetizers and creamy, cheesy dips at almost every gathering. Here are some simple foods to prepare for your next holiday party:

  • Create a charcuterie board with a mix of different types of olives, colorful cherry tomatoes, dried fruit, fresh fruit, gluten-free crackers, natural (no artificial preservatives) deli meats and nuts. Add some rosemary and fresh herbs around the board to create a festive look. 
  • Create a wow factor by placing fresh fruit on skewers! Tip: Layer strawberries, bananas, watermelon, honeydew melon and green grapes on a skewer for color. Make the skewers extra special by adding a few mint leaves.
  • Slow cooker meatballsare always a hit for parties! You can substitute ground turkey to lighten the recipe.

Thyroid-Friendly Main Course Meals

Low on energy over the holidays? Here are a few time-saving main course ideas!

Thyroid-Friendly Main Course Meals

Low on energy over the holidays? Here are a few time-saving main course ideas!

Thyroid-Friendly Main Course Meals

Low on energy over the holidays? Here are a few time-saving main course ideas!

Time to Plan

I hope this thyroid holiday menu guide has given you a few new ideas for making the upcoming season healthier and easier. Now it is time to write down a few of your favorite ideas and plan your grocery shopping. Making an actionable plan in advance will keep the holidays filled with less stress and more health. 

Important Risk Information

Drugs with thyroid hormone activity, alone or together with other therapeutic agents, have been used for the treatment of obesity. In euthyroid patients, doses within the range of daily hormonal requirements are ineffective for weight reduction. Larger doses may produce serious or even life-threatening manifestations of toxicity, particularly when given in association with sympathomimetic amines such as those used for their anorectic effects.
  • NP Thyroid® is contraindicated in patients with uncorrected adrenal insufficiency, untreated thyrotoxicosis, and hypersensitivity to any component of the product.
  • In the elderly and in patients with cardiovascular disease, NP Thyroid® should be used with greater caution than younger patients or those without cardiovascular disease.
  • Use of NP Thyroid® in patients with diabetes mellitus or adrenal cortical insufficiency may worsen the intensity of their symptoms.
  • The therapy of myxedema coma requires simultaneous administration of glucocorticoids.
  • Concomitant use of NP Thyroid® with oral anticoagulants alters the sensitivity of oral anticoagulants. Prothrombin time should be closely monitored in thyroid-treated patients on oral anticoagulants.
  • In infants, excessive doses of NP Thyroid® may produce craniosynostosis.
  • Partial loss of hair may be experienced by children in the first few months of therapy but is usually transient.
  • Adverse reactions associated with NP Thyroid® therapy are primarily those of hyperthyroidism due to therapeutic overdosage.
  • Many drugs and some laboratory tests may alter the therapeutic response to NP Thyroid®. In addition, thyroid hormones and thyroid status have varied effects on the pharmacokinetics and actions of other drugs. Administer at least 4 hours before or after drugs that are known to interfere with absorption. Evaluate the need for dose adjustments when regularly administering within one hour of certain foods that may affect absorption.
  • NP Thyroid® should not be discontinued during pregnancy, and hypothyroidism diagnosed during pregnancy should be promptly treated.


NP Thyroid® (thyroid tablets, USP) is a prescription medicine that is used to treat a condition called hypothyroidism from any cause, except for cases of temporary hypothyroidism, which is usually associated with an inflammation of the thyroid (thyroiditis). It is meant to replace or supplement a hormone that is usually made by your thyroid gland.

NP Thyroid® is also used in the treatment and prevention of normal functioning thyroid goiters, such as thyroid nodules, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multinodular goiter, and in the management of thyroid cancer.