- Pasta - treat yourself to a variety of shapes and sizes. Be wary of noodles - they contain eggs.
- Flour - avoid self-rising flour
- Corn meal
- Tortilla crumbs (read ingredients - look for corn and lime as the only ingredients)
- Matzo meal (make sure it's the salt free variety)
- Rich's Coffee-Rich (creamer, find it frozen in pint and quart size cartons; use in strict moderation due to soy isolate protein being present in the ingredient list - less than 2%); there are other options for coffee creamer - keep reading...only use Rich's if you really have to.
Mimic Cream Unsweetened Creamer FOR COFFEE (be sure to use the one for coffee, other varieties have sea salt). Learn more about Mimic Cream at http://www.mimiccreme.com/nutrition.html- BE CAREFUL because apparently this sea-salt free variety is no longer made and if you purchase it on-line you might get an expired product. Their other products are nice for when you are not on the LID. I'll contact them to verify and update.
- Fleischmann's salt-free, dairy-free margarine (the stick variety, not in tubs)
- Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread Soy Free - NOTE: This does contain "natural salt" and several Inspire folks have talked to the manufacturer who state the salt is iodine-free. Please be aware that there are no laws and no FDA guidelines that would prevent them substituting iodized salt. However, it's likely very safe for the LID. Also, it MUST be the "Soy Free" variety.
- Baking potatoes, boiling potatoes, sweet potatoes (the skins have iodine but the inside is totally safe)
- Puffed wheat cereal (ingredient: wheat) from the health food store or health food aisle of your super market
- Unsalted nuts (pecans, almonds, peanuts, etc.)
- Pure vanilla extract
- Kosher salt (non-iodized)
- Hot Wheat (not instant) cereal [like "cream of wheat" but best brand I have found is http://www.allinkosher.com/p-56048-manischewitz-creamy-hot-wheat-cereal-12-oz-340g-kosher-for-passover-parve.aspx)]
- Oatmeal (not the flavored packets)
- Salt-free, sugar-free natural peanut butter (yup, the nasty stuff - don't worry, it'll be great) - buy three jars of 16 oz size - I buy mine on-line from Krema Nut Company
- Jellies and jams (no food coloring! And no salt)
- Olive oil
- Fresh garlic
- Canola oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- Nestle brand Choco Bake (learn more about this product at their web site http://www.verybestbaking.com/Toll-House/Products/MorselsAndBaking/Choco-Bake.aspx)
- Sunspire brand salt-free, dairy-free dark chocolate chips, or any other brand that's LID safe
- Dark chocolate like Lindt 70% dark or Ghiradelli 72% dark. Avoid milk chocolate.
- Cocoa (salt free, dairy free)
- White sugar
- Dried fruit - cherries, blueberries, dark raisins, etc. (watch for food coloring and salt; some say to also avoid sulfites such as sodium metabisulfite and to not use sulfured mollasses but some of us on Inspire can't figure out why this needs to be avoided)
- Pure maple syrup
- Agave syrup (light and amber colored)
- Honey (plain and whipped)
- Marshmallows (read ingredients - no salt!); works well as coffee creamer to melt one into coffee
- Marshmallow Fluff http://www.marshmallowfluff.com/pages/homepage.html; works well as coffee creamer - put a spoonful into coffee
- Water - Distilled. A note about water: Most tap water is safe. If your water is softened using a salt based process, you need to call the salt manufacturer and see if the salt is iodized or not. Reverse osmosis purified water is safe. Watch out for water with items added back in for flavor. Some of the popular brands of bottled water first use reverse osmosis (RO) and then add back in salts and minerals for flavor. Watch out for those! What do I use? I have soft water which uses a salt pot after that my drinking water goes through a RO process. I use that at home. When out - I buy some distilled water gallon jugs and keep some at work and in my car. Am I a bit anal about this? Yup! And proud of it!
- Do you have a Trader Joe's store nearby? Many of the Inspire members have talked with them and they do not use iodized salt. So if you shop there, remember to avoid sea salt and other LID no-nos like dairy, egg yolks, fish, carageenan, etc. But they are a great source of other foods if you are not able to make things from scratch.
- Frito-Lay corporation does not use iodized salt, so Fritos and Lays Potato Chips are safe!
Breadman TR520 2lb. Horizontal Bread Maker
Breville The Custom Loaf Bread Maker - BBM800XL
Cuisinart 2-lb Bread Maker - CBK-100
Panasonic Automatic Bread Maker With Raisin And Nut Dispenser - SD-RD250
Cuisinart 2-Pound Convection Bread Maker CBK-200
This blog does not focus on foods to avoid - you can get good comprehensive lists at the reputable links provided on the upper right hand side of this page. However, these links won't tell you that Bromine also binds to Iodine receptors and could inhibit Iodine uptake when you have treatment. Foods to avoid:
- Bakery goods and some flours often contain a “dough conditioner” called potassium bromate
- Soft drinks (including Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Sun Drop, Squirt, Fresca and other citrus-flavored sodas), in the form of brominated vegetable oils (BVOs)