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Adrenal Fatigue Recipes: 5 Nutrient-Packed Meals To Support Your Adrenals

Last updated on March 31, 2020

Do you constantly feel drained, inflamed, or anxious? Are you sleeping poorly or struggle with brain fog? Or do you feel like you're on a constant blood sugar roller coaster, craving sugary and salty foods? If this sounds familiar, you might be experiencing adrenal fatigue. While the concept is not medically diagnosed, adrenal fatigue is routinely treated anecdotally by some doctors and healthcare providers, and it's one of the most common forms of fatigue that I see in patients.

Here, I've carefully put together five nutrient-packed, yummy recipes specifically tailored to support your adrenals. While you should always consult your doctor if you're experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, these five recipes can be a good place to get started.

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Healthy Brain-Adrenal Smoothie


  • 12 ounces full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or MCT oil
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • 1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
  • 1 teaspoon rhodiola powder
  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 cup frozen organic berries
  • 1 drop stevia
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 5 Brazil nuts
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  1. Combine everything in a blender until smooth.

How it can help.

This smoothie is rich with adaptogenic herbs that can help promote balanced cortisol levels1, whether they are too high or too low. The healthy fats in the coconut milk and oil can also promote a healthy brain2, while the collagen is great for your gut, your "second brain," which is essential to brain and hormone health.

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Beef Liver Stir-Fry


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 pound grass-fed beef liver (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
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  1. Heat coconut oil over a medium-high heat and sauté the liver for about 3 to 5 minutes, until cooked.
  2. Remove the liver from the pan and add in the onions. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes until slightly softened.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, and turmeric, and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add sprouts and cook, stirring until slightly softened.
  5. Add the liver, coconut aminos, and additional coconut oil if needed. Cook on a high heat for 2 minutes. Voilà.

How it can help.

Organ meat, like the liver in this recipe, is an exceptionally nutrient-dense source of activated B vitamins, which are essential for healthy methylation pathways3, which makes for a healthy brain and hormonal system! On top of this, the sulfur-rich vegetables such as onion and garlic may give methylation an extra boost. Take away: great for healthy brain-adrenal function.

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Salmon With Avocado Sauce And Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients for the salmon:

  • 2 pounds salmon filet, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for the avocado sauce:

  • 2 chopped avocados
  • 1 diced small red onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced cilantro
  • 1 lime's worth of juice
  • Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for the Brussels Sprouts:

  • 3 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Himalayan sea salt and ground black pepper

To make the salmon:

  1. Combine paprika, cumin, onion, garlic, and chili powders, and season with salt and pepper to taste in a bowl.
  2. Put dry rub on salmon, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Mash the avocado until you get a smooth texture in another bowl.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients for the avocado sauce, and stir until mixed.
  5. Remove the salmon from the fridge.
  6. Grill the salmon on the preheated grill around 5 minutes on each side, depending on grill.
  7. Drizzle avocado sauce on salmon.

To make the Brussels sprouts:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Mix Brussels sprouts in the coconut oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Put Brussels sprouts on a baking sheet and roast until brown for about 30 minutes.
  4. Combine the balsamic vinegar and honey in a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, lower to a simmer, and cook until thickened.
  5. Drizzle glaze over the sprouts. Sprinkle the dried cranberries over the sprouts. Enjoy!

How it can help.

Where do I begin? The omega fats found in wild-caught fish are great for a healthy brain and hormones.4 Avocados provide more healthy fats and B vitamins, which can be beneficial for healthy neurotransmitters5. Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur groups, which again can enhance methylation.


Healthy Crunchy Granola


  • ⅔ cup Brazil nuts
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ⅓ cup ground flaxseeds
  • ⅔ cup pecans
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes
  • ⅓ cup raisins
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 180°F.
  2. Chop Brazil nuts and pecans in a food processor. Mix in a bowl with all the other nuts, seeds, and coconut flakes.
  3. Combine melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Pour into the dry ingredients and mix until everything is well-coated.
  4. Place in the oven to cook for 30 minutes.

How it can help.

Magnesium has a range of healthy benefits, and it's found in these healthy Brazil nuts. Selenium is also abundant in this snack, which is great for making active hormones, especially in your thyroid gland6. This granola is also rich in healthy omega fats that can be, as mentioned, beneficial for healthy brain function.


Calming Iced Tea


  • 1 quart spring water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with mother
  • 2 tablespoon organic lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon magnesium citrate powder
  • 1 drop stevia


  1. Mix in water bottle, add some ice, and shake together.

How it can help.

This refreshing drink contains apple cider vinegar, which can help support the gut microbiome (a process that can also help balance hormone levels). Consuming probiotic-rich fermented foods, like ACV, has been shown to improve digestion, boost the immune system, and even positively affect mental health. Magnesium, as discussed, can help ease stress and improve sleep7.

William Cole, DC, a functional medicine practitioner, is an expert at identifying the underlying factors of chronic conditions. Join Dr. Cole for an exclusive webinar on May 24, 2016, and learn how to uncover your food intolerances, heal your gut, and feel your best again. Check out his mindbodygreen course, The Elimination Diet: A 60-Day Protocol to Uncover Food Intolerances, Heal the Gut, and Feel Amazing.
William Cole, IFMCP, DNM, D.C.
William Cole, IFMCP, DNM, D.C.

Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, D.C., is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He has holds a level 2 Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) certification. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Cole specializes in clinically investigating underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is also the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and bestselling author of Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum, and the New York Times bestseller Intuitive Fasting.

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