Candida Recipes and Candida Diet Cooking
By now you've probably read all about the candida diet, the symptoms, treatment options, etc. and have decided you're ready to get started!
Great news, there is nothing that feels better than taking control of your health... you're well on your way to achieving good health.
To help you, we've put together a selection of mouth-wateringly delicious and dead easy recipes... so dig in and start cooking!
Candida Recipes - Breakfast Ideas
Easy And Delicious Candida breakfast Recipes Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your mom was right!
However, breakfast is often difficult to consume because we’re busy and not always ready to eat first thing in the morning. When you’re battling Candida proper nutrition is vital and that includes eating breakfast.
Here are a few great breakfast candida recipes options that are delicious, fast, and help you eliminate Candida.
Eggs. Eggs are a great addition to your diet. They’re rich in lean protein, quick to make, and very tasty. If you’re also battling cholesterol, then egg yolks can be reduced.
For example scrambled eggs can be made with a little cooking spray, four egg whites and one egg yolk. To add a little zest to the scrambled eggs you can sauté some vegetables like tomatoes, onions, and spinach.
Scrambled eggs are a little easier to whip up quickly than an omelet but if you prefer, an egg white omelet or an omelet with one or two yolks is quite delicious.
Steel cut oats are perhaps one of the most nutritious breakfast foods available. They’re rich, nutty, and full of protein and oats are a safe food for Candida sufferers.
Steel cut oats are not a fast breakfast food, taking about thirty minutes to cook, but they can be prepared in advanced and warmed on the stove or microwave for a quick meal. Add a touch of butter, soy milk, cinnamon, and nuts for a really special breakfast treat.
Cottage cheese and rice cakes or crisps, or yeast free bread, and a few tomato slices are also a welcome change and quick to prepare. Cottage cheese is the only cheese allowed on a Candida diet so this can be an extra special treat if you’re missing cheese.
Some breakfast meats are okay in small amounts. Lean turkey sausage can be diced and added to eggs or eaten as a side dish.
Breakfast sets the tone for your day. Skip it and you’ll lack energy and likely find yourself craving sugary, starchy foods – the same foods that cause Candida and its uncomfortable symptoms.
With a little planning and ten minutes of prep time you can have a great candida diet meal and start your day off right.
If you’re really in a hurry and do not have time to prepare anything then grab a rice cake, or two, and place a generous smear of natural, no sugar added, nut butter on the top. The nut butter is a good protein and will help you get through the morning.
Breakfast sets the tone for your day. Skip it and you’ll likely deal with mood swings, cravings, and then the symptoms that come with giving into those cravings and eating starchy, sugary carbohydrates.
A well balanced breakfast, free from any sugary Candida fuels, will help you eliminate Candida and obtain the health you desire.
Candida Recipes - Lunch Ideas
Easy Candida Diet Lunch Recipes Ideas
Sandwiches can become a bit tiresome at lunchtime and if you’re on a Candida diet they’re not an ideal food choice.
Here are a few candida recipes and lunch options to help you stay on your Candida eliminating diet and satisfy your taste buds and nutrition needs.
Tuna and chicken salads are a staple in many homes and they’re a great solution if you’re temporarily unable to eat yeasty breads because they go very well with leafy greens and rice cakes or crisps.
Here’s a tasty candida recipe - tuna salad - to try on your Candida diet.
Tasty Tuna Salad Candida Recipes
• 6 ounces canned tuna, packed in olive oil
• 4 leaves butter lettuce, rinsed and patted dry
• 2 tbsp finely chopped shallot
• 2 tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper
• 1 tbsp nonpareil capers
• 2 tbsp chopped hard-boiled egg
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/2 lemon
Mix items together in a medium sized bowl and serve. Potatoes and Beans.
Baked potatoes are full of minerals and they’re fun to top with broccoli or a mild chili or cumin spiced beans.
Additionally, roasted potatoes and potato salad are a tasty option Lentils and bean soups are also a hearty lunch and can be made in advance and frozen to reheat whenever you need it.
A Candida Recipes - traditional black bean soup will have the following ingredients:
• 1 pound dried black beans
• 4 cloves garlic
• 2 onions, roughly chopped
• 1 green bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
• 1/4 bunch fresh cilantro
• Extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 sprigs fresh oregano
• 2 tablespoons ground cumin
• 1 jalapeno, split
• 1 3/4 quarts low-sodium chicken stock
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
And lentil soup will have the following ingredients.
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 cup finely chopped onion
• 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
• 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
• 2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
• 1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
• 2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground coriander
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground toasted cumin
Typically with soups, lentil or bean, the onions, shallots, carrots, celery and peppers are sautéed first and then the remaining ingredients are added to a large pot which is brought to a boil and then left to simmer until the lentils or beans are soft.
Because lunch often has to be a quick event, soups and salads like the ones listed here are ideal. They can be prepared in advance and dished out to take with you for later in the day or quickly reheated at home.
Once you’re off of your Candida diet you may find these good lunch habits stick with you and eat better every day of the week.The candida recipes listed above are a good starting place.
Candida Recipes - Dinner Ideas
Easy Candida Recipe Suggestions for Dinner
Dinner in many homes is a bit of a production and adding Candida restrictions on it can make it feel overwhelming. If you have a family then the meal not only has to satisfy your Candida diet but your family’s needs too. Here are a few candida recipes and dinner suggestions to help you and your family stay sane and on track.
Stir Fry. Brown rice is a hearty whole grain carbohydrate and when combined with a few stir fried vegetables and a chopped chicken breast, shrimp, or other lean meat seasoned with garlic and onions.
It’s important for you to avoid soy sauce however your family can sprinkle a little on the top if they’d like to. Remember you can also use firm tofu in place of meat.
If there is any leftover rice, consider making too much, and then you can make fried rice with the leftovers for lunch the next day or even dinner.
Fried rice is great with peas, carrots, edamame, a bit of oil, and diced chicken. Again, eliminate the soy sauce on your own rice.
Whole grain pasta. Whole grain pasta is also an option and when mixed with a home made pasta sauce, home made because most bottled versions contain lots of added sugar, you have a hearty meal.
Consider also simply sautéing some vegetables in olive oil and garlic and tossing them over your pasta.
Fish. Believe it or not, fish is also a quick meal to make and it certainly meets the needs of your Candida diet and is rich in nutrients.
Pan seared catfish with roasted vegetables and a side of potatoes or brown rice makes for a very complete meal. You can also toss a hearty fish like swordfish into a stir fry and it’ll hold up.
Fish tacos made with cabbage, halibut, snapper or other firm whitefish, and diced peppers are fun to eat for the whole family.
You can have yours on a corn tortilla (check the label to make sure there aren’t any added sugars). Fish tacos are great without cheese however if you’re feeding a family you can set some on the table.
Lime makes a great garnish. You can also find whole grain, yeast free, tortillas.
Baked or poached salmon, tilapia and snapper also make a delicious and very fast meal. Serve with a side of veggies and rice or potatoes and you have a complete and nutritious dinner. Dinner doesn’t have to be a big production. With a little planning you can have a delicious and nutritious meal that you and the whole family can enjoy. And you can eliminate those unpleasant Candida overgrowth symptoms at the same time.
Candida Recipes - Snack Ideas for the Candida Diet
Simple candida diet Snack Ideas for Candida Sufferers
One of the most difficult parts about being on a diet is snacks. We need and want snacks and when we don’t have easy access to snacks which fit our diet regimen then we’re quickly off the diet and back to square one.
When you’re on a Candida diet that means uncomfortable and unpleasant symptoms return – certainly not what you’re looking for. In order to avoid going back to square one, try these simple candida recipes snack ideas to help you stay on your Candida diet.
Purees make great dips and dips make great snacks. Hummus is perhaps one of the tastiest dips and is made simply by pureeing chickpeas and a little tahini.
You can dip vegetable sticks like carrots and celery in your hummus or rice crisps, oat crisps, or other yeast free and white flour free crackers – make sure the crackers are also sugar free.
White beans also make a great dip. Blend the following ingredients and eat with veggies and/or crackers.
• 1 (14 ounces) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
• 1 clove garlic
• 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 4 sprigs fresh mint leaves
• 6 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, stripped from stem
• 3 tablespoons chives, chopped
Nuts by the handful are a healthy snack. They’re full of protein and fiber and will satisfy a mid morning or mid afternoon urge.
Cottage cheese and plain yogurt are also a good snack. You can sprinkle nuts or eat with a few tomato slices on the side for a healthy and nutritious snack.
Rice cakes and crisps are great with a little nut butter. The nut butter must be natural with no sugar added and hemp nut butter, hazelnut butter and almond butter are better than peanut butter.
This is also an easy snack to take with you. Just bag your crisps and take a jar of nut butter into the office or workplace, you can dip or spread the nut butter onto the crisps.
Guacamole, made with avocados, onions, and tomatoes, is a delightful dip for corn chips which you can make yourself from organic sugar free corn tortillas if you cannot find organic sugar free corn chips at the store.
Popcorn is also a welcome snack and if you make it yourself then you avoid all of the additives and preservatives. Plus popcorn made in a kettle on your very own stovetop tastes so much better.
You can season your popcorn with cumin, cinnamon and other mild spices if you want an extra kick.
Snacks don’t have to be the bane of your diet and can in fact be quite fun and delicious. Plan your snacks in advance so you always feel full and satisfied.
These candida recipes and ideas will help you get started and visit our candida diet recipes page for more healthy candida recipes!