Anti-Candida Diet: Snack Recipes
When I began my anti-candida diet, I would get ravenously hungry between meals. Here are some of the snack recipes I came up with to keep on the straight and narrow of my strict anti-candida diet.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a nutritionist, a naturopath or any kind of medical practitioner. Consult one of them before starting any anti-candida diet. I just like playing with my food!
Beating the candida cravings
Unluckily, a couple of days before I was diagnosed with candida by my naturopath, I'd ordered in a massive shop filled with all my favourite sugary, carb-intense treats. My cupboards were candida heaven.
Having been an unsuccessful dieter in the past, I knew I was going to have to be tough. That afternoon, I packed all the candida-feeding food up in two boxes and donated it to friends, rather than having it sitting there - tempting me. And I'm so glad that I did. Sugar cravings - I had them. Carb cravings - I had them. Pickled cravings - I had them. At this point it was 50/50 as to whether I was going to last out.
So I put my thinking cap on and went exploring for interesting snacks for my anti-candida diet. Here's a few of the recipes that worked for me:
Day-to-day anti-candida snacks
A cup of green tea and some freshly cracked almonds helped me through many a mid-morning hAnger (hunger+anger) crisis. A big plus is venting your food frustration on the shells of the almonds.
If plain almonds grew a little tiresome, I'd try something a little more elaborate: spice-toasted almonds.
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp xylitol
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch cumin
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup freshly shelled almonds
- 1 tsp lightly beaten egg white
Put the first six ingredients in a bowl and mix. Toss your almonds in the egg white, then in your spice mixture. Toast under your grill, turning once they've browned on one side or, if your oven's on for something else, bake in the oven at about 375° for about 12-14 minutes until dry.
If you're a fan of carob, another great almond-y snack is listed here: Anti-Candida Breakfast Ideas.
As an avocado fan, I just eat the fruit straight out of the skins with a spoon. A little extra virgin olive oil and fresh ground black pepper is all I need.
Guacamole eaten with some quinoa crispbread is a great anti-candida snack if you're prepared to put a little more effort in. I'm sure most people will have their own guacamole recipe already, but here's my garlic-tastic anti-candida version without tomato:
- 2-3 ripe avocados
- 3-4 mild chillies, chopped and deseeded
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- Sea salt
- An onion, finely chopped
- Tbsp water
- Juice of half a lime
- Fresh coriander (cilantro)
Make a paste from the chillies, garlic, coriander, salt, onion in a pestle and mortar or in a food processor. Add a little water and the lime juice to loosen. Mash in the avocados.
A great store cupboard food - keep a can of chickpeas (do you call them garbanzo beans in the States?) around to whip up into a quick hummus to eat with carrot and celery sticks. Here's my anti-candida version:
- Can chickpeas, drained - but keep the liquid
- 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/2 tbsp tahini
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- Sea salt
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Handful fresh parsley
- Pinch cayenne pepper, to garnish
Simply mix up all the ingredients with a quarter cup of the chickpea liquid in a food processor or blender until smooth. Sprinkle over the cayenne and dig in!
Anti-candida snacks for parties
Plain salted potato chips have saved my snacking bacon a few times at parties and buffet events when everything else was complete taboo. Yes, I know this hub is posted in the 'Healthy Snacks' section of the site, but in this case potato chips are healthy - so long as it's once in a blue moon and they keep you away from the petit fours.
Alcohol is a no-no on an anti-candida diet, which made me realise for the first time how many social events are lubricated with the stuff. To avoid the 'why aren't you drinking?' questions from people I didn't want to discuss my internal workings with, I'd sneak myself soda water with ice and fresh lime. In the right light it looks just like a gin and tonic, plus often bar staff will give it to you for free!