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Candida Diet Approved: Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe (Selenium-rich)

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Rich, creamy, and filling…you have to try this delicious, easy-to-make sugar-free chocolate chia seed pudding recipe!

Make it the night before and store it in the fridge for a ready-to-go breakfast. Easy peasy.

Looking for a great afternoon snack this will hit the spot without the afternoon sugar crash. Um yes, please!

Chia seeds will keep you feeling full until dinner and quell your sugar cravings without being harmful to your health.

All About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds spilling out of a jar.

If you haven’t already heard, chia seeds are being touted as one of the most nutritious, powerful “superfoods” on the planet. 

They are an excellent source of fiber, loaded with antioxidants, full of protein and the richest natural source of Omega-3.   

The chia seed, (Salvia hispanica L.), is a tiny seed with a lot of muscle.  Each seed contains roughly 34% oil, 25% dietary fiber and 20% protein.  The remainder of the seed is composed of important trace minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. 

Most of the oil within the tiny whole chia seed is heart-healthy ALA Omega – 3 and easily digestible.

They are easy to eat, tiny whole grain that can be consumed in many ways and by people of all ages. 

Chia Seed powerful health-building benefits:  

  • Super-energizing for increased endurance and sustained energy
  • Improves cardiovascular health 
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Reduces cravings for sweets and junk foods 
  • Improved mental focus and concentration
  • High-quality protein promotes lean muscle mass 
  • An ideal superfood 
  • Gluten-free
  • Super-hydration and electrolyte balance
  • Supports healthy elimination and detoxification

There is no need to grind up chia seeds in order to eat them. Sprinkle them on cereal, sandwiches, salad, soup, smoothies, cottage cheese, oatmeal or just about any other food.

Their taste is so mild that it hardly affects the flavor of the food it is being added to.

They have a shelf life of over 5 years because of their high concentration of antioxidants that keeps them from getting rancid. 

Blue cup filled with chia seeds.

The chia seed has been around for a long time.  It was a staple of the Aztec diet. 

Warriors relied upon the seed for nourishment during battle. It is hydrophilic, or water-loving and can hold up to ten times its weight in water, aiding in hydration.  

They’re great for your health and are an easy way to make everything you eat more nutritious.

Do yourself a favor and give chia seeds and this chocolate chia seed pudding recipe a try!

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Cup of chocolate chia seed pudding with coconut flakes.

20 Candida Diet Approved Snack Ideas (that are easy and delicious!)

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When you go on the Candida diet and start making your health a top priority you might realize that your favorite snacks are no longer suitable for your new lifestyle. Fear not! There are SO many delicious sugar-free snack ideas that are tasty, nutrient-dense and totally guilt-free.

I remember feeling so discouraged after learning about all the foods I had to avoid when starting the Candida diet. All the crazy emotions from sadness to anger arose when I knew I had to get off of sugar plus I felt so overwhelmed when it came to figuring out what I was going to eat.

This was back when the internet was very new and Candida information was hard to come by. Fast forward 20+ years and now there’s an overload of information on the interwebs and it can make your head spin! My goal is to help make things easier and less stressful for you.

Jar of chia pudding with raspberries.

Here are a few of my favorite snacks that will work perfectly for you if you’re on the Candida diet, going sugar-free, or if you’re just wanting to eat healthier:

Easy and delicious sugar-free,
dairy-free, gluten-free Candida diet snacks:

  1. Olives
  2. Veggie sticks with dairy-free cream cheese spread
  3. Roasted almonds or other nuts (avoid peanuts, pistachios, cashews on the Candida diet)
  4. Apples and almond butter
  5. Unsweetened Coconut milk and berries
  6. Pumpkin puree with cinnamon and stevia
  7. Sprouted pumpkin seeds
  8. Sprouted Sunflower seeds
  9. Sprouted Watermelon Seeds
  10. Kale chips
  11. Cauliflower florets with nutritional yeast (check out this excellent article about nutritional yeast and Candida overgrowth)
  12. Frozen blueberries or raspberries
  13. Sugar-free Chocolate chia pudding
  14. Turkey jerky
  15. Grass-fed beef jerky strips
  16. Salt and vinegar zucchini chips (use apple cider vinegar for the Candida diet)
  17. Green smoothie with a scoop of protein powder (I like this one or this one may be a good option for you)
  18. A spoonful of coconut oil
  19. Egg muffins
  20. Hard-boiled egg or Deviled egg

There can be so much confusion and frustration related to what to eat on the Candida diet. My hope is that these ideas will help give you some relief, hope and maybe even some excitement to try new foods!

Instead of looking at the diet as what you can’t eat, let’s shift this thought into the amazing amount of yummy things you can eat. These foods are going to boost your nutrition while being satisfying and delicious.

Everyone has different tastes and preferences when it comes to food so you’ll need to make choices that agree with you.

Deprivation, stress and overwhelm should not be a part of your plan when it comes to getting healthier be it the Candida diet or any other change you’re making with your food plan

These snacks will work for you if you are wanting to avoid the health-damaging effects of refined sugar, want to shed some excess “lb’s”, want to lower inflammation, and just want to feel better overall.

The Candida diet also forces you to get creative in the kitchen like never before.

Experiment with new ideas and you’ll be shocked by what you discover. Some of my all-time favorite recipes came from the creative discoveries I made when I finally chose to change my life and put my health first for once by ditching sugar for good.

Here are some more snack ideas:

Sugar-free Coconut Cupcakes

Sugar-free Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

Keto Macaroon Fat Bombs

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Nuts, kale chips, raspberry chia seed pudding and blueberries.

Have you tried any of these easy and delicious snacks? What is your go-to snack while on the Candida diet? Let me know in the comments!

Three Must Eat Sugar-Free Breakfast Foods

Do you love your breakfast? 

Do you have a shortlist of “go-to” recipes? 

Do you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again?

Getting some protein at each meal can help with blood sugar management, metabolism, and weight loss. 

This is because protein helps you feel fuller longer and uses up a bunch of calories to absorb and metabolize it. 

So I’m going to show you how to get the protein, as well as some veggies and healthy fats for your soon-to-be favorite new “go-to” sugar-free and Candida-diet friendly breakfasts.

Breakfast Food #1: Eggs

An veggies omelette on a pretty plate.
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Yes, eggs are the “quintessential” breakfast food.  And for good reason!

No, I’m not talking about processed egg whites in a carton.  I mean actual whole “eggs”. 

Egg whites are mostly protein while the yolks are the real nutritional powerhouses.  Those yolks contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats.

Eggs have been shown to help you feel full, keep you feeling fuller longer, and help to stabilize blood sugar and insulin.

Not to mention how easy it is to boil a bunch of eggs and keep them in the fridge for a “grab and go” breakfast when you’re running short on time.

And…nope the cholesterol in eggs is not associated with an increased risk of arterial or heart diseases. 

One thing to consider is to try to prevent cooking the yolks at too high a temperature because that can cause some of the cholesterol to become oxidized.  It’s the oxidized cholesterol that’s heart unhealthy.

Tip: Are you buying store brand organic eggs? You’ll be shocked to learn that these are not a healthy choice.

Check out Cornucopia.org and specifically this page for an organic egg scorecard to find the healthiest eggs in your area.

My favorite eggs are from Vital Farms…the yolks are a beautiful orange color which means healthy eggs and they’re oh so delicious!

Breakfast Food #2: Nuts and/or Seeds

Nuts and seeds contain protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  Nuts and/or seeds would make a great contribution to breakfast.

Don’t be fooled by “candied” nuts, sweetened nut/seed butter, or chia “cereals” with added sugars – you know I’m talking about the real, whole, unsweetened food here.

Nuts and seeds are also the ultimate fast food if you’re running late in the mornings.  Grab a small handful of organic almonds, walnuts, or sprouted pumpkin seeds as you’re running out the door; you can nosh on them while you’re commuting.

Not to mention how easy it is to add a spoonful of nut or seed butter into your morning breakfast smoothie.

Hint: If you like a creamy latte in the mornings try making one with nut or seed butter.  Just add your regular hot tea and a tablespoon or two of a creamy nut or seed butter in your blender & blend until frothy. 

Tip: Soak your nuts overnight and then use a dehydrator to make them easier to digest. 

Breakfast Food #3: Veggies

A bowl of mixed veggies sitting on a table.

Yes, you already know you really should get protein at every meal including breakfast; but this also applies to veggies.  You know I would be remiss to not recommend veggies at every meal, right? 

Veggies are powerhouses of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber, and water.  You can’t go wrong adding them to every single meal of the day so if you don’t already you should definitely try them for breakfast! 

And no, you don’t need to have a salad or roasted veggies for breakfast if you don’t want to but you totally can!  You wouldn’t be breaking any “official” breakfast rules or anything like that.

Adding some protein to leftover veggies is a great combination for any meal.  Including breakfast.

I’ve included a delicious recipe below for you to try (and customize) for your next breakfast.

Veggie Omelet
Serves 1
A quick and easy sugar-free, Candida-diet friendly breakfast that's healthy and delicious too!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  2. 1 or 2 eggs (how hungry are you?)
  3. ¼ cup veggies (grated zucchini and/or sliced spinach and/or diced peppers)
  4. dash salt, pepper and/or turmeric
Instructions
  1. Add coconut oil to a frying pan and melt on low-medium heat (cast-iron pans are preferred).
  2. In the meantime grab a bowl and beat the egg(s) with your vegetables of choice and the spices.
  3. Tilt pan to ensure the bottom is covered with the melted oil. Pour egg mixture into pan and lightly fry the eggs without stirring.
  4. When the bottom is lightly done flip over in one side and cook until white is no longer runny.
  5. Serve & Enjoy!
  6. Tip: Substitute grated, sliced, or diced portion of your favorite vegetable. Try grated carrots, chopped broccoli, asparagus or diced tomato.
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Check out my other sugar-free, Candida-diet friendly breakfast recipes: Turkey Sausage Patties and  Paige’s Protein Smoothie 

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

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Candida Diet Approved Sweeteners

When starting a Candida diet or even when a person wants to eat a healthier diet, I always get questions concerning which sweeteners are a good choice:

*Can I have honey?

*Okay, I’m giving up sugar but is there something else that I can use as a substitute?

*Will an artificial sweetener make Candida yeast grow?

The good news is there are some good options but first I will share the sweeteners you’ll want to avoid.  Even if you aren’t on a Candida/Yeast clearing program this information is beneficial for everyone. Sugar in excess in anyone’s diet is a hazard to your health.  

Candida Diet Approved Sweeteners

The No No’s

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is at the top of that ‘NO’ list as far as I’m concerned. This means no commercial sodas — which all contain HFCS.

There has been a flurry of interest in a cactus-based sweetener called agave nectar, because of its low glycemic index (which means it does not cause a spike in your blood sugar levels like honey or sugar might.)

Unfortunately, agave is a processed food, and it has a higher fructose level than HFCS (57% to 90%). It does have a low glycemic number, but its use can actually create insulin resistance, which can lead to Type II diabetes over time.

Artificial sweeteners are also on my “NO” list. Beware of the phrases “Sugar-Free” or “No Sugar Added” (commonly seen in baked goods, like pies). This is code that the product is sweetened artificially with products like Sweet ‘n Low (saccharin), Splenda (sucralose), aspartame, etc.).

Though you will hear much controversy regarding these products the studies on the ‘positive’ side most likely will be funded by the industry that manufactures the artificial sweetener. 

Several interesting studies have shown that artificial sweeteners are counter-productive for weight loss because they actually trigger the desire for sweets — without satisfying it.  That’s the last thing you need!

Makeup of Sugar

The newest studies on regular sugar show that it’s fructose that is the biggest problem. Table sugar (sucrose) is made up of 2 sugars called glucose and fructose in roughly equal parts.

Honey is 70% fructose and though it has some healthful properties it should be avoided when on a Candida diet and used in moderation for most people.

If you get most of your sugar from natural sources like fruits and vegetables you are going to be okay, especially if you take a quality probiotic supplement because the sugar from these foods won’t interfere with the action of the probiotic.

If you want sweetener in your coffee, tea or lemonade then there are some much healthier choices than those on the ‘no’ list above.

Acceptable Sweeteners on the Candida Diet

Sugar Alcohols

Xylitol and Erythritol are from an interesting family of sweeteners called ‘sugar alcohols’. The body processes them in a completely different way than it does sugar. The body doesn’t really see them as sugars and mostly won’t digest them.

In large quantities, they can cause diarrhea and/or gas but in small quantities, they can make a nice sugar substitute, with the side benefit that they don’t promote tooth decay. In fact, Xylitol is antibacterial and anti-fungal.

There are many different sugar alcohols but Erythritol and Xylitol are my first choice. The others you see (all ending in -itol) are cheaper to make: forms like sorbitol, mannitol, etc.

Erythritol and Xylitol (choose sources made from birch instead of corn) can be found in your health food store or online and is close to being as sweet as sugar.

Recommended brands that are made from 100% Pure Birch Xylitol:  XylaSmartSweet, Morning Pep, and Zveet.

Stevia Plant

*Important note: Sugar alcohols are NOT safe for animals.

One last and probably the best natural sweetener to use is Stevia. This plant-based sweetener is available at your health food store or online. This is a very good sweetener but it does have a bit of an aftertaste that some don’t like.

It will depend on the brand you buy just how much or little of an aftertaste there is. The purer the processing of the plant (using just the leaves and not stems for instance) the better it will taste. I use SweetLeaf Stevia either in liquid (which is my favorite) or powder form because to me it has no bitter aftertaste. 

The food industries are starting to patent various forms of Stevia which are reduced to just the sweetest compound chemicals of the Stevia plant. Truvia is one you might see; another is PureVia.
 

Although these manufactured sweeteners start with the Stevia plant, they add additional ingredients and processes so they can patent their products. I recommend you avoid these and stick with the natural forms of Stevia.  You can also try an all-natural stevia that is not processed at all but has mixed reviews.

Here’s a handy chart to use for Stevia to Sugar conversions in your recipes:

Stevia Conversion Chart

Looking for sweet treats that are Candida Diet approved?

Check out my delicious Coconut Cupcakes or Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding recipes which use only a candida diet-approved sweeteners.

If you have insulin issues, you should avoid sweeteners altogether, including Stevia, as they all can decrease your sensitivity to insulin (insulin resistance).

I hope this has helped you have at least a fairly sweet life despite having to fight off Candida overgrowth.

Don’t be discouraged: the good news is that as you get the Candida under control, your craving for sweets will become much less. Hang in there, steady and focused wins the race.

Keep taking your preventative supplements and eating the recommended foods and stay ahead of the yeast’s attempts to come back. 

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Reader Feedback:  Have you tried Xylitol, Erythritol or Stevia yet?   If so, how did you like them?

Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

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This dairy-free ranch dressing is the bomb dot com!

I recently found this recipe from Ashley over at Blissful Basil and wanted to try it ASAP.  

I didn’t have the fresh ingredients that she had listed for the recipe but my creamy ranch craving took over and I dove in any way.  

I raided my herb cabinet and scanned for the closest ingredients to the original recipe. Boom. Nailed it.   

Of course, if you have all the fresh ingredients please create your masterpiece from Ashley’s original recipe.

You can mix and match and make this recipe your own with tweaks to your taste buds liking.

Even my hubby offered the “this is really good” and “what did you say was in this?” comments while inhaling the tangy creaminess on a blue corn chip.  

He’s not a fan of coconut and is a dairy fan so I thought this was a bit of a coup for my kitchen skills.

I made this again today and forgot the nutritional yeast that I had added on my first batch and I noticed that I liked it a bit better with the nutritional yeast added.  

Nutritional yeast is a seasoning that does not contain yeast and does not contribute to Candida overgrowth.  

If you haven’t tried it yet, it has a “cheese-like” flavor although I really don’t think it tastes that “cheesy” to me.  

Although nutritional yeast does not contribute to Candida overgrowth it’s important to be aware that some will be sensitive to it while dealing with a Candida imbalance.

When trying any new food on the Candida diet it’s best to start with a small amount to see if you react in any way to the food.   

Some of the things to watch out for are fatigue, racing heart, brain fog, headaches, stomach upset, diarrhea, gas, etc. after eating a new food which will alert you to a sensitivity.  

Also, you may not feel the effects of the food for up to three days later!  

So only introduce one new food at a time so you will know exactly which food is causing the symptoms.  

It’s best to leave out any foods that cause any problems until further along in your healing.

If you’re not into making your own because you’re pressed for time, don’t want to buy all the ingredients, or just want to make life easier I found this dairy-free ranch dressing that I was ecstatic about because it doesn’t have any sugar, hydrogenated oils and tastes good.

Oh, and it’s healthy for you!

So with all of that being said, I hope you enjoy this recipe, with or without the nutritional yeast!  

 
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