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
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
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
When you start the Candida diet it can be very overwhelming so it’s important to take it step-by-step.
This way you will have a better chance of kicking your Candida overgrowth to the curb! To help you create success with your eating plan you will need quality tools and appliances in your kitchen. That’s why today I’m sharing with you 10 of the best appliances and tools to have in your kitchen. I have these in my kitchen and I know they will help you gain confidence in your cooking while helping you create delicious and healthy recipes you’ll love.
Click on the pictures below to read more about each tool or appliance. Let’s get to it!
1. MAGIC BULLET OR NUTRI-BULLET
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
When you’re really hungry, and you want to whip up something fast this is what you want to have at the ready. I’ve had mine for more than 15 years now (can’t remember exactly, it’s been a looong time!) and I’ve used it almost daily since I got it. You can make smoothies in it, chop nuts, blend eggs, make salsa, make sauces, salad dressings and more! It’s so convenient to use and clean and the price is right. You’ll need to decide if you want the Magic Bullet which is smaller and less expensive or the larger, higher-powered Nutri-Bullet. Either one will work and is a must for anyone wanting to eat healthier.
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
Ask anybody that is on the health bandwagon and they will tell you that having a Vitamix in their appliance arsenal is a must. It is definitely an investment, but the rewards are great. The Vitamix has impressive power and will last a long time even with a lot of use. It can handle the toughest of vegetables and can grind coffee beans, nuts and seeds. Another feature that is amazing is that it makes hot soups without turning on your stove. It also makes the most healthy and delicious frozen treats (no sugar added!) in minutes. The warranty is excellent and ranges from 5-10 years depending on the model you choose. Tip: if a Vitamix isn’t in your budget check on your local FB marketplace or Craigslist for great deals.
3. MASTICATING JUICER
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
Juicing has been around for a long time and has been up and down in its popularity, but it’s stood the test of time in the benefits it offers. Having a quality juicer (if you use it!) will be a boon to your health in so many ways. I absolutely love having a 16 oz juice in the morning before breakfast, it boosts my energy like nothing else.
I recommend purchasing a masticating juicer because it juices slowly and without heat that can destroy the nutrient and enzymes in the fruits and vegetables. Choose one that has good reviews and the highest quality you can afford, you can find good ones at a great price too.
This is the juicer I got, and it is working fine for me. You may want to check out this juicer or this one depending on your needs and budget. I’ve owned a Breville juicer and I don’t recommend The Juice Fountain since it’s not masticating and the pulp is quite wet so you’re not getting the full amount of juice from the fruit and vegetables. I also owned a Champion which is an excellent brand but I just found it clunky and messy to use so I didn’t use it. You want to purchase one that is easy to use so you’ll use it!
4. FOOD DEHYDRATOR
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
If you’re trying to change how you eat and how you cook, then I recommend purchasing a food dehydrator. I was all gung-ho about it when I first got it because I wanted to make dried fruit but I ended up using it for quite a few other things and am glad it’s in my pantry for when I crave these crackers and it’s needed for when you soak your nuts (to get rid of those pesky enzyme inhibitors) and want to crisp them back up again. My husband is also a beef jerky fan and makes his own with the help of this dehydrator. It doesn’t have to be an expensive one do to the job. If you do a lot of dehydrating then you’ll need to look for a larger one with more trays like this Excalibur which is an excellent quality brand. I own this Nesco one and it works great and fits my needs.
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
This tool has become very popular in the last few years and for good reason. For those of us that are food conscious and don’t eat wheat, we miss pasta! This is a good alternative, although not the same thing, it does quench the desire for some type of “pasta” type dish. Use it to spiralize zucchini, cucumber, sweet potatoes and more for fun and delicious meals. There are a couple of types that may fit depending on your specific needs. I actually have both! This larger size spiralizer is for heavier duty use and comes with a large variety of blades for different sizes and shapes. This handheld one surprisingly works quite well for zucchini and cucumbers and doesn’t take up a lot of space in your cabinets.
6. INSTANT POT or POWER PRESSURE COOKER XL
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
This one appliance can do more for your cooking than almost anything else. Its versatility is impressive and makes cooking so much easier. I own the Power Pressure Cooker XL and I use it for pressure cooking and it also has a crockpot feature. I use it to make bone broth, chili, meats, and casseroles. It’s an impressive appliance that will take the stress out of cooking.
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
If you’re not ready for or just aren’t sure about an Instant Pot, then be sure to have a crockpot in your kitchen. Yes, most people own one, but they usually get stuck in the back of your cabinet and not used enough! If you don’t have one then invest in one since they are really reasonably priced. You can throw a bunch of healthy ingredients in it in the morning and then have a wonderful smelling house all day and stress-free dinner time. I love doing that and the food always tastes amazing.
8. FOOD PROCESSOR
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
A food processor is great to have to make so many healthy things including pesto, dips like hummus, and healthy treats. It’s easy to use and will save a lot of time in the kitchen. I have a Cuisinart and although it’s not my most used appliance I wouldn’t want to be without it because it makes my favorite Almond Energy Balls!
9. SALAD SPINNER
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN IT:
I don’t know about you, but I get lazy when it comes to cleaning vegetables like lettuce. A salad spinner is so handy to have and makes it simple to just toss, rinse, spin and eat. It is handy for washing all types of veggies too. Don’t forget to use a veggie wash! I use this brand of veggie wash because it’s organic and it works.
10. TOOLS: LEMON JUICER, GARLIC PRESS, JAR SCRAPER
WHY YOU SHOULD OWN THEM:
Okay, I must admit that I just recently purchased these items and I absolutely love them! I don’t know why I waited so long but sometimes things just go that way. Now when I want fresh lemon on my salad or on my cooked greens I just load up my lemon squeezer and it’s done and without making a mess with using multiple tools and having those darned seeds falling in my food. It’s really easy to clean which also love. My old garlic press went kaput a few years ago and for reasons unknown, I hadn’t replaced it until a couple of months ago and I missed it! The jar scraper was an impulse purchase but come to find out it’s wonderful to get the last bit of mustard or healthy mayo out of the jar. Plus it can be helpful to get the last drop of your smoothie out of your Vitamix!
What is the kitchen appliance that you couldn’t be without while on the Candida diet?
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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
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
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.
A quick and easy sugar-free, Candida-diet friendly breakfast that's healthy and delicious too!
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.
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.
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.
*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: