How to Enjoy Fruit-Free Smoothies (that are Candida Diet Friendly!)

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We all love smoothies! Smoothies are sweet, thick, creamy–and also quick and easy to make. They’re great when you have 10 minutes in the morning before you have to rush out of the house to make it to work.

But sadly, most typical smoothies aren’t as healthy as you might think they are. When I see recipes loaded with banana, mango, dates, or multiple other fruits, I cringe at all the sugars they contain. Yes, these are natural sugars (way better than refined cane sugar), but they will still have an impact on blood sugar and, especially, candida. Did you know that dates have the highest sugar content of any fruit?

When I was first diagnosed with candida related complex, I knew that I couldn’t consume any of those overly sweet fruits (or pretty much any fruit at all). Still, I was determined that I wouldn’t give up my super-convenient smoothies for breakfast on occasion. So I came up with other ideas to create fruit-free smoothies that are all candida diet-friendly.

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Ethiopian Tofu Scramble (Ye’Tofu Enkulal Firfir) from Teff Love

[This Ethiopian Tofu Scramble is great for breakfast or as a main at dinner. This recipe is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, nut-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 3 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

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These days, I never blink twice when it comes to cooking with exotic or unusual ingredients or spices. After all, some of the best cuisines for an anti-candida diet have nothing to do with Little Debbie, Betty Crocker, or Tim Horton; and while my North American roots formed the basis of what I eat, more often than not my menus are also filled with dishes from Asian, South American, African or European origins.

That’s why I feel very lucky to live in the vicinity of Toronto, proudly touted as one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world. If you can name a cuisine, you can likely find it here. This panoply of foods and culinary variety was incredibly awe-inspiring to me when I first moved here to attend university back in the ’80s. I remember being enthralled by the establishments serving up authentic Spanish, Malaysian, Hungarian, Thai, Italian, Jamaican, French, Greek, Japanese, Middle Eastern, Indian, or Korean food–you name it–and wanting to hop from one to the next as I sampled every dish on every menu.
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Are You Sweet on Stevia? Here’s How to Love It!

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One of the comments I hear from people when I tell them that I use stevia as a sweetener is, “Ewwww, I hate stevia! I tried it once, but I just couldn’t use it. It tasted so bitter (or metallic, or awful, or [insert distasteful adjective here]). For me, it’s been so long now that […]

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Magical Peach Arugula Salad from Eating Clean by Amie Valpone

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[Bright and enticing Magical Peach Arugula Salad is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] If you’ve ever been disappointed with answers from medical professionals about your chronic illness–whether candida, Lyme, rheumatoid arthritis or something else–then you likely have delved into more […]

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Which is the Best Anti-Candida Diet to Follow?

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How do you know which is the best anti-candida diet to follow? It can be overwhelming when you first start your anti-candida regimen. First off, you’re likely feeling fatigued, foggy-brained, and you might be over-run with cravings for carbs, salty foods, or junk food. Not only do you find out that you must eliminate virtually […]

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Strawberry Crème Easter Eggs (Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan, Candida-Friendly with Nut-Free Option)

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[A perfect confection for adults AND kids! A vegan sweet treat, Strawberry Creme Easter Eggs are also sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] Like most kids, I adored sweet treats; holidays; and all manner of baby animals (well, except reptilian ones, […]

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Upside Down Pear Protein Pancakes for Two (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Candida Diet)

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[A lovely treat for a mid-week breakfast, or save these Upside Down Pear Protein Pancakes for the weekend. They’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free,  nut-free (without the almond butter topping), yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] I know I should be posting something green this […]

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Candida and Magnesium: Are You Getting Enough?

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Magnesium is an essential mineral that is involved in myriad body systems and offers many health benefits. Sadly, according to some sources, up to 80% of the population is deficient in this common nutrient! If you deal with candida, magnesium becomes even more important. People with candida related complex (CRC) require magnesium to help usher […]

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Thai Quinoa Balls (or Bites) with Optional Peanut-Free Dipping Sauce

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[These quick and easy Thai Quinoa Balls or Bites make a perfect snack or appetizer! They’re vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] Do you feel as if you’re always pressed for time? Perpetually in a rush? Regularly feel as if the closest you get to […]

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Is Chocolate Bad for You?

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If you know me, you know I LOVE chocolate. So I had to think twice when I answered a recent email from a reader, in which she wrote that she’d just heard an expert mention that “cocoa is high in lead and cadmium and that we should be concerned about this.” Tweet Pin It

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