Two Fuss-Free Holiday Appetizers (Candida-Friendly Variations)

[These Fuss-Free Holiday Appetizers are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.]

Somer McCowan cheese ball recipe on rickiheller.com

[Kick Ace Extra Sharp Vegan Cheese Ball]

In a perfect world, by December 19th I would have planned and prepped our holiday menus, shopped for all the ingredients for our feast, purchased all the gifts I need to buy, found the perfect gift for the HH, queued up at least 2 extra blog posts to carry me through the holidays, have the entire house in spic-and-span shape, AND laid out all the classic DVDs we intend to watch over the next couple of weeks.

In reality, though, I’ve done most  some  zero of those things. This most recent semester at the college (marking 400 assignments and exams in the space of 10 days), pretty much did me in.  All I want for Christmas this year is to laze around (say, from December 20 to January 2nd or so).

So this year, I plan to keep it minimalist: if I throw together a pot of dal and maybe a big bowl of chestnut mousse (forget about the tart shells altogether), I’ll call it a successful holiday. (“Mum, we want you to be relaxed and all that, but you WILL still get us OUR presents, right?  You won’t skimp on the rawhides and treats, right? Right–?!”)

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Flash in the Pan: Super Easy Chocolate-Peppermint Popcorn (with Corn-Free Option)

[Chocolate-Peppermint Popcorn is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free and  yeast-free. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

Vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free Chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe

Some people think, “Santa Claus.” Some people think, “cranberries.” Some people think, “tofurkey.” Me? When I think of the holiday season, I think: “chocolate + peppermint.”

Of course, there’s no doubt that chocolate is my favorite food on the planet. (If we’re heading off the planet, well, then maybe it’s Klingon gach). But pair that sepia confection with sweet, fragrant peppermint, and my palate may just fall into paroxysms of delight.

This recipe is my anti-candida friendly version of a product I spied the other day while shopping for groceries: a bag of white chocolate-peppermint popcorn. As soon as I saw it, I knew instantly that I’d attempt a healthified version the moment I got home. I’ve been using my air-popper and this organic popcorn to ensure we’re not ingesting GMOs in our snack. You could use any kind of popped corn, or try the corn-free option in this recipe (scroll to the bottom for the recipe).

Vegan, candida diet, sugar-free chocolate peppermint popcorn on rickiheller.com

My first batch was, in fact, made exclusively with “white chocolate,” but I quickly realized that, without the crushed candy canes sprinkled over top, my treat seemed rather anemic looking (sort of like Kristen Stewart without makeup on). The solution? Dual drizzles of both dark and white chocolate!

This recipe is so easy to make, you might prefer to keep the process a secret so that everyone thinks you slaved for hours. That way, you can talk about how exhausted you are after concocting this gourmet treat (which is why you’ll be “too tired” to help clear up later–heh heh).

Vegan, gluten-free, candida diet chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe

[In process--drizzled with chocolate and coconut butter, ready for the fridge.]

This popcorn is also really easy to eat, which makes it the perfect snack to set out in a big bowl on the counter throughout the holidays. Then you can pluck a handful as you pass by the kitchen to go sip nog by the fireplace, munch while you watch It’s A Wonderful Life, take along when you sneak upstairs to wrap gifts, or nibble when you head back to the kitchen to roast that tofurkey. Either way, it’s a delectable, festive snack.

Stay tuned: next time,  I serve up TWO fantabulous appetizers for your holiday festivities!

Vegan, gluten-free chocolate peppermint popcorn recipe on rickiheller.com

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[Mum, you know that Elsie and I love popcorn, too, right? So why'd you have to go ruin it with that contra-canine chocolate??]

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A Few of My Favorite Things. . .For YOU! (Holiday Giveaway!)

Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free by Ricki Heller on rickiheller.com

One of the perks of blogging is learning about new foods and other food-related products. I love finding out what’s “out there” and discovering healthy, sugar-free ingredients or products that people can enjoy on an anti-candida diet, low glycemic diet or exclusive diet. Oftentimes, I’ll post a review on the blog, but sometimes I don’t […]

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Lyme, Sugar and Healing from Chronic Disease: Hangout with Alison Smith, PhD

If you’re dealing with a chronic condition like candida, you know how tough it can be at times to persist and push through. With Lyme disease, the healing period can be even longer’ the diet protocol (which is also sugar-free) can present challenges to people who are already depleted in so many ways. In today’s […]

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Winter Greens with Fennel, Grapefruit and Beet

Vegan, sugar-free, grainfree fennel, grapefruit and beet salad recipe

[Winter Greens with Fennel, Grapefruit and Beet is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] There are just some things that get better with age. No, I don’t mean as they age (like a fine wine, or George Clooney); […]

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Chickpea and Kale Sandwich Spread & Review of Plant Power by Nava Atlas

Candida diet, low glycemic, grainfree chickpea & kale spread on rickiheller.com

As I sat down to begin this review, I took a quick survey on the blog and realized that this is my 9th blog post either reviewing one of Nava Atlas’s books or posting one of her recipes. Obviously, I love this woman’s work. But now I think it’s only fair to disclose that, over […]

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Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie (Vegan, Sugar-Free, Candida-friendly, Paleo)

Vegan, candida diet, paleo pumpkin pie recipe on rickiheller.com

[Pumpkin Pie is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] Despite possessing the usual female litany of insecurities, one skill set I’ve always felt confident about is baking. Growing up with a baker mom and an aunt who was a caterer, I […]

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Is There One “Right” Anti-Candida Diet?

Healthy vegan pumpkin fudge recipe on rickiheller.com

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Quinoa Lentil Soup from Super Seeds

Vegan, gluten-free, allergy-friendly Quinoa Lentil Soup on rickiheller.com

[Quinoa Lentil Soup is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages  on an anti-candida diet.] With holiday season almost upon us, it seems as if signs of the festive season are everywhere: the air is crisper; flyers for gift baskets appear with each morning’s newspaper; […]

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Creamy Blueberry Protein Pudding

Blendtec blueberry pudding recipe on rickiheller.com

[Creamy Blueberry Protein Pudding is vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.] So you know how guys love their “tech toys,” right? Cars, computers, stereos. . . basically anything that’s made from non-organic materials qualifies. (Well, except appliances. Don’t […]

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