Veggie-Grain Power Bowl

A perfect all-in-one meal, this Veggie Grain Power Bowl is 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.

gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free veggie grain power bowl

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve just begun a 10-day detox program to support my liver and help shuttle toxins out of my body (one of several detox protocols I’ll be trying with my naturopath over the coming few months as a way to determine if toxicity is the culprit behind my recalcitrant candida symptoms).

The program progressively removes foods or categories of food: first, animal flesh; then dairy; then non gluten-free grains; and so on, alongside increased portions of a special nutritional protein powder that you mix with water or juice.

As soon as I pored over the instructions for the 10 days, I discovered an unforeseen bonus of being on what I call “anti-candida maintenance” for the past 6 years: because so many of those “restrictions” already exist in my regular diet, nothing will change for me (other than introducing the powder) for the first four days! Of course, after that and as more foods are removed, there will be a few days mid-cleanse that feature only cruciferous vegetables, greens, and apples or pears–but we’ll cross that farmer’s market when we get to it.

I plan to share my experience via video in a day or two [update: here are the results!], but for now, I thought this grain-and-veggie bowl (with infinite variations) would serve as a good illustration of how even detoxes need not feel like deprivation (though talk to me again on days 5, 6, and 7 and see if I feel the same way after OD-ing on cabbage for 3 days straight).

Sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan veggie grain power bowl recipe

Whenever I threaten coerce convince entice the HH to join me for dinner at one of my favorite haunts in the city, I invariably order one of their “fresh bowls” as my meal. Not only is the food spectacular,  but I also know it’s mostly organic and “clean,”so I can feel virtuous eating there (and no unwelcome side effects!).

The combination of hearty vegetables, whole gluten-free grains, nuts and seeds, all smothered in a creamy, subtly spiced sauce is really unparalleled. A bonus with this type of meal is that it’s always über-healthy, too. Plus, it provides a great opportunity to use up leftovers (which seems to be one of my newfound hobbies these days).

I’ll be back in a few days with a report on any die-off and other effects of the cleanse [update: results are in!]. In the meantime, whether or not you’re cleansing at the moment, I think you’ll love this Veggie-Grain Power Bowl.

Sugar-free, candida diet, gluten-free veggie grain power bowl

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  1. I cannot wait to hear your results. I am one of those who tests a ten at one visit with the Integrative Wellness Doctor, then has symptoms the next week while still following the diet. It hasn’t gone back to the worst phase, but I do not seem to kick it. So I am definitely following your progress, Ricki.

    • Thanks, Kathleen. I’m hoping to do the video tomorrow or Tuesday–just waiting to be sure I can finish it this round (not because it’s too difficult, but beause of sinus issues). If I push through the next day or two, I will report back! Otherwise, will report about the experience so far (and will do it again later). And I’m pretty much like you, in general, which usually means undetected, underlying issues. Keep digging!! 🙂

  2. Dear Ricki – what a great all inclusive one bowl meal. Great protein counts… this is a meal anyone on an anti-candida regimen (or not) can thoroughly enjoy. Beautiful dish!

  3. Almond butter and quinoa!! I’m totally there!! My husband and I actually moved to a plant based diet a few years ago and are loving it, so this is right up my alley!

  4. This recipe looks delicious! I love ordering the “fresh bowl” at restaurants too, they make me feel full but not in the carb-induced coma way that other restaurant dishes make me feel.

  5. Can’t wait to hear the results of your detox diet–I will be back to check!


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