A type of yeast, candida albicans is infectious to humans and resides mostly in the gastrointestinal tract. It may develop in the body due to a weakened immune system that does not have the ability to deal with infectious agents in the body. The infection caused by this yeast, known as candidiasis, may further weaken the immune system, making it prone to other bacterial and fungal infections in the body. As such, those who experience this condition are asked to go on a specific diet, popular as the Candida cleanse. As is the case with any specific diet, it always leaves you craving for some kind of food or snacks to be eaten. In order to ensure that you do not consume any foods containing yeast that will enhance the growth of this fungus, here are some snacks you can prepare and enjoy on the Candida diet.
Take a look at the following food list for the Candida diet that can be consumed as snacks, along with some suggestions on combining them together for a delicious and filling snack.
- Lean cuts of Meat such as Chicken, Fish, and Turkey (unprocessed)
- Almond or Cashew Butter Spreads (Avoid Peanut Butter)
- Garlic Products
- Air-Popped Popcorn (not the commercial variety)
- Yogurt (plain)
- Nuts and Seeds such as Almonds, Pecans, Macadamia (Peanuts, Pistachios, and Walnuts not allowed), Pumpkin seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds (unsalted)
- Unsweetened carob chips
- Sardines, Tuna, Salmon (twice a week)
- (Brown) Rice Crackers
- Cottage Cheese
- Soy Milk/Rice Milk
- Homemade Tortilla Chips or Yeast-Free Commercial Varieties
- Homemade Salsa
- Fruits such as Blueberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries (avoid other fruits)
- Sprouted Grain Bread
While a lot of the aforementioned foods make for great snacks on their own, there are several ways in which they can be combined together for a yummy bite or even wholesome meals.
- Combine rice crackers with a slice of cottage cheese and some freshly sliced vegetables such as tomato and cucumber. This is also a great choice for a breakfast on the Candida diet.
- Raw vegetable sticks with a hummus or tahini dip are a great choice.
- Spread some natural, unsweetened nut butter on a celery stick and enjoy.
- A handful of (unsalted) nuts is one of the most nutritious and filling snacks when following this diet.
- Debone sardines, or choose tuna as an option. Mash it and add to it some fresh lemon juice, pepper, and salt, and enjoy.
- For those of you missing a salad dressing on the Candida diet, yogurt makes for a great dressing. Add to it some salt and pepper, for a great dip. You could also add some fresh mint leaves and mustard powder and make yourself a yummy dip or a dressing with a salad.
- You can also add some fresh berries to plain yogurt and enjoy.
- Tortilla chips with homemade salsa are the most preferred choice as a snack on this diet.
- Enjoy a sandwich made of sprouted grain bread, some pieces of chicken, turkey, or tuna with fresh vegetables and some mustard sauce as a spread.
While different websites will give you different ideas for the kinds of foods you are and are not allowed to eat, it is always better to consult your doctor or a qualified nutritionist before opting for any of the aforementioned snacks. It is always safer to get a green signal from a qualified professional because every case is different, and different foods may affect various individuals in diverse manners.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.