Candida is a terrible gut condition. It makes you feel terrible with a variety of different symptoms, including brain fog, muscle pain, exhaustion, headaches, sinus infections, and so many more.
I should know because I dealt with Candida for several years. In fact, I was so sick that I ended up in bed all day. I became extremely depressed and discouraged, and it wasn’t until I started the Candida Diet that I found relief.
The Candida diet, or I like to call it the Candida Fast, is when you stay clear of sugars and carbs and eat simple ingredient foods. It’s a very restrictive diet, and it can sometimes become overwhelming when trying to figure out what to eat.
Again, I know because I was there not long ago.
If you’re dealing with crazy sugar cravings, it’s a lot better to snack throughout the day so you don’t end up eating something that you’ll regret.
One of the difficult things on the Candida Fast or Diet is to find foods that make good snacks. This is why I created this article, to give you some tips and hacks that I learned with my Candida and to list for you my top Candida diet snacks.
Most of the foods I mention in this article are Candida Diet approved. Some items listed are grey areas, and you’ll need to eat them in moderation or see how your body responds to them. An example would be nuts and seeds. They are widely used in Candida recipes for meals and snacks, but you’ll have to see how your body responds to them overall.
Below is a complete list of my favorite snacks that I eat on the Candida Diet.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs make a perfect snack when you’re on the Candida Diet. The great thing about hard-boiled eggs is that they are fairly easy to make.
I recently purchased a Dash Egg Cooker from Amazon and use it almost daily. I just cook six eggs in the morning and eat the eggs throughout the day. If you are able to eat eggs, then hard-boiled eggs make a really nice snack throughout the day.
You can be creative with boiled eggs as well. I love shaking some Everything Bagel spice on my boiled eggs to boost their flavor.
You can also cut them in half and put a slice of tomato or cucumber between them as an egg sandwich – the egg itself acting as the bread. That’s a great snack when you feel hungry, and I have also eaten them for a light lunch.
I also like eating a hard-boiled egg with some salt and pepper as well. It’s simple, but it does taste nice.
Homemade Beef Jerky
Homemade beef jerky is great because you can control what’s in the jerky.
I recently purchased a dehydrator and started making my own beef jerky, and I have to admit, it’s delicious.
Making your jerky might sound a little overwhelming, but it’s easy to do. You just have to grab the right tools, and you’ll have fresh jerky for a snack in no time at all.
If making your own jerky is far too time-consuming for you, then you can always purchase a sugar-free jerky on Amazon. I genuinely love People’s Choice Beef Jerky.
They have several done-for-you sugar-free options, and it tastes fantastic.
Topped Crackers or Vegetables
When you’re on the Candida Fast, you shouldn’t eat peanut butter, but a good substitute for peanut butter is almond butter.
Almond butter can be used in a variety of Candida snacks. You could put almond butter on vegetables such as celery. You could add almond butter to a gluten-free cracker that you purchase or make yourself.
If you’re looking for a Candida snack cracker, I suggest Mary’s Super Seed Crackers. You can add some almond butter or even some canned salmon to Mary’s Crackers, and it makes an excellent snack. You could also check out Nairn’s Gluten-Free Flatbread Crackers, which would perfectly pair with the almond butter or salmon and make a fantastic snack.
The only issue I have with Mary’s Super Seed crackers is that there are lots of seeds, and you’ll find them in your teeth days after your snack. Plus, it hurts if you bite down on a seed. I have learned to take my time eating Mary’s Crackers.
Another idea for a topping on a cracker is a pouched egg or avocado mash or butter. I love using a pouched egg because the egg yoke makes a perfect topping as the cracker soaks up the yoke. This is a delicious snack for lunches or between meals. You have to give this a try.
I love putting goat cheese on the Mary’s or the Nairn crackers. You’ll enjoy this simple Candida snack if you’re a fan of goat cheese.
Nairn also has a beautiful Roasted Squash and Carrot Spread that would pair nicely with both Mary’s Crackers and the Nairn. It’s effortless to make and tastes incredible.
Shelled, Roasted Sunflower Seeds or Almonds
I always make sure that I have some shelled sunflower seeds available in my home.
I wouldn’t eat bags and bags of sunflower seeds, but when you’re looking for a quick snack, it’s nice to have them available to you.
My favorite is roasted and salted sunflower seeds.
If you’re not a fan of sunflower seeds, then almonds will do the trick as well. Raw almonds that are roasted and salted make a nice snack, and you can purchase roasted almonds in snack bags so you can take them with you.
A Greek Yogurt Smoothie
I love smoothies.
Smoothies make a terrific snack at any time of the day.
My wife recently purchased a portable blender. These small, compact gadgets are perfect for making amazing personal-sized smoothies with minimum cleanup. These blenders are great because they are battery-operated and don’t need to be plugged in; you can take them with you.
I usually throw in some greek yogurt, low sugar berries, stevia, and almond milk. I blend it until it’s smooth and then enjoy.
You can create a lot of combinations, and you can experiment with new flavors. Having a portable blender makes cleanup a breeze.
Sugar-Free Pumpkin Muffins
This snack does take some preparation, but it’s nice to have available when they’re done. I love making these Candida diet-worthy pumpkin muffins. There isn’t a ton of ingredients, and they’re not hard to make.
Here is a list of the ingredients.
- 29 oz. canned pumpkin
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup melted fat (coconut oil, butter, ghee, etc.)
- 1/4 cup raw honey or stevia
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
Honey on the Candida Diet is a grey area. It is sugar, but it’s so good for you that people will often eat it anyways. It’s probably in the same category as greek yogurt.
I know that a lot of people dealing with Candida will often eat Manuka Honey, which has so many healing properties and is full of good bacteria – the type of bacteria that actually helps bring Candida into control. Of course, when I talk about honey, it’s always raw honey and not processed.
If you don’t feel comfortable using honey, just substitute it for stevia.
I’m going to explain how I make them quickly.
I begin by preheating my oven to 350.
Then, I mix together the pumpkin, eggs, melted fat, honey, and vanilla extract in a bowl.
I take all the dry ingredients and mix them together. Just keep mixing them until they blended well.
Next, scoop the mixture into silicone muffin liners. Don’t fill the liners to the top, or you’ll have a mess. I would just put about three quarters in the liners.
Bake the mixture for 45 minutes. If you are making more miniature muffins, then cut the baking time to 25 minutes.
Let the muffins cool and enjoy.
Having mini muffins available in a sealable container makes a perfect snack. Let’s be honest; it also makes an excellent dessert.
This is a perfect dessert or snack at any time of the year, but it fits in nicely during the autumn months.
Organic Coconut Keto Clusters
I found these great snacks several years ago and love them.
Coconut is a superb food for killing Candida; eating coconut is excellent for overall gut health and killing Candida. The Organic Coconut Keto Clusters by Inno Foods is a perfect snack with the added benefit of coconut.
These coconut clusters are light, crispy, and delicious. They make a terrific snack for work, school, or while watching TV.
I suggest some low-sugar berries for a quick snack on the Candida Diet. These berries include blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
You can use berries to top other snacks, but I like to eat a few berries straight up because it’s easy and fast. Berries are another grey area, so you’ll want to enjoy them in moderation.
You can also put berries in a small air-tight container for a snack on the go.
Above are the snacks that I enjoyed while I was on the Candida Fast.
Of course, you can deviate from these ideas as much as you want and create your own version.
There are a lot of ideas for Candida Diet snacks, but these are my absolute favorite.
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