Candida Diet ~ Week Two & Green Smoothie Bowls

Rise and shine, and Happy Tuesday! I’ve successfully made it through week two of the Candida Diet and feeling great! Sugar cravings have subsided, finally. Weekends are a bit of a struggle, but I feel like that is more out of bad habits than actual cravings. Overall, I just feel so much lighter!

The weather is also starting to get warmer, and with that I am craving lighter foods. I want steamed veggies instead of roasted, big salads, less oils, grains, and of course, more green smoothie bowls! I’m a little obsessed. I make a smoothie bowl at least once a week. They’re just so simple and a great way to pack in so many nutrient dense foods and supplements. I love them!

All of my smoothie bowls contain some sort of green: spinach, kale, salad blends, and even some sprigs of parsley. I feel like a health warrior loading up my smoothies with fresh greens. They’re high in dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, potassium, magnesium, as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants. So many essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need are found in leafy greens. #eatyourgreens

Adding avocado to my smoothies makes them thick and creamy. I love this because it holds up nicely in a bowl and can be eaten with a spoon. I also add in a protein powder and collagen peptides. The protein helps keep me full through the morning, and the collagen is great for skin, hair, nails, joints, and digestion. Sprinkling in spices can add extra flavor and health benefits as well. I like to use cinnamon and ginger. Both anti-inflammatory and contain some anti-fungal properties which can aid in healing the body of candida.

Green Smoothie Bowl

1-2 cups greens – spinach, kale, spring mix, or combination
1 scoop Collagen Peptides
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use plant-based)
1/4 avocado
1/4-1/3 cup frozen mixed berries
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup almond-coconut milk
1/2-2/3 cup filtered water to desired thickness

Add all ingredients to your high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever your little heart desires.

Topping a smoothie bowl might be the best part. Some of my favorite toppings are shredded coconut, chia seeds, nuts, toasted pumpkin seeds, and buckwheat groats. I like the way crunchy toppings combine with the creaminess of the smoothie. It adds a really nice texture, and I’m all for foods that incorporate multiple senses.

So, who’s making a smoothie bowl this week? What are your favorite combinations and toppings? Share in the comments below!

xx Tammy

Savory Oatmeal Bowl

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Does anyone else get overwhelmed/over-stimulated by social media? Or maybe finding yourself just checking your phone so many times a day for absolutely no reason? Sometimes scrolling through all these feeds make my head spin. I have to stop and ask myself, “Why am I even looking at this?” We all know nothing has changed in the last 5 minutes, yet, somehow it becomes strangely addictive. I think I am due for a media detox.

Speaking of detox, the candida diet is not working out for me right now. I’ve come to realize that maybe this is just not the right time no matter how hard I try to “get it together.” I am beyond distracted, unfocused, forgetful, and blatantly unprepared all the time lately. I have about 30-something unread emails (and counting!) and a full schedule that feels almost impossible to edit. I don’t know if I need to slow down, or catch up, or what.

What I do know, is that my day always starts off without a hitch. Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I enjoy them. I live for them. Mornings are a fresh start.
Every.
Single.
Day.
There is something about the stillness and quiet before the world around me wakes up that makes me feel at ease. It’s peaceful and consistent. Each day I rise, exercise, hydrate, and eat a nutrient-packed breakfast. This is the one meal of the day where I am completely present.

Savory Oatmeal Bowl

1/2 cup Gluten-free Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
1 cup water
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1-2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
1 cup packed organic baby spinach
1 pasture raised egg
2 slices Wellshire Sugar free Turkey Bacon
Salt & Pepper

Boil one cup of water in a small pot. Add oats and simmer on medium heat till cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add more water if needed depending on your desired consistency. Remove from heat and stir in collagen peptides, flaxseed meal, season with salt and pepper, and set aside.

While the oats are cooking, heat a medium pan over medium heat. Cook turkey bacon to desired crispness. I like my bacon crispy. Sometimes I’ll take the faster route and microwave it. I know, I know, not the best preparation method.

In the same pan over medium heat, cook the egg in a little extra virgin olive oil or real butter: sunny-side up, over-easy, over-hard, scrambled, whatever you fancy. I love runny yolk so my go-to style is over-easy.

To assemble: Place a cup of baby spinach in a shallow bowl, pour oatmeal over the spinach, top with egg and either place bacon strips in the side or crumble over the top. Season with salt and pepper.

Breathe.
Be Present.
Be grateful.
Savor every single bite.
Be thankful for each new morning and time to reset.

Now, where’s my coffee?

Blue Cornmeal Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas

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So… I cannot button my pants.

Am I surprised by this? Not at all. As much as I’d like to justify reasons why this weight gain has occurred, for example, my body’s transitional phase building muscle before burning fat from strength training, I cannot. According to some female fitness experts, this is actually a true phase for some women. In my case, I’d like to believe that it is playing a small roll in why my pants are tighter, however, there is really only one thing to blame: fork-to-mouth. And who is in control of that fork? Me.

With this not so exciting turn of events, I have no choice but to button up my diet. Which, apparently, is a lot easier than buttoning up my pants at the moment. Since I’m being honest with myself about why my body has expanded, it’s time to bust out the scale (ugh) and the MyFitnessPal app to see exactly what I am dealing with here.

But for now, let’s talk about the awesome pancakes I made because they’re the last ones I am going to be indulging in for a while!

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These wholesome, dense pancakes are made out of fresh ground blue cornmeal from my local farm and gluten free oat flour. Given their rich appearance, they are completely sugar free. Yup! No added sugar at all! The batter is super thick, so you may need to add more milk than the recipe calls for. I made them bigger than usual this time because I wanted a single pancake. Believe me, one was plenty!

I topped the pancakes with caramelized bananas and drizzled over melted coconut manna. Hello, coconut manna where have you been all my life? Have you tried this stuff? It’s incredible, such rich coconut flavor. Mmm, mmm, mmm!

Blue Cornmeal Pancakes with Caramelized Bananas
Makes 4 pancakes

1 cup blue cornmeal flour
1 cup oat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
1/4 cup apple sauce

Caramelized Bananas
2 bananas, sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil

Combine flours, baking powder, salt, milk, and apple sauce in a medium bowl and whisk well.

Heat a large pan over medium heat, melt a little coconut oil, and spoon 1/4 of the batter into the pan forming the best circular shape you can. There may be some slight bubbling, but when the edges start to brown, flip. Cook for another couple minutes and remove from the pan onto warm plate. Repeat until all the batter is gone.

While you’re pancakes are cooking, heat a medium pan over medium-high heat. Make sure the pan is hot, then melt 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and add the slices of banana. Sear on one side for 2-3 minutes till browned then gently flip, the bananas will be soft. Sear on the other side for another 2-3 minutes and remove the pan from the heat. They should stay fairly warm while your finishing the pancakes.

Top each pancake with the caramelized bananas and drizzle on warmed coconut manna. Enjoy!

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While you enjoy making these pancakes this weekend (I hope that you do 🙂 ), I’ll be keeping track of my macros in my fitness app and planning out meals. What a tough time of the year to try to manage your weight. Please wish me luck through this holiday season, I’m going to need it!

On the bright side, I get to enjoy wearing all my comfy yoga gear this weekend before the “What the heck do I wear to work?” debacle on Monday morning. If there is one thing I do appreciate in this situation is that I heard the wake-up call my body was giving me, and there is no way I’m buying bigger pants!