OK. So the easiest and best thing you can do for yourself to make candida diet a breeze is to PREP. And then you can reference this post on meal PLANS and you’re off to the races!
Here are my best meal prep tips:
1. Pre-cook quinoa.
Pre-cooked quinoa ends up being great with salads to add some interesting texture and heft, or along with roasted veggies. My favorite flavor-enhancing hack here is to cook with bone broth and maybe a little garlic…makes the flavor so much more interesting and adds a little oomph!
2. Roast veggies.
One of the best meal prep tips for anyone (candida diet or no), is to roast vegies. It’s so easy, and such a gamechanger. Roasted veggies are delicious eaten by themselves, on flax crackers, with quinoa or other pseudograins.
3. Make sauces/dips.
Meal prep tip number 3 is that SAUCE jazzes everything up. You can add it directly in a dish, or use it to dip crudite for a snack. Just having new spices/flavors makes an otherwise blah dish (roasted veggies, I’m looking at you), EXCITING! I do a homemade Bitchin’ Sauce which is super tasty and easy. You can use one of these recipes, but what I tend to do is just use the core ingredients (almonds, avocado oil, coconut aminos, lemon, cumin, paprika, cayenne) and then mess around with the Nutribullet until it tastes the way I want.
I also recently made a cajun seasoning that I used for days later on EVERYTHING — especially good in eggs 🙂
4. Make and freeze soup.
This is a pro meal prep tip…it’s been a lifesaver for me many times over — having premade soup that I can just heat up and eat in a pinch. If you have an Insta-Pot, it’s super easy to just put a bunch of veggies together (cauliflower, broccoli, kale, butternut squash, red potatoes are all great ones), garlic and onion, bone broth, and some coconut milk, spices (curry, coriander, cumin, are all good ones), lemon/ACV and voila! Soup.
5. There’s no shame in a shortcut – buy pre-cut veggies or use dried v. fresh spices
Yes, perhaps the “proper” thing to do is to do everything by hand, fresh. But hey, life happens. Shit gets busy.
Part of setting yourself up for success is setting REALISTIC goals. Which is why I sometimes use garlic or onion powder instead of the fresh stuff. And I definitely love buying shredded carrots
This is the true lazy girl move. Yes. I do it all the time, especially for carrots (I love buying shredded carrots for salad). The better thing to do would be to put on some music and have a little veggie chopping party with yourself…but progress, not perfection, amirite?