When you start the anti-candida diet, the first thing you will notice, is how little there is in your cupboards that you are allowed to eat, and once you have cleared everything out, you will wonder how on earth you are going to feed yourself. Although daunting at first, once your cupboard and fridge is re-stocked with the right nourishing and healing foods, it will feel normal again in no time. To help you through those first few scary days, I have broken down a list of the essential items you need in your pantry and fridge in order to survive on the anti-candida diet.

Essential Pantry Items

  • Almond butter – add to gluten-free bread, crackers or mix into porridge
  • Almond flour – to bake gf breads
  • Apple cider vinegar – use in salads, sauces or taken straight
  • Bicarboante of soda – take after meals or use in baking
  • Buckwheat – whole groats or ground into flour
  • Chia seeds – to add to porridge or for baking
  • Chicory coffee – needs to be 100% chicory
  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut milk or creamed coconut – for porridge, currys and other saucey dinners
  • Coconut oil – for cooking
  • Extra virgin olive oil (cold pressed) – use for dressings
  • Flaxseeds – to make vegan flax eggs or to use in baking
  • Herbal teas
  • Herbs and spices
  • Millet – whole and / or flour
  • Nuts – my favourites are almonds
  • Oats (gluten free) – for porridge and baking
  • Psyllium husks (blond) – use as a binding agent
  • Quinoa – white, black, red
  • Rice – brown, brown basmati, wild, red
  • Salt – buy a good quality sea salt
  • Seeds, mixed – add to salads or to make crackers and breads
  • Xylitol – allowed sweetener

Essential Fridge Items

I actually find that my fridge is much emptier, as I now keep most of my meat and veg in the freezer. I also no longer eat sauces or spreads, and all you really need are fresh items for snacks or salads.

  • Avocados – I like the small ripen at home bags as these are the best value and that way I can use the entire avocado in my meal without half of it going brown in the fridge
  • Eggs (organic)
  • Olives – for salads or snack. Check the ingredients for nasty additives!
  • Plant milk (unsweetened) – my favourite is unroasted unsweetened almond milk by Alpro., but I intend to start making my own as I don’t like the added stabilisers and emulsifiers
  • Sauerkraut – top your salad with this probiotic food
  • Vegetables – cucumber, celery, tomatoes, leafy salads, fresh herbs

Essential Freezer Items

Your freezer is your best friend on this diet, as it means you can keep foods at their optimum freshness. Pack your freezer with as much of the below as you can so that you never go hungry, even if the fridge is looking a bit bare.

  • Bags of frozen veg – I get broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, sprouts
  • Frozen homemade baked goods – if you make a batch of gluten free breads at the weekend, you can slice and freeze them so that you can easily pop them in the toaster for quick meals
  • Organic meat, white fish and wild salmon