Nutrient highlights for this recipe
Curcumin is the active compound within turmeric, they both have been proven to have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It has been tested against 14 strains of Candida and was proven to have a significant anti-fungal activity against all of them.
Radishes are a cruciferous vegetable, which have been shown to inhibit candida overgrowth. Radishes are also very supportive of liver and gallbladder function. These organs do a ton of work for us when we are cleansing from candida, so they need all the support they can get!
Tomatoes belong to the nightshade family of vegetables. For some candida sufferers, nightshades can be an aggravating food, meaning it can contribute to excess inflammation in the body. So before you consume a lot of tomatoes, or other nightshades on your cleanse, it would be a good idea to assess how these foods make you feel. If tomatoes are tolerated, I'd highly recommend consuming them on your cleanse. For the reason being, lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes has been shown to cause damage to the cell wall of candida.
Other nightshades include: Bell peppers, Cayenne, Chick peas/garbanzo Chili pepper, Eggplant, Ground cherry, Pepino, Paprika, Pimento, Tomato/Tomatillo.
Alfalfa is one of the best foods for supporting liver detoxification. Sprouts in general are also an excellent source of fiber which helps to strengthen our gut lining and feed beneficial bacteria in our gut. Any food that is sprouted contains nutrients that are more bioavailable, which means that the nutrients are much easier to break down and absorb.
Black beans are a great source of soluble fiber and resistant starch. Resistant starches pass through our small intestine and make their way to our colon where they feed healthy gut bacteria. Eating foods that are high in soluble fiber and resistant starch helps to grow gut bacteria that produce short chain fatty acids. SCFAs protect our gut from pathogens by keeping the colon more acidic. Therefore, the more healthy gut bacteria we have producing SCFAs, the less opportunity there will be for pathogens to overgrow.
Candida Friendly Black Bean Scramble with Salsa
Serves 1 (double for 2!)
Total time: 25 minutes
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp onion powder
1 tsp avocado oil
1 - 2 tbsp black beans (highly recommend Eden Organics)
1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts
1/4 avocado, thinly sliced
1 radish, thinly sliced
1/4 cup homemade salsa
sea salt and black pepper to taste
Serves 4 - 6
1/4 red onion, diced
3 roma tomatoes, diced
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp fresh garlic
1/4 cup cilantro (optional)
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
pepper, to taste
Cut the tips off the jalapeño, slice it down the middle in half, scoop out the seeds, then flip it over, press down on the jalapeño, and cut into thin strips, then dice.
Add the jalapeño and the rest of the salsa ingredients into a bowl, thoroughly mix, and set aside.
Heat up a small sized pan on medium heat. Add the eggs to a small mixing bowl, use a tiny fork or whisk to beat the eggs. Then add garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric, sea salt, and pepper, whisk again.
Add avocado oil to the pan, then add the eggs. Use a spatula to pull the eggs from the outside into the middle of the pan. Continue to do this until the eggs have scrambled. Then remove from heat.
Assemble your plate with the scrambled eggs, black beans, radishes, alfalfa sprouts, and avocado. Top with homemade salsa, and additional sea salt and pepper, if desired.
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