With the hot summer weather coming quickly, it’s time to prepare an excellent crisp salad that is a light and refreshing meal. Many people know that salad can be an amazing choice if you are focused on raw foods and clean eating. In this vegan Candida-friendly salad, say goodbye to meats, sugar, and carbs.
The common question from people suffering from excessive growth of Candida is, “what are the eating options?” Repeated eating of processed foods, excessive sugar intake, and unhealthy diet can cause digestive issues, weaken immunity and cause infections.
That is why I have sorted out a healthy candida-friendly salad bowl loaded with excellent vitamins and minerals. It even tastes fantastic, so do give it a shot!
What is Candida?
You might be familiar with gut microbiome; even our mouth, nose, skin, toenails, and other body parts have microbiomes too. Candida is known as a common fungus that lives in our bodies. It’s mostly harmless, but “candida overgrowth” can lead this microbiome to infections like rashes, fatigue, bloat, and more.
One natural treatment for excessive candida growth is starting a healthy candida diet. While some studies confirm that a Candida diet can help to fix this issue, many people think they need to starve away candida by restricting to certain foods. Don’t worry, the vegan candida-friendly salad bowl will help you to stay in shape, and you don’t even need to starve yourself.
Health Benefits of Salad in Everyday Life
Whether it’s hot summer or cold weather, a healthy bowl of cool crisp salad can be a refreshing meal. You can easily prepare a salad with some handy ingredients. Consuming salads each day has multiple health benefits, and it’s the best habit you can get into. A healthy bowl of vegan Candida-Friendly salad will be ideal if you don’t want to eat a heavy meal.
Healthy source of Fiber
Leafy greens and raw vegetables are a wonderful source of essential fiber, which helps our tummy to stay full longer and helps to promote weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
Fiber also helps to lower bad cholesterol and promotes good cholesterol. It normalizes bowel movements, prevents bowel diseases, and fixes constipation. It can reduce the number of cancer cells, including breast, mouth, throat, colorectal, and esophagus.
Nutritional Boost for Our Body
Fresh vegetables and fruits are essential for our body for good health and energy boost. Good foods can help lower blood pressure, cleanse our blood cells, lower the risk of digestive problems, prevent bad cancer cells, and have a positive effect on blood flow, which keeps our appetite in check.
It is important to have varieties of colorful veggies and fruits in the diet. Combining them in a salad with a beautiful salad dressing makes an easy delicious meal. A salad bowl is packed with good vitamins and minerals, which help our body increase its antioxidant level.
Bright color veggies and fruits, especially “red,” are packed with many benefits. That’s why I used tomatoes and red onion in this vegan candida-friendly salad to brighten up my salad bowl.
Helps to have Healthy fats
A salad bowl contains essential fats, most of which are healthier than meat. For example, I have used olive oil which is very high in monosaturated fat along with vitamins E and K. Extra virgin olive oil is a good source of antioxidants that help our body to fight infection and chronic diseases.
Build Strong Bones
Leafy green vegetable like arugula is dense in nutrients. Most importantly, it has calcium, potassium, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A. Calcium is essential for our body to improve bone structure and tooth health, and muscle and nerve functions. It also has mineral and electrolyte, which is good for heart and tissue health and helps with blood coagulation.
Cuts Calorie Consumption
For people who want to lose weight, adding a healthy nutritional salad bowl to everyday meals is a good start. If you start your day with salad, you can avoid high-calorie foods and consume less.
Dark leafy greens are dense in nutrients, which means large servings of arugula, spinach, kale, or other varieties can build a strong consumption for weight loss. You can avoid cheese, nuts, and dressings sometimes to cut down calorie counts or use enough to get the flavors and texture.
Improves Skin Tone
The high level of minerals found in salad bowl helps our skin to hydrate and gives youthful skin tone and various essential body functions. Eating veggies like cucumber will add 40% of the minerals to our body. Combining them in a salad bowl is perfect, even if you don’t have the opportunity to grab a glass of water and drink.
Salad Can Cool Down Your Body
Whether it’s a traditional salad or a candida-friendly salad, they can cool down your body and mental health. The leafy greens, colorful veggies, herbs, and citrus combo is just right in this vegan salad. When the temperatures rise, hot meals sometimes become less appealing, which is why salad is there for you to make your tummy full.
Make Your Salad with Herbs
You can make your salad an extra dose of antioxidants by adding herbs like cilantro, basil, parsley, thyme, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and lemon. Choose your favorite herb combo and throw them in your salad bowl.
Vegan Candida-Friendly Salad Ingredients
- Arugula: When you are bored of having the same old spinach or kale in salads, it’s high time you try arugula, and you will not be disappointed.
- Cucumber: It’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals which will keep you hydrated for a longer time.
- Tomatoes: Nothing beats a fresh red tomato, as it makes the salad bowl look colorful and healthy.
- Red onion: It has many health-beneficial compounds and makes the salad bowl crunchy!
- Cilantro: An excellent versatile herb that you can add to any dish.
- Lemon juice: It’s a great friend of the Candida diet, as citrus can fight infections and reduce toxins.
- Olive oil: It has powerful antioxidant and anti-fungal properties that can fight Candida.
- Garlic: Allicin in garlic is a bioactive compound with antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that can protect liver health.
- Salt and pepper: To taste.
How to Make Vegan Candida-Friendly Salad?
Making a Candida-friendly salad bowl is easy and saves up a lot of time from preparing a meal.
To do it, take a large bowl and combine arugula, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro. On the other hand, prepare the salad dressing in a small bowl, and whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour the prepared dressing on top of the salad and toss to combine evenly. Serve the fresh salad immediately and enjoy!
What are the Healthy Vegetarian Fats on Diet?
Fat is an essential part of our body as it produces energy and nourishes cells for membranes. A brain alone requires almost 60% percent of fat to function, and overall, cells in our need fat to operate. You can always get these fats from vegetables and nuts.
Choosing fats that have healthy fats instead of saturated fat can lower the risk of various health issues, including heart diseases, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the USA, so people need to learn about healthy fats.
- You can use coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, and cold-pressed walnut oil to prepare meals and beverages. These oils are either monounsaturated or omega-3 and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. I mostly use coconut oil as it has a high smoke point and won’t oxidize while cooking.
- Various types of seeds and nuts need to be added to most meals.
- Drizzle the salad with extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil to enjoy extra flavors.
What are The Protein Sources for Vegans?
Protein is an essential part of our body as it’s the main source of muscles, skin, internal organs like the brain, heart, and kidney, and our eyes, hair, and nails. Our immune system needs protein to make antibodies to fight various infections and diseases.
People mostly think about where vegan gets protein; it isn’t hard to get the required amount in a vegetarian diet. For strict vegan people supplementing with nuts and seeds with a small amount can help overall health. You can have almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, quinoa, lentils, tofu, pistachios, Brussels sprouts, walnuts, and many more.
You can get high-quality vegan protein powder which is a way to get a good amount of protein. Get the ones that are free from added sugars, carbs, etc. Watch out for brands that are certified non-GMO and organic.
Some evidence has shown that eating too much protein is not good for health. An average adult should eat t 0.75g of protein per kg of body weight per day to stay in shape. High levels of protein can cause bone loss and kidney damage.
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- Energy: 25 kcal / 105 kJ
- Fat: 1.4 g
- Protein: 0.8 g
- Carbs: 2.9 g
- Preparation: 10 min
- Cooking: 5 min
- Ready in: 15 min
- For: 4 servings
- In a large bowl, combine arugula, cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro.
- In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Serve immediately.