What is Candida Overgrowth?
Candida, short form for Candida Albicans, is a fungus infection caused by an overgrowth of yeast. Common symptoms of Candida include fatigue, brain fog, chronic intestinal discomfort – gas & bloating, joint pains, weight gain. The Candida Albicans yeast is a part of the gut flora, a group of microorganisms that live in your mouth and intestine. When the Candida Albicans population starts getting out of control it weakens the intestinal wall, penetrating through into the bloodstream and releasing its toxic byproducts throughout the body. Find out more about Candida here.
On a restricted diet of only clean animal protein, non-starchy vegetables, and good fats, one can only hope to get a bit of a break and eat something more enticing to the palette. Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love popcorn. I love the intense burst of flavours, the crunchiness, and the fun of eating out of what seems like a bottomless container, reminiscent of date nights at the movie theatre.
Well now, of course, corn is not allowed in my diet. So I must get creative.
Actually, let me correct myself. Google must get creative.
To my pleasant surprise, I found a recipe for cauliflower popcorn! Without doubt, I had to give it a try.
Inspired by Mila’s Cauliflower Popcorn Recipe from her blog girlandthekitchen.com, this is my version of my new favorite snack. Either I was extremely hungry or it actually tasted so good that I devoured it in 2 bites. I regret not making more now.
- 1 organic cauliflower, medium (approx. 5")
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp grapeseed oil
- smoked paprika, 1 tbsp
- cayenne pepper, 1 tsp
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 450F degrees.
- Break up florets into small bite-sized pieces, drizzle with oil, and season with garlic and spices.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes and tossing mid-way to prevent burning. Bake until perfectly brown and crispy.