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Don’t panic! Breakfast will be served.

June 29, 2011

The first thought I had after the moment I accepted that this diet change was necessary was, “What the hell are we going to eat for breakfast?”

Goodbye steel-cut oats and savory oatmeal! Toast with Earth Balance and nooch? Not a chance. In fact, even peanut butter is off-limits. And banana-based smoothies are something I’ll never have again.

I’m not going to deny that no matter how upbeat I want to be about all of this, I do feel some panic over what to eat at breakfast time. Sure, salad might be an option, but I neither have the desire nor the time for a salad at 7 a.m.

Rather than leave breakfast up to a “grab whatever you can and go” moment, I thought I’d be proactive and plan a menu. Not just for breakfast, but for the entire first week. And you know what? It’s actually looking pretty darn tasty.

Here’s what we’re going to be eating for breakfast:

Friday: Lentil crepes with grilled asparagus and pesto

Saturday: Biscuits with caramelized onion gravy and rutabaga hash

Sunday: Tofu Benny with hollandaise sauce and sautéed greens with shiitake mushrooms

Monday: Tofu scramble with garlic cecina toast and sautéed Swiss chard

Tuesday: Grilled sweet potato cakes with roasted Brussels sprouts

Wednesday: Savoury herbed millet muffins with a marinated tomato-cumber salad

Thursday: Refried beans on socca with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo

Friday: Kale sauté with zucchini, onions, red bell pepper and black bean cakes

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    June 29, 2011 3:20 pm

    Yum, if there’s any extras!…………………………………….

  2. Asra permalink
    June 30, 2011 5:47 am

    how can these be part of an anticandida diet mushrooms (yeast)? lentils (grains)? caramelized onions (sugar)? I don’t understand!

  3. June 30, 2011 10:19 am

    Hi Asra:

    It’s true that both mushrooms and the candida are in the fungi family. But they are not the same thing. Some people believe that mushrooms, being a fungi, can aggrivate candida. Others believe that there are some mushrooms, shiitake and portobello being two types, that can be beneficial to people with candida issues. For me, I’ve decided that mushrooms are okay to eat on an anti-candida diet.

    Lentils are legumes, not grains. Like grains, legumes also contain carbohydrates, and some legumes contain more carbohydrates than others. The kind of carbohydrates contained in legumes are complex carbohydrates and much healthier than the simple carbohydrates found in refined foods. Green and black lentils, however, are acceptable in moderation on an anti-candida diet.

    Onions contain small amounts of sugars. So do most other vegetables, with the exception of carrots, beets, and some root vegetables, which contain higher amounts of sugar and are restircted on an anti-candidia diet. The naturally occurring sugars in caramelized onions are definitely not the same as added sugars we use in many other foods. The amount of sugar in a small amount of caramelized onion is not significant enough to “feed” candida.

    Keep in mind that we all have slightly different body chemistries, and because of that we all tolerate some foods differently. I may be able to eat some foods on an anti-candida diet that others who are following the same diet don’t tollerate as well. I may be able to eat mushrooms while someone else may find that they don’t digest mushrooms well or that mushrooms cause flare-ups in their symptoms. It’s a matter of figuring out what works for each of us.

  4. June 30, 2011 10:20 am

    You’ll definitely be invited over for a nosh or a few 🙂

  5. July 9, 2011 1:14 pm

    Nice information. I can see how shitakes would be fine…they are great for our immunity system as well as onions.

  6. July 11, 2011 12:02 pm


    I was mistaken about the portobello mushrooms being okay, but shiitakes are definitely on the okay list, which I’m pretty happy about. And I don’t know what I would do without onions, or even garlic. There is scarecely a meal I cook without onions in one form or another. To me, they’re just as indespensible as salt and pepper are to other people.

  7. February 9, 2012 10:37 am

    So are portabello mushrooms ok or not? In one post u say yes, in this last post u say no..

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