How to Make a Yeast-Free Taco for the Candida Diet

No matter what type of diet you’re trying to follow, most diets require you to give up or severely limit the foods you enjoy most. The candida diet is no exception. The candida diet is the cornerstone of treatment for a condition known as candidiasis. Candidiasis is an overgrowth of the usually benign yeast, candida albicans, in the digestive tract. This condition often occurs due to a variety of external factors, but the main causes tend to be overuse of antibiotics, contraceptives, steroids, and diets high in sugary and processed foods. These external factors cause an imbalance in the digestive system and the candida diet helps restore this balance. The candida diet eliminates sugar- and yeast-laden foods, sticky cereals, fruits, cheese, and processed foods that are thought to exacerbate candidiasis. There are many other foods that are also omitted from the diet. So is it possible to continue enjoying your favorite foods when there are so many limitations to this diet? With a little creativity, you can definitely do it.

Tacos are one of my favorite foods that traditionally aren’t suitable for the candida diet. From taco shell to shredded cheese, many traditional taco ingredients are just plain offensive to the candida diet. So how do you make a tasty taco without yeast and therefore suitable for this diet?

The first step is to make or find gluten-free and yeast-free taco seasoning. There are many taco seasoning packets in the store, but the majority of them contain ingredients that are not allowed in the diet, such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), yeast extract, citric acid and sugar. If you want to use a store-bought packet of taco seasoning, read the label carefully. You may be able to find a yeast-free variety at your local health food store or at Whole Foods. I’ve found it much easier to create my own taco seasoning mix using yeast-free spices from my pantry. A mixture of chili powder, cayenne pepper, sea salt, black pepper, and onion powder does the job just as well as any store-bought variety.

The second step is to make or find gluten-free and yeast-free tortillas. There are a variety of gluten-free tortillas on the market. These are usually available at your local health food store, Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. The most common type that is both yeast-free and gluten-free are brown rice tortillas. However, in my experience, these don’t seem to work so well for tacos, as they crumble very easily under the weight of the taco filling. There are other gluten-free options, but these usually contain yeast or another ingredient forbidden to candida dieters. I found it easier and tastier to make my own. There are some great gluten-free tortilla recipes online. Do a search and be sure to replace non-yeast ingredients with problematic ones.

The third step would be to make gluten-free and yeast-free taco fixings. This is the easiest and most fun part. Once you’ve seasoned the meat and a taco shell, you can pile on the toppings. Although things like cheese and sour cream are prohibited, you can still whip up a great taco. Some of my favorite yeast-free taco mixes are tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, homemade salsa, unsweetened plain yogurt, and organic canned beans.

For more information on life without yeast when following the candida diet, visit Yeast Free Living.

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