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Amaranth, Buckwheat, Quinoa

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#1 lorywhol

Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:53 PM


I have just started an Anti-Candida diet and have been told to stay away from Wheat, Fruits, Dairy and Yeast (so no alcohol  sad.gif ohmy.gif). I am also taking supplements.

But I have bought the flours and tried looking up recipes and they seem now a little overwhelming and complicated.

Has anyone used these flours and grains before?

Would love your help cause I want to do this PROPERLY and get rid of Candida forever.......

ETA - as I caused some confused ALL SUGAR is OUT (white, brown, honey, molasses, syrups and artificial sweetners)

Green vegetables and meat proteins are in along with the Gluten free flours mentioned above.

Edited by lorywhol, 24 June 2012 - 10:40 PM.

#2 MrsLexiK

Posted 23 June 2012 - 06:57 PM

Just stalking to see whether there are ideas.

#3 lorywhol

Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:17 AM

I made amaranth flour tortillas last night - and they weren't too bad.
Today I am going to try a buckwheat/amaranth pancake.

#4 SuperMombie3

Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:32 AM

Buckwheat pancake mix in coles & probably woolies, health food aisle, it's by freedom foods just add egg & water (there's instructions on the pack), or I just add a bit of water, mix and make it nice and thin so more like crepes.  Requires a high temperature too.  Don't really use a recipe as such.  I make really simple crepes (thin seems to cook better then thick) with buckwheat flour, say 1/2 cup flour, 1 egg, add water or milk or rice milk bit at a time till nice thin batter.  Can also add some cinnamon & nutmeg or vanilla essence for sweet taste.  Or ginger for savoury.  

Also Naturally good Kasha Toasted Buckwheat crispbreads from health food aisle, these are yum and low cal and great for sandwhiches or snacks plus not expensive.  taste.com.au has some good recipies.  There is rice + buckwheat pasta in the health food aisle, it's a bit more gluggy then wheat pasta but not bad.  Freedom foods have several different cereals - mine is ancient grain flakes - though has some sugar, not sure if that's a problem?  You can get Amaranth flakes to make porridge (same as oats in microwave) or buckwheat that you can cook like rice (never tried this). Again all in health food aisle.  I don't make too much from scratch, takes forever.  If you can have corn Old El Paso taco sheels are a good dinner carb option.

#5 Tesseract

Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:45 AM

Not sure about the flours, but I often throw a few handfuls of quinoa in soup, it works really well and bulks up the meal when you can't have the soup with bread or pasta. Just wash it first and throw it in about 20 minutes before the soup is done.

#6 Queenslandchris

Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:53 AM

Why doesn't your Anti-Candida diet include no sugar more importantly no cane sugar of any sort. Candida is directly related to sugar intake as well as cancer. I have been working with people with Candida for many years and in every case eliminating sugar always helps. There are other things to do as well but if you are not willing to go on a sugar free diet then you are wasting your time and money, please feel free to message me back if you want more info etc. Regards Chris

#7 Feral Becky

Posted 24 June 2012 - 11:59 AM

QUOTE (Queenslandchris @ 24/06/2012, 12:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Why doesn't your Anti-Candida diet include no sugar more importantly no cane sugar of any sort. Candida is directly related to sugar intake as well as cancer. I have been working with people with Candida for many years and in every case eliminating sugar always helps. There are other things to do as well but if you are not willing to go on a sugar free diet then you are wasting your time and money, please feel free to message me back if you want more info etc. Regards Chris

This is correct as yeast lives on sugar. Ever made pizza dough or bread and added the sugar to the yeast?

OK you might not want to hear this but is this diagnosis/advice from a natuopath? If you have a severe candida problem them it needs to be sorted out medically. Naturopaths can only help as a complimentary therapy.

Re quinoa, in this months BH &G there is a supplement with recipes from Karen Martini in which she makes a warm Quinoa and orange salad. I made it on Friday and it is lovely.

Edited by ordinarygal, 24 June 2012 - 12:00 PM.

#8 Peridot

Posted 24 June 2012 - 12:12 PM

Agree with the sugar free advice!!

#9 Crap Napper

Posted 24 June 2012 - 01:39 PM

Sugar free is very important.

As for the original question, I use quinoa and buckwheat extensively. Amaranth less so - I have tried really hard to like it, along with millet, but it tastes a bit like dirt to me.

I usually use quinoa and buckwheat as the whole food though, nt as flour. instead of wheat flour when we have pasta fr dinner, I have either cooked quinoa or buckwheat. I also use it in soups, and in place of rice and cous cous.

WRT the flours, both buckwheat and quinoa can be substituted for plain flour in many dishes where rising isn't the aim (for example crumble toppings, crumbing meat, thickening sauces...) but in dishes where you need elasticity of dough or rising, they do need to be blended with other flours and sometimes need xantham gum as a binder. Check out some of the many gluten free baking sites for inspiration, there are some clever people out there.

#10 MrsLexiK

Posted 24 June 2012 - 06:35 PM

What the above 2 PP's have said is also correct. Sugar does breed the yeast. I am allergic to yeast (by this not only do I feel ill if I eat too much I also break out in a rash) I limit my sugar intake as well, and basically avoid certain foods which have certain sugars in them. it has taken me 3 years to work out and I am still going. Personally a no yeast and no sugar diet is too restrictive to me and for me I think it tastes blergh.

#11 lorywhol

Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:22 PM

Sorry, it is definitely sugar free as well - I just forgot to write that!

#12 lorywhol

Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:27 PM

Oh and I didn't like the pancakes.

But quinoa flakes and aramanth flour did well in our veggie and beef patties.

I think it is going to take a while to get used to the nutty flavour.

#13 reebs

Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:48 PM

As a 33 yr old i had a life threatening anaphylatic reaction to ... you guessed it Yeast... I thought I had to reply.
I LIVED on bread - I own a bl&&dy bakery and my husband is a baker!  RIDICULOUS!

After having my face blow up, throat close over, and a hives reaction that causes so much scratching I drew blood all over my body, I was diagnosed by 2 allergy medical specialists and given an epipen. (didn't want to believe the first one!)  Does this have any coorelation to the fact that I could not get rid of my thrush prior to teh reaction??? Apparently not! ETA the Yeast in a Candina infection IS NOT the same as BAKERS yeast or BREWERS Yeast found and used in cooking.  This candina thrush is completely different and unrelated to each other.
I say this so that you understand - it was devestating to try and eliminate yeast!  It is in EVERYTHING! Sausages, every sauce,soups, everything.

So I was in denial I googled all there was to know about yeast.  Accordingly to my GP there is no such thing in the western medical journals that says the body can be "infected" by Yeast - as in a whole body Candina infection - infact this is just a natropath term.  (I thought that if i "killed the infection" I could eat yeast again!! If only...)  

If you are trying to get rid of some "yeast infection throughout the body" - then i'm not sure if this is possible as the body has a natural amount of yeast.  But if you want to remove your "thrush" infection (vaginal, oral)  then absolutely DO NOT eat Sugar - whether its in fruit, chocolate etc.
To kill thrush - doesn't mean you cant eat yeast.  You naturally have yeast, but overconsumption of stimulants - such as sugar causes these natural yeast defence systems to proliferate and become thrush.

Wheat flour doesn't have yeast in it - so I'm not sure how this relates to a yeast infection?

My advice is to see a GP and then a dietician rather than a natropath, to diagonse the issue.  If it is a real candiana infection then use medication to eliminate it, and then modify your diet to be a balanced diet, low in sugar.

Hope this helps. Goodluck!~

Edited by reebs, 24 June 2012 - 09:50 PM.

#14 whoknowsbaby

Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:57 PM

Quinoa is really good with curries and things like that. I use it instead of rice and in soups also. Easier than trying to make something out of buckwheat etc.

#15 MARsmum

Posted 24 June 2012 - 09:58 PM

Can you have the gluten free flours?  My DD1 is gluten free and I just substitute the gluten free flour (available in the health food isle) in recipes and they work wonderfully ... although sometimes they need an extra egg!  These mixes may have a better result than plain amaranth or buckwheat.

#16 RichardParker

Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:22 PM

Saw this topic in 'We are discussing' and, for a second, thought this was a thread in baby names. Glad to see I was wrong.

#17 lorywhol

Posted 24 June 2012 - 10:37 PM

Ha ha OG - what a classic - definitely not a child's name.

I don't want a recipe thread to turn into a medical thread. BUT>>>>>

Please be assured, I have had medical advice. My husband is a pharmacist. I have been through all the prescription medicine. I am trying to go for an alternative hoping it will help.

Up until last week I ate a lot of sugar (chocolate, lollies and all the additives in foods). I drank too much alcohol and ate carbohydrates. I would eat one good meal a day.

Hence my attitude to change what I am eating. I could have done this a little less agressively (eg. just cut out the naughty things and balance my diet). But I have tried to do this many times and failed. SO.... here I am. If nothing else, I am giving my body a bit of detox. Will I be able to sustain this --- probably not. But I have made up my mind to try it out for 40 days. I've got nothing to lose.

So if you have some wonderful recipes, knowing what my limitations are on ingredients. I would love to hear about them.

Thanks for the advice everyone.

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