The Autoimmune Protocol :: Seven Snacks That Helped Me Survive the AIP Diet
— 1 :: Plantain Chips —
Ingredients: Plantain, Palm Oil, Salt.
Holy Guacamole! These Plantain Chips
are GOOD! I was so excited when I first discovered them a couple weeks into my AIP diet last March. I buy them by the case at Natural Grocers and make my own delicious
AIP approved homemade guacamole to go along with them when I am “starving
!” (Meatless Fridays!) At 140 calories per serving, with 4 servings in each small 4 ounce bag which I can inhale in one sitting if I let myself, they are not
low calorie, but that hasn’t affected my weight loss and they have definitely kept me from feeling deprived at times, especially when everyone else is snacking on chips or popcorn.
— 2 :: Beef Jerky —
Ingredients: Angus Beef, Pineapple Juice Concentrate, Water, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Celery Juice Powder, Dried Garlic
I started buying this beef jerky just before our July road trip and it has become a staple in my pantry even though the beef is “raised on grass and grains.” It also does include Black Pepper which is on the “Be Cautious” list
. I completely eliminated black and white pepper from my diet during the first few months, but now include them occasionally.
Wyoming Gourmet Beef also makes a “Honey” version
that is good too, but unfortunately it includes some raw cane sugar (and honey) in the ingredient list instead of the Pineapple Juice Concentrate… I did end up having some of it on our trip due to lack of other options, but generally I stick with the “Original.”
Ingredients: Grass-fed Beef, Smoked Sea Salt.
Only 2 ingredients!!! And the beef is 100% grassfed! I happened to run across these just before our road trip at Natural Grocers and they are pretty good. Personally I prefer the regular cut beef jerky, but these would be great for any one who would prefer really thin-cut beef jerky.
I really tried to like the Epic All Natural Meat Bars, 100% Grass Fed, Bison, Bacon and Cranberry, but just couldn’t do it… Way too greasy in my opinion. My husband ate them for me.
— 3 :: Bare Apple Chips —
— 4 :: Freeze-Dried Fruit —
Red Seedless Grapes – Ingredients: Freeze-Dried Red Seedless Grapes
Pineapple & Strawberry – Ingredients: Freeze-Dried Pineapples, Freeze-Dried Strawberries
Fuji Apple – Ingredients: Freeze-Dried Fuji Apples, Citric Acid
Wish these were organic, but I still have them in the pantry to grab for a quick snack when I am out of fresh fruit. I enjoy the grapes and the pineapple & strawberry. I let my kids have the fugi apples since they do include citric acid in the ingredient list.
Some of my kids really don’t like the sticky-melt-in-your-mouth texture of Trader Joe’s Freeze-Dried Mangos
, but I like ’em! I’m highly allergic to poison oak and have found that I do have to be careful with Mangos
too, especially fresh, but these haven’t been a problem.
— 5 :: Sweet Potato Chips —
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, organic coconut oil, sea salt
I searched for these chips for months and finally found them at a Natural Grocers we just “happened” to drive by while we were lost in Missoula, Montana! After spending over a week in National Parks I was out of food and pretty cranky. I (and my husband!) was thanking God for that little detour to the health food store! 😉 Our local Natural Grocers now has these chips too! They have been on sale all month so I stocked up.
— 6 :: Coconut Chips —
Ingredients: Coconut, Coconut Sugar, Sea Salt
After being on the AIP diet for about week I remember going to the grocery store searching for something, anything, that I could have that was not a fresh fruit or veggie and at least somewhat resembled one of my old snacks… I ended up just buying a bag of bulk coconut flakes. I have joked that there is no way I could have survived this diet without avocados, sweet potatoes, and coconut! I still love snacking on plain ol’ coconut flakes, but I have also discovered this amazing treat!
When I first opened a small bag of the Dang Caramel Sea Salt Toasted Coconut Chips
and tasted these (just a few) for the first time I felt guilty! They taste like candy!!! Maybe it’s because I have been off sugar for so long (it’s nice that fruit actually tastes like dessert now!) but boy are these delicious and a perfect treat for special occasions. They also come in a large 3 serving 3.17oz resealable bag
, but I usually
just buy the small bag since it can be way too dangerous to have the large bag in the house…
Now that I’ve been on the AIP so long I actually prefer the Unsweetened Version
. It’s interesting how our taste buds can be retrained and change over time.
— 7 :: Roasted Dandelion Root Tea —
Ingredients: Organic Dandelion Root, roasted
Speaking of retraining my taste buds… Giving up coffee was one of my biggest challenges. I still miss it, but I have grown to really love Roasted Dandelion Root Tea as an alternative. It took some getting use to in the beginning, and I would often add some coconut cream (from the top of a can of coconut milk), but now I just drink it plain and love the taste. I buy it by the case from Amazon
and enjoy a cup nearly every morning.
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Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.