But fries don’t have to be off the table…
There’s something a lot of us never think about before we start AIP (paleo autoimmune protocol).
You see, we’re all too caught up with working out which foods are good/bad and which meals we’re going to make…
…and we forget about the other important part of our diet.
None of us only drink water, right?
We all enjoy smoothies, juices, coffee, mocktails, cocktails…
And being on the autoimmune diet doesn’t mean giving these things up.
Blueberry Coconut Yogurt Smoothie, Cardio Green Juice and Pineapple Smoothie are all tasty AIP-compliant drinks filled with nutrients – try adding them to your breakfast or as a post-workout energy booster.
If you fancy something fizzy for later in the day, we’ve found recipes for a Berry Fizz Mocktail, Strawberry, Honey & Lime Spritzer, and Homemade Cranberry Juice.
Not forgetting our AIP coffee recipe, of course!
Have a scroll through the list to see the rest of the drinks, or download it by clicking the green button below.
For those of us who stay dairy-free, coconut yogurt is amazing. It’s creamy, healthy, and perfect for breakfast no matter what diet you’re on!
And it’s really easy to make coconut yogurt using the Instant Pot pressure cooker. (Note – not all Instant Pots have this function, so check yours has a Yogurt button before continuing!)
You probably already know just how amazing turmeric can be for you (if you don’t know, then don’t worry, I’ll explain why it’s good below).
So why not making this gorgeous turmeric cauliflower rice recipe to add more turmeric into your diet.
I’m a big fan of using pressure cookers to make keto meals.
You can really speed up the cooking time of so many recipes – which is great for those days when you don’t feel like spending hours in the kitchen. And you only have one pot to clean, so there’s less to wash up too.
Plus they’re really simple to use, you just close the lid and push a few buttons!
There were three main questions I had before I started pressure cooking:
So before I share our recipes, I’m going to quickly run through those – in case you’re wondering the same things.
I know some folks out there are concerned about this – but using a pressure cooker can actually make your meals healthier.
A study investigated this by looking at the vitamin content of broccoli and found that it keeps 90% of its vitamin C after pressure cooking compared to 78% after steaming and 66% after boiling.
Pressure cooking uses far less water than other methods and water usually drains the water-soluble nutrients from your food (they end up in the liquid).
This was a big concern of mine, and I even put off getting a pressure cooker because I was so worried about it exploding!
But, here’s what you should know:
With so much choice out there, how do you choose between all the pressure cookers?
Here are a few tips along with the brand I went with:
I ended up choosing the Instant Pot. This is because it has so many functionalities beyond just being a pressure cooker – it also works as a slow cooker, and a yogurt maker (plus a rice maker if you ever want to make rice). And there are buttons you can press for making stew or soup so that you don’t have to look up cooking times.
Especially if you’re a beginner when it comes to pressure cookers, these tips will come in handy:
We’ve put together a list of tasty ketogenic pressure cooker recipes below, from simple onion soup to spicy Mexican beef stew, so you’ll always have a quick and easy option for days when you’re in a hurry. Have a read through them here or click the green button if you’d prefer to download your recipes.
One of the problems I have at restaurants when I order omelets or frittatas is that they always contain dairy.
Sometimes in the form of cheese but often also in the form of milk or cream that they add to the egg mixture.
This of course makes it really tough to stay Paleo and dairy-free even at breakfast time!
But you can enjoy delicious breakfasts on a Paleo diet…
These homemade Paleo egg frittata muffins are not only easy to make but can be made as a large batch. Sometimes, these muffins are also simply called Paleo egg muffins.
That way you can spend a few hours one day cooking several batches of these. And end up with ultra-healthy protein-filled Paleo breakfasts for an entire month!
For variety, you can also switch up some of the vegetables to create your own unique Paleo egg frittata muffins recipe.
This keto salad toppings recipe is fantastic to make in advance and store in an airtight container. (I got the idea from a similar product that my local grocery store was selling, but with this toppings recipe you can easily make your own.)
Then you can add a tablespoon to your salads, to your coconut yogurt, or each by itself as a quick snack mix.
It’s quick and super easy to make and you can change it up to include your favorite keto nuts and seeds.
No matter what diet you’re on, eating more leafy green salads with your meals is probably a good idea.
And you can make your Paleo salads more exotic but adding a scoop of passion fruit into them. This provides a ton more flavor and a bit of a crunch from all the seeds.
For those of us wanting to stay away from dairy on a Paleo diet, it can often mean giving up some easy breakfast favorites.
Yogurt is one of those dairy products that I often miss. I used to love eating Greek yogurt topped with fruits and nuts for a simple and delicious breakfast.
But luckily, coconut yogurt is a great dairy-free replacement.
It can be hard finding coconut-free AIP dessert recipes! (AIP is a diet that helps many people with autoimmune conditions.)
You’re already cutting out gluten, dairy, nut flours, eggs, nut butters…
So if you happen to be bored or allergic to coconut as well, then it can seem like there’s really nothing you can eat when it comes to desserts!
Just think of all the coconut ingredients you typically see in AIP dessert recipes:
Unfortunately, there are no great substitutions when you’re staying AIP, but here are some general ideas. (If you’re not AIP, then we have a post on general coconut substitutions here.)
So this list of dessert recipes is for those of you who want to stay coconut-free while on an AIP (Paleo autoimmune protocol) diet. If you’re looking for other AIP dessert recipes, then check out our bigger list here.
As always, remember to check the ingredients list for each recipe to make sure they don’t contain anything you’re sensitive to. Although they all fit the AIP guidelines and won’t break your diet, you’re the best judge of what makes your autoimmune symptoms flare up.
Whether you’re Paleo or just gluten/dairy-free, these treats are the perfect healthy indulgences. And if you’ve got an allergy to coconut (or you’re just plain sick of the taste) but still want to enjoy a sweet treat, this is a great list of solutions.
If you’d like this entire list of recipes as a downloadable pdf, you can click on the green button below – or to read them now just keep scrolling.
This is a traditional Chinese stir-fry dish that has been slightly modified to be both Paleo and Keto-friendly.
Everybody loves pasta dishes (and that includes me).
And the good news is, thanks to a few clever twists you can use to stay in ketosis and still enjoy classic dishes like lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, and chicken noodle soup.
You might even find some new favorites in our list of keto pasta recipes – why not try the Cajun shrimp spaghetti, the Tuscan chicken pasta, the Asian garlic beef noodles or one of the many other recipes below.
How can you have pasta when you don’t use wheat and other grains?
Don’t worry, many of us have come up with other creative keto pasta by using ingredients like:
While the exact texture and taste is slightly different from the pasta we’re used to, these provide a new and healthier way of enjoying some old favorites.
Here are some tips to help you create “pasta” and “noodles” out of vegetables:
Get more inspiration by checking out the low-carb and keto pasta recipes below – you can scroll through this page or download the list to read later by clicking the green button below.
Breakfast is tough on any diet, and keto is one of the toughest.
Most of us don’t want to just eat eggs every morning!
So, for some variation and fun, why not give this keto breakfast stack a try – the “buns” are made from fried portabella mushrooms which provide a juicy and meaty bite.
This is one of the easiest Paleo snacks you can make. Just spread your favorite nut butter on some apple slices and you’re good to go!
In particular, kids love this. It’s nutty, sweet, full of flavor, and nutritious. Just make sure you don’t eat too much, because it can be addictive.