AIP Avocado Coconut Smoothie
Breakfast can be a struggle for some folks on autoimmune protocol. Try this AIP avocado coconut smoothie for a nice change of pace!
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you how tricky it can be to figure out breakfast for AIP. I know that when I began the process, it seemed like all of my familiar, comfortable breakfast foods were now off-limits.
Just for fun, here’s a walk through memory lane of all the food that no longer graces my table in the morning:
- Breakfast sandwiches
- Breakfast burritos
- English muffins
- Hash browns
That’s not to say, of course, that I never eat these things. Many of them can be modified for AIP, such as these waffles and these sweet potato hash browns.
But when you glance at that list, many of them have an important thing in common. Most of those items are really easy to prepare, and some can be eaten in transit.
An AIP Alternative
In my quest to make breakfast easier for those with an autoimmune condition, I thought about the factors that make an ideal breakfast choice.
First, it has to be convenient. So many of you are juggling multiple roles in your life that it’s imperative that breakfast happens without a hassle. Otherwise, it might not happen at all.
This breakfast needs to be fast, and it needs to be portable.
Next, it obviously needs to steer clear of foods that can increase inflammation. And as you know, that list is fairly extensive.
Not to mention the fact that some of the most popular breakfast ingredients are off-limits on AIP. You can’t lean on eggs or grains, two ingredients that seem synonymous with your morning meals.
Clearly, I was going to have to get creative with my quest for a better breakfast. I found the perfect solution in this AIP avocado coconut smoothie.
Smoothies are the ideal traveling breakfast. You blend, you pour, and you rush out the door. Easy as that.
The second consideration for this smoothie, the AIP ingredient requirement, is a bit trickier to pull off. Not every smoothie will meet your needs; many won’t.
Many of your smoothie shop options have too much sugar or other ingredients that would derail your diet.
This homemade version, however, is just right for AIP. You get a creamy texture and healthy fat from the avocado. Then you get a burst of tropical delight from the coconut milk and a touch of sweetness from honey.
More Breakfast Ideas
As I’ve said, breakfast can be frustrating when you’re getting used to AIP. But there are many recipes available to satisfy your morning hunger.
Take a look at this list of my very favorite breakfast options for AIP. There’s everything from yogurt to muffins to breakfast casserole!
An on-the-go breakfast delight
- 1 avocado
- 1 cup (240 g) ice
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) unsweetened coconut milk – add a little bit more if you have trouble getting the mixture to blend
- 1 teaspoon (5 ml) raw honey, to taste
- Cut a ripe avocado in half.
- Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado flesh.
- Place the avocado flesh into the blender with the ice, coconut milk, and raw honey, and blend well (start slow and increase the speed slowly).
- Add more coconut milk if necessary to blend until smooth.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 265
- Sugar: 1 g
- Fat: 26 g
- Carbohydrates: 10 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 3 g