26 Delightful AIP Drinks Recipes
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!
Table Of Contents – AIP Drinks Recipes
- AIP Drinks Recipes – Smoothies
- AIP Drinks Recipes – Teas and Coffees
- AIP Drinks Recipes – Flavored Water
- AIP Drinks Recipes – Green Juice
- AIP Drinks Recipes – Mocktails, Cocktails and Other Juices
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AIP Drinks Recipes – Smoothies
Here is the chance for you to create your own AIP ‘green’ smoothie as you can use whatever greens you like. The avocado and banana give this drink its smooth texture and the banana also adds a bit of sweetness as well. If you are using this as a way to encourage kids to increase the greens in their diet, then make sure to blend for a bit longer so the veggies ‘disappear’!
If you are not the kind of person who can cope with huge amounts of salad, or if you have picky kids, then hiding veggies in a green smoothie can give you the perfect answer! The lovely freshness of the pineapple and sweetness of the banana can help hide the taste of the veggies, and if you serve this autoimmune-friendly smoothie icy cold, it can be over before anyone notices it’s a healthy option!
Coconut and pineapple always seem to give a taste of the Caribbean, so why not enjoy this smoothie on a hot summer day, or instead of an alcoholic cocktail! This also makes a lovely energy-boosting breakfast drink with a fresh taste and natural sweetness from the honey, although you may not need it if you prefer just the tangy pineapple.
One of the best things about smoothies is how quick they are to make! Running late on a busy morning? Just blend this up and drink it for a nutritious and delicious way to start your day. The kale in this AIP smoothie recipe is hardly noticeable because of the fruit, but if you want to start with a milder veggie taste then you could try spinach instead.
If you like smoothies but don’t fancy the banana-based ones as they can contain extra sugars, then a coconut yogurt-based one can solve the problem! With the natural sweetness from the berries, this drink makes a fresh and fruity start to the day, or a lovely refreshing snack. This recipe could also be used to make a frozen yogurt dessert!
Cranberries, as we know, have been shown to have various health-promoting qualities and it’s AIP-compliant, so if you have left-over cranberry sauce this recipe would be ideal. This smoothie has a lovely delicate color and a natural sweetness, so would go down real well with the children too. If you don’t have cranberries then blueberries would make a good substitute.
This simple and easy-to-make smoothie is freshness in a glass! Perfect to serve on a hot summer’s day or as a refreshing pick-me-up after a long day! On the other hand, if you just fancy it as a juice then you can strain it to remove any pulp.
AIP Drinks Recipes – Teas and Coffees
When you look at these ingredients the first thing that springs to mind is Christmas – the fragrant aromas of ginger and cinnamon! This tea makes a fantastic drink to take if the weather is cold or if you are feeling a bit off-color as the ginger and cinnamon help to ease congestion and can leave you feeling more relaxed and warmed.
Coffee is off limits on the autoimmune protocol but you can easily recreate that delicious flavor and taste with dandelion root and chicory powder. The carob powder helps enhance the rich flavor as does the date, which also adds a subtle sweet note without spoiling the overall taste. Simmering this recipe for 5 minutes helps the flavors to blend together.
This nourishing AIP drink is more like an infusion than a tea, yet it still has all the goodness of turmeric and ginger, making it a wonderfully reviving drink if you are not feeling too great. Turmeric tea has long been used in Indian households as a remedy for colds and tummy problems, but with the addition of the lime you get a much fresher flavor. Add a dash of black pepper in to help you use the curcumin in turmeric better (but leave it out for strict AIP).
Honey and lemon have long been family remedies for sore throats and colds, but with the spice heat from the ginger you could use this tea as simply a good drink to warm you through on a chilly day. The amount of ginger can be amended to suit your palate, but if you have a bad cough you will find it helps to make it slightly stronger.
AIP Drinks Recipes – Flavored Water
Here is a great AIP drinks recipe that can be spiced up, turned into an impressive mocktail or true cocktail with the addition of some ‘grown-up’ ingredients! Imagine how refreshing a glass of this juice would be on a hot summer day, sitting in the garden and relaxing. If you have over-ripe watermelon needing used up you could even make it into the pulp and freeze in ice cube trays to water down later!
Freezing coconut water to make into ‘slushies’ is a fantastic idea for a refreshing drink, but also means you have the base all ready in the freezer for easy use in the future. I recommend you taste the raspberry syrup before you add in any honey, as ripe fruit can have just the right amount of sweetness by itself.
Imagine a really hot day – you’re thirsty and really need something thirst-quenching, but plain water just isn’t enough. Try this recipe for a totally refreshing drink. You can use as much or as little cucumber and lime as you like and this drink can also be stored in a container in the fridge overnight to enhance the flavors.
– Running to the Kitchen
Ingredients: cantaloupe, ginger, mint leaves, lime juice, honey, water.
Although this autoimmune-friendly drink doesn’t have the most appealing color, it is still a great way to refresh yourself on a hot day! The juicy melon and the subtle heat from the ginger go really well with the zingy lime, and the mint adds a real coolness to the whole taste. We recommend you taste the mix before adding the honey so you can adjust the sweetness to suit your palate.
We are all encouraged to drink more water nowadays, whether to help with diet or just for natural rehydration. However, water can be so boring! Ever tried to get a stubborn kid (or husband!) to drink water!? Using the berries and citrus adds just enough flavor to make the water interesting and also adds a real freshness to the taste. You can use whatever berries you have, and we find that using carbonated water helps bring out the flavors quicker.
AIP Drinks Recipes – Green Juice
You may already have heard about green juices? Well this one sure is green! Although it has kale and cucumber in it, the overwhelming taste is of apple juice, so this is a one-a-day way to get all your veggie goodness. This is another good idea for those among us who don’t like vegetables or are reluctant to try. Cut down on the amount of mint if you are not a mint-lover, but we are sure you will enjoy!
When you see how good this juice looks, you will think it must taste great! Veggie juices are becoming more and more popular as a means to increase intake of goodness into the diet and can be really helpful if you have a family of picky eaters! If you are making this for kids you could even add a little honey to sweeten it. The leftover fruit pulp can be frozen and turned into a healthy granita.
You could not even imagine packing any more health-giving goodness into one glass than there is in this one! Full of anti-oxidants, vitamins and immune-boosting ingredients, it not only looks good, it tastes great too! This is another recipe you can try if you are trying to boost the family’s daily veggie intake without them realizing! This juice is also good for gut issues as the ginger helps to soothe symptoms.
– Delicious Obsessions
Ingredients: coconut water, cucumber, lemon juice, parsley, ginger (optional), stevia (optional), ice.
This is one of those basic AIP drink recipes that can be dressed up by adding whatever ingredients you fancy – berries are a good start! Coconut water is so good for hydration, as is the cucumber that this drink would be great after a workout or on a hot day. Parsley is also used to clean the mouth and freshen breath, making you feel even more refreshed.
Cucumber and lime are such summery flavors that they always leave your mouth watering! Add in the fragrance of the basil and these cubes make a great addition to a glass of chilled water. Flavored ice cubes just add a little something special to a glass!
AIP Drinks Recipes – Mocktails, Cocktails and Other Juices
Ever felt left out at a drinks party because you are stuck drinking fizzy water? Well this mocktail is the answer to your prayers! It is rich in fruity flavors with a sour note from the cherry juice, making it a real adult choice. No one will know it is not alcoholic and it tastes like it might be, so it’s perfect for when you’re trying to heal an autoimmune condition.
– The Paleo Effect
Ingredients: cranberries, cucumber, water, pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, raw honey, lime juice, cachaça or white rum (optional).
Photo Credit: Meghan & Angel from The Paleo Effect
The lack of alcohol doesn’t matter for this fruity cocktail. Health-wise, cranberries and mint are great for the digestive tract, but taste wise they are amazing together! Serve this in a nice glass with ice and a few pomegranate seeds floating like jewels on the top for a really impressive cocktail to serve to guests at a dinner or celebration.
– So Let’s Hang Out
Ingredients: strawberries, honey, lime zest, lime juice (optional), vodka (optional), sparkling water, ice, lime.
Definitely omit the optional vodka if you’re on AIP right now. The honey/lime combination added to the strawberries gives them such a zing that this is a drink to totally refresh! The sweetness of the strawberries and honey and the zesty lime are perfect partners for a summery cocktail, whether or not you decide to add the alcohol. It tastes just as good with sparkling water making it a great drink for kids as well.
– Jules Fuel
Ingredients: oranges, coconut milk, vanilla, honey, ice.
This recipe gives you a creamy, yet dairy-free summery drink to enjoy anytime. It is low in sugars, so perfect for the whole family, and using the oranges gives the drink a really citrusy freshness. The drink is packed with anti-oxidants and is rich in vitamin C, so can give your system that boost that you won’t get from store-bought orange juice.
This recipe would be ideal to serve in a large punch bowl if you are entertaining family or friends. It can be diluted to suit your taste and the same can be said for the amount of sweetener you use. Cranberry and orange have a natural sweet yet tart flavor, which is very refreshing, especially when used as a long diluted drink.
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