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59 Healing AIP Smoothie Recipes [Autoimmune-Friendly, Paleo]

Louise Hendon | September 15

Breakfast is one of the toughest meals on any diet because you want something quick and easy but also delicious and filling to start your day. Luckily smoothies fit that bill perfectly. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 65 AIP smoothie recipes to help you heal your body but also enjoy your food.

If you’re not familiar with the AIP diet, then AIP stands for Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. So, there are no dairy ingredients, eggs, nuts or seeds, or any nightshades in these recipes.
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36 Easy AIP Recipes That Won’t Stress You Out

Louise Hendon | August 29

I love to cook, but there are days I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. But folks often assume that, because I’m on AIP, I have to spend hours in the kitchen making special meals. They couldn’t be more wrong!

Over the years, I’ve collected a number of easy and AIP-friendly recipes that take me minutes to prepare, whether it’s a five-minute flatbread or a three-ingredient side dish.

With this list of 36 recipes, you won’t be stuck all day in the kitchen. No matter if it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, these are tried-and-true tasty recipes that won’t eat up half your day with cooking.

And just because they’re easy doesn’t mean these recipes are boring! How about delicious coconut flour waffles? Or garlic and lemon wilted chard? Each of these recipes let fantastic ingredients shine through with their elegant simplicity, all while letting you get on with your day!
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List of Nightshades Foods and Why You Might Want To Avoid Them

Louise Hendon | August 14

What are nightshades?

When I hear the word nightshade, my first thought is generally that it’s poisonous (since deadly nightshade, also known as atropa belladonna, is often mentioned as a poison in the mystery books I used to read as a child).

But, nightshades (also known as Solanaceae) encompasses a whole family of flowering plants that includes many very popular fruits and vegetables that you probably eat daily.

Read on for a comprehensive list of nightshades, and to find out why you might want to avoid nightshades to protect or revitalize your health.

The Most Common Nightshades

Some of the most popular nightshades are potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, and chili peppers. But because various spices and spice mixes are made from chili peppers, nightshades can be found in a whole host of processed foods!
Here’s a more complete list of nightshades that you might be eating (though some of them may be rare in the US):

  • Ashwagandha
  • Bush Tomatoes (native to Australia)
  • Cape Gooseberries (or ground cherries, different from regular cherries)
  • Capsicums
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Chili powder
  • Chinese Five-Spice Powder
  • Cocona
  • Curry Powder
  • Curry spice powder
  • Eggplants/aubergines
  • Garam Masala spice – because it contains peppers
  • Garden Huckleberries (different from regular huckleberries)
  • Goji berries
  • Hot Sauce
  • Ketchup (and BBQ Sauce) – because they contain tomatoes
  • Kutjera
  • Most spice blends – because they contain peppers
  • Naranjillas
  • Paprika spice
  • Pepinos
  • Peppers (including bell peppers, sweet peppers, chili peppers, jalapeños)
  • Pimentos
  • Potatoes (does not include sweet potatoes or yams)
  • Red Pepper
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Steak Seasoning
  • Tamarillos
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomatoes

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45 AIP Pork Recipes Worth Their Bacon!

Louise Hendon | August 13

Sticky ribs dripping with honey. Pork chops covered in apples. Pulled pork stuffed with sage. Do I have your attention yet? Pork is so much more than the “other” white meat- it’s so versatile and easy to make, you can have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week!

To celebrate all things pig, we’ve put together a list of our favorite AIP-friendly pork recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for a lazy weekend morning full of pork and maple breakfast sausages or you’re looking forward to slow-cooked pulled pork flavored with molasses and garlic, this list is sure to satisfy any pork cravings.

We’ve even put in a few snack recipes, like chicken, bacon, and apple mini meatloaves, so you can get an AIP-friendly pork fix any time of day!

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AIP Emerald Soup Recipe

Louise Hendon | July 30

During the hottest weeks of summer, I don’t even turn on my oven or stove. It is simply too hot to cook and no one wants to eat hot food in that kind of weather anyways. It is times like this when recipes like our AIP emerald soup really shine. This refreshing green soup is served cold, perfect for a hot summer day. It is packed with fresh and flavorful ingredients from herbs and leafy greens, to melon and avocado. It has a little bit of everything. Except nightshades of course! That’s right, not only does this soup not need to be cooked, it is also AIP-friendly. It’s a summer slam dunk!

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AIP German Sausage Buddha Bowl Recipe

Louise Hendon | July 29

It is easy to fall into a lunch rut. Whether it is eating the same thing every day or only bring leftovers from the night before, lunch tends to get the short end of the stick when it comes to meal planning. My trick to keeping it fresh around lunchtime is to collect recipes with a short prep time and a shorter ingredient list. Enter this AIP German sausage Buddha bowl. It has 6 ingredients, plus salt to taste and takes 20 minutes or less from start to finish. Plus, it has great flavor and it isn’t the same old salad I make everyday with one ingredient swapped out. So if you’re looking to take your lunch to a new place, why not look to Europe for inspiration!

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AIP Savoy Sauerkraut Recipe

Louise Hendon | July 29

Condiments can make or break a meal. This is especially true when you are on AIP, and your spice rack is restricted. The right condiment can make a bland dish just right and turn a good meal into a great meal. But most readymade condiments are full of sugar, nightshades, and preservatives. Not ingredients you want in your kitchen. But don’t worry! We have got your back with our AIP savoy sauerkraut. This sauerkraut recipe uses only two ingredients but the flavor boost is off the charts! Enjoy it on salads, as a side dish with meat, or sprinkled on top of soup for a tangy twist.

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AIP Smoked Salmon Ceviche Recipe

Louise Hendon | July 23

Imagine it’s summer and you’re sitting on a tropical beach, on a beautiful island. What would you be eating? How about this AIP smoked salmon ceviche? This recipe is as simple as it is delicious. With only four ingredients, every component of this dish has a chance to shine. Too often, tropical inspired food uses inflammatory hot peppers, but this ceviche skips the nightshades and the spice. Instead, it relies on bright lime juice and cilantro to provide the flavor, which creamy avocado and tender smoked salmon form the backbone of the dish. This is a great way to try a new dish without a hassle or any ingredients you need to avoid. It’s summer in your bowl!

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