Eating out while on a restricted diet is one of those challenges that can make you quit the AIP (Auto Immune Protocol) because “it’s too hard and I already cheated anyway”.
In this blog post, I will share with you the 20 AIP snacks to eat out of the house that made my life much easier during the elimination phase of my diet.
As you guys know, I travel a lot, and therefore I had to perfect the art of eating out on the AIP. And this doesn’t mean to merely avoid the non-allowed foods and munching on shredded carrots and canned tuna everyday.
It means to keep up with the nutrient dense food intake even when you’re away from the kitchen! Because every occasion we have to give our body some gut healing foods is one more chance to get better and quicken the healing process!
The 20 AIP Snacks to Eat Out of the House
TIP: bring a ripe one it with you together with a plastic knife. Eating healthy fats is a great way to suppress hunger or the occasional sugar cravings. You can either enjoy a quarter avocado plain or spread it over a slice of cassava bread.
Baked Whole Yams
TIP: Wash the skin, wrap the yams in aluminum foil and bake them until soft. They are easy to bring around in an airtight container and even easier to enjoy scooping out the pulp with a spoon.
TIP: Wash them at home and make sure to dry them well with a paper towel. Raspberries, blackberries and blueberries are the perfect snack when you feel that sweet craving come!
Canned Salmon, Tuna, Mackerel or Sardines
TIP: Always check the ingredients and make sure there’s only olive oil (or water) and wild caught fish.
TIP: Cassava and water are the only 2 ingredients of this awesome grain free crispy bread. I found it once in Florida in a Brazilian grocery store and since then I’ve been the number one online buyer!
TIP: The ones I buy, Paleo Wraps are perfect to create ‘savory wraps’ filled with greens and your choice of proteins, or ‘sweet crepes’ filled with fruit.
TIP: The leftover chicken or meat from your bone broth is a perfect AIP snack to carry with you when you are out of the house. Add a pinch of salt and enjoy it over some greens!
If the place where you are going doesn’t have access to a fridge, freeze some meat overnight so it stays cool longer!
TIP: Slice a cucumber and transfer it in a Ziploc bag with 3 handfuls of baby spinach, some mixed greens and a handful of blueberries.
TIP: Bananas and apples are always the easiest to carry around, as they are basically ready to eat. But really, any fruit is a great option for a healthy AIP snack: I love prunes, nectarines, persimmons… The choices are endless!
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TIP: Plantain makes for a great bread substitute! You can either buy this brand or make them yourself.
Peel and slice the plantain lengthwise as thin as you can. Dab each slice with olive or red palm oil, add a pinch of turmeric and salt and bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes. Wrap around some Prosciutto (make sure you buy Prosciutto di Parma which only contains pork and salt) and it feels like eating Italian breadsticks!!
TIP: Yams, Sweet Potatoes, Yucca, Taro (and here’s a great recipe for it) are great to sub white potatoes (that belong to the nightshade family and, because of their lectin, saponin and/or capsaicin content, are not AIP approved).
Cut them in fries, season them with some olive oil, salt and herbs, place them on a sheet of parchment paper and bake them at 350 for about 30 minutes.
TIP: While you are preparing dinner, sauté or steam some extra veggies to bring with you the day after. Chard, kale, broccoli and zucchini are a great source of vitamins and fibers. Store them in an airtight container and enjoy your dose of greens even when you’re out of the house.
TIP: Shred and mix white and red cabbage, kale, grated carrots and olives in a Ziploc bag, add some olive oil and salt and shake. When it’s time to eat, pour in a plastic plate and top it with some of the meat you brought with you!
TIP: Make sure there aren’t any flavorings added and always choose wild over farmed (so that the fish isn’t fed with corn and you’re sure there are no traces of antibiotics).
Match your smoked fish with a bag of baby spinach or mixed greens and you have a great meal!
Go easy with the dried fruit as it contains a decent amount of sugar, but this home made trial mix is definitely a great alternative when you need a sweet pick up!
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Plastic Plates & Cutleries: Always keep plastic plates and cutleries in your car dashboard or in your office. This makes life easy during unexpected AIP snack times!
Paper Towels: When things get messy and your food starts spilling from the supposedly “air tight” containers… paper towels are a life savior!!
A Good Fruit Knife: How are you going to eat that avocado or peel that pear without the aid of a good fruit knife? Keep it together with your plastic cutleries so you’ll never be left unprepared!
That’s it! These were my 20 AIP snacks to eat out of the house… Do you think I forgot anything? If yes, please add it in a comment below!
And if you are finding any difficulties in eating out on the AIP, just let me know! I am always happy to help and would love to write my next post to address your questions!
Love you all and I will catch you next week!! Ambra
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