Before you say anything, I knowwwww, the autoimmune protocol (AIP) diet is all about healing your gut with all the right nutrients. So snacking shouldn’t be at the top of your agenda, but sometimes, you get cravings. Especially if you’re a certain 20-something girl at a certain time of the month, y’know?
I’m fairly certain that this is the longest time I’ve ever gone without eating chocolate, which is great! It also means that I have a sweet tooth to rival Willy Wonka, so if I’m going to be without my one true love, then I need a substitute snack on hand.
In the UK, it’s not as easy to find AIP snacks. Whenever I have searched long and hard, it seems that the best snacks come out of the United States. Once you factor in shipping costs, it’s not worth thinking about. What’s more, is that these kind of healthy snacks don’t come cheap, so it’s often way more cost-effective to make them yourselves. More on that in another post to come…
Alas, I have tirelessly searched for the best AIP snacks available in the UK that will keep your sweet/snacking tooth at bay until your next meal. These are my favourite autoimmune protocol treats for those days that you don’t feel like creating something delicious yourself! I’ve started documenting my AIP journey, so let me know how you’ve got on with the diet, too. I could do with all the help I can get!
Ape Snacks Coconut Curls
I’m starting with my ultimate number one snack find. I’m not going to pretend they are cheap, because at £1.20 a bag they are costly little buggers, but my oh my… what a find. These coconut curls from Ape Snacks are made from coconut and rock salt, so totally AIP complaint, and also totally DELICIOUS. I never used to like coconut but having had these, I think what I never liked was the fake-sweet flavourings of coconut, the real thing is so different.
Bear Fruit Yo-Yo
Ok, so technically these are for kids. But when so much dried fruit in the supermarket has preservatives, sugar and sunflower oil in it (ew, sunflower oil, seriously?), these little snacks from Bear are a godsend! They are made of JUST dried fruit, and are great for a post-lunch snack or mid-morning pick-me-up! They come in a few different flavours so you can mix it up a bit. It’s worth a big ol’ disclaimer that fruit should be kept as a treat so that your fructose levels don’t go cray, but everything in moderation!
Emily Veg Crisps
Vegetables crisps are pretty widespread now, but it’s surprising how many packaged on the market are still full of oils and preservatives. Luckily Emily Veg Crisps are all natural and I’ve found them in loads of supermarkets! This is another AIP snack that is actually way more cost effective to make yourself, but if you are tight on time, they’re great!