Are you trying out an autoimmune protocol (AIP) or paleo diet, hoping to reduce inflammation, heal your gut, identify foods that trigger symptoms, and boost your energy? Achieving these very desirable results can be challenging when it means giving up so many familiar foods. Having to strike your favorite breakfasts off the menu, even temporarily, can leave you feeling deprived. Happily, it’s possible to indulge a little and still stay within the AIP/paleo guidelines.
What Are the Goals of the AIP Diet?
The AIP diet may be helpful for people with autoimmune diseases. The main goal of the diet is to nourish the body and improve its ability to heal itself. Like the paleo diet, the AIP diet emphasizes whole foods and nutrient-dense sources of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. It also places a strong emphasis on antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods.
The AIP diet consists of an elimination phase, a reintroduction phase, and a maintenance phase. It is possible this lifestyle intervention may prevent the need for medications for some autoimmune conditions.
Our Go-To AIP Breakfast Recipes
Here are nine of our favorite go-to, non-bland AIP breakfasts and easy-to-follow recipes to satisfy your cravings when you’re in the elimination phase of the AIP diet. Feel free to check out the linked websites for even more breakfast ideas!
Blueberry Turkey Breakfast Sausage
Source: Lichen Paleo, Loving AIP
This blueberry turkey breakfast sausage is a delicious grain-free option. As an added bonus, this recipe is also paleo and AIP compliant! While some berries are excluded from AIP and paleo diets, blueberries (which happily are available nearly year-round) are welcomed.
Blueberries are high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. They are also helpful for digestion, treating and reducing inflammation, and preventing conditions like heart disease and cancer. (Source)
Blueberries are at their most delicious when fresh, but frozen berries are nearly as good. This recipe is also super easy to make — you just need to mix together the ingredients, form into patties and fry them! Pair this breakfast sausage with the bagel recipe below.
Ingredients: ground turkey, blueberries (fresh or frozen), dried sage, ginger powder, cinnamon, salt, coconut oil
Peach and Ginger Oatmeal
Source: Healing Family Eats
Oatmeal is such a classic breakfast option, and you shouldn’t have to miss out just because you’re on the AIP diet! This oatmeal is modified to be AIP compliant with spaghetti squash and coconut.
Shredded coconut, as called for in this recipe, contains coconut oil. Coconut oil is considered a good substitute for butter, as it raises total and low-density lipoproteins (“bad” cholesterol) less than butter does. However, coconut oil raises total and low-density lipoproteins more than vegetable oils, which may be still healthier. (Source)
You can customize your oatmeal with any AIP compliant toppings you like, such as peaches and ginger. Peaches are a great option because they are sources of vitamins and antioxidants. Ginger has been used for many years as a flavoring agent, as well as for treating nausea and vomiting due to pregnancy or motion sickness. It also has purported antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. (Source, Source)
Ingredients: spaghetti squash, shredded coconut, coconut milk, peaches, powdered ginger, salt
Pumpkin Cranberry Bagels
Source: Gutsy By Nature
These vegan and nut-free bagels are the perfect alternative to store-bought bagels. Bagels are some of the best foods when you want a quick to-go breakfast, and you can make them in bulk for the upcoming week! Put a sausage in the bagel, or use an AIP compliant filling. This is a great recipe to knead with your hands and get them a bit dirty!
The two ways to shape bagels are the “snake” and “poke” methods. The snake method calls for looping the dough around your hand, while the poke method involves making a bagel shape and poking a hole in the middle. Let us know in the comments which method works best for you!
Ingredients: warm water, maple syrup, active dry yeast (optional), tigernut flour, cassava flour, arrowroot starch, salt, pumpkin puree, unsweetened dried cranberries