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Superfood Energy Bites

Superfood Energy Bites (AIP,Paleo)

As some of you may know, about twice a month I have the opportunity to write a post over at the blog Homemade For Elle. This month, I shared a recipe perfect for those days when you are on the run and in need of an energy boost. I hope you enjoy! 

Simple, on–the-go snacks are something that is taken for granted by most Americans. There are countless mini packages of traditional junk foods like chips, cookies, and even healthier options like Lara bars, lining shelves at the grocery store. However, for people like me on a limited yet nourishing diet, on-the-go snacks can be a challenge. Most gluten and grain free snacks in the stores contain nuts, which can be problematic for many people and still others contain a fair amount of added sugar. This leaves making some at home.

Superfood Energy Bites (AIP, Paleo) If you look up homemade grain free energy bites or snack bars on Google or Pinterest you will inevitable get a very long list of date based ideas. All of them are yummy looking and simple to make. So what is the problem? Well, while dates are perfect for an energy boost they contain a lot of natural sugar which can give you a little bit too much of an energy spike and subsequent crash if not balanced out by some protein. If you’re on the go, the last thing you need is a blood sugar crash.

Grass-fed gelatin is the perfect source of nourishing added protein. Most protein powders are dairy or soy based, making them risky options for most, but grass-fed gelatin is responsibly sourced, animal based and incredibly nourishing. Gelatin is fantastic for improving digesting, healing the lining of the gut, healing joint and cartilage damage and reducing inflammation and irritation (source). It is also incredibly high in protein! 1 TBS of grass fed gelatin contains 11g of protein!

Two of these snack energy bites equals approximately 20g of carbs, 5g of protein and 8.5g of healthy saturated fats, meaning that they are a far more balanced option than anything you’ll find in the store. They also take less time to make than it would take you to go to the right aisle of the store, pick out your favorite snack bar and checkout. So, next time you are going for a hike, on a car trip, or just have a long day filled with running errands and chauffeuring kids, whip up a batch of these and take them with you. They will be just the boost you need!

Click HERE For the Recipe

Guest Post by Sophie Van Tiggelen: 10 AIP Convenience Foods and Snacks

Today we are joined by Sophie Van Tiggelen of the blog A Squirrel in the Kitchen. A few months ago I wrote a post on my favorite AIP Convenience Snacks, it was such a big hit that Sophie agreed to offer you all another perspective on the topic! She is here today to share her favorite snacks with you all while I focus on my move and spending the holidays with my family. Please stop on over at her blog today and show her some love! 

AIP Convenience Snacks

The autoimmune protocol has been a powerful tool in my healing journey.  I have been following this more stringent version of the paleo diet to reverse my autoimmune disorder and heal my body.  As long as I am eating at home, I find it easy to prepare nutritious meals and stick to the diet.  My kitchen is packed with a wide selection of anti-inflammatory dry goods and fresh food like meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits.  I cook everything from scratch and I know every single ingredients going into my meals and snacks.  When I have to spend a longer time away from home, that’s when things get complicated.  Before I discovered these convenient AIP approved snacks, a day spent at the mall or hiking in the mountains would mean that I would go so hungry during the day that I would invariably become weak and dizzy!


So I went hunting in my favorite health food stores to find prepackaged snacks that I could carry around in my bag in case I needed a little something to eat on the go.  Here is what I found.  All these snacks are gluten free, organic, non GMO and do not contain any grains, nuts, dairy, refined sugars, preservatives, or anything artificial.  They are all AIP approved!


  1. Bare Fruit Apple Chips: these apple chips are wonderful if you crave a little something crunchy.  Three flavors are AIP approved: granny smith, fuji red and cinnamon.
  2. Seasnax: these are nutrient-packed roasted seaweed strips, made with sustainably-grown organic seaweed.  Classic olive and toasty onion flavors are both AIP approved.
  3. Veggie-Go’s: these are similar to a fruit strip or fruit leather, but made from whole fruits and veggies.  Look for these 2 AIP approved flavors: mountain berry spinach and carrot ginger.
  4. That’s It Fruit Bars: these bars contain only 2 ingredients (2 kinds of fruits), that’s it!  You can’t go simpler than this.  All their flavors are AIP approved, so you can’t go wrong here.
  5. Bison Epic Bars: these bars are a unique, modern-day take on a Plains Indian staple food known as pemmican.  They are nutrient-dense, flavorful, made with 100% grass fed and organic buffalo, uncured bacon, and cranberries. (Editorial Note: This option was mentioned in my earlier post, but it is so good it’s worth mentioning twice)
  6. Ziggy Marley’s Coco’mon: these little coconut oil pouches are made from fresh organic coconut kernels and are cold-pressed, unrefined, and non-deodorized.
  7. Canned Sardines in Olive Oil:  definitely not your conventional snack but they are a good source of Omega 3’s and protein on the go.  You might need a fork for this one though!
  8. Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna: this tuna is 100% pole and troll caught.  Packed with beneficial Omega 3’s and protein as well, and you can enjoy this tuna pretty much anywhere.
  9. Valley Fresh Organic Chicken Breast: the ingredients of this canned white chicken are just white chicken, water and sea salt.  A simple, clean, and satisfying snack to enjoy on the go!
  10. Field Day Natural California Ripe Sliced Olives: these sliced olives are a great snack to nibble on.  Delicious alone or with some tuna or chicken breast.


Although it is always better to eat a nutrient-dense homemade meal whenever you can, these AIP approved snacks might just save your life one day!  I won’t leave the house now without carrying several of these snacks in my bag, just in case I need a little bite to keep me going.  Remember also that your consumption of fructose on the autoimmune protocol shouldn’t exceed 20g per day.


Author Bio: 

Profile_pictureSophie is an autoimmune warrior, self-trained paleo chef and food coach. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three teenage girls.  Diagnosed in 2009 with Hashimoto’s disease, she struggled several years with a rapidly deteriorating health, including severe anxiety and joint pain.  She sought healing beyond medication and the autoimmune protocol diet allowed her to regain health and vitality.  Her passions include cooking, food styling and food photography, bicycling, traveling and having a good cup of tea in a cozy little coffee shop with her family.

You can follow her on her blog “A Squirrel in the Kitchen” where she posts recipes compliant with the autoimmune protocol and healthy lifestyle advices to support your inner potential for healing.

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AIP Convenience Snacks

AIP Convenience Snacks: What to eat when you're in a bind

I will be honest with you all, I do like to cook. If I didn’t I’m not quite sure what I would do, but even before going AIP or even paleo I enjoyed cooking and baking. I remember learning to bake around the time I was in 3rd or 4th grade and going through a phase of making two tier cakes on fairly regular basis. I was never the typical college student either, always ordering pizza and take out. I made most of my meals. I did batch cooking on the weekend and ate the results throughout the week to keep on my budget, but it wasn’t until going on the autoimmune protocol that I really realized what it meant to cook…everything. Continue reading

Paleo Nachos

Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Sweet Potato Chip Nachos. A paleo twist on a snack food favorite. Photo By Samantha McClellan

Nachos are probably my favorite snack… hands down. Why wouldn’t they be? They are the perfect  vehicle for melted cheese and what is better than cheese? The answer for those of us who are not intolerant of dairy is… nothing!

Speaking of dairy intolerance, I will give a quick disclaimer on the subject, as it is a controversial one in the realm of paleo eaters. I eat dairy, others don’t. The reason for this is the logic that our primal ancestors would most likely not have had the luxury of walking up to a domesticated cow or goat and milking it. Cow’s milk was for baby cows and human milk was for baby humans. Therefore, if our primal ancestors did not subsist on the milk of other animals we would have had no way to develop the capability to digest it. That being said, not all ancestry is created equal. Studies have been done that indicate a strong correlation between region of ancestry and the ability to digest milk. Populations in Northern Europe, specifically, began raising and herding cows early in the course of history and as a result developed the gene needed to digest cow lactose. However, Asian populations, Southern European populations, and a variety of other groups do not share this history and thus it is much more likely that they do not share the milk digesting gene either.

I am about as Northern European as they come, however even I cut out dairy for about 4 months at the beginning of my primal journey and slowly introduced it back into my diet to determine its effect on my digestion. Thankfully, there was none. If you have not given this process of elimination a try, I recommend you do. If you can’t eat dairy there are plenty of other wonderful substitutes around the cooking world, from coconut milk, to almond milk, to coconut oil and the like. If you can digest dairy I still highly recommend limiting your consumption and sticking to the dairy of grass fed, grain free, cows and goats.

Now that we have that out of the way, I wanted to share my version of paleo nachos with you all. Salty sweet potato chips make a wonderful corn chip substitute and when paired with some local cheese and local salsa, well, it turns even a midnight snack into a culinary treat!


Sweet Potato chips




Shred and melt cheese over chips in microwave. Top with salsa and Eat… That’s as easy as it gets!