The AIP diet is tough, but with the right tips and tricks, you can get through it much more easily! This list of 3 simple ways to make mouthwatering AIP meals is a godsend to anyone who is struggling with bland and boring food. After you try these tips, you will never look at the AIP diet the same way again– I promise!
If you’re on the AIP diet, congrats! You’re doing something really, really awesome for your health and I hope you get amazing results from it! ❤️ Let’s face it though. The AIP diet isn’t easy. With a list multiple pages long of foods you can’t eat, including many spices, it’s really hard to find AIP recipes that are flavorful and delicious. Just because you’re doing something great for your health doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. There are easy ways to make AIP food taste delicious– you just have to know the secrets! Lucky you! I’m about to share them with you. 😉 (For those of you who don’t know, the Autoimmune Protocol or AIP is a highly restrictive diet designed to help those suffering from autoimmune disease reduce their symptoms. Read more about it here!)
When I was on the AIP diet attempting to treat my chronic pain condition, I knew I wasn’t going to sacrifice taste for health. I had to find a way to have BOTH! I’ve always been a huge foodie. I co-founded a dining out club in college (yes, we essentially got student government funds to eat out– it was the best!) My first blog was a food blog called A Bite of Inspiration (read more about it here). Yup– no matter what, I was going to find a way to make the AIP diet appetizing and enjoyable.
The best way to do that? AIP CONDIMENTS! With the growing popularity of the AIP diet, many health food companies are making amazing sauces and spices that are free from nightshades, seeds, etc. I tested many of these during my time on AIP with awesome results! Through trial and error, I was able to find the best tasting ones that you can add to almost any recipe to make it more flavorful. These are my top 3 most highly recommended AIP condiments, where to buy them, and my tips for using them.
Here’s to your health journey! I hope that these 3 AIP condiments will make the road to health more delicious for you! AIP is a tough, but worth it! Keep pushing on and meanwhile buy ALLLL the beet AIP ketchup (#2 on the list) to help get you through it!
P.S. These condiments are delicious, but remember that the BBQ sauces and ketchup do contain sweeteners, so use them only in moderation to ensure you reach your health goals. All of these AIP condiments are PACKED with flavor, so a little goes a long way. 😉
1. KC Natural- Paleo AIP BBQ Sauce
What is it? KC Natural AIP BBQ Sauces are THE BOMB! Probably one of the most flavorful things you will eat on the AIP diet (or ever!) They have two flavors: Primal Cherry and Mastodon. Both are delicious and filled with nutrient dense ingredients (carrots are the first ingredient for both).
How does it taste? Although both sauces have a BBQ taste (duh!), one of my favorite things about these sauces is that the two flavors are quite distinct. Primal Cherry is sweeter with a fruity aftertaste, while Mostodon has a bit of a kick to it with the horseradish. I’m not generally a fan of horseradish, so I wasn’t sure if I would like the Mastodon sauce, but to my pleasant surprise I loved it!! The horseradish is subtle, but definitely present. It complements the other flavors perfectly! Whether you like sweet or zesty, KC natural has an AIP BBQ sauce for you!
What can I use it in? You can use this anywhere you would use traditional BBQ sauce. I like to use it on AIP pulled pork or carnitas (this carnitas recipe here is fantastic!) to add more moisture and flavor. You can also baste chicken, pork chops, turkey, or steak with it. Plus, It’s great as a dipping sauce for pretty much everything! One of my lazy go-tos is to add 1-2 pounds of meat (chicken breast or pork shoulder work great) into an Instant Pot with enough AIP BBQ sauce to cover the meat plus a little bone broth or water. Then, I cook it on high pressure for about 15-20 minutes (depending on the amount of meat), quick release, shred the meat with two forks, and voila! Easy, moist, and flavorful AIP BBQ meat. It freezes well too. P.S. If you don’t have an Instant Pot yet, grab one here! Since the sauces are sweet, they also work well as glazes for carrots, butternut squash, or other veggies. Summary: baste, glaze, dip, pour, cook– the possibilities are endless!
Additional Tips? KC Natural is an awesome brand with a ton of AIP condiments besides just BBQ. They have AIP ketchup, mustard, “no-tomato” sauce, salad dressings, and more. Pro tip: You can purchase several KC Natural products together to make them cheaper. You can get both AIP BBQ sauces plus AIP ketchup here or KC Natural’s complete AIP condiment bundle (it has EVERYTHING) here.
2. The Beet Lady Nighshade Free Organic AIP Ketchup
What is it? Beet Ketchup is a clever, nighshade free substitute for regular ketchup. Although there are several brands of nightshade free, AIP ketchup (see additional tips below), I love The Beet Lady because it’s organic and made with super clean ingredients. It has 1/3 less calories than traditional ketchup and less sugar. Beets are extremely nutrient dense and are an excellent source of folate, vitamin C, and more. They have a natural sweetness, so not as much sugar is needed to make it palatable. The Beet Lady Ketchup uses primarily beets and vinegar with just a pinch of coconut sugar making it not only AIP compliant, but much healthier than traditional ketchup (the first ingredient in most ketchup brands is corn syrup!)
How does it taste? Beet Ketchup does taste surprisingly similar to regular ketchup. I actually prefer it and continue to use it to this day, even though I no longer follow the AIP diet. It’s slightly sweeter and doesn’t have as much of a tang to it. It’s not quite as smooth as traditional ketchup, which actually makes it easier for dipping. The best part? It has a gorgeous magenta hue that both kids and adults go crazy for.
What can I use it in? Beet ketchup can be used any way that you would use ordinary ketchup. You can use it as dipping for cassava fries and on top of burgers. You can also use it as a marinade, baste, or dipping sauce to add a little more flavor and sweetness to chicken, steak, turkey cutlets, lamb chops, etc. I’ve also used it to make easy AIP compliant sloppy joes (ground beef or turkey, beet ketchup, apple cider vinegar, and a pinch of horseradish).
Where can I find it? You can purchase The Beet Lady Ketchup on Amazon here. If you want to save a few dollars, you can also check out the combo pack that has both regular and golden beet ketchup right here!
Additional Tips? Although my personal favorite is The Beet Lady, KC Natural also has an AIP ketchup made from carrots, beets, and cherries. You can check it on Amazon here. Whichever brand you choose, AIP ketchup is a must and one of the best AIP condiments out there.
3. AIP Paleo Powder: All Purpose Seasoning
What is it? Okay, this stuff is amazing! It will literally add flavor to anything and make it delicious (meat, veggies, old shoelaces… seriously anything!) It’s made with all AIP compliant spices– no nightshades, no seed spices, no worries! Plus, it’s made with Himalayan Pink Salt, which is probably the most nutritionally dense salt on the planet. It’s free of modern environmental toxins AND has a whopping 84 trace minerals (read more about it here) In addition to Himalayan Pink Salt, AIP Paleo Powder is full of other exciting flavors like garlic, onion, and basil. They somehow manage to get the salt and spice proportions just right, so it almost tastes like MSG (without any actual MSG of course!)
Also, if you’re not interested in the spices, but want to try out Himalayan Pink Salt, I love this brand here! If you haven’t tried it yet, this will seriously change your life. 😊
How does it taste? Like I said earlier, this stuff tastes almost like MSG but made with completely safe and natural AIP-compliant ingredients. It has a hint of garlic and onion, along with several other spices, for the perfect taste that goes with pretty much everything! It basically has what I refer to as a “garlic-y herb taste”. So there we go.
What can I use it in? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, you can use this on ANYTHING! You can add it to meat, veggies, bone broth, soups, sweet potato– pretty much everything except dessert (although you’re welcome to try 😉). When you use this seasoning, you don’t need much else to make your food flavorful. Just remember that a little goes a long way. Taste as you go to find that perfect balance!
Where can I find it? Amazon, of course!! (Seeing a pattern here?) You can check it out right here!
Additional Tips? Paleo Powder makes a lot of delicious seasoning blends, but sadly they aren’t all AIP compliant. As you start to re-introduce foods, particularly nightshades or seeds, you can try out some other Paleo Powders to add variety! I personally like the Original Flavor Paleo Powder the best (it has cayenne and chili pepper though). You can also grab the variety pack here to try them all!
So, that’s it! 3 guaranteed ways to make the AIP diet more delicious without breaking the protocol. AIP condiments and spices are an awesome hack and a little goes a long way, so one bottle should last you a long time. Now you can be healthy, happy, and well-fed. 😊 Enjoy!
Do you have any other suggestions for adding more flavor to AIP meals? What AIP condiments do you love? Comment below and share!