But really, it’s pretty tough. However, as I refuse to write a blog that is only four words long, it might be worth having a closer look at this, especially as it is something I have particularly struggled with. It’s funny really because I would have always considered myself a three square meals a day kind of girl before AIP, not a snacker. This was only intensified when I started eating paleo as I found myself so satisfied after and between meals that I rarely even thought about snacking… or I thought I rarely thought about snacking, back when I had the convenience of cashew and macadamia nuts.
Anyway, since starting this challenge, I have struggled with my little snack monsters who constantly crave naughty things and tempt me to go off track. Some have been more successful than others. So far, I have tried to combat this with batch-cooking and excessive date eating. The former was probably more AIP-compliant – I’m still working on bringing down my fruit intake.
It’s worth mentioning at this point that some AIP authors specifically recommend that you don’t snack when you’re being 100% compliant, including Sarah Ballantyne, author of The Paleo Approach (recommended read). But with all the changes you’re already putting yourself through at the start of your AIP journey, adding extra rules and regulations can almost send you over the edge. And although I respect the science of eating three massive meals a day, if you accidentally don’t eat enough for breakfast or lunch, it might be a better idea to reach for a snack rather than starve yourself into a ball of stress.
So, if you do find yourself hungry mid-afternoon and eyeing up the box of mini muffins your colleague just put in the communal treat area of the office, here are a few things you could reach for instead…
Batch-cooked homemade treats (tried and tested)
There are lots of recipes out there for AIP-compliant treats, sweet and savoury. Just stick ’em in a Tupperware and take them with you. A few of my favourites include:
- Baked Kale Chips – I do mine in the Actifry and it seems to work OK
- Beetroot chips/parsnip chips – just thinly slice, sprinkle with salt, olive oil and apple cider vinegar and bake (or Actifry)
- Banana and Coconut Cookies – I like to add cinnamon, a tiny bit of maple syrup and a pinch of salt
Other snack recipes online
This one is pretty tough as it can be difficult to just walk into your local supermarket and buy something to munch on. Even more specialist shops like Holland & Barrett can be problematic as often innocent looking snacks like banana chips and dried fruit can contain off limits ingredients such as sunflower oil, added sugar, and concentrated fruit juice.
This afternoon, I was chowing down on fresh whole fruit when I realised I need some more snacks in the house so I don’t get tempted to eat really naughty things. I hopped online to one of my go-to places for wholesale organic food and did some searching.
Here’s exactly what I bought, and it’s all AIP-friendly:
- Naturally sweet plantain chips
- Real Raw Power Snack
- Coconut Chips, toasted, unsulphured
- Organic Apple Rings
- Dried figs
- Organic Pitted Prunes
- Sun-dried Pineapple
- Sun-dried Mango
- Chewy Banana Chips
I like this site despite it also selling a whole lot of paleo-unfriendly foods. It’s not the most easy-to-navigate site in the world, but if you do put in the time to sit and search, it’s quite reasonably priced especially compared to a lot of specialist paleo sites and they list all the ingredients on each product page, which is helpful. I’ve found I can’t buy things like this on Amazon because they rarely include a full ingredients list, which is very important if you’re on AIP.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – there’s a lot of fruit on that list. And you’d be right. And I do have a bit of an issue with eating too much fruit since going AIP. But the other day I wound myself up so much thinking about all the stuff I couldn’t eat that I actually dived into the box of celebrations meant for trick or treaters. So, whether I’m eating too much fruit or not, it’s definitely better than risking eating something way off track.
This is obviously not an exhaustive guide to snacking on AIP, but other things I’m planning on trying over the next couple of weeks is home-made liver pâté to dip celery, carrots and cucumber in – extra added bonus of getting more organ meats in my diet as well. I also just made a pork roast today and made yummy crispy crackling on top, which I’ve put in the fridge and will snack on over the next couple of days – great if you love something a bit more savoury.
Are you finding the need to snack? What are your go-to snack foods?
Breakfast: Leftover Grilled Skirt Steak and Carrot and Ginger Rice with mushrooms and spinach
Lunch: Smoked salmon with steamed cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots
Dinner: Roast pork loin with Maple Roasted Parsnips and Carrots, and steamed carrots
Snacks: 1 thin slice of melon, 1 persimmon, 1 pear, 1 banana – yes, I know that’s a lot of fruit. I don’t care. I ate zero chocolate.
Pain level (out of 10)
After last night’s random Interstitial Cystitis flare (one of the worse I’ve had in a couple of weeks), I woke up with almost zero pain this morning. I started to feel a bit more pinchy at around 2pm with pain levels going up to 3 or 4. It went away toward the afternoon and has now gone completely… for now