You don’t realize how much you snack and how much of your food you don’t cook until you go Paleo AIP.
Because when you do, you find out that there is almost nothing edible for you anywhere unless you buy it, cook it, and put it in a tupperware for yourself. No, really. Try to find food in a grocery story that doesn’t have something called “spices,” carageenan, caramel coloring, or other super creepy stuff in it. Which I guess is okay, now that I think about it, because I don’t want to eat that anyhow.
But more to the point. I found a few things you can eat on the go that, while maybe not perfect, will get you through without making you too sick. It’s worth mentioning that few of these snacks are perfectly AIP. They might have a few grams of sugar, or they might have a spice that’s not best for you. But when you’re running around all day desperately trying not to pass out because you forgot to set the slow cooker or you don’t have a lot of groceries around…. these are lifesavers!
This is an updated list that takes into account some of the amazing AIP snacks that have been coming out lately. Lucky us! But be careful that you use these foods as emergency foods, not regular parts of your AIP diet. The point of the diet is to slow down and embrace real food (real, cooked meals), not replace “bad” on-the-go food with “good” on-the-go food. Less go, more cooking, you know?
Rosemary and Sea Salt Pork Clouds
Just pork, olive oil, and spices. Pork clouds are my go-to snacks nowadays because of the great fat and protein content. After you get used to the first bite, they taste like bacon fritos.
Jackson’s Honest Coconut Oil Sweet Potato Chips
Jackson’s Honest coconut oil Sweet Potato chips are just like candy, so be careful to pair them with something with fat and protein so you don’t get a carb high.
Jimmy Johns Unwrap
Jimmy Johns will make a delicious sandwich and wrap it in a huge lettuce leaf. The meat is NOT perfect, but it’s a thousand times better than anything you’ll pick up at MacDonald’s. Drop the cheese and tomato depending on where you are in the AIP process.
Trader Joes Coconut Chips
Has cane sugar, but also lots of good fat. It’s really nice to have when you’re headed to a movie theater or to a party where you know there will be worse sweets.
Chipotle Pork BBQ
Everything at Chipotle is fried in soybean oil and peppers except the pork BBQ. So, stick it on a salad and cover it in guacamole! The guacamole has a touch of jalapeno, which is not AIP, but to my knowledge it is tomato-free. Again, a good compromise if you can’t easily get to a grocery store or a kitchen.
Bun-Free Five Guys
Five Guys is very accommodating with gluten allergies. Just ask for a bun-free burger and they’ll change their gloves and make you a bun-less burger. You can have it laid out on a bed of lettuce, or you can have it wrapped in a huge lettuce leaf.
Be sure to tell them that you have a gluten allergy (even if you’re just sensitive to gluten). JHubbs didn’t make a big deal about it and we had a dish that was contaminated and made us both sick.
As far as I can tell from online research, the vegetable toppings are not cooked in any strange oil, so the mushrooms, onions, and lettuce are all fair game. If you’re on a date with your plain-Paleo husband, he can get the fries which are gluten-free. (Keep in mind they are fried with Peanut Oil, though, so they aren’t perfect either).
Updated: The past few times I’ve eat at Five Guys, I feel like I’ve gotten glutened even though I told them it was an allergy. I don’t go anymore, but if you try it and feel fine, it could still be an option for you!
Trader Joe’s Dried Apples
There’s nothing in these babies but delicious Paleo AIP goodness (AKA apples). There’s still a significant amount of fruit-sourced sugar, but when you’re sick of bananas and want something chewy on the road, these are my go-to snacks.
The cherry on top is that they’re sulfur, sulfite, and sunflower-oil free, and do not need to be refrigerated once opened, all of which can be a problem with many dried fruit options. They’re also $2.99, which is a great deal in my book.
Trader Joe’s Organic Banana Chips
This is another one that might get me in trouble since there’s added sugar in these banana chips, but there’s also coconut oil, which will help you digest sugar from these chips more slowly.
Also, when you compare the sugar in a banana with the sugar in these chips, there’s not too much added sugar (9 grams, which is on par for plain bananas, anyway). Just enough to make them addictively delicious! If your husband and children are Paleo-only, pair them with some almond butter for a great snack.
Vermont REAL Sticks Jerky
The Cracked Pepper Vermont REAL Sticks Jerky is another go-to for me. This jerky may very well contain some spices that are not Paleo AIP (listed as “Spices”), but again it’s better than losing your cool on a long drive.
I can eat these with very little or no stomach distress, and it’s nice to have protein-packed snacks in your purse. For a snack, I’ll eat a bar of this with some olives. Yum! Be warned, however, that I kept some in the cupboard for a few weeks and was surprised to find they had gone bad. I keep them in the fridge now, and then in my purse for a few hours just fine. I buy them at Whole Foods for $1.49 or $.99 on sale.
Krave Citrus Thyme Turkey Jerky
So delicious and rather sweet, Krave Citrus Thyme Turkey Jerky has saved me on many a car trip. I can usually find it at Whole Foods or Fresh Market, but beware — it’s the only Krave flavor that is AIP-friendly. I got a nasty stomach ache trying the Peach BBQ one, so Citrus Thyme is the only one I recommend.