The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a way of eating that aims to reduce inflammation, pain, and other symptoms caused by autoimmune diseases. The AIP diet resembles the paleo diet but also eliminates nut, seeds, and nightshade vegetables.
It’s no secret that any time you change how you’re eating, it takes planning and commitment. For me, the biggest adjustment following the Autoimmune Protocol has been adding meat to almost all of my meals and completely removing grains, which both I got used to fairly quick. But having things to eat for on-the-go days or traveling has been a different story. Nuts, gluten-free crackers, protein bars, and overnight oats were always my essentials.
Lots of researching, label reading and taste testing resulted in finding the 10 Best AIP snacks you’ll love regardless of how you eat. You’re looking at real food, free of preservatives and made with simple ingredients.
You can also check out my collection of AIP approved recipes that you can make at home.
1. Bare Simply Cinnamon Organic Apple Chips: the crunch, the cinnamon, the natural sweetness are to die for. They’re baked, not fried and are a good cure for a sweet tooth. I also add them to salads as “croutons”.
2. Dang Lightly Salted Toasted Coconut Chips: it’s hard for me to resist a savory sweet combo, and I find myself sneaking a handful of these when I’m craving either. They have no added sugar, and are another crunchy snack I love.
3. Citrus! Any and all kinds. They don’t need to be refrigerated and their skin protects them from bruising while you’re traveling. And maybe it’s just me, but their fresh, fruity smell usually brings me a sense of happiness.
4. Epic Cranberry Bacon Bison Bars: It’s not easy to find a “jerky” type product that fits within AIP guidelines because many of them aren’t grassfed & have preservatives. Or they have nightshade spices for flavoring (black pepper, cumin, chili pepper). But these bacon bison bars fit all criteria and so so tasty. No nitrates, and they aren’t dry and tough.
5. Organic Gemini Raw Tigernuts: Almonds, pecans, cashews – they really were my favorite snack and I’m hopeful that I can reintroduce them. But for now, I’m happily enjoying raw tigernuts, which is actually a root vegetable. They’re similar in taste to a cashew, slightly sweet and nutty, although they don’t have the creamy texture.
6. Nutiva Coconut Manna (a.k.a. Coconut Butter): If you read my post & have made these Coconut Butter Stuffed Dates, you know my love for this creamy, nutrient rich fat source runs deep. Just like a scoop of peanut butter always made any day better, coconut butter does that too. I bring it along in a little mason jar and pack a few dates, and boom – instant AIP dessert.
7. Traditional Medicinals Organic Tea: Truth be told, I miss toting around a mug of coffee, but I’ve really come to appreciate the health benefits of tea. My two favorites are peppermint (acts as a calming, digestion aid) and hibiscus (tart & tangy, an awakener). I am thankful for the sourcing and sustainability of the tea that Traditional Medicinals works so hard to bring us.
8. Sunfood Coconut Wraps: I have longed to have something sandwiched or wrapped, it’s a texture craving thing. I was so happy to find these raw & vegan coconut wraps, that bend easily and are a great portable vehicle for whatever filling you like. They don’t need to be refrigerated either.
9. Wild Planet Sardines: This one took me a few tries to warm up to, but they are such an amazing source of omega fats and protein. These sardines are wild caught, and marinated in olive oil and lemon, so the flavor is really nice. Eat them plain, toss them on a salad while you’re traveling, or put them in one of the coconut wraps.
10. Jackson’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips: I saved the best for last people. These chips, made with coconut oil, are a little gift of nature’s heaven. No other company makes a preservative free chip using coconut, avocado or olive oil, the only ones that follow the AIP protocol. The orange spuds are perfectly crisp and crunchy, with just the right amount of salt.
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Sadly, the EPIC bison bars now have brown sugar in them. Only EPIC product I can find that is AIP compliant is the pork bites. Everything else has sugar or black pepper.
Hi Jodi! Phoenix Helix, who is a Paleo AIP expert, does a great job explaining why the EPIC bars are still AIP compliant, even with the brown sugar. It’s because it’s used as a natural curing agent. “Is sugar-cured bacon allowed on the AIP? Yes, provided that it was cured naturally, contains no artificial ingredients and no spices beyond salt. While you can buy sugar-free bacon online, it’s often out of stock, so it’s nice to know there’s another option. Sugar’s role in the bacon curing process is to feed beneficial bacteria. There’s usually no sugar left by the time it hits your plate. That’s why if you look at the nutrition panel on a brand of natural bacon, it should say 0 grams of sugar, even though sugar is listed in the ingredient list. One more tip: uncured bacon is actually cured, but it’s cured naturally instead of with chemicals. This is why the Epic Bison Bar is AIP-approved. Your best source for natural (AIP) bacon is a health food store, as opposed to a regular grocery store.”
She has all the information here: https://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/05/29/paleo-autoimmune-protocol-faq/
I’m so glad I came across this site. I have rheumatoid arthritis and was recommended this diet and I’m trying to gather as much information as possible to ensure success while on there are a few things here I want to try especially the sweet potato chips
Is there some kind of debate about celery powder? I’m of sure why, but I’ve seen it here and there but I haven’t found an explanation for it yet.
I have looked at the Epic Bison and Salmon bars, both of which have Brown Sugar in them, which I thought was not allowed on AIP?
Hi Jeanette! The brown sugar in these bars is a small amount used for the curing. They are AIP approved from Phoenix Helix and the Paleo Mom, Dr. Sarah Ballantyne. There is a good explanation on this page: https://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/05/29/paleo-autoimmune-protocol-faq/
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Hey, is this a good AIP choice?
Yes, it is!
is the TigerNut Raw Granola (Banana – Cacao, 1 x 8oz) also sold by Organic Gemini also ok.?
hi jeff! their raw granola is paleo, but not AIP. it has seeds in it, which are not on the list of foods you can eat while on the autoimmune protocol.
thank you very much!
Hello I a new to the AIP, I have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arth, and am refusing the traditional medications, I am also a RN and many time just getting to go to the bathroom is a treat, let alone trying to conceal snacks in your pocket to eat on the run for 12 hour shifts. Any suggestions for “pocket snacks”?
Hi Sue! The epic bars shown above definitely fit in a pocket, and they’re great for needing fuel like you would for a long shift.
Can these be found in any grocery store?
Most of them yes – but if not, then Amazon has all!
Thanks, I actually just came from Sprouts and purchased most of these! Thanks for the article!
How can the Epic Bison Bacon Cranberry bars be AIP Paleo if the bacon in them contains brown sugar?
Bison, Uncured Bacon- – No Nitrates Added (Pork, Water, Brown Sugar, Salt, Vinegar, Celery Powder, Sea Salt), Dried Cranberries (Cranberries, Apple Juice Concentrate), Lactic Acid (Not from milk), Celery Powder, Sea Salt.
Hi Tanya! Great question, and I had the same one. Phoenix Helix, one of the leading advocates for AIP explains it in this post, and halfway down: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/05/29/paleo-autoimmune-protocol-faq/
“Is sugar-cured bacon allowed on the AIP? Yes, provided that it was cured naturally, contains no artificial ingredients and no spices beyond salt. While you can buy sugar-free bacon online, it’s often out of stock, so it’s nice to know there’s another option. Sugar’s role in the bacon curing process is to feed beneficial bacteria. There’s usually no sugar left by the time it hits your plate. That’s why if you look at the nutrition panel on a brand of natural bacon, it should say 0 grams of sugar, even though sugar is listed in the ingredient list. One more tip: uncured bacon is actually cured, but it’s cured naturally instead of with chemicals. This is why the Epic Bison Bar is AIP-approved. Your best source for natural (AIP) bacon is a health food store, as opposed to a regular grocery store.”
i am just starting the AIP I found out a few months ago that I have Hasimoto are the wraps alright to use do they not have flour in them.
Hello! The wraps only have coconut meat, salt and coconut oil in them, no flour.
Thank you! It’s been making me crazy not having anything I can just GRAB and eat. Every time I want a snack it’s a whole huge production. I will definitely be checking these out! (I’ve had the apple chips before, but not heard of any of the others. Well, except citrus. lol)
Also, for anyone who might not be concerned about being PERFECT with their AIP, Rt. 11 Potato Chips makes a sweet potato chip that’s nothing but sweet potatoes, RealSalt, and oil — but it’s sunflower oil. So if that little bit of oil is tolerable for someone, it’s just another option to throw into the mix. :)
Hi Rachel! Gosh, the grab and eat problem is exactly what I face too. It can be so hard, and then the hangry feelings start to come out :)
I am definitely going to check out the Rt 11 Sweet Potato Chip when as soon as I reintroduce seeds (since made from sunflower oil) – always good to have options!
Thanks for this post! I’m about to start my AIP journey to hopefully help my fibromyalgia since nothing else has.
oh i hope healing comes your way – thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for all the great snack ideas! I have tried a few of these items. I use Paleo Wraps (www.paleowraps.com) and they are awesome. My husband will love the sardines. He just started on the Paleo journey. Thanks again.
I’ll have to check those wraps out too! And thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend.
Everything looks so good and fresh ! Coconut wraps and Jackson’s sweet potato chips? AIP? Thank you!!!!
I know right?! I love that you can use the wraps for just about anything, sweet or savory. And the Jackon’s Honest Sweet Potato Chips made with coconut oil are seriously heaven on earth. Thanks for stopping by!
I look forward to trying these AIP foods :-)
Yay! They’re all so good, make opening up your snack drawer a lot more fun :)
thank you so much for introducing these fabulous products! Looking forward to tryjng them.
so glad to help andrea, thanks for stopping by!
Oh wow!! These look so good!
Healthy snacking is always so hard when you’re on the go, but especially when you have dietary restrictions or are following a new eating protocol. This is such a helpful post, full of great products to try – and it always makes me feel so much more confident in spending money on a new product when it comes recommended by a blogger that I adore and trust! :D
Hi Shelley! Gosh, you said it when you talked about spending money on things that are disappointing. Hope you get to try a few of them, they really are a great addition to any pantry!
Such a great giveaway and informative post Amanda! Thank you!
Of course, so glad it was helpful! Thanks for stoping by.
So many great options for healthy eating Amanda!
Amanda, I can’t stop with those coconut butter stuffed dates, I can’t stop with coconut butter, period. This is an awesome giveaway, so many awesome snacks!!
Sending good luck vibes to you! I know, those coconut butter stuffed dates are soooo addicting. I have one after every meal! And I’m not sorry. :) xo
Thanks for offering such an amazing giveaway!
I want to try these. Great ideas for Paleo snacks.
Coconut wraps?! Who knew! I’m officially intrigued ;)
Awesome giveaway! I have never tried any of these products!
I’ve only tried the apple and coconut chips so far and they rock! Everything looks amazing!
Oh, I bet you’d love the sweet potato chips too!
What an awesome giveaway! I’ve never heard of a few of these things. Thanks for sharing. :-)
Yay! I was just asking “what should I have on hand when Amanda comes to visit?” and then you JUST SWOOPED in with a whole post that’s basically a helpful shopping guide! Thanks!:)
you don’t have to worry about that! seriously. we can make delicious meals and i’ll have these snacks packed :) xo