One of the most common questions I get from clients when it comes to the autoimmune protocol (AIP) is:
What do you eat for breakfast on the AIP? Or have as a quick snack?”
I know this can be a challenging part of strictly following the AIP – I faced this issue myself.
So here’s what I did…
I made a healthy and satisfying smoothie every morning to balance my blood sugars, provide my body with nutrients it needed to perform optimally, and provide gut-healing collagen.
For folks with autoimmune disease, it is essential to consume enough protein to provide the body with the necessary amino acids it needs to produce neurotransmitters and detox the body.
These two things are often affected in folks with autoimmunity because they can’t digest and/or absorb the amino acids due to gut disfunction and leaky gut.
Many of my clients are actually protein deficient, as demonstrated by a handful of markers on their blood tests.
I also had a pretty serious protein deficiency at the start of my autoimmune journey.
We use bone broth as a base in this recipe (you could also substitute for water) to provide the body with extra healing. Although, that’s just one of the many bone broth benefits for folks struggling with autoimmune diseases.
Remember, collagen is one of the powerful nutrients found in bone broth and will help with the things I just mentioned. That’s why we use it also as our protein source.
Along with the collagen, the avocado will also help keep blood sugars stable throughout the day.
Start off each day with a nutrition packed smoothie like this very-berry green smoothie recipe with bone broth, collagen and magnesium or use it when you’re rushing out the door or need a quick snack.
Very-Berry Green Smoothie
- 1 medium banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 handful spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 tablespoons collagen protein powder
- 1 dropper full ionic magnesium
- 1 cup bone broth
- Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
- You could also use fresh berries for this recipe instead of frozen berries. When doing so, you may want to add in a handful of ice cubes before blending so that the smoothie is cold. There’s something a little weird about drinking a warm smoothie…
- You can also substitute any leafy green for the spinach, such as kale or chard.
- If you don’t have bone broth you can, of course, use water instead. The bone broth puts the “magic” in the smoothie but you will still get a powerful amount of nutrients by using water.
While I was following the AIP strictly, smoothies were my go-to breakfast.
I quickly found out how an optimally constructed smoothie can actually be quite powerful:
- I balanced my blood sugar right at the start of my day so I was able to go longer periods of time without crashing or craving sugar.
- I provided my body healthy fats that fueled my brain and body.
- I provided gut-healing protein in an absorbable form that my body was so desperate for.
- It gave me antioxidants and bioflavinoids to help kill the inflammation dead.
- It gave me the magnesium my body needed to eliminate and prevent muscle and joint pain.
This smoothie is pure gold!
Whip up one of these very-berry green smoothies as soon as you can and let us know what you think about it in the comments below.
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