If you’re looking for AIP Breakfast ideas then look no further! This epic list of AIP breakfast recipes will keep you full and happy in the morning. From sweet potato toast to breakfast sausage, we've got you covered!
What is an AIP Breakfast?
First of all, the autoimmune protocol diet (AIP diet) is a template for healthy eating and living for those with chronic illness, specifically autoimmune related diseases. It's essentially a stricter version of Paleo with the purpose of healing from disease. For more information about the autoimmune protocol check out the post 'What is the AIP Diet?' and 'What is the AIP Lifestyle?'
The AIP diet removes inflammatory foods such as:
- Grains (oats, rice, and especially wheat)
- Legumes (peas, beans and peanuts)
- Nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and potatoes)
- Processed Sugar and Sugar Substitutes
- Processed Oils
- Food Additives
That makes breakfast the toughest meal of the day. Processed, sugary cereal; eggs; hash browns; gluten filled toast or baked goods are no longer options when going AIP.
What do you eat for breakfast on AIP?
It’s good to think of breakfasts for AIP as you would any other meal. You really don’t need AIP breakfast foods. Although in the beginning, I completely understand wanting a donut or pancakes to replace you more traditional Sunday morning routine. That’s where this epic list of AIP breakfast foods comes in handy. Some recipes are good for every day but there are lots of treats as well.
Is oatmeal ok for AIP diet?
Oatmeal is a grain therefore not allowed during the elimination stage. If you want more info about the autoimmune protocol diet and what is/isn’t allowed, check out my post on ‘What is the AIP diet?’ for details.
If you are an oatmeal fan, then there are AIP oatmeal options. Just scroll down and you’ll find quite a few options on this list.
AIP Breakfast Smoothie
AIP Breakfast Smoothies are the perfect breakfast on the go or a yummy way to supplement your meal.
AIP Breakfast Sausages
AIP Breakfast Sausage is yummy for friends and family, even
those non-aip eating pals.
AIP Coffee and other drinks
Breaking up with coffee is so hard. These AIP Coffee and other drink recipes help you state your morning off right.
AIP Breakfast Casserole
Casseroles without canned cream of something are hard to find. These AIP Breakfast Casseroles are all made with whole food so they are nutritious and delicious.
AIP Oatmeal and Porridge
No grains mean no oatmeal or porridge for breakfast. BUT these AIP Oatmeal and Porridge recipes are a fantastic substitute.
AIP Breakfast Muffins
Muffins are so convenient. It’s nice to whip up a batch of these AIP Breakfast Muffins and eat them all week.
AIP Breakfast Hash
AIP Breakfast Hash is one of the easiest recipe groups. Just throw your ingredients into the pan and sauté.
AIP Pancakes and Waffles
AIP Pancakes and Waffles are such a special treat. These recipes may take additional time in the kitchen but they are totally worth it!
Cereal is a busy morning staple in most households. And there’s no reason to go without even when you’re eating an AIP diet breakfast. These AIP Cereal recipes are a healthy and delicious option.
Donuts are a favorite breakfast treat. These options are all refined sugar, grain and dairy free. They aren’t lacking in flavor though. They taste so good, it’s hard to imagine that they are all AIP!
Other AIP breakfast Recipes
There’s no end to the AIP Breakfast Ideas. Here are quite a few more that will help you enjoy your mornings.
Is almond milk OK on AIP diet?
Nut milks are not allowed during the elimination stage of the autoimmune protocol diet. However, coconut milk is allowed, as long as the ingredients are AIP friendly. You’ll find that coconut milk is used in a lot of the AIP Breakfast recipes listed below. The only brands I’ve found are those in a can such as Aroy D (preferred brand), Trader Joe’s and Native.
Please note that according to the AIP diet, coconut is considered a fruit and not a nut. For more information check out my post ‘Is coconut a nut?’
What cereal can I eat on AIP diet?
There are a few store-bought brands of AIP cereal like Lovebird and Nuco Coconut Crunch. I personally love Lovebird cereal. If you use this link and the code BONAIPPETIT10, you can get 10% off your order.
However, store-bought brands are expensive. There are a few homemade AIP cereal options in the list.
Can I have eggs on AIP?
Eggs have recently had pr makeover. They went from high cholesterol and overall bad for you to a very healthy source of proteins and nutrients. They do have nutritional value but could cause problems for those with inflammation. That means they are still not allowed during the elimination phase of the autoimmune protocol. If you need some AIP breakfast ideas with no eggs, you’ll find plenty in the list below.
Is coffee OK on AIP?
Like eggs, coffee does have its benefits health wise. For more info on coffee and autoimmune disease check out this article from The Paleo Mom. However, it’s not allowed during the elimination phase of the AIP diet. Skipping your morning joe may be very difficult for some, so switching to tea like matcha could help ease your transition to an AIP diet.
What should I drink on AIP?
Skipping coffee doesn’t mean you have to drink only water. There are lots of AIP breakfast drinks. You can still enjoy lattes and smoothies for breakfast but with some tweaks to make them AIP friendly. Just check out the list.
Can you have black tea on AIP diet?
Yes, there are many health benefits to tea. [source] Caffeine is not restricted during the elimination stage. However, if you find yourself having reactions to caffeine, it may be best to remove it all together for a few weeks. If you find yourself needing to eliminate caffeine, there are plenty of AIP breakfast drink options in the list below.
Tips for a great AIP breakfast
- Think of breakfast as meal one to remove yourself from the idea of ‘breakfast foods.’
- Leftovers are always a good AIP breakfast option.
- Make sure to include veggies with your AIP breakfast (and lunch and dinner).
- Focus on nutrient density and having a balanced plate.
- Don’t think of any food as bad. Some foods just nourish and fuel you more so be kind to yourself and enjoy the AIP breakfast recipes below.
Did you make any of these recipes? I love hearing your thoughts so please comment below.