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Sometimes changing our diet isn’t a choice, but a necessary step we make for specific health reasons. This is true for many of the 50 million Americans who suffer from autoimmune disorders. The Autoimmune Protocal Diet, or AIP, is a geared specifically towards these individuals. While the diet helps to ease symptoms, it can also require a lot of planning and meal prep, which can make traveling difficult. But it doesn’t have to — even at the campsite.
We gathered some more information about the AIP diet, and found four AIP recipes that anyone – whether you require an AIP friendly diet or not – can enjoy at the campsite.
AIP Diet Basics
Roughly 50 million people in the United States (that’s 20-percent of our population) are affected by an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders are conditions that cause a person’s immune system to attack healthy tissue, causing inflammation in the body. The specific symptoms vary between each disorder.
For example, Lupus causes inflammation of the kidneys, while multiple sclerosis causes inflammation of the nervous system, and psoriasis and vitiligo inflame the skin. There are more than 100 different autoimmune disorders affecting people today, and with no cure for autoimmune disorders, diet can become an important way to control the inflammation they cause.
Many delicious and healthy foods are encouraged when you follow the AIP diet. These include: meat, fish, most vegetables, sweet potatoes, small portions of fruit, fermented foods such as kombucha, bone broths, coconut milk, and seedless herbs like mint.
The main thing to consider is that the AIP diet helps reduce inflammation by encouraging you to avoid inflammatory foods. These include: all grains, dairy, eggs, legumes, nightshade vegetables like eggplant and tomato, all sugars, alcohol, and almost all oils with the exception of avocado, coconut, and olive.
Many of us experience some inflammation in our bodies from time to time, whether we suffer from an autoimmune disorder or not. While some people might make the AIP diet a lifestyle choice, the rest of us could definitely reap the benefits of the occasional AIP meal. Trust us, these recipes are delicious.
AIP Diet Recipes That Are Perfect for the Campground
A little meal prep and planning before heading out into the woods can go a long way. These AIP-friendly camp recipes will keep you feeling great on your next camping trip.
Harvest Chicken Hash
We’re told that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, and when you’re camping, we agree. You need energy for that next big hike or day on the river.
Even though eggs aren’t a part of the AIP diet, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a savory hash to kick off your active morning. This Harvest Chicken Hash is packed with a lot of ingredients, but is luckily only made in one pan, and doesn’t require any meal prep at home. With bacon, chicken, apples, brussel sprouts, onion, and celery, you’re sure to get the nutrients you need for an active day. This recipe is also loaded with herbs and spices that are both sweet and savory, giving the dish a bold and unique flavor.
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Eggroll in a Bowl
Campground suppers can sometimes feel predictable: hot dogs, hamburgers, maybe a steak. And it’s not to say that those meals aren’t delicious or unwelcome at the campsite, but sometimes it’s fun to switch it up with a dish inspired by another culture, like Egg Roll in a Bowl.
For the AIP diet, just swap soy sauce with coconut aminos and ditch the egg roll wrappers. This recipe is so easy that it can be made in under 25 minutes, so it’s perfect after a strenuous hike when you don’t feel like putting too much effort into your camp kitchen.
Unless you want to bring a grater, you’ll likely want to shred the carrots at home before you set out on your campout. Beef, cabbage, green onions, garlic, and ginger are also a part of this comforting one-pot recipe, and we are sure that your camp companions will be begging for a bite.
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Sweet Potato Salmon Patties
We said hamburgers can sometimes feel predictable, right? Well, these Sweet Potato Salmon Patties are anything but. The one thing you might want to do before you head out for your camping trip, is cook the sweet potatoes to make this recipe just a tad easier once you’re in the woods.
With just seven ingredients, including canned salmon, sweet potatoes, and green onions, this recipe is easy to make and a delight to eat. Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl, shape into patties, and cook on a pan or camp grill. Since those on the AIP diet can’t have any grains, opt for lettuce in place of a bun.
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Thai Green Curry
Curry on a campout might sound a little extravagant, but trust us, this is a delectable and healthy meal that can serve a lot of people around the campfire. At home, you will want to make the fresh curry paste, as you’ll need a food processor, but it will keep just fine in a cooler for several days. At the campsite, you’ll want a deep saucepan to make this aromatic dish. The best part is that is only takes about half an hour to make.
This Thai Green Curry is filled with healthy vegetables that will aid in your recovery from a long day of hiking, paddling, or biking. Carrots, radishes, bok choy, cilantro, chicken, and coconut make this curry hearty and filling, while the homemade curry sauce adds a delicious dose of tang. Those who do not just eat according to the AIP diet can serve this over rice, but it’s just as tasty on it’s own.
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