This delicious Coconut-Blueberry Smoothie is great for anyone following an autoimmune Paleo protocol. If you’re unfamiliar with the autoimmune paleo diet, I suggest finding out more info by clicking here.
The AIP diet removes all of the top common inflammatory food triggers that could stimulate a potential autoimmune response in the body.
Most foods eliminated in an AIP protocol include: eggs. all nuts and seeds, nightshade veggies and herbs, all grains, beans and legumes, dairy and gluten.
Listen, I know what you’re thinking. What’s left to eat?
First off, eliminating these foods isn’t something you need to do for LIFE. It’s temporary. As you work to heal your gut, lower your immune antibodies and support hormonal health, these foods CAN be reintroduced – in the right time.
The truth is, I don’t eat grains, beans or gluten anyways, so aside from the eggs and nuts and seeds, the protocol wasn’t so hard for me to follow to begin with.
I’ve now added eggs and nuts and seeds back into my diet, but I have them sparingly.
Having autoimmune hashimotos, it was necessary that I take my diet and health up a mother level to get to a place of healing, and that’s where AIP came in.
My diet consists of fruits, vegetables, fish, seafood, meat and poultry. And trust me – there’s still room for treats and indulgences! In fact, I’ve been eating more fruit in the past 2 months than I have all year. Mainly because it was summer and it also helps with any sweet cravings.
My freezer is loaded with tons of wild blueberries that I picked up from the farmers market this summer – gotta put them to good use! I’m pretty obsessed with these delicious blue gems. They are just so good!
In case you’re unaware about hashimotos and my initial diagnosis, you can click here to read more about it. My antibodies were initially quite high (at 600) and my reverse T3 was high as well (at 25).
The good news is that my thyroid antibodies have come down as well as my reverse T3! Woohoo! Which means my nutrition/supplement/lifestyle protocols that I’ve been implementing in the past 3 months are working!
So whether you have autoimmunity or not, you’ll love this delicious healing smoothie that is loaded with antioxidants, healthy hormone balancing fats and beautifying collagen powder.
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1/4 cup wild blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 scoop Collagen powder
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1/4 banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend and serve.