13 Ingredients to take your Pantry from SAD to AIP…

Before I started on the Autoimmune Protocol, my diet wasn’t Paleo, Keto, or gluten-free.  Nope—I was totally, 100% eating the Standard American Diet (SAD).  After researching AIP recipes online, I realized that I didn’t have a lot of the popular ingredients that were commonly used in AIP.  To remedy this, I went a little crazy on Amazon Prime purchasing anything AIP-related that I might possibly need without a meal plan of any kind.

This turned out to be a big mistake.  Several ingredients ended up sitting in my pantry unused for months (do you really need five kinds of flour when you don’t bake?), while I was often without a key ingredient for a particular recipe when I needed it.

Pretty much everyone has some of the top spices that I use on a regular basis (Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder).

But do you have these 13 popular AIP pantry staple?

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is an antioxidant, it’s anti-inflammatory and it’s used to reduce joint pain and digestive problems.  It has a bitter taste, but if used properly it adds a good flavor to foods that would normally be spicy, like curry.

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and helps improve brain function.  I use it to sweeten foods like sweet potatoes and fruit.

  1. Ginger

Ginger can also reduce inflammation and joint pain, as well as relieve nausea.  I like to use it to add a little spicy flavor to my dishes.

  1. Horseradish Powder

Horseradish Powder is sort of an advanced ingredient since it’s difficult to find (I got mine at Penzy’s Spices), but it adds a great kick!

  1. Mace

No, it’s not what you take on a jog late at night in a sketchy neighborhood.  This ground spice can be used in place of nutmeg in recipes like sweet potato pie and pumpkin pudding.

  1. AIP Paleo Powder

This is a great mix of AIP-friendly spices that my hubby uses regularly to sprinkle on meat to toss on the grill.


  1. Primal Palate Breakfast Blend

This mix of spices and cinnamon is delicious on my Breakfast Hash (ground pork and veggies).  I have to stop myself from eating the whole skillet!


  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar

This is my go-to salad dressing that works with everything.  Just make sure that the balsamic vinegar is free of added ingredients like sugar.


  1. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is another anti-oxidant that may also improve heart health and encourage weight loss, among many other benefits.  I use this in place of butter or other oils in cooking and baking, and it’s great to top roasted veggies in the oven!

  1. Tapioca Flour

Tapioca flour is a gluten-free and low-calorie flour that is great to thicken sauces (instead of corn starch).


  1. Cassava Flour

Cassava flour is also gluten-free, and probably the best all-around flour for AIP recipes.


  1. Coconut Sugar

Yes, it’s AIP-approved!  I rarely use it, but it comes in handy when I’m baking an AIP cookie recipe.  Date sugar is a good alternative.

  1. Honey

One of my favorites!  Honey is rich in antioxidants, and may improve heart health and help cure sore throats.  I use it in recipes, to sweeten my sweet potato, or sometimes even as a sweet treat by itself (don’t judge!).

What have I left out?  Do you have an AIP-Pantry Staple that I forgot to mention? Comment below on your favorite AIP ingredients, or post directly to our Simply AIP Facebook group here (https://www.facebook.com/groups/294743447720378/).

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