When you first start following the autoimmune paleo diet (AIP), even if you’ve already been paleo for a while, finding something to eat that is appealing and on the “good” list is a real challenge. When I first started AIP, I wasn’t eating enough at meal times and was often hungry between meals. I would go to the pantry for a snack and realize I couldn’t eat the nuts that I would have chosen before. I’m eating so many vegetables during my meals, I don’t want more as a snack. Just being honest. I know I should be munching on carrots and celery sticks. But celery without peanut butter is just something that makes me have to floss. Not interested.
Fruit is a good choice, but I really don’t love fruit. I know that’s weird. I have to be reveling in the fresh fall season to want to snack on an apple. And I NEVER want to snack on a banana. Just not my favorites. So what is left? Usually some sort of meat stick or jerky is where I land. If you’ve tried to buy jerky at your local store, you know it is hard to find one that is made with entirely grass-fed beef, contains little to no sugar, no soy and no seasonings that are off limits on an elimination diet. So I just make my own. I love it and what I love even more is that my kids love it. We cannot keep this around more than a few days.