So you're doing the Autoimmune Paleo (AIP) for your kid?
I’ve been on an allergy friendly diet for years now, and it can be hard. One of the first pieces of advice I give fellow allergy sufferers is to think of that one food you’re going to REALLY MISS and figure out how to make it yourself with alternatives. After nearly 10 years of modifying my own diet, I feel like a pro (most of the time).
That being said, following the autoimmune paleo (AIP) has been a struggle for our family and mostly because it feels like so many levels above what I’m used to doing, and now the added pressure of doing it for my child's health! My toddler, would beg and beg for her processed organic fruit snacks, which while they aren’t horrible for the average toddler, they were not AIP friendly.
We have had many conversations about what healthy eating is and what that looks like for us. I’m fairly certain that Lucia will be that kid to tell another family “that isn’t healthy.” **Insert me being seriously embarrassed on this,** but it’s not untrue. I simply have the filter to know how and when to say those kinds of things, and my three year old, does not.
So one of my struggles with having a child with ulcerative colitis is that I feel sad that she can’t eat so many foods that ‘regular’ kids can eat. I try my best to make foods for her that are safe for her, but also normal, I don't want her to miss out on everything.
Peanut butter is a staple for most kids in America, and if you’re buying a natural no added sugar peanut butter, that isn’t unhealthy per say but it is not AIP. So, what now?
As a mom, I honestly want my kid to enjoy food, and I’m always on the hunt to find products that fit into our lifestyle that she’ll love. I was so excited to find out about Roots Tigernut Butter which is NOT a nut butter (because nuts aren’t allowed on AIP), it is made from tigernuts which is a root vegetable but more importantly a superfood with a nutty flavor. You get all the deliciousness of a nut butter without the inflammatory properties that nuts give those who suffer from autoimmune disease. Roots sources their nuts directly from North Africa then on to Portland, Oregon to mix in their dedicated allergen friendly, AIP approved facility (ok that's not officially a thing, but you get the point).
Roots Tigernut Butter comes in 3 delicious flavors:
- Honey & Cinnamon
And it is:
- Gluten Free
- Peanut Free
- Dairy Free
- Soy Free
This not only hits all my allergens (gluten, dairy, eggs) but also is AIP approved. If you’ve been doing AIP for any amount of time, you know it can be so hard at first. Having some great products in your pocket for those moments of weakness, or frustration make all the difference for your success, especially as a busy mom.
Plus small shoutout to the company that is local and family owned with food allergies, so they get it!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced by the developing company and/or its affiliates in any way.