The month of January in the food blogging world is all about healthy eating so today we're making AIP sweet potato chips in the air fryer.
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Starting the AIP Diet
If you've followed the blog for some time, you've likely heard more than enough about my struggles with allergies (if not, you can catch up on that here.) I've met with countless allergists, dermatologists, and naturopaths, with little luck finding a solution for my chronic hives outside steroid shots and taking Benedryl daily.
Last month I started learning about the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) diet and how it has helped so many individuals who live with autoimmune disease.
Because hives are a form of inflammation and the AIP diet is said to reduce inflammation in the gut, I thought it was worth a try for me to see if can reduce my hives and overall inflamation.
Queue these AIP Sweet Potato Chips I've been making basically twice a day since my husband and I started the diet.
These chips are super clean with only 3 ingredients (sweet potatoes, olive oil, and salt) and make the perfect sweet and salty snack to curb any cravings.
Let's Talk Diets...
To be completely honest, talking diets here on the blog totally freaks me out. I've never been on a diet before for a multitude of reasons.
For starters, I don't like to restrict myself. I do enough of that already due to my allergies, so the last thing I want to do is cut any more foods out of my diet.
Secondly, I think diets can be counterintuitive. If you restrict yourself for X amount of months, you're bound to start overindulging again as soon as the designated amount of "diet" time is up.
That said, there was something about the AIP diet that was appealing to me. Most of the recipes I saw online (like these AIP Sweet Potato Chips) were made with simple ingredients that I could actually eat.
Background on the Autoimmune Protocol
To give some background, the Autoimmune Protocol is a diet where you eliminate several foods for 3-4 weeks and then slowly reintroduce them, one by one. This reintroduction period is designed to allow you to recognize which foods your body responds well to, and which foods you may be sensitive to.
Some of the foods you eliminate during the first 3-4 weeks include:
- refined sugars
- trans fats
- chemical additives
- artificial colors and flavorings
- high-fructose corn syrup
- processed foods
- sugar substitutes
- refined vegetable oils
- nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.)
Are you exhausted after just reading that list? Cool, me too.
As I type this, I'm on day 4 of the AIP diet and the exhaustion I'm feeling is becoming the norm. I've read that this is pretty standard for the first few weeks of the Autoimmune Protocol.
After all, my body is detoxing from all the caffeine and processed sugar.
That's why I'm sharing these AIP Sweet Potato Chips. With a scoop of homemade guac, they have been my saving grace.
Some of my other favorite AIP recipe inspiration came from Michele Spring's YouTube.
Is Salima's Kitchen Strictly AIP Now?
I've thought a lot about what this new change in diet means for the blog. Salima's Kitchen has always had an allergy friendly focus. And while that works well with the AIP diet, this is not an AIP blog.
For this month, I will share a few of my favorite AIP recipes (like these AIP Sweet Potato Chips) and some highlights from my experience. I hope to share the end results. I might even get fancy and make a YouTube video about the experience.
Beyond that, things here on the blog aren't going to change much. I will continue to shoot normal recipes with ingredients I know we all love. Recipes will all share an allergy friendly focus.
In the meantime, try these chips! They are seriously addicting, guilt free, and tasty. Whether you're on the AIP diet, or not 🙂
AIP Sweet Potato Chips in the Air Fryer
There are definitely ways to make these AIP Sweet Potato Chips in the oven, but today we're using an Air Fryer I was gifted from Ovente.
I was a little nervous using this new kitchen gadget at first. But after making a couple batches of these chips, I feel like I've nailed the technique. With this tool, it's all about keeping an eye on what you're cooking. The result? Perfectly crisp chips, without a greasy deep fryer.
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It's this easy:
Thinly slice your sweet potatoes.
Toss in olive oil.
Sprinkle with salt.
Lay on the air fryer rack and fry away!
Don't be afraid to check on them every couple minutes to pull individual chips as they brown.
You could make this recipe using beets, yams, or taro if you're feeling adventurous.
If you're not following the AIP diet and love potatoes, you will absolutely die for these lemon pepper oven baked fries!