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Did you know that AIP is a “no-coffee,” but NOT a “no-caffeine” protocol? You are forgiven if you’ve missed this nuance. I did too! For the first two years of my journey with the Autoimmune Protocol I thought caffeine was off-limits. Here’s the thing though, coffee is out during the elimination phase because it is a seed, not due to its caffeine content.
Per Dr. Sarah Ballantyne’s research, black and green teas are okay in moderation. Now . . . that moderation piece is important, because caffeine isn’t so great for those of us dealing with blood sugar swings or tired adrenals. (It was actually really good that I thought I couldn’t have caffeine when I started my healing, because I was dealing with wacky blood sugar and tired adrenals. Frankly I needed a little caffeine hiatus.)
However, if you are a little further down the healing path and would like the flavor and the “get-up and go” of some caffeinated tea now and then, this smoothie is for you. The stone fruits go well with the Earl Grey flavor, plus they are not overly sweet, so blending them with the balancing fat of the coconut milk and a bit of a caffeine kick is a nice addition to breakfast or to a late afternoon snack.
- 1 small apricot, pitted and sliced
- 1 small plum, pitted and sliced
- 1 tbsp collagen powder
- ½ cup strong black tea, completely cooled (I used Earl Grey)
- 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 4-6 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.