Today I have something I started working on about a year ago — an AIP Pumpkin Pie Spice.
It saves me money, you have total control over the ingredients (no fillers or anti-caking agents in my blends, folks!), plus you can adjust the seasonings to your taste.
If you, or if someone you love, is on a special diet, then you know how important it is to be able to be in control of the ingredients.
We've been on a lot of special diets in our family. My son has life-threatening food allergies, we are all gluten-free, I've been egg-free for awhile now (oh, do I miss eggs!), and my oldest has been on GAPS, and I have been on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet (otherwise known as AIP or Autoimmune Protocol) on and off for a little over a year.
What is the AIP Diet? It's basically a diet that is meant to remove common triggers of autoimmune responses so that ones body can calm down — and heal.
Autoimmune diseases are on the rise in a big way.
When I was a little girl, I didn't know anyone with these conditions, but these days it seems like every time I turn around someone is being diagnosed with Crohn's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Hashimoto's, and more. And of course, food allergies and environmental allergies are on the rise too.
I personally have struggled with thyroid issues and with some autoimmune issues — and really even environmental allergies and food allergies are autoimmune — since your body is treating a something that isn't an “enemy” as if it were. Foods and pollen and dust mites are not enemies — but those of us with allergies have bodies that think they are.
I'll share more about the AIP diet at a later date, but suffice it to say that it helped me and I have seen it help so many others too.
If you are struggling with autoimmune issues, I would highly recommend you take a look at it.
One the Autoimmune Protocol, one typically is avoiding all grains and legumes, and all nuts and seeds.
In a traditional Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend, you'll find cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, give or take a spice or two.
Cinnamon, ginger, and cloves are all on the AIP Diet, but nutmeg and allspice are not. Nutmeg is a seed, and allspice is a berry spice.
So what is the problem with berry spices?
According to Sarah Ballantyne, who is considered to be one of the “experts” on the Autoimmune Paleo Diet,
Spices derived from berries and fruits of plants get the “proceed with caution” label. This is because these typically contain more seed than fruit and you are still consuming the ground seed. (Source)
Limiting the choices of spices makes it pretty problematic when trying to make your food taste good. There's a reason why something is called “The spice of life” when it's a really good thing. Spices make your food taste good — so it's really helpful to have a bunch of spices and spice blends to choose from when you're on a limited diet.
So in the spirit of making it easier for those of you on the AIP Diet to have a healthy and tasty fall, here is an AIP Pumpkin Pie Spice for you to enjoy.
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl.
- Blend well.
- Store in a small, airtight container.
I tend to grind most of my spices when possible. Not always at the exact time that I am going to use them, but fairly close. Typically what I will do is grind up what I need, plus some extra, whenever I need it. That way, I am getting pretty fresh spices without grinding each and every time. Whole spices stay fresh a whole lot longer than do ground, so you'll end up saving money this way.
This Pumpkin Pie Spice would be great to use in any pumpkin dish, or on other sweet dishes as well — like this Whipped Coconut Pudding.
I also love putting this seasoning blend in a cup of my Nourishing Coffee Substitute with some coconut milk and stevia.
Do you, or does someone you know have an autoimmune disease?
Have you heard of the autoimmune protocol?
Photo Credits: Naomi Huzovicova
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