The role of treats in the Paleo diet, never mind the autoimmune protocol, is a contentious issue. Should sugar be allowed at all? If so, what types of sugar? In what amount? Is a baked good with clean ingredients acceptable if it feeds bad habits? Personally, I find the whole debate tiresome. We do so much good and make so much progress eating such huge amounts of vegetables and seafood in comparison to our previous lifestyles that I think the occasional treat is not only just fine, but well-deserved. If you thrive on a high-discipline, Spartan lifestyle, that’s fine. More power to you, really. Other people crack under the pressure which does more harm than good, stressing them out and leading to even bigger lapses like binges. And of course, if you absolutely can’t have any sugar because of something like diabetes, that’s it’s own thing. But there’s also a simple solution to the sugar debate, especially appealing to those of us who don’t like baking or can’t find/afford specialty flours: Reaching for treats whose only sugar content comes from fruit. Like this Apple Bacon Fruit Salad!
It makes for a wonderful and not-unhealthy fall or winter treat and the sweetness can be customized by using your preferred apples. Go with Pink Lady or Gala for something sweeter or Granny Smith if you prefer tartness. Or mix it up and use a little bit of both!
Don’t Feel Like Cooking?
That’s okay! Everyone needs a break sometimes, especially during busy times like the holidays or when you’re sick or stressed out. When I find myself unwilling or unable to prepare healthy meals myself, I turn to Paleo on the Go. Yes, they have autoimmune protocol-friendly options! With tons of nutritious, delicious, pre-packaged meals, Paleo on the Go‘s ready-to-go, frozen courses are perfect for those days you just don’t want to be in the kitchen. They even offer an appreciable selection of AIP-friendly treats, including toaster pastries!
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy, about 10 minutes.
- Drain the bacon on paper towels, let cool, then crumble into bits.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.