Eating more vegetables was one of the biggest challenges of starting the autoimmune protocol for me. I mean, I’d been a vegetarian for almost ten years, but like many vegetarians, I mostly ate beans, grains, and fruit… with the occasional bit of green inside a sandwich or mixed in with some pasta or something. I liked vegetables okay when they were put in front of me, but if I was going to go out of my way to make something, it was always carb-heavy. I had a heck of a sweet tooth back then. So getting into the habit of prepping vegetables instead of granola bars or sandwiches… well, just took some getting used to. Like any habit, I guess! Salads were one of my favorite tools for the transition. They’re so simple to throw together and there is lots of green stuff in this Bacon Apple Salad with Lemon-Ginger Dressing! Lettuce, apples, avocado, chives… it’s a great start for making healthy food both palatable and convenient. And who knew homemade dressing could be just as good–if not better than–the stuff you can buy off the shelf for four times the cost of making your own? Replace the bacon with some cooked, chopped chicken to make it an entree salad instead of a side salad, and you’ve got yourself a meal!
Struggling with thyroid disease?
Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? by functional medicine practitioner Datis Kharrazian is single-handedly responsible for my improved health over the past few years. It introduced me to the connection between autoimmune disease and lifestyle factors like diet at a time when my doctors were telling me there was nothing wrong with my thyroid even though I had high antibodies. This book gave me the information I needed to get the right tests ordered and seek proper treatment. It’s a must-have guide for anyone who has already been diagnosed with thyroid disease, who is at risk due to family history, or who strongly suspects they may have it but isn’t sure where to start. I can’t recommend it enough!
- 4 cups mixed greens
- 1 cup green apple (diced)
- 1 cup avocado (chopped)
- 2 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 2 tablespoons green onion (sliced)
- In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients and toss well.
- Separately, combine all of the dressing ingredients and pour over salad before serving.