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!
Looking for AIP-Friendly Breakfast Recipes?
What to eat for breakfast is one of the most common questions I get from people starting the autoimmune protocol. I understand completely: With all my old staples off the table, breakfast was my biggest challenge, too. Well, now there’s an easy answer. 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts is a community e-cookbook featuring dozens of breakfast-friendly autoimmune protocol recipes from some of your favorite bloggers. With coffee substitutes, comforting teas, sausage, waffles, stir-fries, soups, hash, muffins, and porridge, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts has just about every one of your breakfast needs covered, sweet and savory alike. Many of the recipes can even be adapted for a low-FODMAP diet! The e-cookbook is available on editor Eileen Laird’s website.