Bacon n’ Egg Salad with Probiotic Avocado Dressing
The classic combination of bacon and eggs combine to make a light summer meal salad. Topped off with an avocado dressing, it could be for breakfast or any other meal. The kids polished this off quickly!
Is any woman, young or old, immune to a negative perception of their own body at some point? I exclude men, not because they don’t have issues with body image, but because I know little of their body-self relationship; not only have I not talked to many men about this subject, I’m inclined to think they speak less of it in general.
There is, of course, always the question of weight, but body image involves issues like uneven ears, large foreheads, or knobby knees. As a teenager I would have had nose surgery in a second, now the idea is abhorrent to me (although I am convinced it did grow before the rest of me).
But our views about ourselves are not always based on reality. For example, as a teen I always considered myself chubby, even though I was quite active in sports. I don’t really know if I was or not, to be honest, I haven’t looked at pictures from that age in an eon. I was rather laid back about it though and contented myself with dabbing fat off of pizza. Fortunately, I was never tempted to throw up or starve myself. After my first child, I could fit into a pair of shorts from high school and considered myself a skinny minny. Same size, different perspective. I hate to be a modern-society-is-worse-than-ever-before doomsday sayer, but it seems to me that the pressure is only increasing, especially for young girls. Insane photo editing is possible in this the digital age, and skinny girl pictures are plastered on billboards, magazines, and across the internet. We start holding these unreal photos as the standard to compare ourselves with and find ourselves falling short. Even though I know intellectually when looking at a photo that it was touched up, somehow I still believe it to be real, still hold it up for comparison.
When my daughter was 5 or 6, she tried on dress and objected, “but it makes me look fat.” I was horrified. I don’t know if she heard that from me or elsewhere, but I swore that from then on I would never speak deprecatingly about my weight in front of my children.
So often, we don’t even realize how beautiful we really are. One young lady I know has always slayed men with her humour, her beauty, and her sense of adventure, but she doesn’t even know it. Instead, she’s worried about the pound of weight that she gained. That anxiety is not connected with attracting men, in her case, but her own perception of herself. Nor should a woman’s ability to attract attention influence herbody image, although of course, it does.
When I was 16 or 17, I went on a week long hiking trip with two women. All our food, shelter, etc were packed on our backs. One night, trying to dry out around a fire, the topic of weight came up. “Listen,” they said, “could a skinny model do this? Could she carry 40 lbs on her back and hike though mountain passes, all day every day for a week? Strong over skinny.” That stuck with me, and was comforting on more than one occasion. (Thanks Laurie and Peggy, if you read this!)
Sometimes, though, thin girls just can’t help it. They’d love to put on weight and eat whatever they want under the sun, but they just can’t gain. Nor should we judge them for it, imagining that they must be obsessed with how they look in order to be thin. We just never know.
And so we concentrate on health, instead of looking a certain way. While obesity is of course a health concern, it seems like in the media that fat body=unhealthy, skinny body=healthy, when health is so much more complex than a number on a scale or measuring tape.
We can even become obsessive about eating healthy, though what comprises ‘healthy food’ is a topic of passionate debate.
A young woman once told me that she counted the calories in every single mouthful of food she ate. Food became a necessary evil, instead of the nourishing but pleasurable experience it can be. My heart broke for her, she neither saw her own beauty and resented, felt actually guilty for, having to eat.
I don’t have an insightful solution that gets to the core of the matter and is sure to bring about happy women. Our relationship with food is a fascinating and complex topic, all mixed up with body image, ideas of healthy eating, and emotional comfort, among others.
What I do know is that you are more than what is reflected in the mirror.
Sometimes when posting recipes I feel like it has to be something original and creative, ground breaking recipes that no one else has ever done (like it’s even possible on the web). This salad doesn’t feel so exotic, but is so tasty I wanted to share with you all.
I give amounts below because I have to, but really, throw in however much of what you want. Don’t have chives? Doesn’t matter. Like onions in your salad? (I don’t) Throw them in. Maybe fresh pepper or corn is your thing. Do it.
Just don’t leave out the bacon.
- 4 eggs
- 3/4 cup bacon, chopped
- 2 large tomatoes
- half English cucumber
- 1 romaine heart
- small clump of chives
- Probiotic Avocado Dressing (based on this one from Simply Scratch)
- 1 large avocado
- 1 clove garlic
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp fermented vegetable juice (like from cauliflower)
- pinch black pepper
- Hardboil eggs in your preferred method (like putting them on to boil, forgetting them for a bit, and then turning it off and letting it sit in the hot water for a while. Obviously precision is not my forte.)
- Peel and coarsely chop eggs.
- Fry bacon till crispy.
- Snip chives with scissors and chop all vegetables. Put in a large bowl with bacon and eggs.
- Put all ingredients into mini food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
- Dollop all the avocado dressing on top of the salad and toss. The water from the vegetables will thin out the salad dressing.
- Serve and savour the goodness.
What has been your experience of body image? How has it evolved?
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Jul 22, 2014 @ 16:49:09
Mnam, mnam, MNAM!!!! Ked pridete do Gamingu, musime si spravit nejaku takuto dobrotku hej?
Jul 23, 2014 @ 20:31:15
Jul 29, 2014 @ 15:18:10
Strong over skinny any day! Of course that’s my outlook anyways because I’m not built to be skinny! We just hiked 31 miles in 2 days in Glacier National Park and my legs wouldn’t fit into my jeans for a couple of days afterwards, but I love not caring and just living life! Great post (and recipe)!!! 🙂
Jul 30, 2014 @ 15:27:32
That hike sounds marvelous!! Strength gives us the opportunity to have such amazing experiences. Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂
Aug 01, 2014 @ 06:42:26
I was so intrigued by probiotic dressing that I had to discover how you made it! I guessed the avocado dressing might include kefir, but you made it dairy free! Impressive!
Aug 01, 2014 @ 21:23:02
Thanks! I bet kefir would work well too!
Aug 02, 2014 @ 04:34:37
I would love to try this! Featuring for recipe next week on AFW, thank you!
Aug 03, 2014 @ 12:59:01
Glad you like it, thanks so much for hosting and featuring!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
Aug 04, 2014 @ 21:09:58
This is something I could just eat and eat. It looks wonderful!
Aug 04, 2014 @ 21:48:44
I could too! Thank you!
Aug 05, 2014 @ 12:03:36
I’d just like to say that I really do appreciate your insightful words on the topic of fat=unhealthy and skinny=healthy. This is definitely a very heated topic that evokes a lot of different emotions from people.
Some of the behaviour you described in these health-conscious, calorie-counting women actually sounds very disordered. I noticed that you said people who are thin are often thought of as to be obsessed with their appearance. I completely agree with you when you point out that this is not always the case. I have suffered from anorexia for 6 years, very rarely eating over 700 calories a day. I’ve met dozens of other people who are suffering with anorexia, and not one of them is obsessed with their appearance. Anorexia is a biologically-based mental illness that many people just have a predisposition towards. I know I am not pleasant to look at because I am underweight. Eating disorders are about much more than appearance.
Anyway, just wanted to say thank you for your sensitivity on the topic 🙂
Aug 05, 2014 @ 15:12:20
Dear Alice, thank you so much for sharing your experience. I agree, the women I recounted who were obsessed with calorie counting / appearance did have disordered behaviours. How I wish we could all be so strong in ourselves that numbers were a non-issue!
I’m so sorry that you have struggled with anorexia. I hope that you are able to find healing and your own hidden strength.
Aug 10, 2014 @ 18:43:41
Just wondering what fermented vegetable juice is and where would I get this, never heard of it
Aug 10, 2014 @ 23:31:12
Fermented vegetable juice is the salt brine when preserving vegetables, for example sauerkraut. Vegetables are mixed with salt (and other flavours) and the salt kills the bacteria that make food go bad while letting probiotic bacteria flourish, while submerged under water. I have a recipe for fermented cauliflower that is a great start to eating fermented veggies. To get fermented veggie juice you either have to make fermented veggies or buy live fermented veggies. Your local health food store may be able to point you to a provider.
If you don’t want to wait for that, just follow the link to Simply Scratch’s recipe, it’s very good too.
Aug 10, 2014 @ 20:24:57
How do you make the fermented cauliflower? I’ve never fermented anything. How long would the prebiotic dressing last or are all of it used in this recipe?
I love getting ideas of different ways ti eat veggies. Thanks for sharing because it was different for me. Especially glad it has bacon in it. yum!
About to embark on a 90 day challenge which forbids bacon but I refuse to eljmjnated that one. Can you point me to any research/info on benefits of bacon?
Aug 10, 2014 @ 23:43:46
Here’s my recipe for fermented cauliflower:https://www.almostbananas.net/our-family-favourite-ferment-cauliflower/
Give me a shout if you want more help with it, I love getting other people into fermenting!
Because the probiotic dressing has the salt brine it would probably last quite a while in the fridge, but I use the whole recipe in the salad.
I liked this article on bacon http://authoritynutrition.com/is-bacon-bad-or-good/
Basically, the fats are good for you and it has protein and some other nutrients. A few things it doesn’t mention, is if the bacon is from pastured pigs, it will also contain vit D, a vitamin many of us are lacking. It also gives a little pep to blah but healthy dishes, making us much more inclined to eat them (the spoonful of sugar with medicine, if you will). I would also make sure the bacon doesn’t have MSG in it.
Glad you enjoyed the recipe!
Aug 11, 2014 @ 01:28:13
Great picture and I see that Foodgawker accepted this pic too. Great presentation. I am sure your recipe is great too.
Aug 11, 2014 @ 14:38:41
Aug 18, 2014 @ 16:24:53
Yum! I love the combo of veggies and protein in this salad. Looks like a BLT in a bowl.
Aug 19, 2014 @ 09:34:09
All the comfort of a BLT, all the protein of a light meal 🙂
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Oct 24, 2014 @ 12:54:59
“Sometimes, though, thin girls just can’t help it. They’d love to put on weight and eat whatever they want under the sun, but they just can’t gain. Nor should we judge them for it, imagining that they must be obsessed with how they look in order to be thin. We just never know.”
THANK YOU!!!!! As someone who couldn’t gain an extra ounce until after menopause, I was berated for being skinny my whole life! From age 7 until 57 is a lot of years to live with ridicule for something you just can’t help. Thank you for seeing and publicly decrying this horrid practice.
Oct 24, 2014 @ 15:35:14
It’s easy for those who struggle with keeping down their weight (or those who at least think they do) to think that everybody must have the same problem. I hope that someday we can all accept each other no matter our size.
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Nov 26, 2018 @ 05:25:33
LOVE that this salad dressing is probiotic, and not just from yogurt. So cool! Thanks Naomi, for participating in Keen for Keto’s keto salad recipe roundup!
Dec 03, 2018 @ 15:16:34
Thanks! Hope people like it.