It’s no secret that bacon has been labeled as an unhealthy food over the years. These hurtful rumors are untrue and we’re here to put them to rest. It is completely possible to lead a healthy lifestyle that is still chock full of bacon-y goodness. Here are four easy ways:
Swap Carbs for Bacon
Balance is a great thing and is important in all aspects of life. Since bacon is high in protein and fat, it can be helpful to watch carbohydrate intake to compensate for the bacon calories you consume. Using a bacon weave as the tortilla in a taco is a great way to enjoy your favorite foods, consume lots of bacon, and cut some carbs without sacrificing flavor.
Pair with Veggies
Pairing bacon with veggies is another great way to incorporate bacon into a healthy lifestyle. The natural bacon flavor and rendered fat will cook into brussels sprouts, asparagus, mushrooms, broccoli – the list goes on – making them more enjoyable. This combination is the perfect way to eat more bacon and more vitamin-packed veggies at the same time. It’s a win-win.
Load up on Protein
It’s so important to make sure you have enough protein in your diet throughout the day to keep you going. In fact, it’s really high in iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and B3. These essential vitamins and minerals contribute to a healthy brain and metabolism. Since bacon can be cooked and prepared so quickly, it’s a great food to meal prep and use throughout the week. It can be added to sandwiches, chopped up into salads, or wrapped around your favorite veggies for an easy protein boost. Bacon is so versatile that you’ll never get bored eating the “same old meal” everyday.
Cook with Bacon Fat
Whenever you cook bacon you’re left with a pan of liquid gold. Bacon fat is a healthy fat and great alternative to cooking with vegetable oil. It’s 50% monounsaturated fat (think olive oil, avocados, and nuts) and contains oleic acid, which is actually considered “heart-healthy”. Let your bacon fat cool and solidify in the fridge to use throughout the week to cook with. It will add delicious flavor to your meals and pack them with healthy fats that your body needs to function at top gear. Bacon fat can also be added to salad dressings, which will make eating salads a much tastier experience.
Don’t be fooled by outdated reports that bacon is unhealthy; it can be a large part of a healthy lifestyle. How could something that tastes so perfect possible be bad for you? That just wouldn’t be right. So feast on, Baconeers – go forth and eat bacon.