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While you may be thinking why is a nutritionist advocating to eat bacon? There is room for bacon in a healthy diet (in moderation).
Bacon does have some fat, but it also is a high quality protein source according to the USDA. The fat content is a mix of saturated and un-saturated fats. The downside of bacon is that it is high in sodium but if eaten in moderation it can be part of a healthy diet. However, if you suffer from high blood pressure you may want to avoid or limit your intake of bacon. You also want to make sure you are getting enough veggies on a daily basis (strive for 4 to 5 cups a day).
Don’t just settle for any type of bacon. Be sure your meat is organic and nitrate free. One brand I like is Butcher Box. This brand is free of horones, nitrates, and added sugar. The best part is that it is delivered straight to your door. It is like a CSA for your meat.
With this recipe I wanted to show you a creative way to get more veggies into your day. Asparagus alone to some may be not the most appealing but adding a little bacon to it can make those scared of veggies love the way they taste.
- 1 lb asparagus rinsed, dried, and the ends cut off
- 1 lb uncured nitrate no added sugar bacon ((I like bacon from Butcher Box)
- Baking sheet
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Take 1 piece of bacon and wrap the asparagus with it and place on the baking sheet
- Continue until all pieces of bacon are used
- Bake for 30-40 minutes until bacon is cooked through