Ah, bacon. It’s crispy. It’s chewy. It’s salty. It’s smoky. It’s also high in saturated fat. Even with that, bacon is still a popular meat to consume. Some people want to have their bacon (or something just as tasty) and still eat healthy. While bacon may not be the healthiest food to eat, there are ways to make it healthier than usual. Here are 3 ways to make the healthier choice.
- Less is better. Bacon can add a great taste to any dish. According to foodnetwork.com, eatingwell.com, and webmd.com, you don’t have to use very much bacon to add bacon flavor to a dish. You only need to use about 1 ounce (or 1–2 slices) in a dish. Cutting down on the amount you consume can lower how much fat you get, and still allows you the chance to eat bacon.
- Different ways to cook. How you cook your bacon can make a difference in how much fat is in it. Dana Angelo White, a dietician and contributor to Food Network’s blog, writes “Choosing the right preparation will help ensure that a sensible amount of bacon sizzles up any recipe.” She suggests 4 ways to cook bacon. The first and second ways are to roast bacon in an oven for 15–20 minutes at 400 degrees or broil it for a few minutes on each side. The third way is to fry bacon in a pan, take it out when it is crisp, and use some of the leftover bacon grease to sauté onions or cook other vegetables. The fourth way is to microwave it. To do that, put 3–4 slices on a plate with a paper towel on it, cook it for 2–4 minutes, and then let it cool for 1 minute.
- Increase the variety of meat. Sometimes people won’t or can’t eat bacon, or they want to try something new. There are plenty of substitutes out there to try. Goodhousekeeping.com gives some great substitutes. You can try turkey bacon (which is less fatty), pancetta (a unsmoked pork), and even a shiitake bacon, which is made from sliced shiitake mushrooms (great for those who are vegetarian or vegan).