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Bacon: the Perfect Breakfast Food

Bacon is requested over and over at my house. I think the kids would eat it for every meal. We go through a lot of bacon, but I don't mind. First, I cook with bacon grease (Yep, I do, and I just admitted it publicly). At my last physical, my doctor told me that my cholesterol "is so good it is off [her] chart". I believe that natural fats are actually an important part of a healthy diet. And since we are eating the bacon already, saving the fat for sautéing vegetables, cooking pancakes, etc., it feels like I get it for free.  Saving the fat isn't the reason why I readily fulfill requests for bacon for breakfast though.
 
Bacon is just one option for protein at breakfast, but eating protein in the morning is practically a rule at my house. Protein provides the most long lasting energy, helping us stay alert and energized at work and school. Protein is important to get us through the entire day. Less popular options for protein at breakfast include eggs (scrambled, fried, or hardboiled), nuts (like walnuts on our pumpkin pancakes that were served with bacon), or nut butter. 
 
The bacon fat is good for more than just cooking. Healthy fats help us feel full for a longer period of time, which can be important when lunch is served several hours after breakfast. It is difficult for kids to learn and adults to think and work when distracted by hunger. Beyond bacon fat, other healthy fats include coconut oil, avocado, butter, or olive oil. 
 
Lastly, Bacon is a perfect breakfast food because it is fast and easy. I prefer to bake bacon so I can cook more at a time and it all finishes at approximately the same time. That method does take a bit more time, but it requires very little effort. I simply put the pan in the oven and finish getting myself ready then take it out when everyone is ready for breakfast. In a time pinch, bacon also be fried in a pan on the stove top in just a few minutes. In the mornings, time is often a concern, but bacon rarely delays getting out the door. 
 
I will keep buying bacon and serving it a few times each week. In fact, the only reason I say no to requests for more bacon is when the only bacon we have is in the freezer. Bacon gives us a healthy start to the morning and it is something that all of us enjoy. 
 
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2 comments

 

Lana 10/17/2013 7:50 AM
We cook bacon in/on our George Foreman grill! Yummy! Thanks for promoting agriculture! We raise beef cattle, but we avidly support pork and poultry producers, just peek in my freezer! :-)
Michael Lombardi 10/14/2013 1:24 PM
I'm a big fan of bacon. And of protein for breakfast. I don't believe bacon fat is a healthy fat, but I do agree that fat is a necessary macronutrient for healthy living. It's not trans fat, thank goodness, but it's not unsaturated fat either. We started cooking it differently and can get so much more done at one time, so it's hard not to eat more. :-P

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