A Healthy Way To Serve Bacon

March 18, 2013   6 Comments

Whenever I write about bacon, Snack Girl gets a surge of readers. Why?

Bacon Asparagus Recipe

We all want a way to have our bacon and eat it too. Bacon, sadly, is a salty, fatty food that is best eaten rarely as a treat. It is basically salt cured fat with some meat attached.

The key to eating bacon and living a long life is to use it as a condiment. Bacon chunks on a salad comes to mind - not the bacon on a sundae from Denny's.

Also, buy center-cut bacon. It is right there next to the regular bacon and has 25% less fat per serving. If you can find some without nitrates - all the better!

Think of bacon as a flavoring agent and you can mix it with some healthy food to get a delicious side dish. I used bacon below to wrap around a pile of asparagus spears.

One serving of this bacon dish is merely 58 calories and packs a big nutritious punch. No need to feel shame or guilt for enjoying bacon here!

Roasted asparagus is one way to enjoy the fresh asparagus that is hitting our produce section at this time of year. When you roast asparagus with bacon, you get a smokier, fattier, porkier version of the roasted asparagus.

The bacon will not crisp up here (but it is cooked), unless you put it under the broiler for a minute. I was too lazy to attempt that maneuver. You can also grill this, which might be a bit tricky, but I hear gives great results.

If you find that the asparagus is too dry for you, spray with a fine mist olive oil before you wrap it in the bacon.

My kids managed to eat their serving of bacon without the asparagus (oh well :)

How do you incorporate bacon into your healthy diet?


Asparagus Wrapped in Bacon Recipe

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(4 servings)

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1 pound fresh asparagus
2 strips center-cut bacon
salt and pepper to taste


Heat oven to 400 F. Snap the ends of the the asparagus at the stem end. Wrap 1/2 pound of asparagus spears into one strip of bacon, repeat. Carefully place wrapped bundles onto baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide into four portions (serve each pile of asparagus with 1/2 slice bacon). Eat with a knife and fork spearing a bit of bacon with each bite of asparagus. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

For one serving = 58 calories, 2.4 g fat, 4.4 g carbohydrates, 6.0 g protein, 2.4 g fiber, 137 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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lol, that's the only way my Husband will eat asparagus!

I was wondering. What if we microwaved the bacon for a bit then wrapped it around the bundles? Might that crisp it up? I'm in Michigan, so I have some time before asparagus will be readily available!

What is your thought on turkey bacon?

Sorry, tricanosis is not want turns me on. As both Calif and Flor. Provide 90 percent of the fresh veg. For the US, there should be no trouble getting fresh Asparagus for any recipe. But if bacon is not cooked I do not eat it!

You should also point out that gout inflicted people will suffer more as asparagus and bacon can trigger a bout.

Oh, I know it's available, Glenn, but the last time I checked my store, it was still from Peru. I choose to not buy foreign unless I can't avoid it.

Wrap 1/2 slice of bacon around 5 or 6 green beans drizzle with honey. Bake at 375 for 30 to 40 min or until to the tenderness of your choice. Another great way to have a bit of bacon while getting the kids to eat green beans. It is also a book club favorite

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