They say that bacon makes everything better. Not only is that not true—bacon jello? gross!—the high-calorie strips of greasy meat can seriously derail your healthy diet. But even our label-reading, apple-crunching, watermelon-water-swigging editors at Eat This, Not That! will admit that it's hard to turn down a bite of bacon when they're in the mood for that savory taste. And since many of you are always game for some bacon, we pulled together our favorite bacon-spiked healthy recipes. From oatmeal to ramen, there's something on this list for everyone!
See which delicious recipe you'll want to try first, and be sure to always select center cut bacon—it's actually a better choice than most sodium-drenched turkey bacon! And for more of your favorite foods that now get the green light to indulge in, don't miss our report on the 12 "Bad" Foods That Are Now Good for You!
Maple Bacon Overnight Oats
Nutrition (always per serving): 481 calories, 16 g fat, 4.6 g saturated fat, 6.9 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 20 g protein (calculated with 3/4 cup both oats and milk and 1 tablespoon both walnuts and maple syrup)*
Bacon and oatmeal? Yes, please! The walnuts give you crunch while fighting belly flab with their polyunsaturated fats, and the maple syrup gives a sweet flair to the bacon's savory flavor. For more incredible overnight oats ideas, don't miss our massive list of 50 Overnight Oats Recipes for Weight Loss!
Get the recipe from The Two Bite Club.
Bacon Wrapped Watermelon Bites
Nutrition: 48 calories, 3.3 g fat (1.1 g saturated fat), 184 mg sodium, 1.3 g carbs, .9 g sugars, 3 g protein
This treat has forever changed our minds about how watermelon should be eaten. The single bite that comes from these little treats is full of sweet and salty flavors. They are super simple to make—and with the low calorie count, you can even have a few.
Get the recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.
Bacon Queso Guacamole
Nutrition: 229 calories, 19.9 g fat (5.2 g saturated fat), 284 mg sodium, 7.8 g carbs, 5.2 g fiber, .7 g sugar, 7 g protein
Did you say guacamole?! Being one of the latest crazes, guacamole is something people are willing to bathe in and always willing to pay the extra dollar. This is not just any ordinary guacamole, though; this is guacamole combined with bacon and cheese. Extremely low in sugar, this version is perfect for dipping carrots or celery into. If you find yourself unable to stop once you've started, try making a smaller portion using just one avocado.
Get the recipe from Domesticate Me.
ROASTED CARROT HASH WITH GROUND BEEF AND BACON
Nutrition: 340 calories, 17.1 g fat (5.2 g saturated), 394 mg sodium, 9.4 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 4.8 g protein, 35.6 g protein
This Paleo-friendly egg dish boasts 35.6 grams of satiating muscle-building protein. Just made sure to opt for grass-fed beef, which naturally leaner and void of harmless chemicals.
Get the recipe from Paleo Running Momma.
LIGHT PINEAPPLE CHICKEN BACON PIZZA
Nutrition: 312 calories, 14 g fat (6 g saturated), 417 mg sodium, 18 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 23 g protein
Pizza is that universal belly pleaser that we all indulge in and immediately feel guilty about after. One slice turns into three, and with each bite, we kiss our body goals goodbye—which is why when we found this recipe, we couldn't turn away. Aside from being topped with the foodie heaven trio of chicken, bacon, and pineapple, you can consume half the pizza for just 312 calories and 18 grams of carbs. Not to mention, there's a whopping 23 grams of satiating protein! This is far from your average pie. For more weight loss friendly p'za recipes, check out these 12 Flourless Ways To Make Pizza.
Get the recipe from The Creative Bite.
BOURBON MARSHMALLOW SMORES WITH BACON
Nutrition: 158 calories, 0 g fat, 12 mg, 32 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 24 g sugars, protein 2.5 g protein
Whether your choice of beverage is wine or bourbon, it can help soothe your muscles, according to a study published in the International Journal of Kinesiology & Sports Science. The study had male participants go through two rounds of exercise and then consume a small amount of an alcoholic beverage or placebo beverage. The results concluded that those who drank the booze reported less muscle soreness after recovery than those who consumed a placebo. Sounds like these round-the-campfire treats would be perfect for after a long day of hiking! For more incredible dessert ideas, don't miss these 21 Boozy Dessert Recipes!
Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.
BACON WRAPPED GRILLED PEACHES WITH BALSAMIC GLAZES
Nutrition: 281 calories, 19.9 g fat (6.1 g saturated), 568 mg sodium, 8.7 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 6.7 g sugar, 17.2 g protein
You'll stay peachy lean when you wrap a tasty strip of bacon around one of the top summer
superfoods. This combo is bursting with flavor and textures your taste buds will adore.
Get the recipe from Foodie Crush.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
These are a Paleo twist on the jalapeno popper, minus the normal dose of excess cheese and bread crumbs. You're sure to get a real kick outta these metabolism boosting jalapenos that are stuffed with a cashew cheese and wrapped with savory bacon. The bursting flavors and texture will have your taste buds going crazy. These little poppers will have you feeling good about what you're eating. To see what you're doing wrong for your metabolism, check out 25 Things You're Doing to Slow Your Metabolism
Get the recipe at Paleo Parents.*
BREADED BAKED PORK CHOPS WITH BACON KALE PESTO
Nutrition: 393 calories, 29 g fat (10 g saturated), 298 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 26 g protein
Pesto obsessed? Ditch the basil and try kale instead. There are entire cookbooks devoted to supergreen, and for good reason. You can juice it, toss it into smoothies and salads, steam it, sauté it, chip it, and use it as a base for pesto like in this recipe. It's rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, phytochemicals that ward off age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.The leafy green also boasts vitamin A, phosphorus and B vitamins like folate.
Get the recipe from Diethood.
RAMEN WITH BACON AND SOFT BOILED EGGS
Nutrition: 136 calories, 6.6 g fat (1.8 g saturated), 672 mg sodium, 7.5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 7.4 g protein
Ramen Cobb? Clearly, the foodie gods put their heads together with this ramen recipe! Just be sure to use the entire egg; yolks contain the nutrient choline, responsible for cell membrane structure, protecting the liver from accumulating fat, and building healthy neurotransmitters in the brain. And according to the American Heart Association, you should consume one yolk a day!
Get the recipe from Yes to Yolks.
SPINACH AND CHEDDAR QUICHE MUG MEAL
Nutrition: 319 calories, 23.6 g fat (12.3 g saturated), 566 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 4.3 g sugar, 20 g protein (calculated with bacon)
With that same fluffy consistency of quiche that you're looking for, this mug meal is the ideal savory breakfast that's good for you, too! The healthy amount of spinach in this quiche will amp up your vitamin intake, help build muscle, and aid weight loss. Love all-in-one mug meals? Then get more quick creations with these 20 Mouthwatering Mug Recipes!
Get the recipe from Bowl of Delicious.
BACON CHEESEBURGER MEATBALLS
Nutrition: 111 calories, 7.8 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 329 mg sodium, 3.9 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2.1 g sugar, 7.8 g protein
You won't even miss the nutrient-void bun with these bacon cheeseburger meatballs. Whether you pair them with a salad or grilled veggies, serve them as an app, or just use them to put the thrill back into dinner, we promise that your taste buds won't be disappointed. Just make sure to opt for grass-fed beef, which is naturally higher in protein and null of sketchy chemicals and hormones.
Get the recipe from An Affair From The Heart.
BACON PINEAPPLE CHICKEN KABOBS
Nutrition: 223 calories, 8.3 g fat (2.6 g saturated), 372 mg sodium, 12.2 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9.3 g sugar, 23.7 g protein
Just ask the Paleo dieters—bacon is a green light…as long as you opt for varieties that are cured without sodium nitrites and just plain old sodium. Plus, pork bacon is a great source of protein and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAS). A little bit goes a long way, which is why we love these kabobs,which only require about one piece per skewer so even if you have two, you won't pig out.
Get the recipe from Recipe Diaries.
Nutrition: 158 calories, 9 g fat (7.1 saturated), 224 mg sodium, 20.8 g carbs, 5.6 g fiber, 3.2 g protein (calculated without bacon bits)
Bacon. On. Everything. There's really no wrong way to eat bacon, but this bacon popcorn is a sure right way. This recipe uses bacon salt, a low-sodium, all-natural seasoning that tastes just like the real thing. We calculated this snack without the added bits, but feel free to top with some of leaner stuff by using sliced center cut pork bacon that'll give you a little extra protein without all the fat! For more ways to jazz up your popcorn, check out these 20 Delicious Ways to Dress Up Popcorn!
Get the recipe from Katie's Cucina.
One Pot Chicken and Bacon Orzo Soup
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Nutrition: 263 calories, 8.2 g fat (2.3 g saturated), 285 mg sodium, 16.8 g carbs, 1.8 g fiber, 3 g sugars, 28.2 g protein (calculated without added salt)
We love this soup so much, we just had to share it again. Also one of our 35 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes, this chicken and bacon orzo soup is both easy to make and comes with all the added benefits of a lightweight, low-cal, broth-based soup. Besides containing vitamin-A-rich carrots and detoxing celery, it's also low in sodium, which is especially important to get a flat belly because sodium causes water retention.
Get the recipe from Savory Simple.
Strawberry Salad with Coconut Bacon & Black Pepper Vinaigrette
Nutrition: 303 calories, 23 g fat, 11 g saturated fat, 355 mg sodium, 7 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 10.3 g protein (calculated without dressing)
Strawberries are packed with polyphenols, powerful natural chemicals that can help you lose weight—and even stop fat from forming—which is a much-needed attribute when you consider that this dish is made with indulgent coconut bacon.
Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.
BACON WRAPPED GREEN BEANS
Nutrition: 75.5 calories, 2.5 g fat (1 g saturated), 210 mg sodium, 8 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 6 g protein
Get your bacon fix and eat your veggies, too! These bundled green bites are great for pre-portioned servings, like for a large dinner party. Plus, green beans are packed with vitamins A, K, and C!
Get the recipe from SkinnyTaste.
Nutrition: 323 calories, 19.7 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 532 mg sodium, 14.7 g carbs, 1.2 g fiber, 1.8 g sugars, 21.4 g protein
Haven't heard of a frittaffle before? Time for your life to change. This frittata-waffle is made of potatoes, bacon, eggs and cheese and then cooked in a waffle maker (mind blown). Super easy and super delicious! This savory treat will get your taste buds dancing and keep your hunger off longer, with the high protein and low sugar content. Now that you've heard of it, go try it!
Get the recipe from Real Food by Dad.
Avocado, Bacon, and Tomato Toast
Nutrition: 383 calories, 28.6 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 580 mg sodium, 21.3 g carbs, 8.9 g fiber, 2.7 g sugar, 12.8 g protein
The incredible avocado, a nutrient packed fruit filled with vitamins and heart-healthy fats. This balanced snack is low in sugar and high in protein, so it's sure to keep you full and energized.
Get the recipe from Whats Gaby Cooking.
Bacon Baked Eggs
Nutrition: 97 calories, 7 g fat (2.2 g saturated fat), 208 mg sodium,.4 g carbs, 7.9 g protein
This is your basic bacon and egg breakfast that's been turned into a masterpiece. The egg was often criticized for leading to high levels of cholesterol—but has recently been found that the type of cholesterol it is raising is the good kind (HDL Cholesterol). Top with your favorite hot sauce or some added spices.
Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.
Tomato, White Bean, Bacon Soup
Nutrition: 213 calories, 6.8 g fat (2.1 g saturated fat), 549 mg sodium, 28.4 g carbs, 5.9 g fiber, 6.4 g sugars, 12.7 g protein
The traditional tomato soup with a little spunk! Soup is not your conventional snack but as long as you remember portions were thinking this soup will change your mind. This low sugar soup combines potatoes, which are high in B6 and have a rich flavor, crunchy bacon, and white beans to make it a complete snack to warm your belly and satisfy your hunger until your next meal. Tomato soup alone comes packed with essential minerals and vitamins but with the addition of white beans you are also adding a source of protein.
Get the recipe from Simply Recipes.
Summer Corn Chowder with Barbeque-Spiced Shrimp
Nutrition: 367 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 600 mg sodium, 49 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 24 g protein (sub BBQ sauce for spice blend listed below)
Nothing quite says summer like a fresh corn chowder. This super simple soup is a classic take on a bacon, corn, and potato chowder that's jazzed up with the addition of spicy BBQ shrimp. If you can't find a low-sugar BBQ sauce in your local store, don't sweat it. Just combine a blend of a tablespoon each of paprika, black pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Get the recipe from How Sweet It Is.
Bacon and Eggs for Dinner Breakfast Bake
Nutrition: 322 calories, 21 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 611 mg sodium, 10.7 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 21.5 g protein (calculated with 4 pieces of bacon and 4 sausages)
Bacon and eggs is a breakfast classic, but it's a fun dinner at times, too! This sheet pan supper is a one-pan meal fIlled with protein and a mix of sweet and savory flavors that's perfect for when you want to flip dinner on its head.
Get the recipe from Diethood.
Watermelon and Goat Cheese Bites
Nutrition: 114 calories, 9.2 g fat (1.1 g saturated) 305 mg sodium, 2 g carbs, .8 g sugars, 6.8 g protein
Juicy, refreshing watermelon, soft goat cheese, and crunchy bacon. A combo we are big fans of! Goat cheese is lower in calories and fat than cheese from a cow's milk. Many people want to cut the dairy out of their diets, but research says that dairy plays an important role in the brain's function. So, basically, this snack will make you a genius. There is also high calcium levels in goat cheese that contribute to the strength of your bones and can even prevent migraine headaches.
Get the recipe from The Meaning of Pie.
PB Maple Bacon Granola Bars
Nutrition: 338 calories, 20g fat (5.4 g saturated fat), 455 mg sodium, 25.4 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber, 7.5 g sugars, 15.3 g protein
Okay, we all know bacon is delicious any way you eat it. But, if you haven't tried the combination of bacon with maple syrup, you need to, right now! These homemade granola bars are the perfect substitute for a store bought brand because you'll know everything going into them. (No hidden ingredients!) Using maple syrup as a sweetener is one of the most natural forms of sugar. Replacing refined sugar with the same amount of maple syrup will cut the total sugar content by a third. For more clever breakfast moves, check out these 17 Genius Breakfast Ideas Diet Experts Love!
Get the recipe from I Bake He Shoots.