Bacon and Eggs the Healthy Way
I know a lot of you have the same struggle I do. Your kids want to eat what they want to eat. Our job as parents is figuring out how to give them exactly what they want and at the same time giving them exactly what we want them to have. It isn’t impossible it just takes some research and planning. I have actually researched to the point where the meal I serve my daughter is light years healthier than your average bacon and eggs, costs much less, is free of nitrates and nitrites, free of antibiotics, contains mostly organic ingredients, and you actually get more bang for your buck. To top it off she absolutely loves it, as do I.
How I Make Bacon and Eggs the Healthy Way – The Ingredients
Now that I have told you what the breakfast entails its time to let you in on the ingredients.
We start with the uncured bacon. The bacon we used is from pigs that are fed a vegetarian diet and are raised without antibiotics, has no added nitrites or nitrates, is from a better cut of meat on the pig, and only had 6 total ingredients.
The pieces of bacon are about 3 times bigger than your traditional piece by weight and don’t shrink down that much during cooking because they have a lot less fat.
Look at what the grease trap on my griddle looks like after cooking the whole pound of bacon!
We eat USDA Certified Organic eggs with our breakfast
You have to have fruit with any good meal so we have USDA Certified Organic Strawberries. Conventional strawberries are some of the worst fruits to eat as they are covered in more than 45 different pesticide residues.
When it’s all done we have a healthy delicious meal
Rinse it down with a USDA Certified Organic milk chaser
And to top it all off my daughter LOVES it!
Most People Think Nothing of the food they give their children
Most people I know feed their kids GMO laden processed cereals and conventional cured bacon. They think nothing of what is in the food they feed their children and to me it’s really sad. Why, you ask? Well for starters, do you have any idea what nitrites can do to your children?
Let’s list out the beautiful effects of sodium nitrite:
- Inhibited Oxygen Transportation – According to the American Medical Association, a diet high in sodium nitrites can lead to a health condition called methemoglobinemia. This the inability of your red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. This condition can cause respiratory problems and can be fatal.
- May Cause Cancer – the salts in sodium nitrites can cause a reaction that produces a chemical called nitrosamines. These increase your risk of developing cancer
- Increase in Childhood Type 1 Diabetes Risk – Type 1 diabetes can occur in infants and young children because their pancreas does not have the ability to properly produce insulin. This can be life-threatening if their insulin levels are not closely monitored. High intake of these sodium nitrites while a woman is pregnant, may increase her baby’s risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes. The AMA says that the risk is higher for male infants and happens because of the body’s reaction to sodium nitrite.
If you do your homework you can make this meal for much less than the cheaper, conventional (much less healthy), way
We all know that conventional eggs are very cheap and that you can find conventionally cured bacon for relatively cheap as well. I normally see regular old bacon for about $3.99-$4.99/lb. The bacon I buy goes on sale every month or two at Whole Foods for 2/$6.99. When this sale hits I buy enough to get me through until the next sale and freeze a lot of it.
You can get organic eggs at Costco and 2 dozen go for around $6 which is the same price as regular eggs at the grocery store. We also get our organic strawberries at one of a few different places and I generally pay $1-$1.50 less per pound than conventional strawberries cost at your local grocery store. Look for sales at Publix, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and your local farmers market. It took some research to find all of these deals but doing a bit of research enables us to spend less for organic foods than their conventional counterparts. This goes against the conventional wisdom that organic foods cost more. Anything costs more if you don’t know how to shop.
If you have any questions about this or any of the other organic recipes we have posted her fee free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org