The bacon trend’s been around for a while now, but it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. From bacon pancakes to bacon-topped pasta, there are thousands of way to enjoy the classic breakfast treat. Unfortunately, not many of them are super healthy (we’re looking at you, bacon-covered cheese ball). Fortunately, it is possible to enjoy America’s favorite cured meat without barreling through your calorie allotment for the entire day. The following five bacon-themed snacks are indulgent, yes, but only a little bit since they’re all fairly petite and include plenty of veggies.
Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Dubliner Cheese via Three Many Cooks
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These tiny appetizers combine two major food trends in one bite-sized snack: bacon, and Brussels sprouts. To make ’em, roast or broil the sprouts, cut them in half, place a small piece of cheese between the halves, and wrap some bacon around the whole thing, securing it with a toothpick. To make a slightly lighter (and dairy-free) version, nix the cheese.
Mini Frittatas via The Girl Who Ate Everything
Photo: Christy Denney / The Girl Who Ate Everything
Looking for a healthy snack for busy mornings or afternoons? These tiny frittatas — made in a mini muffin tin — are a great way to get in some protein while on-the-go. Pro tip: Make a big batch (using your favorite veggies) over the weekend and pop them in the fridge for a week’s worth of healthy snacks.
Bacon Queso Guacamole via Domesticate Me
Photo: Serena Wolf / Domesticate Me
There’s nothing better for dipping than guacamole, except maybe guacamole with crumbled bacon and cheese on top. Whip this up by combining typical guac ingredients (mashed avocado, lime juice, red onion, salt and pepper, and cilantro) and adding bacon and queso fresco.
Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus via How Sweet Eats
Photo: Jessica / How Sweet Eats
This classy-looking bacon snack would be an ideal appetizer for a cocktail party. Although it looks fancy, it’s actually fairly simple to prepare. The unexpected flavor combination of sweet brown sugar, smoky sesame oil and seeds, meaty bacon, and fresh asparagus is surprisingly awesome.
Bacon, Mashed Potato, and Kale Cakes via The Iron You
These wholesome bites are basically hash browns loaded with kale — what’s not to love? Scallions, salt and pepper, and, of course, bacon, give plenty of flavor to plain-Jane potatoes. Serve ’em with some eggs for a hearty breakfast.
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