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21 Healthyish Recipes For People Who Can't Live Without Bacon

Yes, actual bacon.

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Bacon is delicious, but it gets a pretty bad rap.

The good news is that you don't need to cut it out completely. "A good diet includes a variety of fats — including saturated fats like bacon," says registered dietitian Abby Langer, owner of Abby Langer Nutrition. And if your diet is mostly unprocessed, whole foods, adding bacon occasionally is totally fine. Plus, it's full of protein to keep you fuller for longer.

But, OK, it is still pretty high in saturated fat, so Langer suggests trying to limit yourself to about three slices, two times a week (always check in with your own doctor if you have specific health or diet constraints). And since a little goes a long way flavor-wise, that shouldn't be too hard to do. Here are some great ways to pair it with vegetables, complex carbs, and other unprocessed ingredients:

1. Zucchini Noodle Carbonara

This paleo, dairy-free version of spaghetti carbonara is light and delicious. Get the full recipe here, via The Roasted Root.
Julia Mueller / Via theroastedroot.net

This paleo, dairy-free version of spaghetti carbonara is light and delicious.

Get the full recipe here, via The Roasted Root.

2. Loaded Bacon Sweet Potato Skins

::drooling:: Find the recipe here, via Back To Her Roots.
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::drooling::

Find the recipe here, via Back To Her Roots.

3. Grilled Peach, Jalapeño, and Bacon Guacamole

Avocados deserve this kind of treatment. Find the recipe here, via Jessi's Kitchen.
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Avocados deserve this kind of treatment.

Find the recipe here, via Jessi's Kitchen.

4. Garlicky Kale Bacon Pizza

Make it even healthier by substituting with whole wheat pizza dough. Find the recipe here, via Just A Taste.
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Make it even healthier by substituting with whole wheat pizza dough.

Find the recipe here, via Just A Taste.

5. Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Macrona Almonds

The salty-sweet combo is amazing. Plus, there are only three ingredients here. Find the recipe here, via Platings and Pairings.
Erin / Via platingsandpairings.com

The salty-sweet combo is amazing. Plus, there are only three ingredients here.

Find the recipe here, via Platings and Pairings.

6. Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Bacon

Brussel sprouts and bacon go together like mac and cheese. Find the recipe here via Nom Nom Paleo.
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Brussel sprouts and bacon go together like mac and cheese.

Find the recipe here via Nom Nom Paleo.

7. Pesto Mug Muffin with Bacon and Avocado.

These muffins are relatively low in carbs and high in fiber, and can be made in the microwave in only 1 minute. Find the recipe here, on Keto Diet App Blog.
Martina Slajerova / Via ketodietapp.com

These muffins are relatively low in carbs and high in fiber, and can be made in the microwave in only 1 minute.

Find the recipe here, on Keto Diet App Blog.

8. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with Honey Miso Glaze

The asparagus is roasted until it's tender and crispy — so it's almost as good as the bacon it's wrapped in. Find the recipe here, via the Pickled Plum.
Caroline Phelps / Via pickledplum.com

The asparagus is roasted until it's tender and crispy — so it's almost as good as the bacon it's wrapped in.

Find the recipe here, via the Pickled Plum.

9. Bacon, Spinach and Egg Breakfast Muffins

Make a big batch for an easy week of delicious, bacon-filled breakfasts! Find the recipe here, via My Fussy Eater.
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Make a big batch for an easy week of delicious, bacon-filled breakfasts!

Find the recipe here, via My Fussy Eater.

10. Bacon and Chive Pancakes

Yes, pancakes. These are made with coconut flour and egg whites so they're extra light. Find the recipe here, via Mark's Daily Apple.
Mark / Via marksdailyapple.com

Yes, pancakes. These are made with coconut flour and egg whites so they're extra light.

Find the recipe here, via Mark's Daily Apple.

http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2014/05/salad-with-bacon-quinoa-and-honey-dijon.html
http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/2014/05/salad-with-bacon-quinoa-and-honey-dijon.html

It's crispy, flavorful, and perfect for summer.

Find the recipe here via Big Girls Small Kitchen.

12. Bacon Mushroom Spinach Frittata

Perfect for a bacon-y brunch at home. Find the recipe here, via Damn Delicious.
Chung-Ah Ree / Via damndelicious.net

Perfect for a bacon-y brunch at home.

Find the recipe here, via Damn Delicious.

13. Lighter B.L.T with Avocado

http://www.skinnytaste.com/blt-with-avocado/
http://www.skinnytaste.com/blt-with-avocado/

It wouldn't be a bacon recipe roundup without a B.L.T, right? And this one is only 290 calories.

Find the recipe here on Skinny Taste.

14. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Apple

The mac and cheese game just changed entirely. Find the recipe here, from Pinch of Yum.
Lindsay / Via pinchofyum.com

The mac and cheese game just changed entirely.

Find the recipe here, from Pinch of Yum.

15. Asparagus, Bacon and Egg Open-Face Sandwich

These scrambled eggs are extra creamy and delicious — especially when they're on a bed of crispy bacon! Find the full recipe here, via the Scrumptious Pumpkin.
Scrumptious Pumpkin / Via thescrumptiouspumpkin.com

These scrambled eggs are extra creamy and delicious — especially when they're on a bed of crispy bacon!

Find the full recipe here, via the Scrumptious Pumpkin.

16. Sautéed Herbed Peas with Bacon

These take basically no time to make and the peas are extra delicious and flavorful from being seared in a little bit of leftover bacon grease. Find the full recipe here, via Recipe Runner.
Danae Halliday / Via reciperunner.com

These take basically no time to make and the peas are extra delicious and flavorful from being seared in a little bit of leftover bacon grease.

Find the full recipe here, via Recipe Runner.

17. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breast Bites

Full of protein and flavor. Find the recipe here, via Skinny Taste.
Gina Homolka / Via skinnytaste.com

Full of protein and flavor.

Find the recipe here, via Skinny Taste.

18. Lighter Bacon Egg Salad

Try this lighter, lunchtime version of bacon and eggs on a whole wheat english muffin or toast. Find the recipe here via Homemade Nutrition.
Amber Ketchum / Via homemadenutrition.com

Try this lighter, lunchtime version of bacon and eggs on a whole wheat english muffin or toast.

Find the recipe here via Homemade Nutrition.

19. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Simple, smooth, and delicious — and it's only four ingredients. Get the recipe here via Food Doodles.
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Simple, smooth, and delicious — and it's only four ingredients.

Get the recipe here via Food Doodles.

20. Paleo Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

These poppers are stuffed with ground beef and onions instead of cheese so they're packed with protein and paleo-friendly! Find the recipe here, via Fit Foodie Finds.
Lee Hersh / Via fitfoodiefinds.com

These poppers are stuffed with ground beef and onions instead of cheese so they're packed with protein and paleo-friendly!

Find the recipe here, via Fit Foodie Finds.

21. Bacon-Topped Cauliflower Chicken Chowder

Cauliflower is the new kale. Find the recipe here via The Healthy Foodie.
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Cauliflower is the new kale.

Find the recipe here via The Healthy Foodie.

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