Who doesn’t love bacon? There’s just something about the smell of bacon that is sooo good. Unfortunately, most bacon does not make it into our cart. Food companies load the bacon with sodium nitrate, sodium phosphate, high fructose corn syrup, and sometimes even caramel coloring. WHY? Because it’s cheap to use and it lasts longer on the store shelf.
Here’s the bottom line…what you eat effects your body either positively or negatively. Since I have Kale Cuties whose bodies are still very much developing, I want to protect them against harmful food ingredients. Until the FDA decides to tighten their reigns on food companies, it’s up to us to watch out for our children’s well being.
Dirty Ingredients to Avoid:
Sodium Nitrate – This is a salt ingredient. Well, kind of a salt ingredient. It’s a man made non-organic ingredient used to preserve food mostly meats. When used in higher doses sodium nitrate is also used to fumigate rodents. Still want to serve it to your kiddos?
Also, according to the Linus Pauling Institute, nitrates are associated with an increase in brain tumors, nose & throat tumors and even leukemia. This is why I tried to avoid bacon and all meat with this ingredient. Instead, find meats that use good ole fashion sea salts instead.
Most meats that do not contain sodium nitrate will usually not contain sodium phosphate either. Instead look for the ingredient sea salt. 🙂
Sodium Phosphate – The verdict is still out on this ingredient. Although everyone agrees that eaten in high doses sodium phosphate can prevent your body from absorbing magnesium, calcium and iron. It can also increase your blood pressure. Again, we’ll just avoid this ingredient to be on the safe side.
High Fructose Syrup – There is literally nothing good about this.
Caramel Coloring – This is absolutely an ingredient that should be AVOIDED at all cost. People have been trying to get the FDA to ban this ingredient for years. What is it? It’s artificial brown coloring made when sugar and ammonia and sulfates come together under high temperatures. YUCK! Would any of us allow our child to drink a swig of ammonia? You can read more about it here.
Now you know why, we are picky bacon and meat eaters, in general. We love meat but we want it to benefit our bodies not diminish them. Now that you got a short lesson on choosing healthy bacon, I’ll share with you on how to make this amazing dish that both you and your munchkins will be sure to enjoy! 🙂
Serves: 4 – 6 can be a side or main dish
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 -12 minutes
– 1 package bacon (thick cut) I used Applegate Brand
– 1 bunch of asparagus (use thin stemmed for easier chewing)
– 1 cup of froze green peas
– 1 cup of chopped cherry tomatoes
– small onion diced
– 2 tbsp coconut oil
– salt, pepper & garlic to taste
1. Wash and cut asparagus. Place cut asparagus in large pan with a little bit of water and cover on medium heat.
2. Chop onion and tomatoes and set aside.
3. Add 2 tbsp. of coconut oil and onions and sautee for 1-2 minutes.
4. Add frozen peas, chop tomatoes, and bacon. Cover for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper and garlic.