Try bacon in your next batch of cookies!

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It sounds very wrong but taste very right!  Give it a try and let us know what you think.  Here is a recipe that can get you started.  What are some other unique ways that we can put a twist on some of our everyday common foods.

Of course, using Pederson’s Natural Farms, uncured, certified humane, no preservatives added, gluten free bacon make this cookie guiltless, right?  I think so!

While we are on the topic of bacon, I found a great article on AOL Health that could be of interest.  Bagels or Bacon: High-Fat Breakfast May Be Best.

Does the smell of sizzling bacon make your stomach rumble? Is your Sunday brunch filled with eggs, sausage and buttered toast?

You’re not alone. And a high-fat breakfast may be the best way to start your day, according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham study.

The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, found that mice fed a high-fat meal after waking had normal metabolisms and experienced no weight gain. Those fed a carbohydrate-rich diet in the morning and a high-fat meal at the end of the day gained weight.

But before swearing off fiber-packed cereals and skim milk, dietitians offer their warnings.

The study, for example, has not been translated to humans and the exact makeup of the mice’s food is unknown. Many high-fat foods are also high in protein, which helps to build lean muscle.

“The study is really saying that if you feel more satisfied in the morning that that will set the tone for the rest of the day,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D., the author of “Read it Before You Eat It.” “Eating a little fat in a meal will satisfy you so that you’re not as ravenous and likely to overeat at the next meal.”

Though doctors have long realized that disrupted sleep can cause weight gain, study author Molly Bray, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the UAB School of Public Health, said this is one of the first studies that shows when you eat may also affect weight.

The best way to modify your diet is to focus on eating a variety of foods at each meal throughout the day. Ideally, people should consume a large breakfast that has offerings from several food groups, including healthy fats like those found in seeds, nuts and various vegetable oils, nutritionists say. Adding proteins will also help your brain focus, says Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, R.D., a pediatric dietitian at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Eating a big breakfast with increased caloric and fat content will keep people satisfied longer and help their blood sugar levels remain stable, which will stave off overeating later in the day, she said. Lunch, which should include elements of each food group, should be smaller. A balanced dinner should be the lowest-calorie meal of the day. Minimal snacking should follow.

“It’s a calorie-in, calorie-out equation, so late-night eating shouldn’t be a problem,” Tanner-Blasiar said. “But there’s a psychological component, and the kind of foods that you eat late at night are usually high in calories and low in nutrients. When you eat those, people become overfed and undernourished.”

If you’re not sure how to make over your breakfast bagel, try swapping it for a bowl of oatmeal with slivered almonds coupled with a glass of protein-rich skim milk, she said. Healthy cereals, those with five grams of sugar or less and more than five grams of fiber, should be eaten with milk and topped with nuts. Adding almond butter to a piece of toast or eating toast and a hard-boiled egg are healthy options too.

“People like to demonize one food group or another,” Taub-Dix said. “And we’re seeing a new fondness for fat, but that isn’t all fat, only healthy fats. The bottom line is that healthy fat is a part of a balanced diet, as long as you don’t overdo it.


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  1. Aaron Tucker

    I put bacon in cookies all the time! But I put bacon in everything! Even my kitchen looks like bacon! I just found out about Pederson’s a few days ago and have become a fan on Facebook! And THEN I found out I’m just an hour away! But why don’t our local stores carry Pederson’s Natural Farms bacon? There’s a great need for better bacon that is low sodium and nitrate free! And I especially need it because I’m a crazy bacon snob. I write about bacon, bacon events, and bacon news for a living! You can check us out at http://www.BaconNation.net and http://www.facebook.com/baconnation

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