I know, I know, I know…bacon+guacamole. Am I trying to overload you with a fat bomb before you’ve had your morning coffee?
The answer, y’all, is absolutely.
If I had to pick one nutritional goal to emphasize to you, my beautifully and wonderfully made reader, it would be that eating fat DOES NOT [always] make you fat; not all fat is created equal.
So today, we’re going to briefly geek out on why everyone, especially women, must include fat in their diets. And, to appropriately celebrate getting over this fat phobia, I’m sharing a delicious dip that proves, once again, that everything is better with bacon.
If you don’t want to be a nutrition nerd with me and just want the baconlicious recipe, hop on down to the bottom of the post. But, if you are someone who reaches for the fat free buttery spread and shutters at the thought of putting olive oil on your salad, I urge you to read the rest of the post. Knowledge is power, y’all.
As a child of the very very very late 80’s, I came of age in the fat free frenzy that was the 90s. Thanks to frankenfoods like olestra, aspartame, NutraSweet, partially hydrogenated oils, and a myriad of other hairy, scary additives, we saw a surge of fat free everything on the grocery store shelves.
I remember growing up and consuming loads of fat free lemon Yoplait yogurt, fat free Devil’s Food Snackwell cookies, fat free 100-calorie Oreo packs, and [as I shake my head in shame] fat free Kraft single slices that literally had no flavor. I shutter at the thought of eating these now.
Throughout my teenage years and even into my early twenties, I, Michelle McNutt, was afraid to eat fat.
I was a firm believer in the myth that eating dietary fat was going to put an ounce of fat onto my petite, already scrawny, awkwardly thin frame. In addition to this fear of fat, I also was developing an addiction to exercise, easily sweating away for 60-120 minutes in the gym daily. In my mind, the more exercise I did, the more calories my body would burn, thus the skinnier I would be. More exercise and less calories must be better, right? And I couldn’t figure out why I was having issues with my monthly cycles…
Ladies and my two gentlemen readers, please don’t make the mistakes I made for roughly a decade of my life. Calories are good. Fat is good. Carbs, for crying out loud, are good. These are all naturally occurring, fundamental aspects of human nutrition that are bodies require to survive and thrive. It took me a really long time to realize that, like all things in life, a balance must occur with these nutrients.
Fat is an essential nutrient. And here’s a quick, Sparknote’s version of why we all need fat in our daily lives.
Not only is it critical to our body and brain function, it can help you lose and maintain your weight! No, I’m not trying to sound like a cheesy infomercial that’s hawking pills and shakes and weird vibrating contractions that help shake or freeze or heat the fat off your stomach. When I started embracing more fat in my diet, the right kinds of fats mind you, I noticed my body composition changing from squirm to firm in my midsection, thighs, and upper arms, little to no hanger, longer periods of satiation between meals, more energy, better sleep quality, no more headaches, and, yes, I lost about 5 pounds.
Before I unleash you into the world, I must set a few ground rules here. This does not mean you can speed to the nearest Cinnabun and shovel three of those suckers into your mouth because “Michelle said eating fat helps you lose weight.”
When you sit down to your next meal, make sure you have some fat on that plate. It shouldn’t contain every type of fat on this list, but one or two of these foods should be on board. So, here’s the types of fat that I give the thumbs-up on and urge you to start including into every meal:
Now that you’ve indulged me in my nutritional nerdum, I shall handsomely reward you with BACON GUACAMOLE!
In the wide, wonderful world of dips, it’s hard to pick a favorite. It’s like someone asking you to pick your favorite child (or in my case, favorite student since I only have one child to pick from these days). BUT, if you insist, guacamole is absolutely my favie. It’s rich and creamy without anything weird or artificial added to it; it lends itself to being scooped up by carrots and tortilla chips, and it also tops burgers and eggs like a champ.
It's loaded with heart-healthy fat, fiber, potassium, and vitamins. It's a superfood, for sure!
But even little ol' guacamole needs a makeover from time to time. I've already done this once by adding grilled pineapple to it...woah nelly, talk about a summertime flavor explosion! Yet, my guacamole-loving heart was feeling restless this week. I felt like my tried-and-true guac needed a little something else, some pep in its step.
It needed bacon.
Who doesn't need bacon? If you're vegan or vegetarian, I guess you don't...power to y'all. No disrespect with the bacon love. You do you.
Not only is this a new take on the classic guac, it's craycray easy!
7 ingredients total, all which you probably have on hand already! If you want to be especially lazy as I was, you can go ahead and mix all of your ingredients in the same Tupperware container you plan on storing it in...why waste time washing a bowl? New mom here...I can think of a million other things I'd rather do with that extra minute of my day, and I bet you could, too!
If you are more of a visual person like me, check out the slideshow below to see how simple and fast this delectable dip truly is!
Holy guacamole! Right?!
Seriously friends, this recipe is one you MUST try at your next potluck, cook out, or, heck, just because it's Thursday night and you want to shovel some guac into your mouth while watching this week's recorded episodes of the Voice while you hope you don't drop any on the seven week-old chillin' in your lap (guilty!).
Hopefully I don't eat all the guacamole before tonight. No promises!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
Come on, let's live a little!