Recently, Jenn asked me for healthy snack ideas and I kind of struggled to come up with something original. I don’t snack a ton but when I do it’s often meals as snacks, or just things you’ve heard before.
Because who hasn’t heard “the perfect snack formula is protein + fat + fiber”? Usually this means some type of carb (like fruit or a slice of bread) and then something that has both fat and protein in it (like nuts or nut butter).
But I realized that instead of almond butter, I wanted something with real protein and real fat…(and by “real,” I mean “animal” because that’s what keeps me fullest). Enter…bacon.
Yes, bacon. Why not make bacon the protein/fat basis for your snack!? Instead of having chewy, crunchy, salty nuts, have some crunchy, chewy, salty bacon! And for your fiber? Well…bacon pairs amazingly well with fruit!
I got this idea when I saw some prosciutto-wrapped melon balls in a magazine. Sure, it’s a great summer appetizer, but why not make it a great summer snack? You don’t need a party as an excuse to make this delicious treat.
First I got a cantaloupe and hacked into it. Since I love melon balling, I went that route.
Unfortunately, my melon balls weren’t pretty. They were more “melon half-moons.” No biggie! You can seriously use poorly-hacked chunks of melon if you’re just making it for yourself. You want about 3/4 cup of cantaloupe.
Then I just fried two pieces of bacon. Now, if you’re eating a lot of bacon, it’s important to use good bacon. The additives in superstore bacon are not good for you; since I eat a lot of bacon, I’ve started buying local, uncured, nitrate-free stuff.
Anyway, cook the bacon and then let it cool for about a minute. Then just cut it into bite-size pieces with a sharp knife. I actually cut the pieces too small for wrapping, so instead, I just layered the bacon onto a toothpick between two pieces of the melon half-moons.
When you aren’t entertaining guests, who cares about perfectly wrapped melon balls?!
And then I feasted!
Seriously…this was so good. It’s not secret that I love salty-sweet combos but really, it’s just such a great upgrade to a “fruit + nuts” snack. The bacon is way more satisfying than any nuts. And just mentally, eating a snack like this is awesome. It was like a whole appetizer tray just for myself!