On a Saturday morning, there’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of bacon sizzling away on the stove. But you know that hours later your body will be grumbling, wondering why it has been subjected to this influx of fat, grease and calories.
The good news is that alternatives to traditional breakfast meats are now widely available — not to mention, a heck of a lot better for you than the real stuff. So next time you head to the store, break your breakfast routine with one of the following:
The grocer offers an array of pre-cooked chicken sausages, which are significantly lower in fat and calories than regular pork sausage. And if you think you’ll be stuck with one or two options, think again. Trader Joe’s chicken sausage comes in a variety of flavors, from jalapeno to apple chardonnay to spicy Italian.
Cookin’ it: Since these sausages are pre-cooked, you can whip them up in a jiffy. Even though the package says they’re microwavable, don’t. Instead, cook them on the stove in a sauté or grill pan to get that delicious exterior crunch.
We avoided “fake” meats for years, figuring they tasted like bland pieces of rubber. And then one fateful day, we saw the light. Whether you prefer links or patties, MorningStar has a veggie sausage for you. Try them in the style of your favorite McDonald’s breakfast sandwich — they taste like the real thing, but without all the grease and shame. And at 76% to 89% less fat than pork sausages, your body will thank you for making the switch.
Cookin’ it: Turns out MorningStar products do taste like rubber if you microwave them. Do yourself a favor and cook them in the oven — flipping the sausages halfway through to ensure even cooking.
Turkey bacon’s been around for years, earning its rep as a lower-sodium, lower-fat alternative to pork bacon. All the well-known meat companies sell turkey bacon these days, including Jennie-O, Oscar-Meyer and Butterball. We’d be lying if we said it tastes as good as regular bacon, but it’s both cheaper and healthier.
Cookin’ it: You get more bang for your buck with turkey bacon, since its low-fat content reduces shrinkage in the cooking process. Turkey bacon is best cooked in a skillet, but watch it carefully — it has a tendency to stick to the pan.