Welcome to the ninth edition of Weekend Wellness! In honor of Father’s Day this weekend I have a different spin on my usual weekend wellness post. I’m talking bacon along with four of my favorite F-words – finance, fitness, food & fun, and a new recipe.
Finance – Bring Home The Bacon
What’s money got to do with bacon?
Bringing home the bacon may be defined as “To earn money, particularly for one’s family; to be successful, especially financially successful.” – The Phrase Finder
I found three stories that making claims on the origination of the phrase ‘bring home the bacon.’
One originates from the early 1100’s. It is said that in the small town of Great Dunmow in Essex, England, the church Prior awarded a “flitch” (side of bacon) to a couple who impressed him with their devotion to each other. Every four years this practice continues with couples competing to with the flitch, through displays of devotion.
The second relates to the sport of boxing. In 1906, boxing was already a popular way to earn money, and Joe Gans was fighting for the world lightweight championship in Goldfield, Nevada. Before the match, Joe received a telegram from his mother – “Joe, the eyes of the world are on you. Everybody says you ought to win. Peter Jackson will tell me the news, and you bring home the bacon.” Win he did! And the bacon he sent home to mom? A reported $6,000.
The last story I read believes the phrase originated from the traditional county fairs game of catching a greased pig. The prize being the pig himself if you were able to catch it, hence you were bringing home the bacon.
I grew up believing it came from Jean Nate.
Fitness – Can You Burn It Off?
Bacon is high in calories, fat, and sodium. You’ll need about 10-12 minutes of running to burn off a serving. Unfortunately, exercise may not be enough to combat the unhealthy effects of this breakfast food.
Food – Fruits and Veggies with a Side of Bacon
The bad news. There is minimal nutritional value in bacon. It is a processed food which I don’t recommend, as processed meats are not considered safe to eat according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Bacon’s high amount of saturated fat and cholesterol may be a contributor to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. And foods high in saturated fat and dietary cholesterol are known to increase an individual’s cholesterol levels. So it may be best to avoid it all together.
Should you choose to treat yourself on special occasions, look for uncured, center cut, low-sodium varieties. Keep the serving size small (2-3 slices) and include antioxidant-rich fruits or vegetables, such as berries, prunes, raisins, leafy greens, broccoli, beets, or peppers, with your meal.
While I think it would be fun to try to find a county fair who still offers the greased pig contest how about some fun pig facts instead – 22 Fun Facts About Pigs!
In honor of dad’s here’s a couple of great posts I hope you’ll check out:
40 Great Things About Fatherhood – MySonsFather.com
A Tribute To My Dad – The Retirement Manifesto
And for the ladies who may still be looking for ways to pamper their husband this weekend – Spoil Your Husband for Free
Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Happy Father’s Day!
Bacon Wrapped Garlic Stuffed Olives
Great as an appetizer!
12 slices bacon (uncured, center cut, reduced sodium is best)
36 large garlic stuffed green olives
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut each slice of bacon slice crosswise into 3 equal pieces.
Wrap one piece of bacon around one olive and secure ends with a toothpick. Wrap all 36 olives.
Bake until bacon is crisp and brown, 30-35 minutes.
Drain grease on paper towels.
Serve in a bowl or on a platter.
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