I love crispy bacon. It's one of the hardest things I've given up by going vegan. Smart Bacon is my first attempt to find a bacon substitute. As a soybean and wheat base product, it's definitely healthier and better for the environment (and pigs!) than bacon. It's not a bad alternative if you're craving bacon. The taste is somewhat like bacon. The texture and "feel" isn't really like bacon but not at all bad. Overall, Smart Bacon is worth a try if you're looking for a bacon substitute.
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Certified Vegan by vegan.org (guilt free!) Uses non-bioengineered soybeans Made in the U.S.A (Turners Falls, MA) Can find it in most grocery stores Two slices are worth 1 Weight Watchers point (40 cal / 0 fiber / 2g fat) Zero saturated fat and cholesterol No nitrites None of the ingredients seem overly "weird" Easy to cook in a skillet Lightlife donates 5% of its profits to environmental, human rights, and children protection organizations
Doesn't exactly replicate the bacon experience (both in taste and in texture) Excessive packaging (in my opinion). The product is wrapped in plastic and then encased in a paper box. No fiber. I know bacon doesn't have fiber either but this is engineered to be better, right? Contains soy and wheat (only bad if you're allergic to these ingredients) You need to be a little careful when separating individual slices. It's easy to accidentally tear the slice apart.
I'm going to keep some in the fridge for when I feel like having some "bacon". Smart Bacon by Lightlife is a decent substitute even though it falls short of the whole "bacon experience". I believe that my ultimate goal will be to just get over bacon in general and eventually not need a substitute at all.
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Smart Bacon Meatless Veggie Strips, 5 oz (1 Pack)
- 2 grams of protein in each strip
- One, 5 oz package
- Ships in insulated packaging with gel packs