Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, eggs are such a simple, delicious and nutritions solution for those busy days! You can whip up a few eggs faster than you can dial 555-pizza or get the gut buster Chinese platter delivered to your door!
Bonus: eggs won’t put you into a food coma OR require you to unbutton your jeans! So I guess you could say that eggs are a pretty sexy food. SHWWWWIIINGG!
Whenever my fridge is lacking or I’m pressed for time, eggs & greens are my go-to solution. There are so many ways to cook eggs that everytime I think about them, I have a Bubba-Gump moment and my southern twang accent kicks into high gear. Poached eggs, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, over-easy eggs, egg omelette, egg frittata, fried eggs, egg gumbo… The point is, that these little gaffers are so versatile you can make them work for whatever your in the mood for!
Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of nutrition shall we:
One of the highest quality sources of protein:
Eggs are a complete protein, which means they contain adequate proportions of all 9 essential amino acids necessary for human health. Think you need to be a body builder to need protein? Think again. Protein is necessary for the production of anti-bodies (essential for your immune system), repairing tissue, balancing blood sugar levels (keeping you from turning into the 3pm donut grabbin’ bandit) as well as keeping your hair lush, skin glowing and nails strong and healthy. *Bonus: Eggs are also a heck of a lot cheaper than fish or chicken and require nearly no chef-skills, which makes them a great solution for those novice chefs on a shoestring budget!
Promote Thyroid Health
Eggs are a great source of thyroid supporting nutrients like iodine and selenium. Your thyroid is one super important little gland! Your body is a complex factory with many moving parts, assembly lines, machines and a huge staff of factory workers. The thyroid has a managerial position and when supported properly, deserves employee of the month! When given the proper nutrients your thyroid can go about it’s day bossing everyone around and making sure sh*% gets done! But if this guy needs to call in sick, production slows down and performance drops (weight gain, low energy etc…). The thyroid is responsible for the production of hormones that regulate metabolism, calcium levels, body temperature and also affects how other body systems functions. So like any business, managers need support from their CEO’s (A.K.A: YOU) in order to run a successful factory!
Eggs are great for keeping your brain running like a well-oiled machine with nutrients like Vitamin D (helps prevent depression), choline (supports the nervous system and brain health) and a great source of Tryptophan which is proven to boost your mood, promote relaxation and support emotional stability. Eggs are the ultimate good mood food 🙂
Over the years, egg yolks have been unfairly demonized for their levels of cholesterol and fat leading to people ditching the yolk and eating only egg whites. Woah, woah people, hold the phone! The yolk contains 1/2 the amount of the protein found in eggs and that’s where most of the vitamins and minerals are too! So without opening up the can of worms that is the “Great cholesterol debate” (I’ll save this info for another post) I say Yolk up and ditch the fat-phobic mentality!
It’s also important to keep in mind that happy hens makes happier, healthier eggs so make sure to choose organic, free-run /cage-free brands. Brown VS White? You may be surprised to learn that both are basically nutritionally identical. What’s the difference? Brown eggs come from brown hens. White eggs come from white hens. Mind blowing, I know…
Here’s one of my favourite go-to egg recipe. Get creative, try it out, switch it up and let me know what you come up with!
- 1-2 eggs
- 2 Cups mixed greens (I love an arugula & spinach blend)
- 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Basil Pesto (Sunflower Kitchen makes amazing pestos! )
- 1 Tsbp Crumbled goats cheese OR 1/2 avocado (for a dairy free version)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Prepare eggs any way you like 'em! I love mine poached, scrambled or soft boiled.
- Place prepared eggs on top of mixed greens. Drizzle with olive oil, schlop on some pesto and top with crumbled goat cheese or sliced avocado. Season with salt & pepper to taste and dig in!
- *To poach eggs: Bring a large pot of water until ALMOST at a simmer. Add a splash of vinegar to water. Crack the egg into a small bowl (one egg at a time). Stir water with a spoon to create a 'whirlpool' effect. Poor the egg into the middle of the swirling tornado and watch the egg white wrap around the yolk helping to bind it all together. Turn off heat & allow the egg to cook for 5 mins (or until desired done-ness). Remove the egg from the water with a slotted spoon and serve.