The incredible, edible egg. I’m currently a little obsessed with eggs. And today I’d like to set the record straight on our little friend. You see, the egg is sometimes vilified, especially the egg yolk. So what’s the scoop? Is it healthy? Does it raise cholesterol? Should you eat the yolk? What color do you buy? Do they need to be “cage free”?
Should you eat the yolk?
For the love of everything holy…….STOP THROWING AWAY THE YOLK!!!!!!!!!!!
While it’s true that a large part of the fat and calories are contained in the yolk, it also contains all the magic. Many dieters try to cut the calories but keep the protein content by throwing out the yolk. But I’m not a fan of counting calories. I’d rather count nutrients. And the sweet little yellow sphere in the middle is where it’s at!
The yolk contains:
- 43 % of an eggs protein
- 100 % off the eggs
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- 90 %
- Vitamin b6
Contrary to popular believe, eggs do not cause high cholesterol or heart disease. Many nutritional experts believe that eating eggs, including the yolk, actually aids in weight loss, not weight gain. Aside from all of the wonderful vitamins and minerals, egg yolks also contain essential fatty acids. Now why on earth would you want to toss aside all of that goodness? If you’re eating eggs for the health benefits, it’s clear you need to eat the WHOLE egg. (Don’t even get me started on egg whites out of a carton)
What kind of eggs should you buy?
There are so many egg choices out there. I prefer to find them fresh and local. There are many people that have chickens these days. I bet you know a few, even if you don’t realize it. If you’re here in Michigan, just ask me. I know several people who have egg-laying chickens and sell the eggs for a great price. Or, toss a post up on Facebook. Someone that you know, knows someone. 😉
If this isn’t an option, cage free organic eggs are the next best things. They are still pretty stale compared to fresh off the farm. And they are probably not raised running around in fields all day like you imagine. But they are better than the chickens confined to tiny cages where they can’t even move.
You will know if you have a fresh egg if the yolk is a bit more difficult to break. This surprised me when I started buying fresh eggs. I thought they were faulty. It was then explained to me that with store bought eggs the yolks break so easily because the eggs are months old and the membranes are breaking down. GROSS!!!!
The color of the egg doesn’t matter much. Different colors of eggs come from different breads of chickens. It’s what they are fed, and how they are raised that will effect the quality of an egg.
How to prepare your eggs
The obvious choices are to scramble them, fry them, or hard boil them. Poached eggs are a super healthy choice as well since they are cooked in water. No added fat or frying required! Since my favorite are fried eggs, I just fry them in coconut oil. Delicious and more healthy fats!
Eggs are fantastic for breakfast. But they’re more versatile than you may be giving them credit for. I will throw an egg into any recipe. Stir fry, on top of a burger, on top of a stuffed poblano pepper, on a sandwich, or hard boiled in any type of cold salad.
Here are some of my favorite egg recipes from around the web. I hope you enjoy!
I have not made this recipe, but it looks amazing and it’s for sure happening this weekend! If you are on the Slenderiiz meal plan, substitute the bacon for turkey bacon or homemade breakfast sausage.
I make these little muffins on a regular basis, with some variation on what I throw in them. They are quick and easy and can be made in batches to last a few days. I love quick and easy in the morning!
Any recipe that uses avocado in place of mayo is a winner. I also substitute the sour cream for equal amounts of plain yogurt.
For more information about why eggs are so great, check out this blog. 6 Reasons Why Eggs Are The Healthiest Food on The Planet
What’s your favorite way to eat an egg?