Nutrition and Diet

Eggtastic!

The Incredible Edible Egg!

Oh the magical egg. Of all food choices available the egg has received the most criticism over the years. Thirty years ago eggs were to blame for high cholesterol, but then ten years ago they were hailed as incredible. We tend to look at foods as good or bad but in most cases this is a real flaw.

For example, most will avoid eggs because they contain cholesterol and high levels of fat. But eggs contain a very high amount of nutrients that are good for you. For example, the egg yolk has high levels of vitamins and health promoting nutrients. In particular the egg yolk has high levels of lecithin, a natural fat emulsifier that helps your body better absorb and use dietary fats and fat soluble vitamins more efficiently.

What this all boils down to is moderation. A couple of eggs for breakfast aren’t going to kill you, but a half-dozen might. The largest key is to not exceed your daily macronutrient need for carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Most people and health guru’s neglect the macronutrient factor in health. It’s the foundation of diet.

Cooking a Good Egg

Just like the egg controversy of whether they are healthy or not, eggs can be very tasty when prepared the right way or disgusting if cooked the wrong way. Here are some tips for cooking good eggs.

Over Easy Eggs Made…Easy

Pre-heat a large stainless steel frying pan to a medium setting with butter in the pan. Watch the butter until it starts to bubble but not burn. Once butter has bubbled, it will look light and frothy, crack eggs on a flat surface and gently separate shell from eggs. Add eggs to the frying pan. Don’t crack eggs on the edge of the pan as this increases the chance of the yolk falling apart and getting shells in your food.

Crack your eggs the right way!

The eggs should “sizzle” the second it hits the pan. Cook the egg until most of the white portion has become solid. With a non-plastic spatula, test egg for flipping by trying to lift the egg from the pan. If it lifts easily, flip the egg and cook for additional 25-30s. If the eggs sticks to the pan or the whites start to fall apart, the eggs need to cook a bit longer. Enjoy with a bowl of berries and coffee.

Hardboiled Eggs Made Easy

In a large sauce pan add 4-6 cups of water and bring to a boil. With a large ladle gently place eggs into the boiling water being careful not to crack the shell. Boil eggs for 10-15 minutes. Take eggs out of water and let cool in a bowl. Once cooled to a temperature low enough to handle, peel eggshell off and discard. Enjoy the insides of the egg.

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