The other day, I came across a great article all about the egg. The Healthiest Food in the World, by Adam Bornstein, is a fantastic article that dissects all of the myths and misconceptions that revolve around the egg. Considered a superfood, Bornstein is hesitant to use this over-used phrase to describe the egg, but that’s exactly what it is. Over the years, people have had a love/hate relationship with the egg because of all of the health claims associated with it, both good and bad. Presently, it is advised to limit the amount of yolks that a person consumes because the yolk contains high amounts of cholesterol as well as fat. However, in this article, Bornstein does a great job explaining the truth behind this as well as why the yolk is so beneficial and why we should stop boycotting it in our morning breakfast. Below are some excerpts from his article that really struck a cord with me when it comes to how we feed our bodies.
“You see, one of the biggest problems in the health industry is that we over-complicate diets. Food becomes stressful, problematic, and negative. That’s the reason so many diets fail: We are victims of extreme measures and manipulated science. We try to boil down solutions into strategic, limited plans that are confusing, difficult to understand, and hard to follow. It’s no wonder so many people struggle with eating.” –Bornstein
“Your real goal? Live the healthiest life you can enjoy, not the healthiest life you can tolerate. Yes, if you have weight to lose, you’ll have to make changes. But if you change so far from who you are and what you enjoy, odds are that it’s not a sustainable plan. Don’t aim for your so-called “ideal” weight; instead aim for what I refer to as your “best” weight, which is the weight you reach when living the healthiest life you can actually enjoy.” –Dr. Yoni Freedhoff
Not only does Bornstein give you lots of really interesting and useful information with regard to the incredible edible egg, he also provides a list of the 20 Best Ways to Use Eggs. Personally, I found it super helpful and inspiring when it comes to adding variety to your mealtime eats. Tonight, I put his list to work. When it came time to decide what “fun” meal to do for a Saturday night dinner, I decided to try out his egg on a pizza. I found a wonderful recipe from Smitten Kitchen (always my go-to for recipes especially when trying out new foods). She has a wonderful recipe for Breakfast Pizza which I ended up customizing a bit due to what I had on hand. Rather than add shallots, I sauteed sweet onions along with the ham (which I used instead of bacon). I left off the chives and the parsley because I simply didn’t have them. After reading a variety of other recipes, I decided to add the eggs halfway through the cooking process to prevent over-cooking the egg. Eggs are so tricky though, next time I think I’ll omit the ham and let the eggs cook for maybe a minute less. It turned out wonderfully and the bf was definitely impressed.
Another egg recipe that we’ve recently tried out, that I would highly highly recommend is one that the bf found. It was incredible. He actually found it on reddit.com for Green Pepper Stuffed with Egg + Onion + Cheddar. The recipe is super simple, it just takes awhile for it to cook, so if you’re already starving, this may not be the best option, but it sure is worth the wait. To make, he used a red pepper which he cut the top off of. After whisking together the eggs + milk + salt + pepper, he added the onion + cheddar + cilantro and poured the mixture into the pepper. We don’t own ramekins, so he ended up using a coffee mug to bake the pepper in, which worked like a charm. Be sure to place on a baking sheet to catch any possible drips. Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes. Let it cool for a bit, cut in half and enjoy. We actually split one which was plenty for the two of us.
So there you have it, a list of 20 ways to use eggs plus a few recipes to help you incorporate more eggs into your diet. As with anything, it’s all about balance. If you eat too many/much of anything, it’s never a good thing. But eggs don’t deserve the bad reputation that they’ve gained over the past several years. Enjoy!