Why You Should Love Eggs
Eggs are a fantastic ingredient to have in your arsenal of recipes. They are versatile, convenient and packed full of protein and nutritional value, including 18 vitamins and minerals to help form part of a balanced diet. They are filling, heart-warming and easy to cook with.
Although the biggest foreseen trend of 2018 is veganism, for those of us out there that are still including animal products in our lives this year (although possibly in smaller doses), eggs are definitely something to keep in the cupboard for a quick fix meal.
There are endless recipes online that use eggs as a fundamental ingredient in healthy meals. But when I’m in need of a delicious breakfast or evening meal, here’s some of my favourites:
- Poached eggs on toast: A bit of a treat with the toast, so shouldn’t be over-indulged on. Save it for the weekends! Add some colour with a layer of warm spinach or beetroot. See this poach for perfect poached eggs. https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/eggs-recipes/poached-eggs/
- Low carb poached egg brekkie: On rest days, stock up on protein but avoid heavy carbs like bread and exchange it for vegetables and pulses. To make it more interesting, play with textures and colours on the plate. I include crunchy seeds, beetroot, peppery rocket, sweet tomatoes and smoked salmon. Eggs are so versatile though, you can experiment with flavours! If you’re in a rush or feeling lazy at dinner times, I sometimes use half a pouch of the readymade 2-min microwave pulses too.
- Omelettes: Possibly the best and easiest to get right, omelettes are a chance to get creative! Chop up the remaining veggies in your fridge at the end of a week and get cooking! Bind it all together in the pan with the eggs and enjoy a yummy, use-up meal.
Some nutritional facts: Eggs are a great source of inexpensive, high quality protein – with more than half of this found in the egg white.
One medium egg contains
76 calories 7.5g protein 5.1g fat 1.4g sat fat
The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, copper and iron. The egg yolk (the best bit, in my opinion) contains more calories and fat that the whites, but is full of amazing the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Although these vitamins aren’t needed in your daily diet, they are crucial to our overall health – so don’t exclude them! They help give us healthy skin, strong bones and teeth, protect cell membranes and assist in blood clotting.
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