Thursday, April 13, 2017

Eggs - Not JUST for Easter!

Hey peeps!  Happy almost Easter!  By now you've probably hard boiled a batch or so and maybe dyed if you have children.  My kids are currently obsessed with cracking and peeling the outer shells and stare in pure amazement as I cut the egg in half to reveal the yolk within.  It's a mesmerizing world isn't it? 




But I'm not here to talk about toddlers or egg colors.  I'm here to tell you why you should be eating these magical little nuggets of nutrients on the regular and what it can do for your health.

I honestly don't think I started consuming tons of eggs because I love them.  I think I did it out of pure laziness.  Because when you want something healthy but you don't feel like flavoring, trimming, and preparing and entire hunk of meat, it's pretty darn quick and simple to just crack an egg into a pan and voila, you have a hot cooked meal in a matter of minutes.  But in case you need more convincing about WHY you need to add more eggs to your diet, here are a few darn good reasons to keep your fridge stocked with them well after this Easter season...

1. Eggs are bursting with vitamins and minerals - vitamin A, folate, vitamin B (several of them), phosphorus, selenium, even trace amounts of vitamin D, E, K, Calcium, and Zinc.  All of these packed into 77 teeny weeny calories and 6 grams of protein, you really can't get much better when it comes to getting the most bang for your nutritional buck.

2. Eggs can lower your risk of heart disease.  This might sound backwards since eggs are high in cholesterol, thus many people avoid them.  But please know, not all cholesterol is created equal.  There's a difference between cholesterol in your diet and cholesterol in your blood, and eggs tend to raise your HDL, the "good" cholesterol.  Studies have shown that people with higher levels of HDL are linked to a reduced risk of many diseases and that it can even help to change your LDL cholesterol for the better.  

3. Eggs contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs to function... and those you need to stay fit and trim for summer.  I'm throwing that in because it's probably the reason you're reading this blog, so yes, it will help you with that too ;)

4. Eggs help you eat fewer calories.  I don't know about you but I try to finish just 2 eggs and I often am struggling.  I feel so full I can barely consume more and often end up throwing the last few bites away out of pure fullness.  Eggs are incredibly satiating.  On the flip side, I can down 2 doughnuts easily and will be quickly looking for more after.  

5. Eggs are affordable and they last.  Ok, besides the benefits to our body, I equally have to weigh the benefits to my sanity, and the truth is, breakfast for dinner nights are my saving grace when it comes to having little time or energy and still feeding my family a good meal.  If I shop on the weekend, I might have to be wary of my meat or veggies going bad by week's end, but not eggs.  And at 69 cents a dozen at Aldi, who says eating healthy has to be expensive?  

If you want to get in shape and improve your health, eat more eggs.  If you want the best eggs, buy organic or omega-3 enriched.  And if you want to say duck it and work on that belly, go try the chocolate covered pretzel doughnut at Dunkin' because it's 100% delicious and you must have one under your belt regardless of your fitness goals.  Either way, I won't be making judgements.  Just spreading from food for thought!  Have a great holiday! xo


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