Eggs have been a tried and true staple in diets around the world for centuries. Forget about the bad rap some people try to give eggs because of the cholesterol content. News flash…we need cholesterol! Why do we need it? It’s in the outer layer of our cells, we need it for growth and for the production of hormones. Our bodies make cholesterol, unless we eat it, then it stops. Your amazing body knows how to balance itself out. If you are eating well, cholesterol most likely will not be an issue.
What about the yolk? Vitamins, minerals and protein are found in the WHOLE egg including calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid and B12 of the egg, vitamins A, D and E, omega-3 fatty acids, choline, lutein and zeaxanthin. Whoa…and some people are trying to say this superfood is bad for me?!
Where to get eggs? The Get Healthy Program encourages eating foods from healthy, happy animals. Check into your local farmers for free-range chickens. The best label to look for is “Certified Humane” when you go to the grocery store. Whole Foods carries Vital Farms eggs which are the most beautiful color orange in a yolk that I have ever seen!
How many should I eat? Limit it to 2 per day, unless you’re very big framed, then have 3.
How to cook them? Fry them in a pan with butter, stuff an omelet with lot of greens, scramble them in a veggie and potato mash, hard or soft boiled…the possibilities are endless!
Enjoy these 3 quick fried egg recipes that will not take you more than 5 minutes to make!
For all, melt some butter in a pan and add 1-2 eggs. Cook about 2 minutes (depending on if you like them runny or not) and flip, cooking for another minute. Top with Himalayan or Celtic salt, pepper and chili powder!
*** These recipes are all Phase 1 friendly for the Get Healthy Program
- Top your fired egg with sautéed spinach and salsa. Boom, easy!
- Have a salad on the side. Arugula and strawberries topped with balsamic vinegar. Add goat cheese and walnuts in Phase 2 and beyond.
- Butter lettuce, cucumbers, grape tomatoes topped with the egg and honey mustard dressing.