Healthy Breakfast Idea: Scrambled Eggs with Nopal

Including Vegetables in Our Day to Day Diet

Including green vegetables in every meal is one of the most cited guidelines of healthy nutrition. No matter what your diet preferences or choices are, vegetables are recommended in each and every nutritional plan you will ever come across.

Nopal (Prickly Pear)

This image shows the "nopal" or prickly pear with thorns (left), and the nopal clean and ready to be eaten (right), in our quick, easy, healthy and delicious scrambled eggs with nopal recipe.
This image shows the "nopal" or prickly pear with thorns (left), and the nopal clean and ready to be eaten (right), in our quick, easy, healthy and delicious scrambled eggs with nopal recipe. | Source

Soluble Fiber Benefits

  • Reduces the general GI of a meal

  • Relieves constipation
  • Soften stool
  • Shortens transit time through the intestinal tract
  • Increases bulk

So why are vegetables ranked as the ultimate healthy food?

Green vegetables are the ideal foods because they have all the healthy benefits & nutrients, with none of the downfalls:

  • vegetables have a high water and fiber content –specially soluble fiber,
  • vegetables are easy on your digestive system, which means they are easy to digest and do not drain all your energy into digestion (which is why we feel so light after eating them and still wanting to actually move after eating);
  • vegetables are the only and best source of the natural minerals and vitamins our body needs to work properly, stay healthy and look good;
  • vegetables have a low glycemic index (GI), which ensures that the energy they provide will be gradually released into the blood stream, avoiding the undesirable negative insulin peaks that leave us feeling tired, make us store fat and increases our risk factors for type II diabetes;
  • vegetables have a low caloric count.

What is Nopal?

Nopal is a vegetable made from a young segment of prickly pear, or "Nopal Cactus", peeled to remove the spines. The fleshy flat hand-sized pad is widely eaten in Mexico as part of many stews, salads and sides.

Including Vegetables at Breakfast

Eating scrambled eggs with vegetables is an excellent way to include some healthy greens in your breakfast.

Eggs have been demonized by popular ignorance, but they actually are a very good source of protein, and an excellent way to activate the metabolism and start the day full of energy. They will NOT increase your cholesterol if you don’t eat them with loads of bread and/or bacon, sausage, ham, etcetera.


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Nopal Health Benefits

Of all the healthy veggie choices, nopal is my favorite one and probably the best of bests. It is rich in insoluble, but especially soluble, natural fiber, vitamins A, C, K, B6 and riboflavin, as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and copper. Nopales also reduce the overall glycemic effect of a meal, which helps to lose weight and control diabetes.


Scrambled eggs with Nopal, a healthy breakfast full of good low GI carbohydrates, aminoacids, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Scrambled eggs with Nopal, a healthy breakfast full of good low GI carbohydrates, aminoacids, fiber, vitamins and minerals. | Source
Sautee onion and Serrano chili in hot oil.
Sautee onion and Serrano chili in hot oil. | Source
Add the vibrant green raw nopal.
Add the vibrant green raw nopal. | Source
Cooking Nopal: When the nopal is cooked it turns from a vibrant green color to a yellowish green.
Cooking Nopal: When the nopal is cooked it turns from a vibrant green color to a yellowish green. | Source

How to Make Scrambled Eggs with Nopal

Ingredients

Recipe for 1 Serving:

1 nopal chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped onion (you don’t have to actually measure it but I decided on 1 tablespoon just to give you an idea)

1 small Serrano chili finely chopped

2 cage free chicken eggs

½ tablespoon vegetable oil of your choice

Salt & Pepper

Procedure

Poor the oil in a previously heated pan and sauté the onion with the chili; after a minute or so, add the chopped nopal, and cook for a few minutes more until it changes color. It will turn from a vibrant green to a yellowish green; this means it is cooked.

While the nopal is cooking, beat the eggs in a separate bowl, season with salt and pepper, and add to the pan once the nopal has changed color. Stir for a minute or two until the egg cooks and you are done!


Nopal Medicine

Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System
Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System

Nopal has been found to enclose multiple medicinal effects that have proven useful in the treatment of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) and gastrointestinal & digestive disorders. This is a book that focuses on the effect of nopal in some of these common problems.

 

Nopal and Natural Medicine

Due to the many health benefits of Nopal, numerous nopal products (which go from tablets to powder to liquid extract) have been developed in the natural medicine industry. If you are planning on using them, do not drop your allopathic medication cold turkey -particularly in the case of Diabetes-, start taking them as a complement and consult with your physician. See where that can take you.

The best way to ingest nopal, as always, is in its fresh natural form, and thanks to this globalized world we are living in, it might not be so difficult to find it where you live in now a day.


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Raw Broccoli & Cranberry Salad | Source

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Comments on Healthy Veggie Inclusive Breakfasts and Nopal Health Benefits 10 comments

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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Claudia - Both the recipes in this hub look like they must have a ton of flavor. I had no idea that prickly pear (nopal) was edible. And I absolutely love cranberries in salad, but never thought of including them with broccoli. How delicious. ~voted up~


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Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Ktrapp, thanks for your kind comments and feedback. I am glad I could give you a couple of new ideas to increase your culinary repertoire. The Nopal or Prickly pear is a very healthy vegetable you can include in your diet, not just with scrambled eggs but in multiple different ways. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of Nopal properties and health benefits, which is way I published this hub and wanted to share this healthy breakfast idea.


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ktrapp 5 years ago from Illinois

Unfortunately, I don't think I can get nopal where I live; at least there is no shortage of other very tasty and nutritious vegetables.


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Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico Author

Yes, I thought that might be a problem…… Well, on the other hand, broccoli is certainly one of those vegetables available everywhere.

Thanks for dropping by again.


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justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

They sell this at my local market, and I have asked many Hispanic people how to use it. The instructions are always very complicated! This is a recipe I can and will use! Voted up and useful! :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

justmesuzanne, I am glad to have been of service; nopal is a very healthy vegetable which is unfortunately foreign and unknown to many people. I hope you like the nopal new experience and enjoy eating this healthy breakfast idea. Thanks for the votes and input; you are very kind.


irene winniczuk 4 years ago

your recipes are simple, tasty, healthy and with incredibly clear instructions and beautiful presentation

I feel you must be a delightful person!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Irene, thanks you for all your praise and lovely comments, I feel humbled. Glad you liked the recipe and hope you enjoy many happy breakfasts eating scrambled eggs with nopal!


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theraggededge 4 years ago from Wales

I have scrambled eggs several times week. Don't think I can get my hands on prickly pear, here in Wales, though :( Beautifully crafted Hub!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi theraggededge, thanks for dropping by :) I know, prickly pear is not as wide spread as we would hope for....

Thanks for your comments and feedback, I really appreciate them.

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