Are Eggs Healthy For You
All About Eggs
One of my favorite memories of my grandmother is sitting in the nook eating toad-in-the-hole. She just buttered both sides of her fresh baked bread and cut a hole in the middle with a cookie cutter. She fried the bread in a pan and broke an egg into the center. I liked my yolks runny so I could dip up the yolk with the rest of the fried bread. Awesome.
Her farmhouse was one of the only houses I've been in that has a breakfast nook. It was always sunny and special. I am surprised I haven't seen a house since with a breakfast nook.
Here is a collection of egg facts and tips that should get you cracking more often. Enjoy!
Are Eggs Good For You?
I eat eggs almost every day because eggs are nature perfect food. Health wise one large egg contains 70 calorie and less than 5 grams of fat. Besides that they are full of other nutrients like iron vitamins and essential minerals. Eggs are one of the best high quality proteins with up to 9 essential amino acids. All this makes sense as it is the everything a chick needs to get a good start in life.
If you are worried about cholesterol, don't be. Research suggests that moderate consumption of eggs by healthy individuals has no bearing on increasing your chances of getting heart disease.
I eat eggs every day because I like eggs. I eat them mostly as hard boiled eggs in my lunch. Eggs are awesome for breakfast as most people eat them then, but I eat them for lunch in salads, for supper in quiches or omelets, I even put a fried egg on my hamburger. That is awesome.
Eggszactly What You Need
Microwave eggs anyone? Fast food. Perfect for making Cobb salads last minute.
Can't boil an egg? Let this machine do it for you. Hard boiled soft boiled even poached for that Eggs Benedict. Easy and anything.
I like how they show this egg cup upside down. Or maybe it is just me... or my Mom. She used to give us two soft boiled eggs, one uncut under the egg cup and one cut open on top. She was special that way.
Here's a simple time you throw in the pot with your eggs and changes color depending on how you like your eggs.
Special cookware that allows you to cook healthier by not cooking in water. This keeps the vitamins locked int he food and not poured down the sink with the cooking water.
I haven't tried this with ordinary cookware but my special thick walled premium cookware allows me to boil eggs without water. I fold a sheet of wet paper towel on the bottom of the pot and put my eggs on the towel. Cover and heat for five minutes and turn the heat off and let sit for 5 more. Perfect hard boiled eggs ever time.
The dark ring around the yolk when you hard boil an egg is the natural reaction to the sulfur and iron in the egg when you slow boil and egg. Cooking my way - no ring.
Egg Facts - The Benefits of Eggs
- Organic Eggs vs Regular Eggs
Organic eggs are eggs of chickens fed certified organic feed. There are no nutritional differences between organic eggs and regular eggs.
- The Color of The Yoke
I originally thought the color of the yolks determined if the egg was fresh or not. It turns out it is the feed they are given. The light colored yokes are from hens fed wheat grains as their main feed. Hens fed corn and alfalfa are darker yellow. The color has little to suggest the nutritional value but its harder to please the eye.
- How to tell if eggs are fresh
Fresh eggs sink in water, so when you are boiling them be aware of the floaters.
When cracking an egg to fry it, a fresh egg has a yolk that sits high in the center, then older they get the more they spread out. The whites should be thick and stick close to the yolk. The older the egg the less defined the whites will be, so if you crack an egg and it spreads out the fill the pan, throw it out.
- Egg Storage
Buy eggs in a cardboard carton not the foam type. Not only is it more environmentally friendly but the cardboard container protect the eggs from absorbing odors from the fridge. Store the eggs in the main body of the fridge and not the door. Eggs need that colder temp to stay fresh longer.
- Specialty Eggs
There are many new variations of eggs found at the grocers these days. They may be nutritional variances or just the way the hens are housed. Omega-3 enhanced, vitamin-enhanced, organic, vegetarian, premium quality, free run or free range. Let you preferences be tempered with informative guidance and your conscience.
My New Favorite
I love eggs. Fried eggs on my burgers, toad-in-the-hole is egg in fried bread, but my new favorite is just a fried egg on a peanut butter sandwich (toasted or not) It's quick, simple and awesome.