Eggs are such a staple in my diet. It is said to aim for 3-4 servings per week of this healthy powerhouse, and let’s just say I don’t have a hard time exceeding that recommendation. For the longest time eggs have developed a negative reputation because they’re “bad for you” due to their high levels of cholesterol and fat, but that’s actually been proven incorrect. It is that same thinking that lead to low-fat diets, the same approach that has been making North American’s waistlines larger over the past decade. People fear fat. It’s true. What they don’t understand is that fat doesn’t make you fat. “Whole eggs contain more essential vitamins and minerals per calorie than virtually any other food.” They also provide antioxidants that help with macular degeneration and cataracts. A little bit more about the egg:
- 1 large egg (50g)
Calories: 71, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Carbs: 0g, Selenium: 23%, Riboflavin: 14%, Vitamin B12: 11%.
One of the greatest things about this perfect diet food is that you can incorporate it in just about any meal of the day. Make an omelette in the morning, whip up a healthy egg sandiwch for lunch, or toss it (sliced) in a salad for dinner as a protein source. Eggs have to be one of the most versatile healthy foods out there. Have I mentioned that they’re also inexpensive and delicious!? Here’s one of my favourite egg breakfasts:
- 1 large egg (scrambled)
- 1 avocado
- 2 slices turkey
Slap all of those onto a 100% whole wheat english muffin and you have yourself a nutritious and delicious healthy breakfast full of protein and fiber to keep you full for a while. Not to mention that people who eat breakfast statistically eat less, AND on top of that recent research has determined that people who ate EGGS for breakfast ate 264 fewer calories in a day. So the moral of the story is… eggs are a nutrient dense powerfood that totally create a strong foundation for a healthy diet.