Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Reasons to Eat Eggs for Healthy High Quality Protein

Any of my coworkers or family will tell you that I'm a huge fan of eggs. On my honeymoon in Italy, for most of the trip, I craved eggs for breakfast because there not as common by the locals in the morning. I've noticed that if I eat eggs, especially in the morning, I have more energy, longer. On days when I workout at lunch, I try to eat eggs for breakfast. Eggs are perfect for any meal or snack.

Eggs are a high-quality protein and nutritionally-rich food for relatively few calories and comparative cost. The best options are organic, cage-free. Today, Dr. Mercola, health researcher, put out a very informative article on the health benefits of eggs. I encourage you to look at it so you educate yourself on these important facts. Here are some tips for making eggs quickly during the work week.


  • At night, crack eggs and store in an airtight bowl in the refrigerator.

  • In the morning, preheat a small skillet on medium heat. Coat with cooking spray. Use a fork to lightly beat and pour into the skillet. Scramble for egg burrito or cook omelet style for egg sandwiches.

  • Store eggs from the stove-top in an airtight microwaveable container that you can reheat by the time you get to work.

  • First, boil eggs on Sunday and set aside in the fridge for work.

  • For snacks, pair with an orange or your favorite fruit

  • For lunch, make a quick egg salad for a sandwich or make a chef salad with other lunch meat.

Making perfect hard-boiled eggs:

In a small saucepan, add 3-4 inches of water and bring to a boil on high. When water is "rolling" use a large spoon and drop in the egg gently in the water. I typically cook 4-6 at a time. Turn the heat to medium to maintain the boil, but not overflow. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Drain the water in the sink and cover with cold water. Add ice to stop the cooking process. Let cool and eat immediately or store in a bowl in the refrigerator for future use.

I find it's best to peel the egg when you're planning on eating it. To peel, gently push on the egg on a flat surface to crack the shell. It should be easy to take off the shell pieces. I try to eat them within the week for maximum freshness.

These are a couple of ideas that may work for you to help you save time, while eating a nutritious and energy-packed meal or snack.

1 comment:

  1. Eggs ARE great. They do carry a risk of salmonella so you need to handle and cook with this in mind.

    This is especially important for children, elderly, pregnant women and anyone with a compromised immune system.

    Pasteurized shell eggs are available at many grocery stores. They taste great and are safe even raw. One less thing to be concerned about...