E Is For Eggcellent: Virtues Of A Good Egg

Eggs

By Kristin Yancy

It’s finally spring! Tis’ the season of blooming flowers, packed farmers markets, and dreamy pastels. Maybe these sunny mornings are encouraging you to rise and shine and…make breakfast? Committing to a well-rounded breakfast is one of the best ways to lose weight or maintain weight loss, and what would breakfast be without the egg? Long considered the staple of a good morning meal, eggs once got a bad rap for being too high in cholesterol and saturated fats– but it’s time the egg got a Fly Gyal makeover!

The Facts:

While one large egg does have two thirds of the daily-recommended amount of cholesterol, researchers have found that the cholesterol in eggs contributes less to heart disease than originally thought (as opposed to saturated fats!), and that the nutrients in eggs outweigh the concern of high dietary cholesterol intake.

At only 75 calories, one egg has 7 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 1.5 grams of saturated fat, as well as vitamins A, C, D, E and iron.

Though egg whites are often considered a much healthier option because they contain no saturated fat, most of the nutrients in eggs are actually in the yolk.  Eating the whole egg is recommended for receiving the most nutritional gain.

Many manufacturers are enriching chicken feed to enhance the healthy omega 3 fatty acids in eggs.

Because eggs are rich in protein, they will keep you feeling full longer. A diet full of lean protein and fiber is a diet that wards off hunger pains, unhealthy snacks, and binge eating.

The Fun:

The good news is enjoying eggs in your daily diet can be quick, easy, and fun! Try them with a slice of turkey and low fat cheddar on a wheat English muffin, or load an omelet with spinach, mushrooms, onion, red pepper, and mozzarella. Step up your brunch game with this awesome baked egg recipe, or make your guests a delicious Mexican scramble.  Have eggs for lunch or dinner with an Egg-White Muffin Melt or this Chicken, Potato, and Fried Egg Hash. And have an eggsemplary, eggciting day!

Got an egg recipe you think is healthy and Fly? Send it in! As always, check with your doctor before you make any major adjustments to your diet or if you have concerns about your cholesterol. 

Thanks to Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health, and WebMD for the egg tips and tricks!
Photo via The Delicious Cook.
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