6 Great Health Benefits of Eggs (and 7 ‘Egg-ceptional’ Recipes)
Earlier this week I weighed the nutritional benefits of the egg white versus the egg yolk. In reality the egg is something you should keep as a part of your diet. It is easy to prepare, delicious and good for you.
Here are a few more reasons why eating eggs is important for your body:
- One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids.
- Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneration due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.
- They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline, an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system and cardiovascular system.
- Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.
- Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least six eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44 percent.
- Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals.
I love eggs for breakfast, lunch, snack or even dinner. I love breakfast for dinner (which I call “brinner”), and eggs are a great way to do this. There are so many different ways to prepare and enjoy eggs, from scrambled to hard-boiled to poached or mixed as an egg salad. I also love that eggs are easy to prepare and pair very well with many different vegetables.
Here are a few of my favorite egg recipes that are delicious and healthy:
- Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles — sometimes I dice other peppers into this dish too
- Deviled Eggs — sometimes I add a little bit of curry powder to change it up
- Artichoke-Scrambled Egg Benedict — most of the time I don’t use the pancetta and I will poach the eggs like a traditional egg Benedict.
- Bacon, Egg and Asparagus Pizza — I use this recipe as the foundation for this pizza, but I have tried a variety of different vegetables and toppings.
- Green Eggs and Ham Frittata — I love this on St. Patrick’s Day or sometimes the morning before a big Michigan State game.
- Italian Egg-Drop Soup — I have added tiny little meatballs to this to make it the ultimate combination of Italian Wedding Soup and Asian Egg Drop Soup.
- My favorite sandwich is what I call the B.L.A.T.E. It is a BLT doctored up to include avocado or guacamole and egg. I like to have an over-medium egg on whole grain bread, or I will make an egg salad and put the BLATE in a wrap. It is yumtastic!
I would love to hear about some of your favorite egg recipes. When is your favorite time of day to eat eggs? What’s your favorite way to prepare them? I hope you have an egg-cellent day!
Photo Credit: TheCulinaryGeek