Eggs really are Great!

Do you remember that commercial about eggs?  The song was so damn catchy and I think it went something like…”I love eggs from my head down to my legs…the incredible edible egg!”  While the song played people were dancing around and making eggs, eating eggs, and displaying egg dishes.  I loved that commercial growing up and I loved eggs!  But when I got to college I was surrounded by egg bashers and egg haters.  In the dining hall we’d have the option of egg whites, eggbeaters or straight up eggs and I quickly fell in love with egg white omelets. Where can you go wrong? Delish, nutritious, and without all the calories of a three egg omelet! Silly me thought it was the eggs adding the extra calories to my omelet. It wasn’t! Eggs aren’t bad at all, they’re pretty great!

Here’s the lowdown on an egg.  One large egg (yolk and all) has only 75 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 6.3 grams of protein and vitamins B12, C, D, E, K, Zinc, and iron.  Damn! All that from one little egg; how awesome. An egg does have 212 milligrams of cholesterol, a bit high for one single food. But that’s only one downside, not bad at all! I did some research and there’s no evidence that eggs raise cholesterol or are a factor in heart disease.

Like most all foods, the egg is good in moderation.  Moderation people! I’ll be honest, I don’t want to go somewhere and eat a three or four egg omelet that has milk or buttermilk added to it and then loaded with meat, veggies, and cheese. That’s a gut busting, high calorie meal! You’re looking at upwards of six hundred calories.  Be aware, one egg or two eggs a day is great for you; our body needs fat and not all fat is bad! But the fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol add up quick, especially when mixed with other foods.

On a personal note, I’m having a love affair with hard-boiled eggs.  I normally eat the whole thing, I love that little yolk, but sometimes I’ll eat just the white! You can do wonderful things with a hard-boiled egg.  Eat it plain, top a salad with one, or add it to a soup.  My personal favorite is creating egg salad!  Smash up that egg, season how you like, spicy please, add one laughing cow cheese and a tablespoon of Greek non-fat yogurt and voila.  Mix it all together for a salad topper or as a sandwich. It’s quite wonderful.  Gone are those high fat, multiple egg, egg salads and here to stay is the healthy, wonderfully tasty version of a classic food!

Love your eggs! They’re filling and yummy any time of day. Egg whites are great for watching your calories and all eggs in moderation. Give way to those crazy critics and enjoy a nice incredible egg!

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