EGGS-cellent Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert
January is for egg lovers. Well, any month can be for egg lovers, but this month has been designated National Egg Month (apparently along with May, which is a little confusing, but we love eggs either way so we'll go with both of them). Whether you like them scrambled, soft-boiled, hard-boiled; over-easy; sunny-side-up, or fried ... the egg is a great go-to as part of a meal or as a snack. Here's why we love the incredible, edible egg.
With just 75 calories and a whopping 7 grams of high quality protein, eggs are an easy choice to help keep you feeling full longer while providing you with necessary building blocks to help you repair and build tissues in your body. Protein can help fight off fatigue and the numerous vitamins and minerals found in eggs like Vitamins B12, B2, B5, Vitamin A, and Selenium are essential resources to help us maintain peak performances in our bodies. Egg yolks do have about 4.5 grams of fat and about 60% of our RDA of cholesterol, so if you need to follow a low-fat diet or have high cholesterol you should always consult your doctor for dietary recommendations. Using egg whites only is a great low-fat, zero cholesterol alternative. You can also opt for using one whole egg with a few whites to take advantage of all the nutrients found in the yolk while getting a nice punch of protein. More nutritional information and recipe ideas can be found on the American Egg Board's website, but here are some of our favorite ways for using the incredible, edible egg.
If you are a veggie lover, you will love this versatile frittata recipe. Feel free to add in a little crumbled bacon to appease those meat lovers. My sister-in-law has made a similar version for several holidays brunches and it has become a staple for our family get-togethers.
Finally, dessert for the win! If your meal just isn't complete without dessert, then this egg recipe is for you. Meringue cookies offer a sweet treat that is low-fat, gluten-free and full of flavor. This recipe even gives you a little chocolate fix. Their nutritional value primarily comes from sugar, so keep that in mind before you go back for seconds.