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It’s important to find ways to eat healthy when you have a chronic illness. You need recipes that are quick, easy and nutritious.
That’s why I love eggs. They can be used in numerous different ways and they contain so many nutrients that it makes them one of the most perfect foods.
Since healthy protein is good for most diets I thought something as easy to prepare as an egg deserved a minute of our attention. Plus, I also want to mention how cheap they are! When it comes to protein, it’s one of the cheapest you can find so it’s a cost-effective way to add health benefits to your diet!
I know, years ago we were told to avoid eggs, especially the egg yolk, because of the cholesterol. But now we know, from further research, that eggs actually raise our HDL levels (which is our good cholesterol) and help regulate our bad cholesterol actually reducing our risk of heart disease. Eggs are no longer a villain!
Look at this list of some of the nutrients found in whole eggs:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B5, B12, B6 and B2
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Eggs contain 6 grams of protein, 5 grams of healthy fat and more than 100 mg of a little-known nutrient called choline which our bodies use to build cell membranes. Choline also helps to maintain liver and brain health!
Lutein and zeaxanthin are also found in eggs which are necessary for good eye health and preventing macular degeneration and glaucoma. Both of these eye diseases can be hereditary and my mother actually suffers from both – so finding things that can help reduce my risk are important.
I don’t pretend to be a nutritionist so here are a few posts with great info if you’d like to read more:
- The Heart-Healthy, Disease-Preventing Health Benefits of Eggs by Dr. Axe
- 10 key health benefits of eggs by Dr. Jockers
I came across this yummy recipe on Pinterest a while back for mini frittatas. It’s easy to switch up the added ingredients and customize it to your tastes. They freeze really well and they’re a great way to get a healthy start to the day. So, on the days I wake up miserable or I’m in a flare, these little babies have served as a nutritious meal!
I also love deviled eggs and eggs cut up in salads for an extra protein boost, but do you know something I can’t stand? Peeling the hard boiled eggs. I seem unable to peel an egg without doing irreparable damage to the egg white. They end up looking like they’ve been through a war zone.
Recently my daughter was given an old egg cooker machine from a friend. She tried it out and boom, we were sold! It was an amazing game changer for me and has made it even easier to include eggs in my diet. The shells peel off without one problem or one gouge to the white. Perfect hard boiled eggs. Every. Time.
She left home a few months ago and took this handy machine with her so I had to buy one for myself. I found this Hamilton Beach 25500 Egg Cooker with Built-In Timer and it was really affordable so I grabbed it.
Eggs are also a common food allergy.
If you’ve noticed you have any allergic response to eggs you’ll want to talk to your doctor to determine the number of eggs you can consume each day or each week. Also, some tests have shown that eggs baked in recipes can bring about less of a reaction and might allow you to build up your ability to consume more – so be sure to ask your doctor about that as well.
What’s your favorite way to prepare eggs? Leave your best recipe in the comments below!
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