Eggs are the most inexpensive quality form of protein someone can buy. There are 6.3 grams of protein in just one large egg! So if you are trying to figure out how to make a whole foods lifestyle fit into your budget, eggs are a good staple to rely on.
Eggs are very nutritious. They are not only a good source of protein but are rich in essential fatty acids (fatty acids your body can't create from other materials and, therefore, we must consume from quality food sources) and vitamins! Unfortunately, for years, people thought eggs were problematic for cholesterol and a cause of heart disease. Thankfully most people realize now that this is a thoroughly outdated 'scientific' concept.
It is important to note, however, there is an ENORMOUS difference between store-bought CAFO eggs than the eggs you can buy from your local farmer who has free-range chickens eating what chickens should be eating. Store bought "CAFO" eggs are eggs from chickens that have been raised in an overfilled hen-house or cage that never see the light of day, are filled with antibiotics and hormones (yes, these do end up inside the eggs) and are fed grains (usually GMO grains). Truly free-range pastured eggs come from chickens that generally run all over the farm eating insects and plant material they find on the ground. This is what chickens are supposed to eat in a natural world and it is the food that makes their eggs the most nutritious. There are many other types of eggs that fall in between these two types but the most nutritious is definitely the eggs coming from the entirely cage free, antibiotic free, hormone free and grain fed free chickens!
These pastured chickens have eggs have higher amounts of Omega 3s, beta carotene, and vitamins A, D and E. They also happen to be lower in cholesterol and saturated fat though I don't believe that actually matters - but that's for another post...
Here's Two of My Favorite Egg Recipes:
Crustless Kale Quiche
1 tblsp olive oil
2 cups fresh kale (broccoli or spinach is good too!)
- 8 ounces fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 4 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 5 eggs
- 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice ( I like a blend of mozz, parmesan and cheddar)
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 350.
Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Saute kale and mushrooms until kale is wilted and mushrooms are softened. Stir in bacon and let mixture cool.
In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese and pepper. Add kale mixture to this and stir well. Scoop into greased pie pan. Bake in the preheated oven about 30 minutes or until eggs are set. Let cook about 5-10 minutes before serving.
This makes a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner! We like to serve it over a bed of greens with some fresh sliced tomatoes and avocado for a side dish!
Grain Free Banana Pancakes
- 1 banana
- 2 eggs
- cinnamon to taste
Blend the above ingredients together well until no lumps remain. Pour batter into greased pan and cook pancakes. Serve with butter, ghee, maple syrup or other topping of your choice. Enjoy!
My toddler LOVES these pancakes!!!
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