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  Thankfully most people realize now that this is a thoroughly outdated 'scientific' concept.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!!!

Resources for additional information:

Authority Nutrition

Food Renegade

So what DO you eat??

I am often asked this question.  It's usually right after a brief explanation of what our family can not eat, due to severe allergic reactions...now that we don't eat the ingredients I've mentioned in previous posts ( The Truth About MSG  and Our Food Story), our reactions to these ingredients when accidentally ingested are usually quicker,  more obvious, and sometimes severe like major mood swings but are usually things like rashes, itchiness, hives, vomitting, anxiety, headaches and sleeplessness(though now we are much better at identifying what we can and can not have, accidental ingestion is very rare).

Well, my quick answer has always been....if God made it, no problem, we eat it.  If man messed with it.....nnnnot so much.  But recently, I've realized we were eating more things that man messed with than I realized or at least admitted.

We were still eating organic granola bars, pastas, pizza dough (homemade and organic pre-made brands), cakes, cookies, and more.  Let's face it.  God did not make pizza or pasta trees nor can you find any chocolate chip cookies growing in your garden.  These are not natural foods. So I guess my answer should have been, "Food products that do not have completely artificial ingredients added to them and a lot of minimally processed meals that are made from scratch with lots of vegetables included."  That may have summed it up a little bit closer to the truth.

But now I can say we do, about 90% of the time, eat only what God made for us to consume. The Lord knows what we need and that is what he's given to us.  I've read quite extensively in recent months to further understand how processed foods and foods most people 'think' are normal healthy foods and comparing them to how our ancestors ate and whether the 'nutrition' in these 'normal healthy foods' is really what conventional thought claims it to be or whether some of these 'normal healthy foods' are actually more problematic to our health than good.  I'm finding such foods, namely grains, legumes and (oh how I hate to admit it) dairy to be more problematic than beneficial.

Soooooo, much to my older son's dismay, the members of our household still living at home full time are now transitioning to even less of those foods that man has messed with.  In other words, we eat mostly vegetables, nuts, fruits, eggs, and meat/seafood; the foods that God provides to us as readily available.  Things that don't need much in terms of processing to consume (other than someone to process the cow/deer/chicken, etc.  I'm NOT doing that).

We are actually experimenting with what is termed the Paleo and/or Primal Diet.

Now let me explain the 90% that I wrote above.

Life is hard.  We're not perfect.  And there are foods that, well, we are basically addicted to and going out to friends and families' homes that do NOT eat Paleo and Primal...well that would be hard.  It was hard enough on my extended family members when we were only avoiding artificial ingredients, let alone grains and legumes.  So we do, at least for now, allow ourselves an occasional meal with a SIDE (not main course anymore) of something with pasta or rice and occasionally I'll make a batch of brownies or cookies to put a smile on my son's face.  But now I have much smaller portions....one portion... and that's all. This way we are less likely to have a strong adverse reaction if we are eating somewhere that in order to be polite involves eating such foods.  We still will 100% avoid artifiical ingredients.  Eating that stuff would make us sick and that is just not worth it.

Now there are people who follow the paleo and primal diets that would say we can't call ourselves paleo or primal if we do that.  Oh well.  It is what it is.  This is what we are doing right now.  Some day I'd love for our family to do the Whole 30..... 30 days of essentially following the paleolithic diet a full 100% to see if we notice even more positive health changes than we have doing it our 90% way.  I like perusing over the Whole9 website.  I absolutely LOVED the It Starts With Food book written by the couple that are in charge of that program.  If you have time, I highly recommend reading the book and taking a look at the site.  Good information!  Information you won't see or hear at your doctor's office because, frankly, our dear family physicians and specialists are simply NOT trained in nutrition. There is simply no nutrition taught in medical school.  (My Dh is a physician ---  we have many friends that are physicians --- they are taught medicine - NOT nutrition) So it is up to us to research what is making us sick.  And the answer, my friends, is what we are putting into our bodies and exposing our bodies to in the environment.  The biggest factor, of course, is food.

My kids learned a long time ago what I think is the biggest health for all to learn, the difference between FOOD and food PRODUCTS.  The Standard American Diet is largely comprised of food products, not food.

So......   What do I eat???   I eat real food.

  • Grass-fed Meat & Wild-Caught Seafoods (of course we research to see what's considered safest in the seafoods)
  • Eggs from free-range chickens
  • Vegetables (legumes not included)
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • A small amount of dairy
  • dark chocolate with a bit of sea salt (A girl has to have her chocolate...lol)
  • And yes, occasionally, a small yummy that might contain a small amount of grain, sugar, or larger portion of dairy because I just haven't kicked the habit entirely and don't want to make things hard.

So there it is.  That is what I eat.  Any questions?  🙂