Lets talk about eggs baby!
A favourite at breakfast time and one of the most versatile foods around. Scrambled, boiled, poached, fried, sunny-side up, omelette, pancakes and even added to smoothies…eggs are a great addition to any breakfast. There is so much talk these days about “superfoods” which we should all be adding to our diets, many of which are strange creatures that we can’t pronounce let alone contemplate eating on a regular basis (take spirulina for example!). We’re not knocking these foods but lets not forget some of the simpler things in life which also have “super” nutritional benefits.
We launched the Kalila breakfast club to help inspire mums to get the best start to their day and have enough energy to juggle the demands of motherhood and family life. Traditional Western breakfasts are often very carb-heavy and focused on cereals, breads and baked goods which can often leave us needing more just a short time after eating. One of the key messages in this series is the benefit of adding in more protein at breakfast time. And guess what? Eggs are one of the best protein foods around!
As proteins go, eggs are one of the most complete. But what does this mean?
All proteins contain amino acids which are the building blocks for our bodies and promote growth and repair. Eggs just happen to contain all of the essential amino acids. Bonus!
What’s more, the egg yolk is rich in another important nutrient called choline. Choline promotes normal cell activity, liver function and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. It’s also key in the development of infant’s memory functions, so get cracking, mums!
And best of all is that protein foods contain no carbs or sugars so eating eggs at brekkie provide a well rounded meal without leaving you feeling round yourself! So lets talk portion size and recipes.
A portion of egg protein is 1-2 eggs per person, twice weekly, so that’s 2/7 breakfasts ticked off. Take a walk on the wild side and experiment with your egg-tra’s by mixing with veggies such as in an omelette, or by adding in a side of tomatoes, mushrooms and salad leaves. Ever tried a baked egg? Why not give our avocado-egg bake (shown above) a try. Simply crack a small egg into your avocado halves and bake for 20 mins at 180C. If you love a classic British breakfast of egg and bacon then play with scrambled, poached and fried eggs for variety and don’t forget you can always vary eggs between chicken, duck, and goose eggs. Or perhaps you like to keep things simple with a classic soft boiled egg (3 mins cooking time) or hard boiled (10 mins cooking time). However you like your eggs, take a look at our egg-cellent gallery below for more ideas.