Monday, April 2, 2012

Egg Nutrition

Written by University of Houston Dietetic Intern, Lauren Versweyveld.

With Easter right around the corner, why not consider the nutrition of protein-packed eggs?  Eggs are an excellent source of protein which can help athletes recover after a hard workout and help to provide sustaining energy for performance.  Eggs are a great natural source of many vitamins, including vitamin D and vitamin K.  Both these vitamins are important in bone health.  Why not try a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs or an egg salad sandwich for lunch? 

Here are a few great nutritious egg recipes to try:

Veggie & Egg Scramble:

½ Small Onion
5 Large Mushrooms
½ Red Pepper
2 Asparagus Stalks
2-3 Eggs
½ Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp Cumin and a ½ tsp Ground Cayenne Pepper or Italian Seasoning
Pepper, to taste

Dice all of the vegetables and toss them in with the oil at medium heat in a small sauce pan. Add your spices here; you can either do a spicy version with cumin and cayenne pepper, or Italian seasoning. Cook the vegetables until they reach a consistency that you like (add any additional vegetable you like).

Scramble the eggs in a separate bowl. Lowering the temperature just a bit, add the eggs to the fry pan with the cooked vegetables and stir until they are cooked thoroughly. Enjoy!

Garden Vegetable and Egg Salad Sandwiches

2 slices whole wheat bread slices
1 hard-boiled eggs
1 tbsp light mayonnaise
1/8 cup carrot (grated)
1/8 cup celery (diced)
¼ cup spinach (fresh)

Mix hard-boiled eggs, light mayonnaise, carrots, celery and spinach together in a medium-sized bowl.  Spoon onto bread slices. 

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