Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
I went home this weekend to spend Easter with my family and to get a little rest so that I can hopefully get better a little quicker (a week with bronchitis knocks you OUT!)
I don’t think it will matter if I’m 48 years old, as long as I spend Easter with my mom, we will color eggs. And you know what? That’s fine with me! I love it
We got the glittery and sparkle egg color kit which included glitter and sequins. They made the prettiest eggs!
Another thing that’s kind of fun about my family: Everyone gets an Easter basket, even the pups and kitties!
Chance had so much fun investigating the contents of his basket. Treats and toys. I’m not sure he was all that thrilled that it was a basket for him and Maggie, so he had to share.
He really didn’t understand why Maggie was eating his Easter treats! Silly pup!
But him and Charlie get along so well! They had a blast lounging in the sun together and eating lots of Easter treats. What a good lookin’ group
Nutrition in an Egg
Since it was just Easter and many of us are probably staring at cartons of leftover eggs, I wanted to talk to you about the nutrition in an egg.
One misconception about eggs is that they are unhealthy, especially if you eat the yolk, due to the cholesterol. However, recent research has shown that relatively healthy adults can enjoy an egg a day without any health repercussions.
A single egg has 185mg of cholesterol and it is recommended that US adults keep their cholesterol intake at 300mg or less per day. Dietary cholesterol does not directly equate to serum cholesterol (the cholesterol in your blood stream). The cholesterol in our blood stream is affected by the types of fat we consume.
Eggs contain both saturated and monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated will help to moderate the “bad” cholesterol and promote “good” cholesterol, while saturated fats will do the opposite. An egg has more monounsaturated fat than saturated, and therefore experts say that it more than makes up for it, therefore contributing more to “good” cholesterol.
Want other reasons to eat a whole egg?
- Eggs are full of high quality protein which has been linked with the prevention of muscle mass loss in middle aged and older adults.
- It is full of choline, a nutrient known as a “brain food”. It is needed to make neurotransmitters and help create the membranes for brain cells.
- It will help you see clearer. Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, may prevent macular degeneration. Also, they believe that these two antioxidants are more readily available for our bodies when we eat them in an egg yolk.
If that didn’t convince you to add an egg to your breakfast in the morning, I’m not sure what will!
I love eggs. Because going overboard on anything is never recommended, I like to supplement my whole egg with eggs whites. So I do 1 egg with 1 egg white to get a little more bulk and incorporate more protein.
Main Point: Just like most whole foods, eggs are great in moderation. They provide nutrients that may be difficult to find in other foods and a great source of protein. Plus they are as natural as you can get. With little alteration, you can have a delicious breakfast food (or anytime food)!