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12 Amazing Egg Cooking Secrets That Will Brighten Your Mornings

12 Amazing Egg Cooking Secrets That Will Brighten Your Mornings

After a lot of debating, it looks like the nutrition experts have finally decided that eggs won’t explode your heart if you eat them in moderation – a fact that three generations of men in my family have been happily proving for years now. Now, you can’t go all Gaston from “Beauty and the Beast” and eat five dozen eggs a day, but breaking a few eggs and preparing a tasty meal won’t do you much harm. So, as long as you are a healthy individual with no serious medical issues, have a relatively balanced and diverse diet and eat eggs in moderation you’ll be perfectly fine.

In fact, eggs are an excellent source of protein and have always been a staple of every athlete’s diet, though fitness enthusiasts who are trying to cut some body fat recommend using just one or two whole eggs mixed with 2-3 egg whites. With that in mind, let’s look at some interesting egg cooking secrets that all you egg lovers out there can use to create tasty meals without any hassle.

Breaking the eggs

1. Test the freshness of the eggs with a bowl of water

Knowing just how fresh your eggs are is important for a number of reasons – so you don’t risk eating spoiled eggs, so that you can remove the shell on boiled eggs more easily etc. A simple test involves putting an egg into a bowl of water – if it sinks and is turned sideways it’s fresh; if it sinks but is vertical or near vertical; and if it floats you should throw it out.

2. Slap the egg once on a flat and rigid surface to avoid hunting for bits of the shell

The classic two-handed break is the easiest to achieve, and it ensures that no stray shell fragments get into your food, but many people don’t realize what actually makes it work. You need to hold the egg so that the pointy end is facing your fingers and the round end rests on the palm, then hit the very middle of the egg on a flat hard surface. A single firm slap is enough, and you can proceed to pry the two ends apart using both hands.   

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3. Crack an egg using only one hand

The ultimate egg-cracking technique that makes you look like an experienced chef is the old one-handed clean break. You essentially need to hit the middle of the egg on a sharp edge, e.g. of a bowl, and use a unique finger motion to let the egg whites and yolk spill out elegantly. The video above should help you get the technique down.

Separating the egg whites from the yolk

4. Suck up the yolk using a plastic bottle

If you’ve got a plastic bottle lying around the house, which most of us do at any given time, you can use it to separate the yolk from the whites. Break an egg into a bowl, then squeeze the bottle to let a bit of air out, put the mouth of the bottle against the yolk, and then simply loosen your grip to allow air to go back into the bottle, along with the yolk.

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5. Funnel out the egg whites in mere seconds

If you don’t have a bottle handy, you can always use a funnel to separate the yolk. You just carefully break the egg over the funnel, at which point the yolk will get stuck and the egg whites will seep out through the small hole. You can lightly shake it around to get all of the egg whites out, and just throw the yolk out.

6. Crack the egg into your hand and let the egg whites sip through your fingers

In those extreme cases, when you have to eat something right now, but you don’t have any tools at hand, you can just use your hands. Of course, you should wash your hands first, preferably using a neutral non-perfumed soap. Then you can crack the egg using the one hand technique shown in a previous paragraph and let the yolk rest on the palm of your other hand. Just let the whites seep through the fingers and keep the yolk balanced in the palm.

Peeling the shell on boiled eggs

7. Pierce the top of the egg to make it easier to peel

You can take the point of a sharp kitchen knife or a needle to puncture a small hole in the fattest part of the egg, before putting it in boiling water. After you’ve boiled it for several minutes – depending on what consistency you were going for – extract the egg and put it in a bowl of ice water for a hassle free peeling process.

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8. Shake the boiled eggs in a pot with some water

For those that fear that they would make a mess if they tried to pierce an egg, you can just wait until the egg is boiled, then put it in a pan with just enough water to make the egg float, close the lid and shake it around so that it cracks against the walls of the bowl. It will be fairly easy to peel the shell afterwards.

9. Cut the egg in half with a sharp knife

Of, course there is always the way of the barbarian – quick, simple and brutal. Take a sharp knife and just cut the boiled egg in half. The shell will come of much easier, or you can simply scoop it out with a spoon.

Preparing a nice and quick meal

10. Create an egg mold out of bacon

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bacon

    It can be a bit tricky to make a perfect sunny side up egg, but if you use a nice long slice of bacon to create a round mold, you’ll get a nice round shape, and you’ll have bacon and eggs ready in no time.

    11. Boil scrambled eggs

    If you want to get best of both worlds, you can actually boil an egg that is entirely yellow. Just take an old shirt and put the egg in a sleeve, tying it off at both sides. You then grab the ends of the sleeve and spin the egg for awhile, before pulling it out and boiling it. It will be completely yellow when it is peeled. Watch the video above for a step by step.

    12. Throw in a bit of baking soda for fluffier omelets

    Omelets are a quick and easy to make meal, but there is a bit of finesse involved, especially if you want to make an exceptional omelet. An easy way to make your omelets nice and fluffy is to add a pinch of baking soda into the mix. Baking powder reportedly works just as well.

    You’ll need find the right amount of baking soda through a bit of experimentation, as going overboard will make the eggs taste funny, and putting in too little won’t really fluff up the omelet. The amount of baking soda will also depend on the number of eggs that you are preparing.

    There you have it folks, all the egg related hacks that you’ll ever need. Remember, eggs are perfectly fine when consumed in moderation, a few of them a day. The fact that they are actually highly nutritious and incredibly simple to prepare, particularly with the above hacks, makes them a great addition to your diet.

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    Last Updated on October 5, 2020

    Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

    Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

    Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

    I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

    This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

    What Is Intermittent Fasting?

    As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

    While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

    The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

    Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

    Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

    The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

    It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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    My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

    You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

    Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

    1. Drink Plenty of Water

    Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

    2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

    The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

    3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

    One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

    4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

    The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

    To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

    5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

    While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

    Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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    You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

    How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

    Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

    This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

    Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

    Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

    The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

    Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

    Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

    One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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    This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

    Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

    Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

    Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

    Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

    How Much Weight Will I Lose?

    The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

    While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

    Can I Work out While Fasting?

    Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

    The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

    Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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    Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

    First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

    Is Fasting Safe?

    As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

    I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

    Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

    As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

    I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

    For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

    Conclusion

    Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

    If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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    Featured photo credit: Toa Heftiba via unsplash.com

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