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You’ll Be Amazed By These 10 Creative Ways To Cook Eggs

You’ll Be Amazed By These 10 Creative Ways To Cook Eggs

Research has proven that eggs are a nutritious super food. You can eat them for better health and better living, so it’s time to seriously incorporate them into your diet. Why not make this an adventure? Together, let’s review the incredible benefits that eggs offer and find some creative ways to use them in our breakfast, lunch and dinner meals.

If eggs could sue, they might have a solid offensive case against character assassination. For nearly 40 years they have been debated, slandered and deemed unhealthy. Scientific studies continue to disprove the doom and gloom surrounding eggs; yet, the medical world chooses not to reverse the egg defamation.

Imagine that! Many people, therefore, still refuse to eat eggs or do so on an extremely limited basis. Vegans are not being considered in this discussion.

Paranoia surrounding the consumption of eggs stems from previous medical advice that eggs are “a major cause of high cholesterol levels — the bad kind, low-density lipoprotein, known as LDL — and increased risk of heart disease” per Nutrition and Weight Loss Expert , Katherine Tallmadge.

In other words, if you eat egg yolks, then you subject yourself to elevated blood cholesterol and you raise the chance that you will incur artery and heart disease.

The University of Connecticut’s Department of Nutritional Sciences has disproved this theory through research studies. Their conclusion is that “dietary recommendations aimed at restricting egg consumption should not be generalized to include all individuals. We need to acknowledge that diverse healthy populations experience no risk in developing coronary heart disease by increasing their intake of cholesterol but, in contrast, they may have multiple beneficial effects by the inclusion of eggs in their regular diet.”

Eggs contain health-promoting properties earning them the right to be labeled a super food . In Dr. John Berardi’s healthy egg article, he asserts that “Egg yolks are one of the most nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich and vitamin-laden foods on the planet! Egg yolks contain 90 percent of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, pantothenic acid and B12 of the egg. In addition the yolk contains all of the fat-soluble components, such as vitamins A, D and E, not to mention the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Egg yolks are also a rich source of some other nutrients such as choline, lutein and zeaxanthin.”

Based on prevalent research, Katherine Tallmadge’s recommendation in her “Eggs Don’t Deserve Their Bad Reputation”  article, “if you eat a healthful diet, go ahead and eat an egg a day. On the other hand, if your cholesterol is high and if you eat the typical American diet — high in saturated fat, devoid of fruits, vegetables and fiber — maybe you shouldn’t be eating an egg a day.”

So unless you fall in the high risk group, go head and indulge – enjoy the healthy rewards of eating eggs. In fact, get creative with your recipes! Let me help you get started. No special skills or equipment is required.

DISCLAIMER: This article does not purport to give medical advice; but rather, simply to share findings as it relates to egg consumption and the safety thereof. Consult a physician relative to your egg consumption, and abide by his advice.

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Since breakfast is deemed the most important meal of the day, why not show some egg ingenuity by beginning there first. All 10 creative ways to prepare eggs support cooking them completely in order to get the full nutrient suite.

1. Eggy Oatmeal
Eggy Oatmeal(1)

    Savory oatmeal and cooked eggs…what a power-packed, nutritious blend! Hearty, creamy oatmeal with extra protein from an egg makes a satisfying, succulent breakfast. Adding an egg and topping it with fresh fruit makes the oatmeal even more tasty.

    This stress-free, innovative Eggy Oatmeal furnishes a whole new reason to eat your breakfast in the mornings. It is not sugar-laden, and is chock-full with variability and nourishment. What a nifty creation!

    2. Bagels and Eggs Potluck Bake
    Bodacious Bagel Breakfast Bake(1)

      Potluck for breakfast? Well yeah…We ARE being creative here. There’s nothing better than a delicious, creative and versatile recipe. So now you can eat your eggs and your bagels, too! In a study from Louisiana State University , participants who ate eggs for breakfast instead of bagels, lost more weight and reported having more energy.

      Go ahead and try this Bagels and Eggs Potluck Bake. It’s actually called the “Bodacious Bagel Breakfast Bake.” And for obvious reasons.

      This fabulous recipe is a breakfast bake, a brunch entrée as well as a potluck casserole to share at your next family reunion or other social function. Make up a batch for those mornings when you’re on the go, or as a convenient weekend breakfast meal.

      This recipe is a little less health conscious. Consider eating only a half portion with a nice low calorie salad, bowl of fresh fruit or other low fat dish.

      3. Tomato Avocado Egg Sandwich
      Tomato Avocado Egg Sandwich(1)

        If you need a healthy breakfast quick, fast and in a hurry, make yourself a Tomato Avocado Egg Sandwich. Using a Sandwich Maker from Hamilton Beach with this recipe makes preparing this delicious sandwich a cinch! It cooks the egg and toasts the English muffin in just 5 minutes – all at the same time.

        Add sliced cheese, tomato, and avocado…and whatever else your taste buds desire. Just keep it on the nourishing side. Of course, you can make this sandwich manually by cooking your egg (fry, hard-boil, scramble, steam-cook, bake etc.), toasting your muffin; slicing your veggies and cheese. And you know what else? Studies have specified that people who eat eggs for breakfast tend to lose weight.

        Now we switch to creative ways of using eggs to prepare lunch menus. Eggs really are adaptable. They can be eaten morning, noon or night…and for a midnight snack, too!

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        4. Fried Tofu Bánh mì Omelet
        Fried Tofu Banh Mi Omelet(1)

          The Fried Tofu Bánh mì Omelet is a crispy fresh Italian roll or baguette – fluffy inside, packed with eggs and veggies. It’s a very tasty omelet sandwich made with white bread only for the best results. This Vietnamese, vegetarian cuisine, features sliced, pan-fried tofu and a pickled julienne vegetable blend with savory flavors from salty to sweet to sour to spicy (it’s spiced up with Sriracha – hot Chile sauce).

          You can prepare vegetarian Vietnamese Banh mi sandwiches with tofu chunks, shredded tofu, wheat gluten or veggie ham (processed bean curd). Options for these flavorful, delicious, satisfying omelets are limitless. Nowadays, however, Bánh mì delicatessens, much influenced by preferred tastes of today, are making omelet sandwiches with more “European” or “Americanized” ingredients like ham & cheese, turkey, hamburger patties, bacon, roast beef & salami .

          Even so, the traditional Vietnamese Banh mi sandwiches remain at the top of the menus.

          5. Cinnamon-Spiced Baked Eggs
          Cinnamon-Spiced Baked Eggs(1)

            Break with tradition and infuse some zing into your lunch with luscious Cinnamon-Spiced Baked Eggs, a Mediterranean-North African spin on eggs. Enjoy a different main course that’s full of bursting flavor, satiating protein and low on carbohydrates.

            It’s prepared by baking eggs in a slow-simmered tomato-onion sauce with significant measurements of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Aside from individualized bakeware, Cinnamon-Spiced Baked Eggs can also be cooked in a large shallow baking dish for group provisions.

            The exotic, refreshing flavors of the sauce make this dish the perfect reason to break for lunch or just to entertain friends. It’s a great crowd pleaser. Round out this midday meal with naan, whole wheat pita or crusty bread for scooping up this egg delicacy.

            6. Open Face Sandwiches with Avocado Egg and Smoked Salmon
            Open Face Sandwich w Avocado, Egg, Salmon(1)

              On hot summer days when you refuse to fire up your oven, Open Face Sandwiches with Avocado Egg and Smoked Salmon can save the day. They have a wonderful composite of savors – fresh salmon, lime, and avocado along with sides of onion, cucumber slices and tomato.

              Be sure to purchase good smoked salmon or lox. If it’s subpar, nothing can be done to redeem the tastiness. Done right, this egg creation culminates into a gorgeous, messy, appetizing, lip-smacking, delicious open faced sandwich. It makes a healthy lunch or a protein-packed post training snack loaded with good fats.

              Up to now, most of the artistic means of cooking eggs have been for breakfast, lunch or brunch. Yet, eggs make fabulous light, evening meals as well. Take a look at these examples for a few dinner ideas.

              7. Indian Egg Curry
              Indian Egg Curry(1)

                Egg Curry? Really? Yes, for real. Egg Curry is a regular staple in many parts of India, and also, a very popular eggetarian (lacto-ovo-vegetarian) dish. If cooks in Vietnam simmer boiled eggs in caramel sauce, and cooks in China simmer boiled eggs in tea, then why not let eggs simmer in a nice, Indian-spicy, onion-tomato sauce?

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                When these ingredients combine and cook down and thicken, the eggs are nestled together in the pan, and begin to absorb the phenomenal spices – coriander, turmeric, cayenne, cumin, ginger, garlic, onions and chilies. Next the garam masala powder and a squeeze of lime are added to preserve the aroma and flavor of the spices.

                Indian Egg Curry is best served hot with basmati rice, quinoa (even healthier), or flat bread (chapati or roti, paratha, naan). It can also be served with warm corn or wheat tortillas for an instant flat bread. Simple, nutritious and absolutely delicious!

                8. Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict
                Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict(1)

                  Add variety to your dinner or supper with a magnificent, low carbohydrate, non-traditional Artichoke-Scrambled Eggs Benedict . It’s a delicious modification of the classic recipe. Artichokes, eggs, pancetta (Italian bacon), lemon juice and creamy yogurt are just a few of the main ingredients.

                  Roasted artichoke bottoms replace the English muffins; thus, you can enjoy the Eggs Benedict guilt-free. The Canadian bacon is replaced with crispy pancetta. The high-fat hollandaise sauce is replaced with reduced fat mayonnaise. For a vegetarian preference, you can use roasted mushrooms instead of the pancetta.

                  You may also opt for non-dairy yogurt and cream cheese. This Eggs Benedict is high in essential minerals including potassium, magnesium, selenium and vitamin C. Serve this creative egg-based dish for supper or brunch with roasted potatoes and a tossed green salad, or a nice fresh fruit salad.

                  9. Spinach and Egg-Drop Pasta Soup
                  Spinach and Egg-Drop Pasta Soup(1)

                    The Spinach and Egg-Drop Pasta Soup presented here is a “Stracciatella” (strah-chi-ah-tay-lah) – a kind of Italian egg drop soup. Contrary to the implication of its uptown name, this is an excellent, quick dinner egg soup.

                    Make it in about 30 minutes from start to finish, using either Parmesan, or Pecorino cheese for a sharper flavor. Spinach and Egg-Drop Pasta Soup is a smart way to consume dark, leafy green vegetables. And you can very easily exchange chopped kale and Swiss chard for the spinach.

                    Follow the recipe directions precisely, relative to carefully adding the egg. Heat the broth enough to get the “rags” to form. This soup is so elaborate looking that it can be dressed up for a special dinner party.

                    It’s also perfect for Sunday brunches! Serve this Spinach and Egg-Drop Pasta Soup with a nice Caesar salad, Garlic bread, with toasted slices of baguette or crusty whole wheat bread. Top it off with fruity sangria  on the side.

                    10. Scotch Egg Pie
                    Scotch Egg Pie(1)

                      Scotch eggs may be a popular Britain snack, but someone got creative and stretched the snack into a whole pie. Hence, the Scotch Egg Pie – have you ever heard of it before? This version is retrieved from the BBC Good Food website.

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                      It has become the traditional or standard recipe as there are many, many variations. This Scotch Egg Pie basically consists of a mixture of sausage meat and seasoned bread crumbs and eight  medium hard-boiled eggs. The boiled eggs are carefully and gently packed around and over the meat blend; then baked. And it entails a nice pastry crust and topping.

                      The sausage is often substituted with lean ground lamb, lean ground beef or lean ground veal. Lincolnshire sausages (called for in the recipe) are a type of pork sausage popular in the English county of Lincolnshire. They have a robust sage savor.

                      The Scotch Egg Pie is a spinoff of the pork pie picnic classic and transforms into a nice dish frequently served as a simple dinnertime meal. Serve it in chunky wedges with a Caesar or garden salad. Like most egg dishes, it is terrific for breakfast, for brunch, or for lunch as well.

                      It’s good at room temperature or straight from the oven which makes it ideal for potluck or outdoor events, too. Spiced carrots may be used in place of meat to prepare this as a vegetarian dish.

                      Try these incredibly health conscious, creative ways to prepare eggs. They’re quick, easy, sensational, and wholesome. Why, you ask again? Because Eggs are good for you! Here’s why:

                      – Eggs contain vitamins such as Vitamin B, C, D, E, K, and all nine of the essential amino acids.
                      – Peptides present in eggs help reduce high blood pressure.
                      – Eggs are a great source of protein, as one alone contains six grams of protein.
                      – Eggs contain a high level of essential omega-3 fatty acids, good for your heart.
                      – Regular consumption of eggs can reduce LDL and increase HDL (the good cholesterol).
                      – Eggs’ high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals help promote hair and nail growth.
                      – Eggs protect eyes from damage related to UV and may even help prevent breast cancer.
                      – Eggs are an excellent source of selenium, which has been associated with preventing cancer and in particular, reducing tumors affecting the prostate.
                      – An egg a day may prevent macular degeneration due to the carotenoid content.

                      Few pantry staples are more dynamic and adaptable than the egg. The whites, whipped, add volume and lightness to dishes, and the yolks thicken and enrich. Eggs are as at ease mixed with black truffles on the most extravagant china as they are fried and lacy-edged on a blue plate special with rice and beans.

                      Featured photo credit: eat them for better health, better living – P via bing.com

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                      Last Updated on September 10, 2019

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                      Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                      Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                      This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                      One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                      Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                      Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                      1. Gratitude

                      Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                      The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                      Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                      So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                        2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                        This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                        For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                        What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                        Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                        3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                        This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                        Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                        An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                        Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                          4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                          According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                          There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                          5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                          Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                          Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                          6. Rise Earlier

                          The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                          For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                          So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                          Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                          7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                          Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                          Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                          It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                          Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                          Reference

                          [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                          [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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