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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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                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                      Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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