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Eggcellent!

April 25th, 2009
12 Tasty Nutrition Grenades

12 Tasty Nutrition Grenades

The incredible edible egg. What more can be said about this delicious wonderful food.

Excuse me for a second while I go all Bubba on eggs. Eggs, eggs salad, hard boiled eggs, eggs over easy, eggs benedict, eggs sunny side up, scrambled eggs, eggs and bacon, eggs over medium, poached eggs, scotch eggs…

Ok well you get the idea.

I love eggs. Eggs are delicious, cheap, easy and versatile.

I recently had someone tell me “I don’t wan’t to eat eggs every day”. My first thought… “Why not”? I eat eggs every day and a lot of them. You don’t have to eat eggs prepared the same WAY every day, but I don’t see anything wrong with eating eggs every day.

First off, buy good eggs. The cheap eggs .99 cents per dozen or whatever are pretty much crap. Buy uncaged well fed (not with grain or corn) chicken. I read somewhere that those run of the mill cheap eggs have a omega6/3  ratio of 20/1 which is… well terrible. Happy chickens provide awesome eggs. Dark and varying yolk colors is a good sign you are getting good eggs. Even if you buy top of the line omega 3 rich eggs, you are still only going to be paying $3-$4 per dozen eggs. Compared to $.99 this may seem expensive but really when you consider the price vs. nutritional content, it is still a steal!

When I need to save money?… I increase the egg consumption. When I need a portable snack?… its hard to beat a hardboiled egg. A lot of people ask me what they can snack on when they don’t want to overdo the nuts or fruit. Its pretty hard to beat a hardboiled egg… and they are quite filling with all of the fat and protein.

Summary… Eggs=Good

Actually, eggs = freaking awesome.

Any good thoughts out there on eggs? Whats your favorite way to crack an egg? lol

22 Responses to “Eggcellent!”

  1. one_eye_mike

    The difference in taste (and of course nutritional content) between .99 cent eggs and the free range eggs is night and day. It’s a completely different taste. If you think about it, it’s really a cheap way to splurge on some thing that tastes so much better and so much better for you.

    I’m with you SOG, I’m a total slut for eggs. Hard boiled, over easy, scrambled, etc. I probably go through a dozen a week, every week.

  2. Donna

    I’m going to make some hard boiled eggs right now. I’m overdoing it on the nuts.
    Great blog….It’s one that I check every day.

  3. damaged justice

    Favorite way to crack eggs: One handed. It always impresses the ladies :)

  4. Jim

    I am a true egg-lover. I eat eggs every morning. During the work week, 4 over, with bacon, or that and a sliced tomato. On the weekends, I scramble eggs with some ridiculously awesome seasonings, and we all have a great breakfast. I love them. I love to sautee onions in some leftover bacon grease and then scramble eggs in. Usually right after a workout that had olympic lifting and some tabata or metcon in it. Sweet Potato on the side.

  5. John Sifferman - Real World Strength Training

    I eat eggs probably 4-5 times a week – and I love em! There’s nothing better than getting fresh eggs from the farm up the road!

    My favorite recipe is an omelette like this:

    4-6 whole eggs
    sliced green pepper and onion
    sliced ham
    cheddar cheese on top (I know, it’s not primal)
    medium salsa

    All the best,

    John

  6. emergefit

    I’m waiting for you to tell me that I am also supposed to be reating the shell.

    Beef and eggs every day of my life. I have forgotten that I once thought eggs were white. That seems odd to me now.

  7. Jedidja

    Eggs are awesome :) I am a bit curious as to your statement:

    “Buy uncaged well fed (not with grain or corn) chicken”

    While I agree that chickens that can run around outside will eat bugs, insects, and other things, they can usually only get about 20% of their nutritional needs that way. They do need seeds and that in current times, that usually comes in the form of corn, wheat, barley, etc.

    Cows are totally different – they can live on grass. Chickens, not so much.

  8. lm

    U all are probably too young to remember that at least one egg in every carton from the grocery was ‘bloody’. That is why we always cracked eggs in a separate bowl- not to check for shell fragments but to throw the developing chick away.
    LOL
    I was trying to explain this to some kids who were over here baking the other day and they looked at me like I was completely off my rocker -not even making the connection that eggs use to turn into chickens.

  9. Chris

    cant agree more, eggs are just about the perfect food as far as I’m concerned, natures own pre packed bundles of nutrition, flavour and joy.

    Favorite way to crack, one handed
    Favorite way to eat, Free range eggs scrambled with smoked salmon and lashings of black pepper…the breakfast of kings imho. (oh and its pretty damn healthy as a breakfast as well, fat, protein, omega3 etc etc)

    great blog by the way
    Chris

  10. Son of Grok

    Jedidja,
    I agree and disagree. Chickens will eat seeds, vegetables etc. They were NOT meant to eat processed grains and engineered “foodlike” substances which is what those cheapo chicken are eating.

  11. Nate - Fit-Life Online

    We must think alike because I actually just wrote an article about how awesome eggs are on my site as well.

    And if you ask me, you can’t beat a good batch of scrambled eggs with a heap of vegetables thrown into the mix. Healthy and delicious.

  12. Kat

    I eat eggs every day too! I follow Evolutionary Fitness, which sounds a lot like what you do (I’m new here).

    My favorite way to cook an egg: At least a few days a week I will brown a few shallots in butter, add some fresh chorizo sausage, break it up a bit, then add a few eggs, and scramble it all up. Simple, quick and delicious!

    http://www.EvolutionCatering.blogspot.com

  13. musajen

    I love the egg! They’re wicked versatile and after 2 months of egg breakfasts, still not bored with them.

    Question: I tried the scottish eggs you blogged about a while back and loved them. My only complaint was that the yolk was uber-dry. Do you encounter this too and it’s just something to get used to? Or do you have suggestions to avoid the uber-dry yolk?

    Love the blog and happy to see some new posts!

  14. Nina (Nina on Everything)

    Now I wish I have some eggs to go with my bacon for breakfast!

    I love eggs cooked almost every way. I only like hardboiled eggs if the yoke is not dry.

    This week I want to try to make my own mayo (with egg yoke of course) and then make a Primal Egg Salad served on pieces of bacon… Mmmmm.

  15. Marissa

    I am a big egg person myself. I have been buying my eggs from local free range and well cared for animals, which is incredibly important to me. I scramble mine in virgin coconut oil every morning, and my recent discovery is the glorious duck egg. Goose eggs are also amazing, but at 19g protein and 19g fat they are often *too* rich for me. My usual scramble is a mix of 1 jumbo chicken egg and 1 duck egg, plus mushrooms, swiss chard, and Herb de Provence…mmmmmmm

  16. Anna

    Eggs – a most eggsellent food! I’m getting into fish eggs lately and I even have turkey eggs and a huge ostrich egg in my kitchen right now.

    I planned to get some pet chickens for our family’s eggs, and gathered a lot of information on keeping chickens, but a recent change to our neighborhood’s HOA CC&Rs specifically prohibits poultry now (who sang like a bird on that one, I wonder?). So I’m still stuck with buying eggs. Our family of three goes through at least 3 doz eggs a week, sometimes 4 doz.

    Whenever they are available, I buy truly free-range eggs from a local woman who keeps a flock of about 80 chickens at her large not-quite-rural suburban property. She’s a coworker of my neighbor, and keeping chickens is a lifestyle hobby, not a huge business. The “local” egg ranchers keep flocks of about 70,000 chickens in huge long buildings – truly industrially produced eggs in all sense of the phrase.

    When the “backyard” eggs aren’t available (due to seasonal molting, lower egg productivity, etc.), I buy the best I can at the store, which are *more expensive* than the “backyard” eggs btw). I also consider premium store-bought eggs a huge compromise in taste and nutrition, because those “vegetarian-fed” cage-free eggs are not a whole lot different from any other commercially produced egg in most aspects. Chickens aren’t vegetarians; they are omnivores!

    Someone mentioned the “bloody spot” sometimes seen in eggs. That’s not an undeveloped chick! The vast majority of eggs are not even fertilized, and even the fertilized eggs will not develop into a chick embryo if they are removed right after laying and cooled (eggs need warmth to develop). That bloody spot is formed in the hen’s ovary during egg formation.

    If finding a blood spot bothers you, pick it out with a spoon, but it’s not harmful to eat (I don’t bother removing the spots unless making something, like a meringue or mayonnaise, where it might be noticeable). Most commercial eggs are “candled” (viewed with backlight, which can display irregularities), therefore many eggs with blood spots and shell cracks are separated and sold as liquid eggs to food processors (Egg Beaters, dried egg powders for mixes, etc.). “Backyard” eggs from small local producers probably are not “candled” so they might have a higher % of eggs with blood spots than commercial eggs.

    I don’t refrigerate eggs anymore (with the fast rate and number of eggs we use, the fridge would be too full of eggs all the time). As long as they are not washed of their naturally protective coating (it dries in moments after laying) or cracked, eggs kept in a cool, but room temperature place will last at least 3 weeks or even longer (I’ve had them last 2 months this way, because they are really fresh when I receive them). If soiled, I wash eggs right before using, especially if consumed raw. But we use them so fast it it hardly matters.

    I’ve never found a rotten egg until I had some un-candled “backyard” eggs that I kept at coolish room temperature (in my garage) for about 2 months (I got a huge order of 12 doz eggs to last me through the winter holiday season when my source wouldn’t be making deliveries in my area). In the last 2-3 doz (now 2-3+ months old) I found a few “rotten” eggs that were immediately obvious when opened – a sulfurous smell, the yolk was already broken in the egg, a spot of mold in the egg or inside the shell, and an obvious area (micro-cracks) where the egg’s natural seal was breached. That’s why I inspect immediately for micro-cracks and use those eggs right away, before they can spoil. The majority were just fine, and they made *great* easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs (the yolk membranes weren’t quite strong enough to cook over easy anymore).

    Ok, I could go on forever about eggs…my favorite and one of the most affordable, nutritious, delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack foods/ingredients.

  17. NorthernAmagi

    My favorite eggs: Scrambled in coconut oil with a bit of green onion, plenty of hot sauce over the top. If you can find it.. try Frank’s Red Hot. I NEVER liked hot sauce on my eggs until someone fed me this stuff, and now I hate to eat eggs without it! Awesome flavor (not just spice), plus a simple ingredient list: Aged Cayenne Red Peppers, Vinegar, Water, Salt and Garlic Powder

  18. Candace

    Eggs are great. I eat six organic free range raw eggs a day (three in the morning and three in the evening)—blended of course, with goat’s milk and/or yogurt. It’s really very tasty, although at first it was just… different. Some things your taste buds adjust to, and the taste of raw yolks in my opinion is definitely one of them. The whites you can’t taste, unless you don’t blend them very thoroughly.

    A dozen eggs every two days might seem excessive/expensive, but when you think about it it works out to about $2.50 a day. That’s nothing… I used to spend that much on chocolate bars every day. Also I don’t always eat red meat, chicken or fish, so the eggs are a good substitute.

  19. Candace

    Speaking of chicken food… I heard Aajonus Vonderplanitz talk in an interview about how a lot of Amish and/or Mennonite farmers will put out waste meat (intestines, etc.) on wooden pallets in fields with the chickens, and so when it rots the chickens can eat the maggots and thus the flesh is recycled directly back to the chickens. Also chickens apparently like to eat a bit of the rotten meat, too, as do ducks. He says the chickens end up with full, beautiful feathers and that they’re much more docile and happy when they eat this way. Chickens do love to eat bugs… I think it’s a fantastic idea.

    I don’t know how one would deal with scavengers attracted by the waste products, but apparently it isn’t much of a problem in the daytime, which is when the chickens are out.

  20. Megamomma

    I am new to this way of eating. I am learning so much by reading your blog! I have baby belly fat to lose and am contemplating low-carbing it for a while. I am 5’7″ and 161#. I think I need to lose about 35 pounds.

    I don’t mean to brag, but I, too, am an egg fan. I get 5-6 18 packs of fresh farms eggs every week from a friend that has a large flock. FREE. I could take more I wanted, but that’s about the limit as to what we can use in a week. I am so blessed! I also get to buy raw goat milk from her for just $6 a gallon.

    I am looking forward to getting familiar with this way of eating and losing my babyfat!

  21. GIGI

    Every day this week for lunch have eaten 2 eggs – over easy (quick & easy) and also had some jarred ventresca tuna (tuna belly) in olive oil – the combination is…. MAGICAL! Yes, I said magical! ha ha! You must try mixing eggs & tuna together soon! And if you put some green beans & olives with it… then you have a “MINI NICOISE” salad! Wonderful!

  22. Epoxy Floors :

    we use a national panasonic food processor and this seems to be a bang for the buck:`;

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