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By Yaakov Levine
The Chronicle 

Most important meal begins with eggs

 

March 26, 2020 | View PDF

How's everyone doing out there? Hope you are well and finding a way to enjoy more time at home if you are working from home, self-quarantined, or just following the experts' suggestions to avoid exposure to Covid-19. I am working part time at Evergreen Nutrition where we are restricting customer traffic to mail order and parking lot pick-up.

When not at work, I have been enjoying hikes (alone) out in nature, absorbing what I call Vitamin N. When I am at home, I am focusing on rest and sleep, and eating well ... getting an abundance of my other vitamins from my food, and one of my favorite nutritionally packed foods are eggs ... especially at breakfast.

Our ancestors did not get their breakfast out of a cereal box; they thrived on foods like eggs, meat and fish. Remember those days staying at Grandma's house waking up to the smells of a breakfast of eggs and maybe some bacon or meat leftover from dinner? I sure do, and I remember all of the energy I had to play.

We are inundated these days with commercials telling us to eat low-fat granola, and cereals ... they say they are great for you since they are high-fiber; well, so is the cereal box, but at least the box has less sugar. These carbs are empty calories; they upset your metabolism resulting in obesity, diabetes, fatigue, depression and poor health.

Quality counts as well, the battery-caged hens that produce the eggs you find at most supermarkets are living in a crowded stressful environment. The tight, crowded cages (or even "cage-free") keep them from their natural behaviors such as nesting, grooming and laying their eggs in private. Free-range eggs have been found to have 2/3 more Vitamin A, 3-4 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more Vitamin E, and 4-6 times the Vitamin D than the battery-caged eggs.

There are many studies confirming that eggs are the perfect food. Many of us can digest the protein in eggs easier than the protein in meat and fish, soy, or dairy. Eggs contain all of the essential amino acids and they are rich in B vitamins, iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and vitamin A. Egg yolks are rich in a compound, phosphatidylcholine (aka lecithin) which helps keep cholesterol soluble in your blood and keeps you from absorbing too much.

According to many studies, eggs play an important role in keeping your cholesterol healthy. Poached or soft-boiled eggs are best choices as the nutrients can be harmed by over cooking methods such as frying, scrambling or hard-boiling. Hard boiled and baked eggs are a healthy option as well.

In our house we have a favorite egg dish, a frittata we have dubbed: Religious Experience Frittata! This recipe began as an experiment after seeing several keto recipes that used ground beef and eggs, which previously had seemed so wrong.

However, we opened our hearts to the possibilities inherent in this combination and were quite pleased with the results. Here is our recipe, but be creative ... there's no wrong way to build your own creation. Salud!

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