Eggs

Eggs are simple. There are white and brown eggs but for the most part they are all created equal. Well this is actually wrong! Today we want to highlight how important it is to know the difference between how eggs are produced. Most eggs are labeled one of three ways: cage free, free-range, or pasture raised.

Cage-free simply means that chickens don’t live in cages but there are no specific requirements as to how much space they are given. In most cases cage-free chickens live in barns or indoor facilities.

Free-range means that chickens live in a space where they could access the outdoors but often times these are just small doors. If barns are crowded some chickens may never be able to access the outside.

Pasture raised is the most humane condition and means that chickens have at least 108 sq. feet of outside space.

The next time you buy eggs consider choosing organic, pasture raised eggs!

Picture: Huffington Post

Spinach and Fried Eggs

Yesterday we talked about the classic combination of pairing spinach with fried eggs. It doesn’t only taste good, but can also be combined with other ingredients, depending on your preferences. 

Ingredients:
1 serving of spinach
Red onion
1 garlic clove
1 serving of eggs
Freshly grated ginger
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash and dry the spinach. Dice the onion, garlic and ginger finely and fry in a pan on low heat. Then add the spinach and cook until it has completely wilted. Season with salt and pepper. In a separate pan prepare fried eggs to your liking. Serve the eggs over the spinach and enjoy!

Apple Scrambled Eggs

An apple a day keeps the doctor away . . . So it is perfect to eat them for breakfast as apple scrambled eggs. 

Ingredients:

1 portion of eggs
1 apple
Splash of water
Salt 
Vanilla
Cinnamon 

Preparation:
Wash and core the apple and chop or grate it. Heat a pan and cook the apple for a few minutes until soft. Whip the egg with a splash of water and season with vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the egg over the stewed apple and let it set. Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving. Enjoy!

Pizza à la Metabolic Balance

Pizza is a universal food that has been adapted many times and today we wanted to share the Metabolic Balance adaptation.

Ingredients: 
1 serving of vegetables (chard, bell peppers, etc.)
½ tomato
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 serving of egg
1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. marjoram/oregano
1 tsp. chopped chives
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Clean, wash and cut the vegetables into thin strips. Wash the tomato and cut it into small cubes. Whisk the eggs, water, marjoram, salt and chives well with a fork. Cook the onion in a pan then add the chard. After 2-3 minutes add the small cubes of tomatoes. Heat up another pan and distribute the whisked egg evenly in it. Fry the egg like a pancake at medium heat. After 2-3 minutes turn gently and cook on the other side. Place the egg “crust” on a plate and distribute the vegetables and any other toppings evenly over top. Enjoy!

Omelette with Porcini Mushrooms

Omelettes are easy to make and easily adapted for many tastes and meal plans. This recipe uses mushrooms but feel free to substitute with other proteins sources and vegetables!

Ingredients:
2 eggs
150 g or 1 serving of porcini mushrooms
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
1 Tbsp. chopped chives
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Clean the mushrooms and then thinly slice. Roast the onions and mushrooms in a very hot pan for a few minutes, and season with salt and pepper. Whisk the eggs, season with salt and pepper, and then pour them over the mushrooms and onions. Cook the omelette on both sides and
finally garnish with the chives.

Tip: For extra flavor try adding aromatic herbs such as rosemary or chili for some extra heat.

Breakfast Idea

Sometimes the way you start your morning can set the tone for the rest of your day! One way to ensure your day gets off to a rockin’ start is through a delicious and nutritious breakfast such as the recipe below!

Take a slice of wholemeal rye bread and spread pureed/mashed avocado on top, add a sliced hard boiled egg and a few pomegranate seeds. Season with salt, pepper, and a few red pepper flakes.
This wonderful combination will keep you full for a long time and start your day off right!

Spinach Omelet with Blackberries and Rye Bread

This simple omelet recipe is perfect for anyone in Phase 2 and is quick, nutritious, and most importantly delicious! If you give this recipe a try, take a picture and share it with us!

Ingredients:
1 serving of eggs
1 serving of spinach
1 serving of blackberries
1 serving of rye bread
Salt, pepper 

Preparation:
In a bowl, whisk the eggs using a fork and season with salt and pepper. Wash the spinach and then shake or pat dry using a paper towel. Cut or tear into small pieces and add to the eggs. Heat a pan over medium heat, add the eggs and cook on one side for 2-3 mintes. Flip the omelet over to finish cooking and then remove the pan from the heat. Gently rinse the blackberries, add them to one side of the omelet, and then fold the omelet in half. Serve with toasted bread.
Enjoy!

Egg and Asparagus Salad

Looking for fresh salad to enjoy? Well we have the perfect recipe for you! Give this egg and asparagus salad a try and let us know what you think. If aniseed is not your cup of tea feel free to exclude it.

Ingredients:
1 serving of green asparagus
1 tsp. white onion
1 hard-boiled egg
1/4 cup (50 ml) vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Salt, pepper, pinch of aniseed (optional)

Preparation:
Peel the asparagus and cut into 1.5 inch (4 cm) pieces. Heat a pan over medium heat and sauté the onions briefly. Then add the asparagus and the vegetable broth. Cook until everything is al dente and then remove the pan from the heat. Add the balsamic vinegar and season to taste with salt, pepper and aniseed. Set the mixture aside to cool. Peel the hard-boiled egg and cut into bite-sized pieces. Once the salad is cooled, add in the egg and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mix.
Enjoy!

The Cholesterol Myth

The past few days our posts have highlighted how “eggcellent” eggs can be for your health! Inevitably when discussing this versatile food, the issue of cholesterol comes up.
Although eggs are rich in cholesterol, they do not – as it was long believed – increase cholesterol levels. However, studies that allegedly prove that the consumption of chicken eggs contributes to increased blood cholesterol levels or even poses a risk of heart attack have long been refuted. The Mayo Clinic notes that,

Although some studies have found a link between eating eggs and heart disease, there may be other reasons for these findings. The foods people typically eat with eggs, such as bacon, sausage and ham, may do more to boost heart disease risk than eggs do. Plus, the way eggs and other foods are cooked — especially if fried in oil or butter — may play more of a role in the increased risk of heart disease than eggs themselves do.

Many current studies have even shown the opposite: the lecithin in the egg yolk tends to lower cholesterol levels. The fact that pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and the margarine industry in general earn a lot of money by “bad mouthing” cholesterol is a possible explanation why the cholesterol myth continues to persist.

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Eggs Explained

Easter is coming up and we were wondering: What does an egg actually weigh?

Here we group eggs based on weight:
S (small) – under 53 g
M (medium) – 53 to below 63 g
L (large) – 63 to below 73 g
XL (extra large) – over 73 g

With this in mind: Have a lot of fun eating, coloring, searching, hiding and giving away eggs!