I am an intuitive eater and do not label myself vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, etc. I have used those labels to describe my diet at various points throughout my health journey in the past, however, I do not use them anymore. Yes, I eat 80% of my food raw and go weeks and weeks without consuming any animal products. But there are times when I know I need certain cooked whole foods in my diet to balance my overall well being and provide the nutrients I feel my body needs.
One of the things that I like to include in my diet is the occasional egg. I usually like to eat them for dinner vs. for breakfast because I like to start my days with a lighter meal.
Local pastured raised organic eggs are a must. You don’t want your eggs to be full of antibiotics and from chickens who ate genetically modified corn. Nor, do you want to purchase eggs from chickens that are being raised in crowded hen houses with no light and horrible conditions. I truly believe you consume not just the food you are eating but the energy from it too. You should want nothing but positive energy entering your body!
Check out these happy chickens I met in Bali – Cockadoodle doooooo!
Eggs are pretty incredible for you and offer your body a lot of nutrition in one little dose. The sulfur in them is great for your hair and nails. Eggs contain Vitamin D & B12 which is often insufficient in vegan diets. Lutein is a compound found in eggs that prevent many types of cancers and heart disease, as well as protect your eyes from cataracts. And last by not least – eggs contain a nutrient called lecithin that helps your body break down fat.
To get all these benefits- you must consume the whole egg! Remember whole foods = the whole egg! Do not consume pre-made cartons of egg whites – those products lose many of their nutrients during processing.
And PLEASE NO Egg beaters – they are just pure processed crap – check out the ingredient list:
Egg Whites, Less than 1%: Natural Flavor, Color (Includes Beta Carotene), Spices, Salt, Onion Powder, Vegetable Gums (Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum), Maltodextrin. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Sulfate, Iron (Ferric Phosphate), Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol Acetate), Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine Mononitrate), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D3
The ingredient “natural flavor” is an industry secret that allows companies to sneak in MSG without labeling it. Both, xanthan gum (a thickener) and maltodextrin (a processed sugar) are made from genetically modified corn. Why do you need those ingredients in your eggs? Because they took out the yolk, which also took out all the REAL natural flavor, thickness and nutrients, that’s why. They even had to add back in vitamins to compensate. Don’t be fooled by this nonsense!
Ok enough preaching… hopefully to the choir
Here’s a great recipe to make when hectic days arrive – especially with the holiday season right around the corner! This fast frittata is a warm satisfying dish and very easy to make!
- 4 whole eggs
- 1 large red pepper diced
- 1 small red onion diced
- 1 to 2 ounces of goat cheese (optional)
- 3 sun dried tomatoes diced (dry not packed in oil)
- 3 tbsp minced fresh basil
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- fresh cracked black pepper
- ½ tsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to broil on high
- Heat coconut oil in a large skillet on medium heat
- Once pan is heated, sauté red onion for about 3 mins, then add red pepper and sauté another 3-5 mins until just tender but not completely cooked through
- While vegetables are cooking, in a large bowl combine whole eggs, basil and spices and whisk together for 1 min
- Pour mixture into pan, distributing the mixture evenly over the vegetable sauté
- Top mixture with crumbles of goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes (optional)
- Allow frittata to cook for a few mins on the stove top (cooking the bottom slightly) before placing pan into oven
- Broil on high for 7-12 mins – watch carefully to make sure it doesn’t burn
- Remove from oven once top is slightly browned and cool for 5 mins
- Cut into slices and serve with a mixed greens dressed with an aged balsamic vinegar – The flavors will be perfect together!
I had a hectic today day – All I ended up having for dinner tonight was a big glass of fresh green juice that included fresh rainbow chard, celery, cucumber, cilantro, ginger, lemon and garlic + a nice bowl of superfood travel mix (recipe for that coming soon).
After sharing this recipe now, I wish I had made this instead
Let me know if you have any questions or comments – I love hearing from you!
Do you know someone who is still using Egg Beaters? Please share this post with them so they can get clued in.