By: Peggy Willms
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Let’s eat some eggs. I will introduce you to my favorite tool in just a bit I will show you “eggs”actly what I use.
Happy Easter, my little Peeps. How are you celebrating today? I hope you create many wonderful memories with your loved ones today.
Most of you are well informed of Easter’s religious origination – the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Many of you are aware of the meaning of the word Easter – fertility, spring, anew. Perhaps you are also aware of the Easter Bunny folklore. He became a shining star in the early 1700s thanks to German immigrants spreading stories throughout Pennsylvania villages.
I am going to spin us a bit. I want to focus on just one aspect of Easter. THE EGG. “Eggs”actly.
Eggs – The Symbol. It is not a shock that the egg would become a symbol for Easter. Again, fertility; new life; Springtime.
Eggs – The Tradition. Decorating eggs goes back 60,000 years in Africa. Some stories state in more modern times, eggs could not be eaten during lent so they were decorated and hidden until they could be consumed again. During the Easter holiday, you can find many children with color died fingers after a few hours of painting their eggs.
Eggs – The Gift. Fabergé eggs are linked to the Romanov family. The jeweled egg was created by Peter Carl Fabergé for Tsar Alexander III’s wife. It was such a hit, she was like, “Yo, babe, keep these baby’s coming.” I about died when I learned the Third Imperial Egg is worth $33 million. Mr. Fabergé made 50 eggs; 43 are accounted for. I have decided I want to buy ALL replicas. I just simply love them, daaahling.
Eggs – we paint them, carry them in baskets, hide them, play games with them and eat them. I eat them! Lots of them.
Eggs – The Food. NOW HERE WE GO. This is “eggs”actly what I wanted to focus on. There are six different sizes for eggs. Come on, man. I cannot make this up. The peewee is a 15 ounce egg followed by small, medium, large, extra-large, and the jumbo egg which weighs in at a whopping 30 ounces. I had to read and reread this. Nearly two pounds! Why hasn’t that sunk in before? The older the hen, the larger the egg. I suspect you know all of this. I had no clue there was a peewee.
Then get this…new to me…white eggs are laid by chickens with white feathers and white ear lobes. Red-feathered chickens with red ear lobes birth our brown eggs. Shut up! Chickens with red feathers are larger and eat more which is why brown eggs are more expensive. Double shut up!!
As a pescatarian, most of my only animal protein comes from fish. I eat a fair number of eggs and some Greek yogurt to ensure I hit my macro targets based on my goals and nutrient need’s. So technically, I am a lacto-ovo-pescatarian. Because I do not gnaw on the breasts or rumps of animals, it takes me a bit more creativity to stay on top of my game. No judgment to you meat lovers. Seriously. I have clients who would rather stab their eyes out then give up a steak. My choice is personal choice. Back to the eggs.
A large egg has about 80 calories and seven grams of protein. They are a relatively inexpensive source of protein. They also contain other nutrients such as carotenoids, vitamin D, B12, selenium and choline.
Let’s talk cholesterol. Without dabbling in too much science, cholesterol is found in all the cells in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. It is a fatty-like substance. You can find cholesterol in animal food sources, such as meat, cheese and eggs. “Eggs”actly.
What is up with the yolk? Eat it or not? If you have too much cholesterol in your blood plaque can form and stick to the walls of your arteries. Therefore, consuming the yolk comes with a bit of controversy. An average sized egg is about 185 mg of cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends about 300 mg maximum daily. Of course, if you are at heart disease risk or have concerns with high cholesterol, whites are the way to go.
As a previous fitness competitor, it was nothing for me to throw down six or more eggs a day. Yolk and all. I converted to just egg whites about 10 years ago. The women in my family have heart disease issues and high cholesterol. And, yup, I was recently diagnosed myself. I eat very clean, exercise and I am still battling numbers. I live a “yolk-free” life.
Here is one of the staples gadgets in my life…my handy dandy Dash Egg Cooker. I have been using one for years. I always have boiled eggs on hand. The handiest snack ever. Yes, I toss the yolk.
Go ahead, click on the link below and get one for yourself. I bought my son one and let’s just say he actually uses it. WHAT.
I wish you a very Happy Easter. Regardless of whether you are dressed as a bunny, painting or finding eggs, eating a slew of Cadbury’s or ready to make some-hard boiled eggs, you do “eggs”actly what you want today.
All Things Wellness, LLC
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