We have recently discovered eggs, I know late to the party!
Back in January we switched to a high protein diet. I was searching for alternatives to the starchy high carb potato, rice and pasta we ate in copious amounts and eggs kept cropping up. I wasn't an egg fan, I considered them an ingredient in my baking or a binder in recipes like homemade burgers and of course a vital element in a Sunday morning fry up. The idea of them forming the basis of a meal was an alien concept. But a cooked egg is a complex bundle of amino acids and vitamins delivering 6g of protein - 0-15% of your daily protein requirement! In just 1 egg! That's powerful.
I was scared to touch eggs full stop when pregnant due to the small but very highly publicised risk of salmonella. I can remember baking cakes with no idea if I'd put enough vanilla in because I was too concerned about tasting the raw mixture! I wish I had known that British Lion Eggs have virtually eliminated salmonella in eggs by vaccinating the hens! How clever is that! Look out for the little lion on your eggs (90% of British eggs carry the food safety mark) as they are safe to eat during pregnancy. Find out more here: Eggs and pregnancy
But how times have changed in our household! We now eat at least a dozen a week between us if not more and the children love them, especially Little I who we call the Egg Monster; She virtually inhales them! Scrambled or poached are their favourite for breakfast and Little E loves a heart shaped omelette (except of course when she meant a pancake). I personally like Spanish tortilla but I make it using sweet potatoes as they aren't as carb heavy - delicious!
Adding eggs into my diet has definitely helped my recent weight loss down. The filling effect of eggs for breakfast versus my old breakfast cereal is quite staggering. Gone are the 10am munchies and sometimes I don't even feel hungry at lunchtime.
So don't be afraid of eggs! They get a huge thumbs up from this household! Look out for the lion mark so you know they are safe and embrace their versatility whilst giving your family a protein boost.