Did you know the perfect protein source is hiding in your backyard? No, it’s not your chickens….it’s their eggs.
Turns out, our grandparents who insisted on two eggs for breakfast were onto something. If you’ve been feeling tired lately, put down the caffeine and toss out any commercial energy bars. Instead, pull out your pan and start scrambling some butt nuggets. Use one of the 50+ egg recipes in this article!
Once upon a time, people suffering from high cholesterol were told to avoid eggs, but the times they are a-changin’. According to medicine, unlike caffeine or our other usual sources of quick energy, eggs don’t cause blood sugar or insulin to spike and crash. In other words, eggs are a sustainable source of energy for your body. In fact, eggs are such a good source of high-quality protein, they’re pretty much the gold standard for comparing ALL sources of protein out there, and something even top nutritionists keep in their fridges.
What?! My hen’s eggs are really that great?
Yup, your hens aren’t just giving you breakfast every day: they’re doing you a MAJOR solid. We all know that eggs from backyard chickens have way more vitamins than store-bought eggs, but did you know that a single egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein (it’s not just about protein, but how GOOD that protein is – that’s why commercial protein bars are questionable in more ways than one)?
You can also count on consuming 13 percent of your daily protein need with that same egg, and getting some extra thiamin, riboflavin, folate, as well as two key vitamins responsible for way more vitamins: B12 and B6. (But be sure to eat the yolks – this is where most of the nutrients are found. Oh, and be sure to eat eggs at breakfast, since it’s important WHEN you eat protein to keep you feeling energized all day.) So eat some eggs = gardening longer without feeling pooped, especially if, like me, you’re getting on in years.
So, now the big question people ask.
Can eggs help you lose weight? Possibly. A study performed in the UK showed that eating two eggs for breakfast might help overweight people lose 65 percent more weight when eaten as part of a healthy diet. Study participants also said they felt like they had more energy, too. Maybe this is why grandpa insisted on eggs for breakfast every day?
This article was reviewed for medical accuracy by a licensed physician on 7/16/17.