People are still questioning it—are eggs good for you?

I don’t know how many times the answer has changed in my lifetime. It went from “yes”, to “perhaps not”, to “in moderation”, then to “just the white”, and finally back to “yes” again.  Confusing doesn’t begin to describe this scrambled mess.

It took scientists some time to reach the truth about eggs; I guess you could say they had to crack a couple of eggs to make their omelet.

All in all, eggs are good for you.  Eggs are loaded with protein and minerals like iron, zinc, calcium and selenium. They also contain vitamins A, D, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12—you can see that eggs are like a bingo board full of nutrition!!

It used to be thought that the yolk of an egg was terrible for you due to its high levels of fatty cholesterol. We know now that there is a difference between good and bad cholesterol. Essentially, egg yolks have the good cholesterol (egg lovers, feel free to breathe a sigh of relief).

The truth about the incredible, edible egg is that it is good for us but in moderation.  As we all know, too much of a good thing can be…well…a bad thing. Eggs are a super food, and they’re also really easy to prepare. Below you’ll find our 5 favorite ways to prepare eggs (and enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner!):

1.     Hard-Boiled

If you want a hard body, hard-boiled is the way to go. Hard boiled eggs allow you to easily separate the white and yellow if you’d like. Best of all, you can eat them on-the-go. Simply immerse 2-4 eggs in near boiling water for a minute or two, and then pull the pot off the heat a let stand covered for 14 minutes.

2.     Scrambled

If you’re anything like me, the first time I tried making an omelet I ended up making scrambled—that’s because scrambled eggs are super simple to make (the only thing you have to do is make a bit of a mess!).  Scrambled eggs don’t need butter and cheese to taste good. In place of butter, use heart healthy olive oil or Udo’s Oil. And there’s no need to add milk to your scrambled eggs either!  Just scramble together 2 eggs and about 5 eggs worth of egg whites.  Whisk the eggs a little longer than normal and cook the mixture in a pan until firm.

3.      Poached

Poached eggs are just like boiled eggs, except they’re not cooked in the shell. To poach an egg, place the inside of the egg in a cup and carefully slide it from the cup into a deep pot of hot, but not boiling, water. Once it is in the water, leave it to cook for approximately 5 minutes. Then remove the egg with a slotted spoon and serve.

4.      Microwave scramble

If you’re short on time and need to make a quick breakfast, you can make eggs in a microwave in about 3 minutes. Simply crack 2 eggs into a microwave safe bowl or mug. Then add two tablespoons of milk (stay extra healthy and use almond milk!). Whisk together well and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Remove and stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds. It’s that simple!

5.      Omelet

If you’ve got the skill, you might as well show it off!! An omelet is a great way to infuse healthy veggies and lean meats into your eggy meal. Just like scrambled eggs, forgo the milk and replace butter with olive oil to reduce calories.  Add your favorite veggies (like peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.) and lean meats (like lean turkey) to your omelet—especially if you decide to make one for dinner. Then, brush up on your spatula work!

Eggs are a super food that are quick and easy to prepare.  As any culinary authority can tell you, the uses for eggs are endless because of their nutritional value and versatility. They’re so versatile that they are often the main source of protein in protein powders. Just don’t be stupid and try to be like Rocky. If you eat eggs raw the only stairs you’ll climb are the stairs to food poisoning.  Try any of these 5 egg preparations instead!!