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Good Eggs

GOOD EGG

 

I’ll make this simple.  Eggs are good for you!  They are good for your heart, eyes, brain, they fight against cancer (specifically colon cancer) and bad cholesterol (LDL) .  They help you digest fat and proteins .  Eggs also help you build healthy hair, nails and skin. 

 

Want to know how?  And why how they got framed in the past with bad cholesterol?  Read on my friends  J

 

Curried Egg Salad

Curried Egg Salad http://www.101cookbooks.com

 

Curried Egg Salad Recipe

Use any type of onion you like here, I’ve done this version of egg salad using yellow, white, and in this version I had a tiny red one on hand, so I grabbed for that.

5 good quality eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder (your favorite)
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 big pinches of salt

1/2 small onion, chopped
1/2 medium apple, chopped
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
1 small bunch of chives, minced

First off, you need to boil the eggs properly (the key to good egg salad!). Place the eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by a 1/2-inch or so. Bring to a gentle boil. Now turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for exactly seven minutes. Have a big bowl of ice water ready and when the eggs are done cooking and place them in the ice bath for three minutes or so – long enough to stop the cooking.

While the eggs are boiling and cooling, combine the yogurt, curry powder and salt in a tiny bowl. Set aside.

Crack and peel each egg, and place in a medium mixing bowl. Add the curried yogurt, onions, apple, pecans, and chives. Now mash with a fork. Don’t overdo it, you want the egg mixture to have some texture. If you need to add a bit more plain yogurt to moisten up the mixture a bit, go for it a bit at a time. taste and add more salt if needed. Enjoy as-is, or served wrapped in lettuce, with some spelt crackers, salad greens, or in a wrap!

Serves 3-4

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GOOD EGG

I hear this a lot .. ” But eggs are bad.. right?  Or – you shouldn’t eat egg yolks – right?  ”  Take note – these comments are always followed with some doubt, because people don’t know the truth.

I’ll make this simple.  Eggs are good for you! The WHOLE THING (don’t eat the shell)

  They are good for your heart, eyes, brain, they fight against cancer (specifically colon cancer) and bad cholesterol (LDL) .  They help you digest fat and proteins .  Eggs also help you build healthy hair, nails and skin.

Want to know how?  And why how they got framed in the past with bad cholesterol? It’s also  important to be getting the right kind of eggs!  Read on for all these answers!   Knowledge is Power


Nutrition – Apples to lower cholesterol? That’s just the beginning

By MARISSA CEVALLOS, HealthKey for the LA Times

To truly keep the doctor away, it’s going to take more than a handful of red delicious. The fruit and vegetable aisle is a fine place to start your quest to lower cholesterol, but don’t stop there. Keep moving, keep moving….

This week we learned that eating dried apples can help reduce “bad” cholesterol, or low-density lipoprotein, while raising “good” cholesterol, or high-density lipoprotein – at least when compared to eating dried plums (aka prunes).

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that travels in the blood. If you have too much cholesterol, it can stick to the walls of your blood vessels and narrow or even block them, leading to heart disease. You’re more likely to have unhealthy levels of cholesterol if you eat fatty foods, are overweight or have a close relative with high cholesterol.

But you can help lower your cholesterol simply by changing your diet. The Mayo Clinic suggests these five foods for better cholesterol and heart health:

  • Oatmeal and other foods high in soluble fiber, such as apples, kidney beans, pears, barley and prunes. Try for 5 to 10 or more grams of soluble fiber per day.
  • Fish and omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3s can reduce the risk of blood clots; the highest amounts are in mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, salmon and halibut.
  • Nuts! But try to limit yourself to about a handful–they’re naturally high-calorie.
  • Olive oil. But be careful to swap it for something else in your diet, don’t just add it. Two tablespoons have 240 calories.
  • Plant sterols. They’ve been added to some brands of margarine, orange juice and yogurt drinks. Try for at least 2 grams, about the amount found in two 8-ounce glasses of fortified orange juice.

Your Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol With TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes), from the National Institutes of Health, offers even more detail – lots and lots of detail – even information on salt and alcohol, label-reading instructions, sample menus and more.

Now that you know which foods to choose, take care with how they’re prepared. A piece of apple pie a day probably doesn’t do much for cholesterol or overall health.

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