If I was recruited to fill in for the Easter Bunny, I’d basically be dressed just like this…
I’d be hippity-hoppity, and happily chopity, looking for some delicious eggs to eat!
Poached: difficult level = easy.
Anyone with “Eggs Benedict” can make them for you.
Hard Boiled: difficulty level = medium.
Most establishments have these already made for salads (easy) but it is possible (provided it is earlier in the day) to make hard-boiled eggs as well. Less concern with timing.
Medium Boiled: difficulty level = hard.
You’d think it wouldn’t be so dang difficult, but apparently IT IS. This is the way I like my eggs – so much so that it’s a default. About seven minutes give or take in already boiling water, and that’s it. Still…it’s a challenge.
Ninja Style: difficulty level = nigh impossible.
Downright sneaky little buggers (and dangerous) but the BEST preparation I know. Worth the struggle.
I’ve managed a *few* times to get a lovely, half-circle with jazz in the middle. But the flip is dicey. Sometimes. . .
Incidentally, I make my eggs the microwave – ALL the time. Scrambling eggs in the micro is incredibly easy – in a microwave safe container, you don’t have to clean up more than once either. Pair them with steamed veggies and VOILA! Healthy, satisfying meal without a stitch of hassle. 🙂
This really is my usual cast of characters, so it’s fair to say that MOST of my dining-out breakfast options look a lot like this (which, for me, is a good thing!) 🙂
There are always a lot of great options, though – you never have to have full fat milk in your cereal, or even milk at all, for example – most places offer skim (lots of protein, less calories and fat), or soy or almond options. You also can ask for greek yogurt in most establishments, in place of plain (less protein than greek, and often more sugar.)
You can absolutely ask for any condiments on the side, lest your dish come out drowning in something more caloric than you need. Fresh fruit and a tall glass of water are also great as they give some volume and a feeling of fullness…without being bad for you!
For me, the combination of healthy fats, protein, fiber and water content helps keep me satisfied a good while – I’m the kind of person who eats a LOT during the day, so consider that I probably need to eat more often than most. In this case, the fact that I am satisfied for a while indicates that the food items are doing their job nicely…withOUT being bad for me!
We have a fun Farmer’s Market in our City that runs on Sundays during the warmer months – while we aren’t there every weekend like some of my buddies, it’s a fun Sunday morning activity, and a nice way to stock up on healthy options for the week!
Generally I’m scoping out the veggie situation, as vegetables are the bulk of my diet. Fruits are great too, like melons and Fuji apples (when they are in season – hurry up, October!)
You can also pick up flowers, healthy greens, fun seasonal goodies like pumpkins and gourds (hello, Halloween!), grass-fed meat, fresh eggs, and even hummus and mead…
Since I’m not a sit-on-the-beach type, I love this summer activity option – it’s nice to get up and out and DO something…and it also makes food shopping and meal prep easier for the rest of the week.
For more Nutrition jazz…
So I love my protein – eggs are a perfect food and I eat, generally, at least one a day with a TON of egg whites. Hard-boiled eggs are a great grab and go snack also, so I like to have some on hand.
Boiling is a little bit of a pain (and more to clean up) so I thought I’d try the oven bake method.
Did it work? YES.
Perfect? About 99%.
I like medium-boiled so I personally need to tweak the temperature and /or time because they were – as designed – hard-boiled.
Each egg also had two little spots on them (on the inside of the egg, once peeled), I’m guessing from the heat of the pan. I’ve also read (and mine had them too) that the eggs get little spots on the surface of the shell – they are completely harmless and disappeared in the ice water. Spots inside – or outside – aren’t a big deal, but worth the mention in the event you had wanted to serve them for any reason!
I also, as an aside, used my new egg piercer – piercing before boiling (apparently even with the oven method) seems to help the peeling. YESSSS!!!
HOW TO BAKE YOUR BOILED EGGS:
(For more Nutrition Stuff...)
I go to the store almost daily – I think for some people, that sounds like an alarming rate. . .but going once a week simply doesn’t work for me.
I go through my food at a rapid pace, but given the quality of it, I’m okay with that (I’m not going to beat myself up for devouring all of my vegetables, whereas if I was mauling bags of potato chips, I might have to second guess my restocking habits!)
The usual suspects:
There are a few other things I pick up, but those are the typical cast of characters. I think it’s important for us to shop often. . .and NOT to shop hungry.
Food preparation is always a wonderful thing if you can do it (that can be done once a week, maybe twice – there are fabulous blogs out there specifically dedicated to this, not only for fitness competitors, by the way!)
What kinds of foods duo you buy? Are you shopping several times a week? I see the store when the snow comes and I’m always shocked. *LOL*
Weekends are my wind-down time – I do have two activities on Saturday (Ninjutsu Combat Simulation, and Aerial Yoga), but they aren’t as rigorous as my weekly workout routines (Brazilian JiuJitsu four times a week, cardio three times a week, lifting at least four times a week, Ninjutsu classes four times a week…, and some teaching with Martial Arts kids classes.) I’m incredibly thankful I can schedule so many activities, as I’m energetic by nature and need to move around.
But for me, Saturday afternoon and Sunday I can give myself a little bit of a break physically, and sometimes as far as eating out. During the week we usually eat at home, and my meals don’t vary hugely in terms of content… On the weekend, I’m still really clean, but I might have more yolks than I typically do in the mornings, or I might have more servings of fruit, or almonds. None of it is unhealthy, but I’m less concerned with portions and timing – I sort of just have the clean foods I like with less stringency.
I’m asked a lot whether or not I have “cheat meals” – I don’t really. But again, the weekends, or when I travel, I loosen the reigns a bit, going with whatever the flow might be. That’s enough “cheat” for me – I stick to healthy options, so I never get totally out of hand, or go so overboard that I’m beating myself up. Just what works for me personally!
This weekend we went to brunch and my fiancé – who’s always looking out for me! – ordered the eggs that came with HIS meal exactly the way I ordered my three. 😀 Normally I have a whole egg and egg whites in the morning, with a ton of vegetables – but when I’m out, I’m eating three whole eggs in a sitting…and in this case, a few more! It isn’t something I do every day, so I’m not overly worried about having a few – I could definitely use the aminos, and the healthy fat…plus…PROTEIN! ❤ I always order fruit salad too, for some sweetness…AND extra vitamins!
We had dinner at home – my favorite ground chicken recipe, and tons of roasted broccoli (he’s always makes it perfectly.) Filling, wonderful nutrients and solid macros…good stuff!
What’s your weekend plan?
For more of what I munch…!
I don’t know about you but I love to eat. Most of the time I find that people don’t believe me, often retorting with a snide “oh yeah, right.”
I am generally a clean eater, and after all I’ve been through, I can’t say that I love food in the same way. But. . .YES. . .I LOVE to eat, and I could easily eat too much. Volume is key for me – I need to feel full or I will just keep munching.
It can get a little frustrating when people say “oh, but you work it off.” Or, “you do so much that it doesn’t matter – you can have what you want.” Actually….
If I eat too much (and for each of us, that amount will vary), I will see it on my waistline. Most of the time I am clean, healthy, and quite active…but it takes work for me. I can’t just eat whatever I want and hope that my exercise routine will balance it out – I don’t get off so easily, and frankly very few people do. So what helps? Being educated! I know that I will be hungry so I try to figure out what I can do to:
A.) Not feel like I’m starving all the time…
B.) Stick to my goals
That’s where being educated about nutrition, and my own personal needs, comes in to play. Keeping in mind that I am not a nutritionist or medical professional, these are some of the snacks I have found to help me manage my hunger. . .and my waist size!
SALTY and SAVORY
The key with any of these is to just be mindful of portions – when you can either prepare a smaller portion of what comes in a HUGE bag…OR…you can get ready-made items (such as the 100 calorie almonds), you will find you can stick to the plan a little better. There are also a ton of wonderful blogs with recipes for lower calorie snacks (I prefer those also high in protein because that’s what my body needs.)
I also have a ton of fun recipes bookmarked here.