I woke this morning craving a big fat omelet. I know what you’re thinking. “What happened to your recently inspired health kick?” In case you didn’t know, eggs are packed with nutrients, and most of them — vitamins A and E, folate, calcium, iron and lutein — are in the yolks. When I was a kid, my father use to scrape all the yolk out of my hard boiled eggs, because he said they were full of cholesterol. While yolks do pack dietary cholesterol, many scientists now think saturated fat is the bigger culprit in raising blood cholesterol.
Besides being loaded with nutrients, eggs are satisfying, so eating them can help you curb between-meal hunger. But the yolk does contain all the fat, so it may not be the best dietary supplement if you’re trying to limit your fat intake.
Keeping the flavor
I have a friend who always orders egg white omelets or scrambled egg whites when we go out to breakfast. I’m not knocking her healthy eating habits, but egg whites alone typically lack in flavor and are bit more rubbery in texture. A good strategy to reduce the fat and keep some flavor in your breakfast: order up an omelet using one whole egg and two egg whites.
According to a recent article in the Associated Press, “When using eggs in baked goods, quiches or custards, you usually can substitute egg whites for up to half of the yolks without substantially changing the dish. Use two egg whites in place of one whole egg.”
Don’t you love it when you find out you don’t have to give up eating the good stuff!
Here are some restaurants that serve up egg-cellent omelets and egg dishes:
Bistro 69 Cafe, 69 Maiden Ln., San Francisco, CA
Sunburst Espresso Bar, 206 3rd Ave., New York, NY
Midtown II Restaurant, 122 S. 11th St. Ste. 124, Philadelphia, PA