Why Use Cold Hardboiled Eggs for Breakfast?
We are all challenged to sit down for a meal in modern times. I truly understand that as many mornings I do not have time to actually cook a meal – I know your life is similar, so a super basic breakfast I whip up on those busy mornings is simply hardboiled eggs with berries and coffee. That’s it. Simple. To the point. Takes about a minute to prepare if you have advanced cooked your eggs. Makes me feel as if I have had something substantial. If only all life’s problems could be solved so easily.
One of the reasons I like a simple breakfast like this in the summer is the HEAT. It’s hot in Arizona and I like to eat in the cool mornings out on my back patio. After breaking multiple dishes out there (apparently I’m clumsy as all-get-out), I use a great set of unbreakable bpa-free dinnerware while I’m dining outdoors. I love them so much that I have added them to my store here on the website. If you want a set yourself, they are currently 25% off on my site (clickety-click below).
Meal-Planning Idea for Hard Boiled Eggs
When you meal-plan and cook in advance, it is super-easy to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers. With eggs, you can cook and store the egg for up to 7 days. If you purchase pre-boiled eggs at the grocery store, they can last even longer.
My suggestion is to pre-boil the eggs, run under cold water, dry off, then mark the hard-boiled eggs with a pencil. This way you know which eggs are hard-boiled and which eggs are not in your refrigerator. Meal-planning means that you choose a day to cook, say Sunday, then cook a few foods in advance and store in the refrigerator so that you can quickly fix a meal from these items throughout the week. One of my favorite summer dishes is Curried Deviled Eggs. Yum!
How to Hard Boil Eggs in Water Recipe
- 6 to 12 eggs
- Salted water in a saucepan
- Place a dozen eggs (or less) in a saucepan, covering with cold salted water
- Bring to a rolling boil over high heat
- When it begins to boil, turn off heat and cover for ten minutes (if you like a drier/harder cooked egg, leave simmering on low uncovered for the ten minutes)
- Pour eggs into a colander and run cold water over them or sit in a cold water bath for 10-15 minutes (this helps the eggs peel easier)
- Eat immediately or refrigerate up to 5 days
Are Egg Whites Better for You?
Are egg whites better for you? It depends on what your body requires. I love the illustration from the National Center on Healthy, Physical Activity, and Disability (below). It shows that both whole eggs and egg whites have some excellent benefits. Egg whites are on my mind lately because I eat eggs quite regularly and my favorite integrative functional nutritionist suggested I start consuming egg whites only as a part of my anti-inflammatory food plan. I’ve been consuming too many fats and having some unusual auto-immune symptoms due to the intake. So I am lowering my fat intake.
As you can see by the chart, a large egg white has far less fat and calories than an egg with a yolk. This means that if you are a bodybuilder or athlete, then this gives you more protein. If you are over-weight or suffer from painful conditions that are chronic, keeping your calorie count down can help you lose weight.
Egg whites are clearly very low in cholesterol, but still high in protein. If your medical professional is asking you to reduce your calorie intake or fat and cholesterol intake, kicking the egg yolk out of your life might be the answer.
Overall, a whole egg is better for you from a nutritional perspective because it has more vitamins and protein. If you are on a restrictive food plan, trying to lose weight, or have problems with fat, then removing the egg yolk and just eating the egg white is a great plan.
Either way – eggs are delicious and hard-boiled eggs are the absolutely perfect solution for a busy lifestyle, particularly in the hot summer.