Green Eggs, No Ham

July 15, 2012 · 11 comments

in HEALTH, NUTRITION, RECIPE

Well hello there. Where to begin? I’m not actually sure to be honest. I’ve been scheming and dreaming about starting a healthy living blog for quite some time, but writing the first post is proving to be a bit daunting! Let’s start with breakfast, shall we? After all, it was pretty photos of oatmeal, omelettes and stacked pancakes that sucked me into reading HLBs in the first place! (Healthy Tipping Point and KathEats I’m lookin’ at you.) ;)

And really, how can you go wrong with eggs? Green eggs at that! Aren’t they purty? Our food editor at work was sent a bunch from Pete & Gerry’s Heirloom Eggs and she shared them with the staff. I’m pretty certain I was the first one digging around in the office fridge to claim my half dozen. I wish I could tell you that these special eggs contained supernatural nutritional powers, but the color is simply due to the selective breed of  hens that hatches them.

The yolks are so vibrant! And yep, I eat the yolks—that’s the best part. Not only are they tasty, but they are packed with so many nutrients! (Much, much more than their white counterpart.) My favorite way to eat them is fried just like this. I heat a pan on high for about about a minute, so when I crack the egg right into it, it solidifies immediately and isn’t sliding all over. (Hate it when that happens!)

Before I get started on my eggs though, I put all of my smoothie ingredients in the blender: 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup milk + handful of spinach+ half frozen banana + spoonful of almond butter + handful of frozen blueberries and strawberries. Everyone thinks that smoothies are such hard work, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! Pour, chop, dump, blend, done. Sure, it takes a little prep work and planning, but it is worth it!

And there you have it, folks—my favorite go-to breakfast. It’s a great mix of protein+carbs+healthy fats. It’s my favorite way to start the day.

Tell me: What’s your favorite go-to breakfast?
(Phew, I made it through my first post! How’d I do?!) 

 

 

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laurenlail July 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

You did great, Ellen!  So excited to follow your new blog – congrats!

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Ellen July 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thanks, Lauren!!

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Wannabe Health Nut August 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

 @laurenlail Thanks so much, Lauren!

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lizac July 30, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I need to get on the smoothie bandwagon asap!

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Ellen July 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Yes you do miss Liza! They are so easy (and good!) I’ll be sure to make you an extra-cold one next time!

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Wannabe Health Nut August 6, 2012 at 6:13 pm

 @lizac Yes you do, girlfriend! I am happy to school you in the world of smoothie-making!!

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ShannonSHinson August 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I would love to hear more about smoothies for breakfast. I am noticing a trend of ladies with skin/hair/figures I admire enjoying smoothies regularly. Are they a supplement to breakfast or a meal replacement? Are they pretty calorific, or is it an okay thing in the morning?
I agree with lizac below that I need to get on the smoothie bandwagon.

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Wannabe Health Nut August 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm

 @ShannonSHinson Hi Shannon! It really just depends on what your personal preferences and needs are. A smoothie alone is rarely enough to keep me full until lunch, so I usually have an egg+toast with it. Some people don’t like eating that much for breakfast and that’s fine too, but I like to get a big meal in at the start of my day and go lighter at night. Depending on what you put in them, smoothies are pretty low in calories. (The one I made in the post is about 400 calories). Adding natural peanut butter or almond butter is great and helps keep you full longer, just be careful not to go over a serving. I don’t get super-scientific with my measurements, but two small spoonfuls is plenty. Plain greek yogurt is also a great addition to smoothies because it is high in protein. I make smoothies often, so check back for more recipes!

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