For years, I ate an egg or two for breakfast almost every day. A few months ago, I started drinking a protein and fruit smoothie in the morning instead, and while I like it, I also found myself really missing those eggs. I still bought them at the market out of habit, but then they’d just sit there in my fridge. I didn’t want to waste them, so gradually, I started creating healthy egg recipes: adding hard-boiled ones to salads, scrambling a few up for burritos, cracking them onto a pizza before popping the pie in the oven. It changed the way I think of eggs. They really aren’t just for breakfast.
It’s a good thing too because eggs are so good for you. One large egg has just 77 calories, 5 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein. The yolks contain important B-vitamins, omega-3s, and all 9 essential amino acids. Egg whites are an excellent source of lean protein. Eating only the whites removes all of the fat and cholesterol, however, you miss out on all of the other nutritional benefits. So, even if you’re limiting fat in your diet, make sure you eat the whole egg once in a while.
Here are 13 recipes to help you enjoy eggs for any meal of the day, including dessert.
Egg White Breakfast Burrito
This burrito is loaded with egg whites, turkey bacon (yes, bacon!), and bell peppers to create a grab-and-go, high-protein breakfast. Get the recipe.
Herbed Poached Egg Whites on Wheat
A sprinkle of chopped tarragon takes basic egg-whites to a new level of flavor. Don’t be intimidated by poaching eggs, it’s easier than you think! This light breakfast contains only 157 calories. Get the recipe.