Now that I’ve explained the benefits of organic free-range
eggs, I’ve got a couple of tips to help you prepare them.
One of my mentors, Dr. Joseph Mercola, insists that
consuming organic free range eggs raw is best. Your chances of contracting
salmonella from raw eggs are low, even lower if you are eating organic
free-range eggs (you are much more likely to contract salmonella from raw
chicken than from raw eggs). Cooking destroys some of the nutrients of the egg,
so raw consumption is optimal for health purposes.
While I don’t necessarily disagree with Dr. Mercola’s
recommendation, I understand that eating raw eggs isn’t exactly at the top of
everyone’s list. If you do want to try eggs raw, first be sure that you’ve got
free-range organic eggs, preferably raised at a local organic egg farm. To
start out, try blending one or two with some whey protein powder (another
superfood to be discussed in a later post), a banana, water, and ice to create
a nutrient dense, high protein smoothie. You can experiment with different
variations until you come up with a recipe you love. A smoothie like this is
ideal post-workout but can also be enjoyed at breakfast or anytime during the
day as a super healthy snack.
If you choose to cook your eggs, as most of us do, the best
advice I can offer you is don’t break the yolks. In other words, scrambled
eggs, omelettes, and frittatas should be your last choice. The egg’s yolk
contains the majority of its nutrients, and opening the yolk actually causes
those nutrients to break down. Furthermore, once the yolk breaks and is exposed
to high heat, it begins to oxidize. Oxidized cholesterol can increase the
levels of inflammation in your body, creating numerous health threats (inflammation
is a subject for another post).
Personally, I prefer poached or boiled eggs. Hard boiled
eggs are a great snack and one of the best foods to consume after a hard
workout. Plus, they are portable and very easy to prepare. Now, if you are able
to find locally raised free-range organic eggs and you choose to hard boil
them, you might notice that they’re a little difficult to peel. That’s because
they are SO fresh! There has been no chance for oxygen to enter the shell
(remember, egg shells have pores!) and create a barrier between the shell and
the egg. Here’s a little known secret to solve this problem: Put a bit of olive
oil in the water when you’re boiling them. Problem solved, eggs peel easily.
Here’s another tip for hard boiled eggs: If you find that your eggs are
breaking when you start to cook them, be sure to first bring them to room
temperature before you place them in hot or boiling water.
Lastly, keep in mind that fresh eggs don’t need to be
refrigerated. Sure, refrigeration will extend their shelf life, but farm fresh
free-range organic eggs can be stored safely at room temperature for at least a
On a final note, if you are a person who has never
really liked eggs, I suggest you give some locally raised free-range organic
eggs a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. And your body will thank