Fuel For Fitness
Protein. The body needs protein for energy and muscle development, especially during exercise, but not all proteins are alike. The proteins in foods and in the body are made up of 20 different amino acids. Nine of these amino acids are considered essential – which means that your body doesn’t make them on its own, so you need to get them from food. The proteins in eggs are considered complete proteins – eggs can supply all the essential amino acids, replenishing those used during exercise.
Omega-3s. Research indicates that Omega-3s may play an important role in maintaining cardiovascular health by lowering serum cholesterol, triglyceride and low density lipoprotein levels. They are also reported to be beneficial for brain and eye function, and a healthy immune system.
Vitamins D and B12. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is critical to maintaining strong bones and muscle strength. It is also important for body tissue health and maintaining healthy body fat levels. Vitamin B12 is important for healthy protein metabolism, as well as cardiovascular and nervous system health. It is also needed to convert carbohydrates, fats and proteins from food into energy.
EB eggs contain four times more Vitamin D and over three times more Omega-3s compared to ordinary eggs. They also have high levels of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin E, and they contain 25 percent less saturated fat and 19 percent less cholesterol than regular eggs.
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Tomato, Spinach and Feta Omelet
- 4 large Eggland’s Best eggs
- 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 plum tomato, sliced
- 2 tablespoons Feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced (optional)
- Combine eggs, spinach, oregano and salt in a medium bowl. Beat until well blended.
- Lightly coat a 9-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray, heat over medium heat.
- Pour egg mixture into skillet. Cook until bottom is lightly browned and firm, about 5-6 minutes.
- With a spatula, flip the omelet to the other side and cook 3 minutes more.
- Transfer omelet to a platter. Sprinkle tomatoes and cheese on one half (and onions, if desired) and fold over other half to cover.
- Let stand 1 minute to warm tomatoes and cheese. Cut in half.
Makes 2 servings