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Eggs Over Easy

The recipe in this blog post was created by The Kitchen Vixen, our guest recipe blogger. This week she shares an eggs over easy recipe that will give you the protein boost you need for a workout.

Probably one of the first things I ever learned to make as a child is eggs. Most likely they were scrambled but they could have been over easy, never sunny side up. I couldn't bear the thought of any sliminess to my eggs, I still can't. Plus the undercooked portion of an egg makes the consumer susceptible to salmonella. And the undercooked portion of salmon makes the consumer susceptible to chickenella. Ok, that last part is not true.

I love eggs after a long workout, but not just eggs, I love eggs with onions and spinach and nutritional yeast flakes which offers a cheesy taste and a ton of B vitamins. If you look up Nutritional Yeast in Wikipedia, you will find my article on the topic as the first reference. But I digress.

As I'm preparing my meal I enjoy a sliced apple along with three Brazilnuts for their abundance of selenium, a mineral that is essential for your body's own antioxidant defense system and for thyroid hormone production. In fact, Brazilnuts are THE richest source of selenium; choose organic if you can find them. Selenium is obtained from the soil, so organic Brazilnuts will be richer in selenium than their conventionally grown cousins.

I also need some solid carbs to go with my eggs. When I first started going gluten-free, I would eat brown rice bread which I found in the freezer section at Whole Foods or at the Santa Monica Co Op. One day I noticed this darker bread reminiscent of pumpernickel, my all time favorite. The dark bread was labeled China Black Rice Bread by Food for Life.

Black rice, in its whole food form, is actually purple. Purple/black rice is popular with Thai cuisine. We always order purple rice to accompany our curry dishes at Cholada Thai on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. It has a hearty, chewy texture that even outshines brown rice. Aside from being an ideal accompaniment to Thai curries, it's also super rich in a class of antioxidants called anthocyanins. These powerful antioxidants, essential for brain health, are abundant in purple/blue hued foods such as blueberries, blackberries, red onions, purple cabbage, purple potatoes and, of course, purple/black rice.

For additional antioxidant nutrition, don't look to pills, think food first. Buy pasture raised eggs like the ones I get at the Santa Monica Farmer's Markets or the Vital Farms brand found at Whole Foods. Vital Farms is actually located in Austin, Texas, a beautiful city with amazing running trails along the river and THE BIGGEST Whole Foods store I have ever seen. It's the first Whole Foods, so I would expect it to be the best. I was in heaven when I went there during The Next Food Network casting call in 2009. So, although these Vital Farms eggs are not local, you can be sure their chickens lead the best lives on a farm where they eat natural grasses and bugs just as nature intended.

The proof is in the nutrition analysis. Based on a comparison of pasture raised vs conventionally raised hens, researchers found that eggs from pasture raised hens may contain 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, twice the omega-3 fatty acids, three times more vitamin E and seven times more beta carotene along with other vitamin A precursors such as lutein and zeaxanthin. A 1974 study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that eggs from pasture raised hens had also have 50 percent more folic acid and 70 percent more B12 than eggs from factory hens. But you must eat the egg yolk to reap these benefits. Plus the yolk contains 50% of your Daily Value for Choline, a nutrient which aids memory.

Accompany your eggs with the leafy greens and aliums (from the onion & garlic families) of your choice, organic if you can get them, for additional disease fighting antioxidants and a multitude of essential vitamins and minerals, and you've got the perfect post-workout breakfast too! Don't forget the Nutritional Yeast as well which offers all the B Vitamins you need including a vegetarian source of B12, plus some extra fiber, carbs, protein and beta-1,3 glucan: a type of fiber that may aid the immune system and help lower cholesterol. Nutritional yeast is also a good source of selenium and potassium.

There is a saying by Adele Davis, a nutritionist (1904-1974), which reads: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” This is truly a meal fit for a king…or queen. Enjoy!

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Eggs Over Easy with Black Rice Bread & Saut