As Thanksgiving and the holiday season sneaks up upon us, it's time to batten down the hatches and attempt to lose a few extra pounds. I don't know about you, but every time we hit November, I'm relegated to the stretchy pants section of my closet after I've inhaled turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and my personal favorite, sweet potato pudding with marshmallows.
But stop! It's time to get back to the task at hand, and since I'm a member of Eggland's Best Pink Dozen, I'm going to get back to basics by making eggs a daily part of my weight loss routine. Incidentally, while you might be concerned about your cholesterol intake, Eggland's Best eggs contain 19% less cholesterol and 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs, and 115 mg of Omega 3, as compared to 37 mg in ordinary eggs. Even better, one Eggland's Best egg has 175mg of cholesterol compared to 213mg in an ordinary egg. For more of Eggland's Best health benefits, you can check them out on their website .
So back to the task at hand. Me losing weight before I sit down to Thanksgiving dinner. When I'm in the weight loss zone, I typically start my day with a half grapefruit and eggs - so here are five ways to shed some lbs. by making Eggland's Best eggs a part of your daily routine.
1. Do not eat the yolk! I happen to love hard boiled eggs and for some reason, ever since I was a kid, I always ate the white part and discarded the yolk. Turns out my natural aversion to yolks gets a thumbs up with nutritionists - since the white part of the egg is great for you and incredibly low in calories!
2. Wrap it Up! - Rather than preparing a regular omelet, turn it into a wrap sandwich instead! I usually go for egg whites with tomato or I'll add a little spinach and mushrooms too. Then for a little carb action, I roll up my creation in a whole wheat wrap. Add a little ketchup or tabasco sauce and you'll be full for hours!
3. Mayo on the Side - I am a huge egg salad fan but you know as well as I do that mayonaise may not be your best friend - unless of course you opt for a fat free version. Either way, if I'm on the run, I'll take two hard boiled eggs with me, put them in a bowl and then use one packet of mayo (or take a container of the fat free version) and whip up my own egg salad sandwich on the spot. Sure, people might look at me strange, but I'd rather know how much mayo is in my egg salad and the only way to do that is to make it yourself! I happen to love my sandwich on whole wheat toast with tomato.
4. Breakfast for Dinner - If you find yourself eating too late at night - don't grab sweets or make yourself a burger. Instead, opt for an Italian omelet. Add a little cheese (my personal fave is skim mozzarella, some tomato sauce, garlic and a few mushrooms, and voila! You've just made an incredibly healthy Italian style meal!
5. And Now for Dessert Yes - even when you're watching your weight, you can have some treats now and then. In fact, the Eggland's Best site has tons of great recipes that you can prepare for the holidays. Since you're already starting out with a healthy egg solution, why not substitute your additional ingredients with lower calorie options including skim milk, reduced fat butter or margarine and a sugar substitute.
So there you have it. Hope these tips help as you prepare for the busiest food fest of the season. As for me, all this talk of eggs is getting me hungry. Time to make breakfast!
For more information, head on over to Eggland's Best where you can even find a wealth of material - from featured recipes (you can even share your own) to health and wellness tips and more. Plus, check out a few more incredible essays and blog posts from my fellow Eggland's Best Pink Dozen member - including Sarah at Genesis Moments , Liz at This Full House and blogger Melissa Engel who lost more than 30 pounds by incorporating Eggland's Best eggs into her diet!
Disclosure: This compensated post is sponsored by Eggland's Best.