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The incredible edible egg (in a basket)


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Amazingly nutritious, eggs are making a comeback. Here are three ways to get a little more egg, a little more health.

Eggs are making a comeback. Once reviled for their high cholesterol, there is growing research showing that egg consumption increases HDL, the "good" heart-healthy cholesterol. Phew.

Here are three ways to get a little more egg, a little more health. Complete in a cute little basket.

The Original Egg in a Basket

Heat up a small frying pan and spray with oil. Using a biscuit cutter or small glass cup, make a small hole in a piece of whole-grain bread. Place bread in frying pan, then crack that egg right in the hole.

Like the yolk a little runny? Use the extra bread for a some dipping!

Additional toppings could include cheese, Sriracha hot chili sauce, salt and pepper, avocado, tomatoes, spinach, or ham.

Egg in a Pepper Basket

Heat up griddle. Spray with cooking spray. Slice red, green, yellow, and orange peppers into thin slices. When griddle is nice and hot, arrange peppers and crack an egg in the "basket." Season with salt and pepper to taste.

A kid favorite, colorful peppers are not only pretty, but nutritious.

Egg in an Avocado Basket

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Cut avocado in half and remove seed. The avocado hole should hold a small egg, but if not, scoop out a little avocado. Crack the egg in the hole. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for about 15-20 minutes.

This is done so beautifully here.

Additional toppings could include bacon, ham, cheese, Sriracha hot chili sauce, salt and pepper, avocado, tomatoes, or spinach. Or you could spread this tasty concoction on toast.

Egg in a basket benefits? Each "basket" contains all three essential macronutrients: fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Consumption will keep you full longer, curb sugar cravings, and leave you feeling satiated.

The American Egg Board states: "For only 70 calories each, eggs are rich in nutrients. They contain, in varying amounts, almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans as well as several other beneficial food components. Egg protein is the standard by which other protein sources are measured. A large egg contains over 6 grams of protein. A large egg has 4.5 grams of fat, only 7 percent of the daily value. Only one-third (1.5) grams is saturated fat and 2 grams are monounsaturated fat."

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