Spice Up Your Eggs

Who doesn’t love scrambled eggs?!  You know I love them a whole lot, and I try to eat them whenever I can.  As healthy as eggs are, I don’t like them because they’re good for you; I like them because they’re absolutely delicious.  Today, I’ll share two quick ways to add some capsaicin kick to your eggs, and make them spicy for your morning meal.  (Remember, you can also eat them for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack!)

Yesterday morning, I found this picture posted on my Facebook wall, from my dear friend, former room mate, and the world’s greatest composer, Eric Daino.  Eric is attending studying musicology at The University of North Texas, and definitely pushes the limits when it comes to food experimentation.  To spice up his eggs, he added mixed vegetables and some habeniero cheese.  The veggies seem to be green peppers and onions, and the cheese packs a fair amount of spice.  If you like to put cheese in your eggs, try out a spicy cheese, add some vegetables, and have a hot and healthy breakfast.

This second picture comes from my ‘reply’ breakfast to Eric.  I even took my picture with his in the background, so he’d know it was from the same day!  On my plate, I have 6 eggs scrambled with diced green peppers and a chili powder.  They are covered with some garden sweet salsa, and you can see hummus and carrots next to the plate.  In the past week or so I’ve experimented with the chili powder a few times, and it’s really tasty.  I haven’t been measuring it exactly, but I think that a sprinkle or shake per egg is relatively accurate.  The extra kick, plus the flavor and texture of the peppers, and salsa, makes for a great morning wake up.

Adding some flavor and nutrition to your breakfast is simple, but can go a long way for keeping you healthy, and preventing you from getting bored with a repetitive breakfast.  It took maybe 5 minutes total to fill my plate, and it provides way more nutrition than a bowl of Frosted Flakes or Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  Sure, they’re easy and delicious, but you’re kidding yourself if you think a morning bagel/bowl of cereal/other refined carbohydrates is a healthy start to the day.  To me, scrambled eggs are a quick and easy breakfast, and I’ll eat them for breakfast every chance I can get.  (If I wake up late or I’m pressed for time, it’s usually a Chobani Greek Yogurt and an apple to go.)

Do yourself a favor, and do breakfast differently this week.  If you don’t consistently eat breakfast, then to eat it every day.  If you’re already eating breakfast, make the small investment of time and effort to prepare healthier foods for yourself, whatever you’re eating.  How often do you hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but pay little attention to it.  Even if you only think about making a change, that’s better than blindly following poor habits.

I’m going to play around with these spicy variations of scrambled eggs a bit more, and ask you to do the same.  Neither Eric or I followed a specific recipe, but we were creative with the ingredients we had.  Try experimenting with new food combinations and see what you come up with.  If you’re buying healthy ingredients, use a little imagination and creativity to have fun with your food.  We all need to eat, so make the most of it by eating healthy and having fun doing it.


3 Replies to “Spice Up Your Eggs”

  1. Chad, I tried that combination the other day; it was awesome! Good tips.
    David, I hadn’t even heard of sriracha until I saw that comment, but it’s something I’m going to be trying out. Good idea!

    I made these spicy eggs for my mom this morning…she polished them off in 5 minutes flat, then told me she didn’t really like them; she was just really hungry. I’ll take it!

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