How To Perfectly Crack An Egg

As the title suggests today’s post is all about how to crack that perfect egg every time. If you missed yesterday’s post you can click here.

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I think too many people fall victim to eating bits and pieces of crushed eggshell after incorrectly cracking an egg into a bowl of batter or atop a greased skillet. It definitely puts a damper on that breakfast or brunch staple you wanted, right? Put an end to noshing on eggshell residue and start cracking eggs like a pro with this step-by-step guide to a truly flawless technique.

How to crack an egg:

Get a small bowl and one egg.

  1. Hold the egg in your dominant hand, focusing on the thumb, index and middle finger.
  2. Carefully, but with controlled force, crack the egg on a flat surface (like your countertop) enough to break the shell.
  3. Over the small bowl, gently push into the crack made and release the egg.
  4. If you happen to get any shell, use one of the cracked half egg shells to scoop it out.
Eggs in a bowl

That doesn’t seem too hard, right? It’s all about having that flat surface.

Where Should You Aim When You’re Cracking An Egg?

Don’t forget the other important factor: The point at which to strike the egg is crucial for a clean crack. An egg cracks best around its equator (aka its center). Cracking the egg in the equator (center) exhibits the strong association between an egg’s shape or geometry and its rigidity or—in more technical terms—its mechanical property. 

Striking the egg at its weakest point—which is where the curve is most prominent in the center—will allow for a seamless crack because it’s more brittle there. Also, just one sharp smack is much more effective than several light taps, so get your technique right!

 

Now, it’s time to head off to the kitchen to get cracking! Now that you’re armed with exactly how to crack an egg, the possibilities for breakfast are endless! Just remember: stop cracking your eggs on the side of your bowl, and switch to doing it on a flat surface instead. You’ll break the shell, without ending up with shards in your food, something you and everyone else you’re cooking for will greatly appreciate.

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Different Ways To Use Oatmeal

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There are some big reasons that oatmeal is such a power player: Not only is it packed with fiber, a nutrient that’s been shown to improve health and accelerate weight loss, it’s also one of the very best sources of resistant starch. That’s the kind that digests slowly and triggers the release of digestive acids that suppress appetite and accelerate calorie-burn. In fact, one study found that swapping just 5 percent of daily carbohydrates for resistant starch could boost your metabolism by a whopping 23 percent!

With oatmeal overflowing with so many health benefits, it seems silly not to think outside the breakfast bowl and add it to more dishes, right? All of our creative uses for the superfood are sure to excite your taste buds and turbocharge your trim down efforts. Read on to find out what they are!


Use them in place of breadcrumbs

oatmeal crusted chicken nuggets

Did you know that rolled oats can be used as a substitute for breadcrumbs in recipes like meatballs, chicken nuggets, and meatloaf? It may not be conventional but it works like a charm and it’s an easy way to sneak some extra nutrition into family meals. Oatmeal-crusted chicken tenders, anyone?! No kiddo (or adult) would say no to that!

 Tip

Depending on the type of dish you’re preparing, you may want to throw the oats into a blender to create a texture that’s more similar to that of breadcrumbs.


Make snack bars

Sick of shelling out cash each week on granola and snack bars? Extend your grocery budget and keep hunger at bay by making a homemade oat-based batch instead. We love these 4-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars from The Kitchn. Each serving has just 130 calories and 7 grams of sugar, and, better yet, they’re beyond easy to make.


Add them to pancakes

Traditionally, homemade pancakes are filled with nutrient-void calories and carbs—which isn’t ideal if you’re trying to lose belly fat. But that’s no reason kick your beloved breakfast cake to the curb. Make the dish weight loss friendly by swapping out the flour, white sugar, milk and butter for bananas, eggs, oats, baking powder and salt. The result is a fluffy hotcake packed with satiating fiber and muscle-building protein.


Fix a batch of oat flour

oatmeal oat flour

If you typically make homemade bread, waffles, and desserts with conventional four, you’re missing a major opportunity to add waist-whittling, healthy nutrients to your diet. Although store-bought oat flour is better for you than the white variety, it can be pretty costly. To reap the benefits without going broke, toss some old fashion oats in a food processor and let ‘er rip! The resulting mixture can be used exactly how you’d use white flour in all of your favorite recipes.


Healthier Muffins

oatmeal muffins

Not only are traditional muffins sweetened with sugar, but they’re also made with flour, a refined carbohydrate that the body converts to into sugar and then glucose, which is stored as body fat if it’s not used for fuel. Although a muffin isn’t exactly the healthiest breakfast choice if you’re not willing to give them up at least make them a healthier treat by swapping flour for rolled oats. We also love the idea of cutting out refined sugar and replacing it with ripe bananas. Follow our lead by making our go-to recipe below:


WHAT YOU’LL NEED

2 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
3 eggs
2 ripe bananas, mashed

Directions

STEP 1

Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.

STEP 2

Combine and mix dry ingredients. Then, add the coconut oil, mashed bananas, and eggs. Mix well.

STEP 3

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the muffins feel firm.


Throw them in a Mason jar

overnight oats

They may be called overnight oats, but making them doesn’t actually require PJs or twilight. The dish serves as a great dinner alternative, too! Before you head to work for the day, throw oats, your liquid and toppings of choice into a mason jar and the flavors fuse together in the refrigerator while you’re at work. With just a few minutes of prep work, you’ll have a homemade, healthy meal ready to eat the minute you walk back in the door.


Bulk up a smoothie

oatmeal smoothie

If your morning smoothie typically leaves your stomach growling you may want to consider adding some ground oats to your glass. After grinding up a handful of raw oatmeal in the blender, add the rest of your smoothie ingredients and blend until well combined. The result is a thicker, more fiber-filled smoothie, that’s sure to keep you feeling full well until lunch time.


 Thicken Agent

mushroom gravy

Whether you want to boost the thickness or the health factor of soup, sauce or stew, oats are the answer. But before you toss the grain into your dish, pulverize it into a fine powder so you don’t wind up with a lumpy consistency.


 Zoats

oatmeal zoats

Have you heard about zoats yet? The funny sounding name actually describes a very straightforward—but delicious—dish made with shredded zucchini, oatmeal, milk, spices, and mix-ins. Although the zucchini may give your cereal a bit of a green tint, don’t let that put you off—eating zucchini oats is an easy way to add veggies to your breakfast bowl—somewhere it’s rarely found. Want to give it a try? We like The Breakfast Drama Queen’s take on the dish, pictured above. Her Zucchini Oat-Quinoa Porridge recipe is filled with banana, spices, walnuts, and raisins, and is sure to become your new favorite!


 Veggie Burger

Having trouble getting your homemade veggie burger to bind together and keep you full and satisfied? Add oats! You won’t even taste the difference, but you’ll love the improved texture.


Swap it in for granola

If you typically sprinkle granola over your yogurt, you’re slowing your weight loss progress tremendously. The crunchy cereal may carry a health halo, but that doesn’t change the fact that a small 1/2 cup serving packs 300 calories, 14 grams of fat and 12 grams of sugar! Our advice? Swap the granola for oats—it’s far easier on your waistline. But don’t just toss the oatmeal into your bowl raw. Heat it up in the microwave with some water, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. After it’s cooked, layer the oatmeal mixture with plain greek yogurt, almond slivers, and fresh fruit.


 Proteins

If your breakfast tends to leave your tummy rumbling before lunchtime, try mixing in a source of protein into a bowl of oats—a dish that offers up 4.5 grams of satiating fiber per dry half-cup. When paired with Protein Powder or a quarter-cup of mashed chickpeas (their creamy texture blends right into the oatmeal, promise!), these filling additions will help to keep you away from the office candy jar—a habit that’s likely slowing your slim down progress.


 Pilaf

The cool thing about oats is that it can be used interchangeably with other grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and rice. The dish pictured above, for instance, is a play on rice pilaf that combines, oats with chickpeas, mustard seeds, curry, turmeric, and a host of other spices and herbs. Get the full recipes from One Green Planet.


 Pizza Crust

You don’t have to make your pizza crust out of grated cauliflower for it to be healthy and full of nutrients. You can also swap in whole grain, almond or coconut flour for the white stuff, or my personal favorite, use a blend of sweet potatoes, rolled oats, and eggs. Not only do these things bind together to create a sturdy canvas—something many other low-carb crust alternatives cannot claim—but the flavor is one that pairs perfectly with a variety of topping and spices. Get the lowdown on how to make it at Pinch of Yum.


 Breakfast Popsicles

We know what you’re thinking: “What the heck is a breakfast popsicle?!” In short, it’s the greatest portable meal you didn’t know you were missing. Breakfast pops are basically frozen yogurt parfaits on sticks, and they’re perfect for warm weather mornings. To make a batch, blend low-sugar vanilla yogurt with chopped fruit, Chia Seed, and a few tablespoons of oats. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and freeze until solid. This typically takes at least 8 hours. Let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes before unmolding and gobbling ’em up!


Make a healthier apple crisp

If you consider apple crisp a healthy dessert, you’re not alone. Studies show that people often think a sweet treat that contains fruit is healthier than those that don’t—even though that’s not always the case. Apple crisp is no exception to this rule. When traditionally prepared with sugar, butter, and refined flour it can be a real doozy for your waistline. However, a few simple swaps can make this oat-topped dessert one that’s weight loss friendly. Here’s our go-to recipe:

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

1 apple
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons rolled oats
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon warmed honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3-5 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon Greek yogurt

HOW TO MAKE IT

STEP 1

While the oven is preheating to 425 degrees F, wash, slice, and toss the apples with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside.

STEP 2

In a separate bowl combine the oats, walnuts, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and honey until well combined. Next, spread a thin layer of the mixture on a piece of tin foil and bake for about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch the oats carefully to avoid burning.

STEP 3

In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook the apples, adding a tablespoon of water each time the pan begins to dry up. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the fruit reaches desired doneness.

STEP 4

Put the cooked apples in a bowl and sprinkle with the oat and nut crumble. Top with a dollop of Greek Yogurt for added creaminess.


 Bite-sized dessert

Whether you treat these as an afternoon snack, or a party appetizer or dessert, one thing remains unchanged: there’s no tastier or easier way to create a nutritious, craving-crushing bite. The snack-sized energy balls pictured above (get the recipe here), are made with wholesome ingredients, including oats, almond butter, and chia seeds, and taste just like an indulgent cookie.


 Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

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The Difference Between White Eggs And Brown Eggs

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When shopping for eggs, it’s inevitable to notice that the brown eggs almost always cost more than the white. Some may think that one is better than the other, but the truth is they’re not very different at all. There is a difference between brown eggs and white eggs, but it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. Let me eggsplain (lol).


What’s The Difference Between Brown Eggs And White Eggs

Eggshells get their color due to the breed of chicken they come from. For example, breeders have found that many white-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, and red-feathered chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs. While earlobe color can be a predictor of egg color, it is not always the rule.

For example, one breed of red-earlobed chickens—called the Aracuana breed—often lays blue eggs, but may also lay eggs that are green, pink, or even lavender, according to nonprofit organization Aviculture Europe.


Why Are Brown Eggs More Expensive Than White Eggs

Because brown eggs tend to cost more, people assume they are more nutritious and more delicious. But that is not the case. Brown eggs are more expensive because of the size of the hen that lays them. Red-feathered chickens tend to weigh more than white-feathered chickens. Because larger chickens require more food and land to remain healthy throughout production, higher production costs lead to more expensive products in the end when you’re shopping for eggs in the grocery store.

Some people also think that one color shell is harder than the other, or that there are different colored yolks. These factors are due to the age and feed of the chicken. The coloring of shells or bird has nothing to do with this.

Whether you prefer to eat eggs scrambled and fluffy, runny atop a slice of avocado toast, hard boiled in a salad, or fried on top of a burger (trust me on that one), you can’t go wrong when picking between brown eggs and white eggs.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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Best Morning Foods

Despite what you may have heard, eating breakfast isn’t necessary for everyone (I personally don’t eat breakfast). In fact, skipping breakfast may be better than eating unhealthy breakfast foods. However, a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast can give you energy and prevent you from eating too much during the rest of the day.

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Egg

Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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