Eggs – the perfect breakfast for fertility
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and for fertility it should always be a meal packed with protein. I would say that eggs are one of the best forms of protein. This is because eggs are considered to be one of the most complete foods on the planet and so I cannot recommend them more highly. This is because:
Eggs are packed full of vitamins, minerals, good fats and various lesser known nutrients (just think the nutrients in there are enough to turn a single fertilised cell into an entire baby chicken).
Eggs also contain high quality proteins with a perfect amino acid profile. 9 of the 21 essential amino acids that the body uses to build proteins can not be produced by the body and must be gotten from the diet so eating eggs are an amazing way to get these amino acids. We need the protein to build hormones so vital for fertility.
Eggs for breakfast can help you loose body fat. This is because eggs contain almost only protein and fat so they score very high on the satiety index (which help to fill you up). For this reason it is not surprising that eating eggs for breakfast leads to fat loss as you are less likely to feel hungry and snack on sugary things an hour or two after breakfast.
Remember that not all eggs are the same. It is best to eat organic free range eggs as they will be more nutritious.
To inspire you to get creative with eggs for breakfast I thought I would share with you a recipe from the Hemsley and Hemsley recipe book which I love!
Iron-rich spinach and herb omelette
Ingredients (serves 2)
150g spinach (ideally organic baby spinach)
1 garlic clove
4 organic eggs
1 handful of fresh herbs (such as parsley and basil or 1 teaspoon of dried mixed herbs ie: oregano, thyme or rosemary).
1/2 small onion or 2 spring onions roughly chopped or 1 handful of fresh chives
1 small handful of grated parmesan or mature cheddar (optional).
2 teaspoons coconut oil or ghee, for frying
Sea salt and black pepper
Place all the ingredients in a food processor, season with salt and pepper and blend on high until spinach is broken down.
Add the coconut oil or ghee to a large frying pan over a medium heat. When the coconut oil/ghee is hot, pour in half your egg mixture. Use a spatula to pull the edges of the omelette in slightly from the sides so that more of the egg mixture has direct contact with the pan. When the mix is nearly cooked through, after 5 minutes, fold one side over and slip out of the pan onto a serving plate.
Repeat with the rest of the mixture to make the second omelette
Stuff with sliced avocado, tomatoes and handfuls of watercress.
This dish is also packed full of magnesium and other key fertility minerals as well as a lot of protein so a perfect way to start your day.