Do you need to get some more protein in your diet? Try adding eggs into your repertoire. They’re an excellent low-cost and high-quality source of protein. The perfect PowerFuel on the Nutrisystem weight loss program. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eggs are also rich in B vitamins, minerals, selenium, Vitamin D and choline, a nutrient that supports many of the body’s functions. Not to mention, they are yummy! Whip up a batch of eggs at the start of the week and keep them in your fridge for an easy on-to-go breakfast, lunch or snack. Here are some tips to boil eggs the right way every time:
Pick Your Eggs
If you are planning on serving hard-boil eggs for a party or special occasion, you will want them to look as attractive as possible, sans clumsy chunks taken out of the whites. Older eggs are much easier to peel than fresh eggs. Plan ahead and purchase your eggs about a week or two before you do your hard-boiling. Do your research on the different types of eggs you can purchase (cage-free, organic, vegetarian, fortified with omega-3 fatty acids), to decide what is important to you when purchasing.
Start by gently placing eggs in a large saucepan, creating one layer, with any other eggs resting on top. Pour cool water over top of the eggs until they are covered by about one inch of water. You may want to add a half teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of vinegar, which can prevent cracking. Some people report that the salt makes egg peeling easier.
Boil and Let Sit
Place the saucepan on a burner at medium to high heat, gradually bringing the water to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil, cover the saucepan with a lid and remove it from the heat. Let your eggs sit for about 12 minutes.
Once 12 minutes is up, carefully strain the hot water from the pot, wedging the lid on top to protect the eggs from falling in the sink. Place the saucepan in the sink and fill it with cold water, which “shocks” the eggs, or stops them from cooking further. You may even add some ice cubes if you’d like. Let the eggs rest for a few minutes, drain the water and fill again with cold water.
Peel your eggs and whip up a yummy and lean treat of a hardboiled egg with a pinch of salt and dab of mustard, or whip up an egg salad or delicious deviled eggs. Just be sure to go easy on the mayo or use a mayonnaise substitute in your recipes.