When you’re starting to clean up your diet, cut out most processed foods and include more fresh veggies and lean sources of protein, the first thing you discover is that your grocery bill is starting to go up. While that’s not a problem for some and definitely a great investment in your health and your overall wellbeing, the cost of fresh meat may make you reconsider sticking to this healthier diet.
Thankfully there are eggs. They are an excellent source of lean protein that’s still very inexpensive. Yes, you can spend more on farm fresh and organic eggs, but if money is tight, stick with what you can find at your local grocery store. Trust me, it will be better than going back to your old habits of eating fast food and processed meals.
Eggs are also incredibly versatile. You can use them to whip up sweet or savory dishes and they are great for breakfast or dinner and anywhere in between. Don’t believe me? Here are a few ideas to illustrate.
Whip up some scrambled eggs for breakfast. Or combine eggs and bananas for yummy whole food, grain and gluten free pancakes. Enjoy some hard boiled eggs as part of a chef salad for lunch and boil a few extra to snack on throughout the day. For dinner whip up a cheese omelet with a side of steamed veggies. Do you see how easy it is to build meals around eggs?
Does this mean you should be eating eggs all day every day? Of course not. What it does mean is that you can work them in whenever and wherever you need to. If you know you’ll treat yourself to a more expensive cut of meat or fish for dinner, reach for eggs for breakfast and/or lunch. If you find yourself with little money left for food at the end of the month, stick with eggs and other inexpensive sources of protein like canned light tuna, chicken, and whatever meat is on sale at the butchers. Use eggs to make it work.
Find a few simple and easy to fix egg dishes that you like and start putting them into the rotation. Use them whenever you need a quick and easy frugal meal. When you feel a little more adventurous, try other egg based recipes like making sugar free merengue or poaching eggs for example. Learn to make a quiche and try various different omelets. Have fun and see for yourself just how versatile and healthy eggs can be.