Vegetarians and non-vegetarians find common ground when it comes to “eggs” and agree unanimously that they indeed can be considered “superfood” due to their exceptional nutritional content. Not only are they budget-friendly and readily accessible, but they also require minimal preparation time. There was a time when eggs were considered to be the villain that drives up cholesterol numbers, increasing the risk of heart disease, but various studies over the last few years, have quashed these false claims and have given eggs a clean chit and cleared them of the charge that they heighten the risk of heart disease! Not surprisingly, eggs are recommended for weight loss because they have several qualities that can boost fat burning. First, eggs are packed with protein, which helps you feel full and satisfied for longer periods, reducing the temptation to snack on unhealthy foods. Second, they are relatively low in calories, making them a good choice for a filling yet calorie-controlled meal. Third, eggs have nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, that boost metabolism and support overall health while you’re on a weight loss journey. All said and done, having eggs as a staple may not appeal to all, especially considering there’s not much in plain eggs to tickle your tastebuds. And road-side stalls and fast food joints that serve eggs with lots of flavour, yumminess, cheese, butter, and an astronomical amount of calories cannot be considered weight loss friendly at all (yes, no more digging on egg maggi masala, egg chowmein, egg bhul bhulaiyaa). Disappointed? Don’t worry, in this article, we list out some interesting ways to eat eggs other than them being in a poached or just in a omelette form.
1. Boiled Egg with Green Chutney:
If you feel boiled eggs are too bland – have them with this flavorful spicy green chutney. To make a weight-loss-friendly meal, boil 2 eggs. Peel and slice the eggs. For the mint chutney, blend 1 cup of fresh mint leaves, 1/2 cup of coriander leaves, 1 green chili (optional), 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds, the juice of 1 lemon, and a pinch of salt until smooth. Adjust the chutney’s thickness by adding water if necessary. Serve the boiled egg slices with the green mint chutney on the side. Enjoy!
2. Egg Chaat:
Why would you think chaat is not diet friendly? At least this egg chaat is! For a weight-loss-friendly egg chaat, chop 2 hard-boiled eggs and combine them with finely chopped onion, tomato, cucumber, and green chili in a bowl. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon over the mixture and sprinkle with chaat masala and just a pinch of salt. Toss gently to combine and garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Enjoy this nutritious and flavorful egg chaat as a light and satisfying snack or meal.
3. Egg Shakshuka:
It is a popular dish in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean region and makes for a hearty breakfast and brunch option. To make a simple egg shakshuka, heat olive oil in a skillet and sauté chopped onion and bell pepper. Add minced garlic, cumin, paprika, and cayenne pepper (optional), then pour in crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Create wells in the sauce and crack eggs into them. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes until the eggs are done to your liking. Garnish with parsley or cilantro. Serve directly from the pan with whole wheat pita bread for dipping.
4. Egg and Avocado Toast:
It’s probably the easiest to make and a good snack option to have between meals. Mash a ripe avocado with lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Spread the avocado mixture on whole grain toast and top it with sliced hard-boiled eggs. Sprinkle with additional seasonings like chili flakes, that’s it! With this combo – you get healthy fats from both the avocado and the eggs.
5. Egg and Veggie Wrap:
This can even make for a guilt-free cheat meal. Take a whole grain (whole wheat or corn) tortilla and spread it with hummus or mashed avocado. Add sliced hard-boiled eggs, along with veggies like onion, cucumber, bell peppers, etc. and roll it up (you can carry it on travel as well). You get a good balance of protein, complex carbs, healthy fats in this one single, filling dish.
6. Egg Salad:
Here’s one tip you should stick by when on diet – avoid adding mayonnaise to salads, they have a high amount of calories and make your salad unhealthy. Replace traditional mayonnaise with Greek yogurt, which provides a creamy texture and added protein. To make a weight-loss-friendly egg salad, combine hard-boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (adjust according to portion), finely chopped celery, red onion. Season with salt and pepper. Enjoy this low-calorie and protein-rich egg salad as a nutritious meal or snack option.
7. Anda Paratha:
Indians and paratha are inseparable! To make a weight-loss-friendly anda paratha, knead a soft dough using whole wheat flour, turmeric, cumin, and optional chili powder. Roll out small circles and stuff them with seasoned beaten egg. Cook on a skillet with minimal oil until golden brown. Now your parathas are protein-rich parathas and you can have them with yogurt on the side. But do keep in mind portion control while having parathas. Also read: “7 High-Protein Paratha Breakfast Options.”
You could also opt for egg biryani as a cheat meal. There are so many different ways to have your eggs and eat them too, but do remember to practice portion control and mindful eating. For detailed weight loss diet plans that are easy to follow and implement, subscribe to the Rati Beauty app.