Been to the store lately?
Chocolate temptations fill the seasonal aisles to the brim, with Cadbury Crème and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs leading the charge.
These holiday staples are, admittedly, delicious – but definitely not the best for your waistline.
Still, everyone deserves a fun and festive snack to coincide with springtime and the holiday season. And the nutritional benefits of hard boiled eggs are, well, hard to argue with.
In fact, hard boiled eggs are almost the perfect treat. They’re inexpensive, quick to prepare, and convenient for when you’re on the go.
And at 80 calories altogether - 60 percent of which come from fat – they’re a low-calorie, high protein, high-nutrient food that, combined with a quality personal training program, can help you feel better, move faster, and live longer.
Here are just a few of the other nutritional benefits of hard boiled eggs.
- Protein: The amount of protein found in hard boiled eggs - considered the highest of all foods – are essential for building muscle mass, and also assist in repairing tissue. That makes them an ideal post-workout treat when strength training. But wait – there’s more. Hard boiled eggs also promote good weight management when combined with a calorie restricted diet. Speaking of which…
- Good fats: Hard boiled eggs are high in fat, there’s no getting around that. However, more than 2/3 of these are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated – or “good – fats. These are far better for your body than trans and saturated fats, which raise your risk of heart disease and other problems.
- Vitamins: Hard boiled eggs are rich in vitamin A, which is phenomenal for your vision, and D, which strengthens bones and teeth. They are also a great source of Vitamins E, K, B6, Calcium and Zinc.
- Blood sugar control: Hard boiled eggs have been pointed to as a way to regulate insulin and blood sugar levels, as their protein content slows digestion and glucose absorption. This is a big plus for individuals with diabetes (though this particular health group is advised not to eat more than three per week due to cholesterol concerns).
- Brain power: Hard boiled eggs contain choline, a nutrient that helps to regulate the brain, as well as cardiovascular and nervous systems. They’re a great snack for pregnant women, as the choline and Omega-3 fatty acids help to foster fetal brain development.
And that’s not all! Hard boiled eggs have so many other benefits. Some studies have shown that consumption could aid in stroke prevention. They reduce the risk of cataracts. They make your hair and nails nice and shiny, and so much more.
Good news, too. Controversy surrounding cholesterol in eggs is largely outdated. Relatively healthy individuals should feel free to eat up to seven hard boiled eggs per week. Peeled eggs should be eaten the same day, but when kept in the shell and refrigerated, they will last for up to a week.
Already scoping out your son or daughter’s Easter basket? Keep in mind – although hard boiled eggs are a healthy, high protein snack, they can’t do all of the legwork for you.
As always, a balanced diet and a proper exercise routine are the keys to a healthier lifestyle. Questions? Call Fitness Together Ellicott City at 410-750-2228. Or visit our website to learn more.