Foods for Recovery: the (not so humble) Egg


Eggs. Often overlooked as a ‘staple’ grocery – we consume 11.7 billion each year in the UK – that’s 32 million per day! Eggs are SO versatile; just have a think about all the dishes you can make using eggs! Of course, they can either be used whole, or the yolks and whites can be isolated to make a huge range of dishes. They are also light and suitable for people who are poorly or have digestive issues. Packed with protein, they really are a tiny nutritional hand grenade and a fantastic addition to any diet.

I have eggs at least once a week – I either bake them into a soufflé or quiche (you can find my quiche and soufflé recipes here in the book), I’ll often have them poached with salmon in a salad, or scrambled or devilled as a snack.

Why are they so important for recovery though?

  1. Protein – Eggs are high in protein and good fats, so they pack a fantastic nutritional punch considering how little they are! They are filling whilst being light in texture – so one little egg goes a very long way.
  2. Other nutrients – High in selenium, Iron and Vitamin D and a host of B-Vitamins, eggs are incredibly nutritious and perfect for helping your body repair and restore itself. They also help to increase good cholesterol which is really good for your heart. Eggs also contain their very own unique antioxidants which help maintain good eye health.
  3. Digestible and light – They’re a great addition to almost any diet because they are not too heavy on the digestive system. When your digestive system has been through something as harsh and debilitating as an eating disorder, it’s going to take a while for it to get back on track. And when it does, being kind to it by eating soft, easily-digested eggs which are packed with nutrients and protein can only do it good.

More Foods for Recovery here!



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