The Culinary Kitchen for the College Soul

Some People Just Need to be Egged On

One of the main concerns every college student is confronted is the issue of finding a "go-to" food that’s nutritious, yet still affordable, while not having to sacrifice quality of flavor. Contrary to popular belief, eating healthy can be achieved at a relatively cheap price, you just need to know the foods that offer the biggest nutritional bang for your buck. So what are these mysterious foods, you might ask? Well, let me attempt to offer some clarity with the well-known conundrum Bilbo Baggins provides Gollum in JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit:

“[What’s] a box without hinges, key or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid?”… The answer… an egg! And Bilbo was absolutely correct in deeming it synonymous with a "golden little treasure”.

More often than not, eggs are overlooked and underappreciated, in terms of the nutritional benefit they provide, as well as the multitude of ways one can choose to prepare it—not to mention it's one of the most versatile and staple ingredients for cooking most foods. Eggs are most commonly known for their excellent source of inexpensive, high quality protein, but seldom do people ever take a holistic approach when evaluating the nutrition of what they’re putting in their mouth. There’s so much more to these little golden treasures than just protein.

One egg contains the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and vitamins B2, B6, B12 as well as, minerals like zinc, iron and copper, all of which do wonders for your body. In addition, they also provide a good source of cholesterol which is needed for the metabolization of all the fat soluble vitamins listed above and is vitally important for brain function.

Even with the recent rise in price due to a shortage caused by the Avian flu, a carton of eggs are being sold at a fair price of $3.69 at Target Express. Within each egg you can find merely 75 calories, 7 grams of high-quality protein, 5 grams of fat, and a home to disease-preventing nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin. So I think it is pretty safe to say the measly price of $3.69 per carton, is much less than the cost on your body of not consuming eggs.

So what are you waiting for?! Do your body a favor and grab a carton of nutritionally supercharged eggs. It’s the least you can do for putting your precious body through all of those “Tipsy Tuesdays” , “Thirsty Thursdays”, or any of the other college-coined drinking nights.

In the following weeks, I’ll provide a bunch of quick, easy-to-follow recipes for cooking eggs and the variety ways you can utilize its absorptive characteristics for so many flavors.

-Caleb

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