Are we friends on social media?
If we’re not, then you should go click those little links to the right, because then you’ll start to understand how much I love breakfast.
And if we are then you already know how much I love breakfast. My list of loves in life pretty much goes 1) Kids/Husband 2) Breakfast 3) Everything Else.
Specifically I have a love for Breakfast Salad.
Yup, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Slap an egg on it and enjoy!
I know it sounds weird. A few months back I would have thought it sounded weird. “Salad? You mean like lettuce, tomato, cucumber? That salad?! Salad isn’t a breakfast food!” seems like something I would have said had I had a fake conversation with my past self.
But what are the benefits of breakfast salad?
I’m so glad you asked because I’m actually doing a bit of research right now! Well, not right now right now. Right now I’m writing this, but you know what I mean. (You’re smart like that!)
I spend so much of my free time researching nutrition, it’s almost bonkers and I’ve come across some amazing facts that I can’t wait to share. I’m not a doctor or a scientist, and I don’t pretend to play one on TV or the internet, but the amount of studies and information available to us is astounding.
There’s just so much information I’m going to break it down into a few parts. The word count about the benefits of eggs alone has got to be close to 1,000.
I don’t want to leave you totally hanging though, so I’ll leave you with this study from Purdue University.
“Wayne Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Nutrition Science, Purdue University working with postdoc fellow Jung Eun Kim, Ph.D., R.D., conducted a study to assess the effects of egg consumption on carotenoid absorption from a raw mixed-vegetable salad. Sixteen healthy young men ate three versions of the salad — one with no egg, one with 1.5 scrambled whole eggs, and another with 3 scrambled whole eggs. Those who ate the highest egg amount with the salad of tomatoes, shredded carrots, baby spinach, romaine lettuce, and Chinese wolfberry increased absorption of carotenoids 3-9 fold. This is a very significant effect, said Campbell. The carotenoids found in the salad include beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, the latter two being found in egg yolk as well.
The research grew out of his group’s previous study showing that by adding certain oils to mixed raw vegetables, the consumer experienced enhanced absorption of carotenoids.”
Breakfast Salad is legit, y’all. And I’ll be back with even more awesome benefits that will have you piling your plate high with leafy greens before 9am every day.