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Senior Care Nutrition: National Egg Month

May 3rd, 2016

Senior Care in Stuart FL

Senior Care in Stuart FLGone are the days when people concerned about their health avoided eggs religiously. While these powerful little superfoods used to be considered detrimental to health, especially for those dealing with cholesterol issues, more recent studies have shown that eggs are actually a fantastic part of a healthy diet and can offer a wide variety of benefits to those who enjoy them.

May is National Egg Month. This is the perfect time for you to learn more about the benefits of eggs and how they can play a role in your senior care journey with your aging parent.

Some of the health benefits of eggs include:
• Protein. Just one egg boasts an impressive nearly 7 grams of protein. This valuable nutrient is used throughout the body for a variety of functions, including building up tissues, healing wounds, and producing lasting, sustainable energy. Because they only have 70 calories, this is quite a bit of protein power for a snack or breakfast on the go.
• Vitamins. Eggs are rich in many different vitamins, including A, D, and E. These work together to support a healthy immune system, protect eye health and vision, and improve skin, hair, and nail health, as well as producing energy.
• Amino acids. Amino acids are critical to brain health as well as physical functioning. Eggs are considered a "complete" protein because they contain all eight of the amino acids that carry the title of "essential" amino acids.

There are many ways that you can enjoy eggs as part of your healthy senior care routine. One fast, convenient, and versatile way, however, is hard boiled. Hard boiling an egg makes it easily portable for a satisfying breakfast on the go or mid-afternoon snack. It can also be used to top salads or be made into egg salad or added to other sides for added texture, protein, and flavor. For many people, the thought of boiling and peeling eggs is nothing short of daunting. This simple technique, however, makes it easy to always keep those perfect creamy yellow yolks, and get your eggs out of the shell fast without having to pick away every tiny bit. Try making up a large batch and keeping them in the refrigerator for an easy go-to for your parent to enjoy.
What You Will Need

  • Large eggs, as many as you wish to boil
  • Water
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • A medium saucepan
  • A small bowl
  • Ice
  • A slotted spoon

What to Do

  • Fill the medium saucepan with about 2 inches of water
  • Place the raw eggs in the medium saucepan
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of salt
  • Place the saucepan over high heat
  • Allow to come to a boil
  • When the saucepan is boiling, turn the heat off but do not move the pan
  • Allow to sit for 13 minutes exactly
  • At 13 minutes, remove the eggs using a slotted spoon and place them directly in a small bowl with ice and water
  • Allow the eggs to cool in the ice bath for 5 minutes
  • When the eggs have cooled, remove them one by one and crack the shells
  • When you have cracked the shells, you can begin removing the shell completely
  • Dip the egg into the ice bath as needed to remove small slivers of shell
  • Serve immediately or store for future use in the refrigerator

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Stuart, FL, contact the caring staff at BrightStar Care of Jupiter. Call today (561) 741-1200.