I 'Heart' Eggs! Tutorial: How To Make Heart Shaped Boiled Eggs
And this week is British Egg Week so it's a good time to explain why eggs are an essential part of my 'Eating Clean & Looking Lean' regime.
I'll also show you how to make these ridiculously cute heart shaped boiled eggs....go on, show some egg love!
Eggs are one of natures little miracles, absolutely crammed full of protein and nutrients.
I've always eaten eggs, and now I'm eating clean and working out most days I've discovered just how much of a superfood they are.
Eggs are a protein powerhouse, packed full of high quality protein essential for everyone, particularly those who train or workout to build and repair muscles. Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates so helps you feel full for longer and avoids those blood sugar spikes, a major factor in my clean eating regime. Among high protein foods eggs have one of the highest mix of essential amino acids, so if you consume a ton of chicken because you train, then mix in a few eggs for some variety.
Eggs are nutrient dense, containing a whole host of B vitamins, vitamin D (which we do not get nearly enough of in the cloudy UK), folate, iodine and selenium. Eggs are one of the best sources of choline for liver and brain health.
Recent research has refuted past claims that eggs raise blood cholesterol, so health organisations such as the British Heart Foundation have removed limits on the amounts we should eat.
I know a lot of people who workout only eat egg whites because they're lower in fat and cholesterol, I don't fall into that trap. We need fat in our diets, it's carbs and blood sugar levels that play a much higher role in obesity, and dietary cholesterol has very little impact on bad blood cholesterol levels. So there's no need to eat pasteurised egg whites from a carton, just eat fresh free-range whole eggs, much more in keeping with a clean eating diet and much more tasty!
The recipes for eggs are endless, I love fried eggs as part of a healthy weekend breakfast with grilled bacon and tomatoes. An omelette with chopped peppers and sprinkled with spring onions is a super quick meal when you're tired and hungry. And then there's my Sausage and Sweet Potato Bake recipe I featured a few months ago.
So now the bit you've all been waiting for, how to make heart shaped boiled eggs!
I found this ingenious technique on various Japanese sites, where it is often used for Bento box lunches.
You need some very stiff paper (I used a milk carton) and a knitting needle or round chopstick (goes without saying... give them all a good wash!), plus a couple of rubber bands.
Boil your eggs for about 10 minutes and peel while still warm.
Cut the carton into a long strip about 4 inches wide and 9 inches long, fold down the middle. Place your egg in the fold, gently press the knitting needle across the top and secure with rubber bands at each end.
Leave to cool, and then slice in half...Voila, some egg loving!