When we had to switch to a heart healthy diet, at first I thought we had to stop having eggs all together. We used to eat egg salad sandwiches at least every 3 weeks for lunch. Also, anytime I needed a little something to eat because I was hungry or if my family picked a fast food restaurant I don’t eat at, I would make scrambled eggs. Of course, in all my baking I used eggs too. Thankfully, I soon learned we didn’t have to stop eating eggs!
Luckily, egg whites and omega 3 eggs are heart healthy! This was huge sigh of relief for us!
The First Egg Whites We Tried
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The first thing we did was switch to liquid egg whites that come in a carton.
At first, Costco had a “real egg” product in a yellow box that was 99% egg whites, but it still looked yellow, like a beaten egg. So, that wasn’t too bad of a change, since it still looked like a real egg.
I also found out that it’s much easier and less messy to pour an egg from a carton than crack a real egg. Finally, I didn’t have to clean up the egg that spilled all over my counter when I accidentally cracked it too hard!
Everything I baked using egg whites seemed to turn out just fine. Also, all of the recipes I’ve tried in the New American Heart Association Cookbook use liquid egg whites.How do you know what kind of eggs are healthy? Luckily, there are 2 choices. Click to see them!Click To Tweet
The Second Kind of Egg Whites We Tried
Well, I was getting pretty comfortable with that egg product, so of course, Costco changed what they offer and instead now sell “100% egg whites.” Don’t you hate when they do that? Just when you find a product you really like, Costco stops carrying it! Anyway, the good thing is these egg whites are approved by the American Heart Association.
On the first day I used them, I poured my usual amount into the measuring cup. As I was pouring, I noticed a recipe on the side. Next to the recipe, there’s also a chart that shows how much egg whites to use for an egg(s). Good thing I noticed that chart before I poured the egg whites into my recipe, because I would’ve used the wrong amount! It was not the same amount I was used to with the 99% egg whites!
The Third Kind of Egg Whites We Tried
As the months went by, I found out we weren’t using up all of those egg white cartons from Costco before they expired. So, I looked at Walmart and found “All Whites 100% egg whites.”
Thankfully, they have the American Heart Association Heart Check on the carton, so I know they’re okay to use.
This carton contains about 20 egg whites. I keep track of how many I use with tally marks, so that way I’ll know when it’s time to buy some more. Since I’ve already used 17 eggs in this carton, I put it on my grocery list for this weekend.
Omega – 3 Eggs
Then, last year, I was talking to our primary care physician about how we really miss having deviled eggs for Easter. He said, we don’t have to miss it anymore! He told me they had Omega – 3 eggs that we can use as part of our heart healthy diet! My kids and I were ecstatic! That meant we could color eggs and eat them!
We’ve also been able to eat egg salad sandwiches again, every other week for lunch.
I’ve used them for making scrambled eggs too.
Lately, the omega – 3 eggs that they’ve had at our local Sprouts store have been brown. I thought they would taste different, but they don’t. I even served them to my oldest son without telling him they were brown eggs. He couldn’t tell the difference!
Be Willing to Change With the Trends
As you can see from all the different egg products we’ve tried, things are always changing. You have to keep on top of it and be willing to change with the trends.
It’s so nice that as time goes by, companies are realizing that more and more people are wanting to get healthy and for many that includes a heart healthy diet. I’m always on the lookout at the store for the newest heart healthy product that we can try.
I will always try my best to keep you updated on all of the heart healthy trends I come across.
Does anyone else use egg whites or omega 3 eggs? What do you think about them?
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