Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Spinach, Egg White Salad

As I have mentioned in a few posts I'm borderline diabetic, I gained too much weight in the past four years popping out three kids and my whole body has gone crazy on me. I have had to change around quite a few things in my lifestyle in order to not develop full blown diabetes. Because really who wants to deal with the complications of that??

I still find it ridiculously ironic that I love baking and decorating and playing in the kitchen; yet the love I have for things of the sweeter persuasion have essentially become somewhat poisonous to me. For the most part I just try to look at ingredients as art supplies, I find with that mentality I won't be eating any of it, because really when was the last time you ate any of your paint from a tube of paint? Or your colored pencils..see where I am going with this :)

Moving on-wards and upwards though, because I have been carefully reading food labels and really just embracing the healing nature of whole foods I am happy to say that my morning fasting sugars are getting lower. I have started adding a bit of organic apple cider vinegar (Braggs) to my water (you get used to the taste) in the hopes that it will help reduce my morning sugars to an even lower number.

I'm pretty sure it's a hormonal glitch in my endocrine system because I am eating nothing that should effect my fasting sugars the way they do. I am hoping that the Apple Cider Vinegar and the vitamin supplements I am taking will work some natural magic in helping to  restore my body's ability to function normally.

Which brings me to lunch! Yes, I am totally aware of how I just jumped from one subject to the next, but that is how I function on a daily basis, so I figured I would drag you for a ride through the wackadoodle thought process of mine. Most likely a result of my many years of drug abuse.( No worries, I'm clean now 7 years + and super nice and I  promise I won't rob you!!)

Back to lunch (see how I wander!!!) I eat eggs, a lot of eggs. Eggs, for breakfast, eggs for lunch, eggs for snacks...eggs, eggs, eggs. They are so good for you and packed with so much nutrition that it's hard not to eat them when I can.

But, yes there is a but...I get bored of them. So I mix them up as much as I can, which brings me to today's recipe for Spinach Egg White Salad. This is something that I first tried when I worked in a bagel cafe many, many moons ago. I never knew the exact recipe they used, so I've allowed myself to take a bit of creative license when I made this.

Oh and if I haven't mentioned it yet.....it's awesome.

The ingredients are simple, easy, wholesome and clean!

This is what you will need...

  • 7 Hard Boiled eggs
  • A Handful of Spinach
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. Oil of choice

First off if you don't know how to make hard boil eggs, which some of you may not, this is how I make mine.I place my eggs in a pot of water and bring to a boil. Once the water starts boiling I set the timer for 8 minutes. At the 8 minute mark I drain the hot water and rinse them with cool water so they stop cooking. 

Now as you eggs are cooling a bit you can get your spinach ready. First chop up your clove of garlic roughly.

Add it to a small pan on medium heat with your oil of choice. I use coconut oil, for the health benefits, but you could use olive oil, butter or whatever you prefer. Let it cook for a few minutes to start to soften and begin to brown it.

While the garlic is cooking, chop your spinach up into small pieces.

Add it to the pan with the garlic.

And let it all reduce and cook down.

Take it off the heat and put aside to cool a bit. Start peeling your eggs

And de-yolk them, which literally just means take the yolk out. (But don't throw those yolks away, you can use the to make {{THIS}} easy treat, which is great for babies or anyone looking for a healthier dessert.

Roughly chop the egg whites and put them in a small bowl. Add in 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise, garlic and spinach. 

Mix it up.

You can let it set up an bit in the fridge or eat it immediately. Because I don't eat grain, I serve mine on a bed of greens with some strawberries, although I'm sure it would taste just as good with some sweet little cherry tomato's, in a wrap or layered between two pieces of bread!

Anyway you choose to eat it is fine, just eat it because it's good AND good for you. 

Your welcome ;)

Hope you enjoy!!

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