Tara’s Tuesday Tips:
Should I Be Eating Eggs?
To egg or not to egg. That is the question.
Let’s get to the facts.
Personally, I avoid eating animals so that they don’t lose their life to become food. An egg is not an animal. But, does the chicken have to die to lay the eggs? Well, not directly. I go into more detail regarding organic vs conventional eggs in this article. So, unless you have chickens in your yard or a friend or family member’s yard or a local family farm, you are supporting industrialized farming. Quality of life for the chicken, quality of the eggs, and longevity of chickens on an industrialized farm are definitely in question. Check out this PETA article if you want to know more about the humane side of the great egg debate.
So, now what? You have a genuine concern for the well-being of animals or you would not be vegetarian. You don’t want to declare yourself vegan because the occasional cheese pizza still might sound like a good idea? You will miss scrambled eggs on Sunday morning too much? Maybe you don’t want to eat eggs but are OK with dairy. Now what? Are you vegan? Are you vegetarian? What do you do when you want to bake?
Some of you reading are not even vegetarian so the animal thing isn’t for you. Got it. For you, lets crack into the health side of eggs. Eggs are a great source of protein, have essential amino acids and contain vitamins D, A, and B-12. The great egg debate has been that eggs are high in cholesterol. However, they are also low in saturated fat giving one egg per day a green light according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Just be careful what you cook them in and pour on top of them (cheese, butter, benedict sauce, you know what I mean).
Oh yes, and don’t forget the religious side of the great egg debate. Some religions give the consumption of eggs the big red light including Hinduism, Jainism, some Buddhists, and some Eastern Orthodox Christians include eggs in their fasts (this is what my current research revealed, sorry if I left any out!).
Well … to egg or not to egg? That is the question … only you can answer.
If the answer is no eggs for you …
10 Egg Alternatives You Can Use
& Never Miss an Egg Again:
- Flax: 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg
- Chia Seeds: 1 tbsp chia seeds + 1/3 cup water = 1 egg (good for adding density and a nutty flavor)
- Bananas: ½ mashed banana = 1 egg (adds sweetness and texture). Try it out in this Easy Blender Waffles Recipe.
- Applesauce: ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce = 1 egg (adds thick moisture but does not make your recipe fluffy)
- Commercial egg substitutes: Follow Your Heart Vegan Egg, Ener-G Egg Substitute, Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer Gluten- Free. Try it out in this Peanut Butter Banana Bread Recipe.
- Tofu: make sure it is organic! Try it out in this Easy Tofu Scramble Recipe.
- Vinegar & Baking Soda: 1 tsp baking soda + 1 tbsp vinegar = 1 egg
- Yogurt: ¼ cup plain yogurt = 1 egg
- Arrowroot Powder: 1 tbsp arrowroot + 3 tbsp water = 1 egg
- Aquafaba: 3tbsp aquafaba = 1 egg. This is the liquid from canned chickpeas and is typically used to replace egg whites. This adds a light fluffy texture to your baked goods. Best recipe ever right here for aqua faba vegan meringue.
All the best,
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