Apr 6, 2017 | Health & Fitness, Photography

Energizing Eggs

I love eggs for breakfast! It’s a nearly perfect protein, and keeps me alert and energized better than a smoothie or a sweet, carb-laden breakfast cereal. I like both, mind you; they’re not “forbidden foods.” But if I need to be on the top of my game, I have to avoid added sugar, some carbs, all nitrites. Never mind that sodium nitrite – commonly found in sausages, bacon, ham, pepperoni, and most cured meats – may be carcinogenic; sodium nitrites make me sleepy. They’re better than Ambien. I asked a doctor about this, years ago, and he theorized it’s because I suffer from “migraine without headache,” or “abdominal migraine.” Maybe “suffer” is too strong a word for this, but if I eat a trigger food (which can include sulfites), it makes me overwhelmingly drowsy and I sleep like the dead for an hour or three.

Imagine my delight in finding uncured bacon and Canadian bacon – nitrite free!!

Healthy breakfasts

I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about cholesterol. My numbers aren’t high, but they’re no longer “impressively low,” as my doctor once described them. So I’ve switched to Kroger’s Break Free “Egg Product” because it looks more like real eggs than pure egg whites (it’s the turmeric, I imagine) and you can have three cholesterol-free servings for about the same number of calories as found in a whole egg. They make tasty omelette, a breakfast sandwich to rival the McMuffin, or a quick microwavable lunch. Add a little of Kroger’s “Creole Mix” (from the chopped fresh veggies in the produce section), some spinach, mushrooms, freshly grated cheese – maybe a little diced chicken or ham, whatever sounds good – and you have a nice little recipe you can pour into a microwave safe Glad container and take to lunch, to heat up a portable, fresh, nutritious “homemade” lunch in the microwave.

Special Eggs

I’ve always loved decorating Easter eggs. But Ukrainian pisanky eggs and hand painted ornaments – never mind those ornate, Fabergé overachievers – bring out my perfectionist streak. And I am not this good. I’m lucky if the dye sticks.

My daughter studied violin and music history in Salzburg, Austria, and brought this one on the left all the way back from there, just for me:


This one was hand-painted by a family friend who painted for Boehm – so perfect, since I’m a Pisces!


Aren’t eggs amazing? Not only are their innards nutritious and delicious, their shells make the perfect canvas for delicate art in miniature.

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Holly Jahangiri

Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.


  1. Jane H.

    Stumbled upon the right blog post again! Last year I made two hard-boiled eggs my breakfast. Believe it or not, it’s kept me steady the entire day. I’ve been thinking about writing a blog post about making eggs and was wondering “Who would care?” Obviously HollyJahangiri would!!! Nice~!

    Is this for real about nitrates making people sleepy? Maybe this explains why my elderly mom has not been able to get up the last few days after the serve her bacon for breakfast.

  2. HollyJahangiri

    It’s definitely for real for me and for my sister in law. The neurologist’s theory was abdominal migraine or “migraine without headache.” I am so happy they sell uncured, no nitrite bacon now!!! I love bacon. The regular kind is a good sleeping pill. So is peanut butter, but apparently it’s high in tryptophan.

  3. Charchika

    Very unique and informative article you shared here
    Pictures you shared here of painted eggs are really amazing , i love that art on the egg and we know that eggs are full of proteins and good for health
    thank for sharing this amazing article

    • HollyJahangiri

      Glad you enjoyed it, Charchika.


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