Tomato Eggs

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH


Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe, fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalk organic scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 4 large organic eggs
  • 3 Tbsp. olive or avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:

  1. Beat eggs; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan over high heat, and pour in the egg mixture.
  3. As soon as the egg mixture has formed a skin over the base of the wok or frying pan, add the sliced tomatoes.
  4. Wait until the egg is just cooked and tomatoes just hot. Add the scallions, stir once or twice, and then slide onto a serving plate.

Note: This is a popular Chinese dish that is easy to prepare.

Tomato EggsHands down, eggs are one of the best sources of high-quality, complete protein available. Because of this, eggs are often the standard against which other foods are compared to determine their quality as a source of protein.

For adrenal fatigue sufferers, getting high quality nutrition from diet is a cornerstone of a proper recovery plan. Further, proteins are particularly useful in an adrenal fatigue recovery diet as it provides long lasting energy while also nourishing the body.

Despite their reputation as a high cholesterol food, eggs do not raise cholesterol levels in most people. Eggs are, however, a good source of healthy fat, with 38 percent monounsaturated fat and 16 percent polyunsaturated fat.

Eggs are also high in tryptophan, an amino acid used in the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and melatonin that aid in relaxation and promote good sleep. Getting proper rest is important to rejuvenate and revitalize the body. A well rested body regains its strength and energy more readily and has an easier time recovering from adrenal fatigue.

Tryptophan is also used to synthesize niacin, a B vitamin needed for healthy digestion. Niacin also keeps your skin healthy, reduces skin inflammation, and improves cognitive function, all issues that adrenal fatigue sufferers often face.

Don’t be afraid of egg yolk. Not only is it unlikely to raise your cholesterol levels, the yolk contains more than 90 percent of the calcium and iron in an egg, and nearly 50 percent of the protein in the egg. Each egg is also loaded with vitamins B2 (helps convert food to energy), B12 (needed for producing red blood cells), as well as vitamin A (needed for healthy eyes), and E (fights free radicals that can damage cells), along with phosphorus, zinc, iodine, and selenium.

Contrary to popular belief, eggs are far from fattening. One study found that eating eggs for breakfast led to consuming 400 fewer calories through the day. One egg contains about 70-85 calories (depending on size) and about 6.5 grams of belly-filling protein.

We can’t forget the costar in this dish. Just one serving a day of tomatoes can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of heart disease and several other diseases. If you smoke or spend a lot of time around smokers, you should consider eating tomatoes every day, as research shows tomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, compounds that can reverse damage from smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Tomatoes are high in vitamins A, K, B1, B3, B5, B6, B7, and C, along with folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, chromium, choline, zinc, and phosphorus. Tomatoes are also high in lycopene, an antioxidant that has been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease by as much as 30 percent.

The diversity of nutrients and health boosting effects that tomatoes provide make it a nutritious addition to a proper diet for adrenal fatigue recovery. Tomatoes can also help clear your skin, as well as strengthen your hair, bones, and even your immune system.


Tomato Eggs