The Humble Egg-white Omelette

It’s January, and that can only mean one thing. The world is suddenly full of desperately and suddenly health-conscious fitness wanabees.

Christmas was intense and we all ate and drank more than perhaps we should. But that’s part of the fun! It does however mean that January becomes detox month. This does not need to be the horrible, gruelling experience that people imagine it to be. One of my favourite light-January dinners is a good old egg-white omelette. 

Eggs are a wonderful source of protein, very filling and also easy to cook. However, egg yolk is incredibly fatty. An egg yolk contains 99% of the total fat in an egg, so even though it contains many wonderful nutrients as well, if you are trying to eat lighter and leaner over January, take the yolks out of your omelette and you’ll have a much healthier meal.

Many people dislike egg-white omelettes because they see the yolk as containing most of the flavour, but as long as you keep some garlic, chilli and herbs to hand, no egg-white omelette needs to be bland!

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The above egg-white omelette was made from 4 egg-whites, half a chopped onion, 5 chopped up cherry tomatoes, a clover of garlic and half a chilli pepper.

Served with a mound of lettuce and a small dollop of ketchup, it was a delicious meal (and came to about 150-200 calories tops!)

Happy January!

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San Francisco – My healthy recommendations

I am currently in the magnificent US of A again. I can’t get enough of this country!

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Me and Helen at a particularly extravagant buffet in Dubai last year

This time I’m in California visiting a very good friend of mine. Helen and I were at school together, then both went to Cambridge before finally following each other to London post-university. We’ve followed each other around for over a decade. As a result, I found it very sad when she revealed to me last year that she was going to move to San Francisco indefinitely. I promised to visit before the year was out, and so here I am.

I have been to San Francisco many times before with my family, but always as a tourist. As a result I’ve always liked the city but never loved it, because it’s hard to really get to know a place when you’re doing all the things the locals don’t do and none of the things that they do! Within a couple of hours of landing in San Francisco this time, and trundling my suitcase from the BART station to my friend’s house, I had fallen more in love with the city than I could ever have imagined. And I love it even more now that I have a better appreciation of health and fitness, because it has got to be one of the healthiest seeming cities in America. Last time I was here I was still at university, and eating family packs of crisps as a mid-morning snack! Suddenly I’m incredibly aware of all the joggers out with their dogs, all the amazing omelette options at brunch, and all the lovely organic deli shops on every street corner! Of course it’s always easy to be unhealthy, but in this city it seems that it’s also easy to be healthy and love it.

I am now on my way to LA (healthy and unhealthy in very different ways), and then I will be moving on to Vegas on Friday (hideously unhealthy) but my short time in San Francisco over the last week has changed my opinion of the city forever. As my bus pulled out of the city over Bay Bridge, I felt incredibly sad that I would only be returning a day before flying home to England. In my brief time here with Helen, I already have a few recommendations for the healthy foodies out there who are lucky enough to live in/visit San Francisco.

1.  Judy’s on Union Street for brunch. Get one of their omelette’s – it’s basically a pile of delicious food with a lid of omelette on it – like a literal egg pie. And if you have the choice of what bread to get on the side, have their home-made pumpkin loaf. It’s melt in the mouth good.

2. Go and help yourself to a sold-by-weight salad bar at the Wildflower Cafe near the famous TransAmerica building. I met Helen for lunch one day and she took me here. I’d like to publicly apologise online to her for not engaging in any conversation properly because I was constantly making sounds of delicious approval and pointing out that the eggplant salad/chillied broccoli/green bean salad/curried chicken/vietnamese noodles/beetroot wedges were to die for. If you want to fill your plate high though, do prepare yourself for the salad to come to over $10. Absolutely worth it though.

3. If you are a porridge lover, which I am to a dangerous level, and you need some food on the go, head to Blue Fog market and get their Oh! Meal! It’s porridge cooked with honey, ginger, lemon juice and a bit of cream cheese, and it’s honestly got to be the best porridge I’ve ever tasted. Again my enjoyment of the porridge rendered me incapable of conversation with Helen as we walked back to her flat. Sprinkle complimentary granola or blueberries on top to add the final touch.

4. Make sure you check out the farmers’ market at the Ferry Building. It’s open on Sundays and Tuesdays, and you have to hunt down the man selling home-made dips – houmous, babaganoush, pesto, aubergine dip. He will continue to ply you with samples of chunks of gluten-free falafel until you prize yourself away.

That’s all from me for now. Time for a little mid-journey snack – a fresh Californian orange and a packet of addictive lime and chilli flavoured pumpkin seeds. Wherever you are in the world, enjoy the rest of your week.

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Eggy Mush

Inspired by Greek eggy mush (see last post on Greek food) I made a British eggy mush for my lunch today, and thought I’d share the basic recipe with you here:

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Ingredients

2 large tomatoes

1 large onion

2 handfuls of spinach

2 eggs whites

1 whole egg (white and yolk)

Salt and pepper

This is so simple, but tastes divine and has nothing bad in it. It’s an excellent post work-out meal, as it has tonnes of great protein, a little good fat, and then loads of rehydrating vegetables.

The idea is to make an omelette and fail…

Whisk up your 3 eggs (I use 2 egg-whites just to make it is as healthy as possible, but can’t stand a purely egg-white mixture as I think a lot of taste is lost), and add salt and pepper. Now throw your chopped up tomatoes and onion into the pan and let it sizzle in a little olive oil. Add the spinach only when the tomatoes and onion have softened a little, then finally pour in your whisked eggs. Remember, this is a failed omelette – so make no attempt to maintain a shape or form. Just keep mixing the eggs and vegetables in the pan until all of it is cooked.

You can then pour the delicious creation straight into a bowl and eat by itself, or (as in the picture above) put it on top of a piece of toasted rye bread, and add a massive pile of balsamic-drenched kale on the side. Again – goodness, goodness and more goodness.

Happy Wednesday 🙂