Eggs — whether fried, scrambled or poached — are an easy, cheap way to get some protein into your routine. Not only are they good for a protein fix, both the yolk and the white are rich in vitamins and minerals. The whites of an egg are rich sources of vitamin D, B12 and B6 as well as minerals such as iron, copper and zinc. Egg yolks, meanwhile, are a source of cholesterol and vitamins A, D, E and K.
However, you can eat an egg with something other than a side of toast and bacon. Here are some foods you can enhance by putting an egg on them.
Asparagus is a source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K as well as chromium, which is a trace mineral that helps insulin move glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Use your microwave to “roast” them in your dorm, then season to your taste. A fried egg on top will not only boost the flavor, but it will boost the nutritional value of your veggies.
Ramen noodles are, for better or worse, the cliché college student staple. Those little cups-o’-noodles are cheap and easy to prepare in a dorm setting, but they aren’t the most health-conscious thing to eat on a regular basis. To get rid of some of the Ramen you have lying around, try dropping an egg in to add some health benefits to an otherwise unhealthy meal as well as mix it up.
Potatoes aren’t only a comfort food, and they have a pretty bad rep as “unhealthy” thanks to the anti-carb movement.
According to MedicalNewsToday, one medium potato contains 2 percent of daily calcium needs, 51 percent vitamin C, 9 percent iron, 30 percent vitamin B-6, 12 percent magnesium and 25 percent of potassium needs.
Try making home fries in your dorm by microwaving a potato — Russet or sweet — chopping it and then mixing in some onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Top it with a fried egg.
Avocados have been given the superfood treatment recently, and avocado toast isn’t the newest breakfast trend without reason. Not only is it easy to make — mash up some avocado and spread it on toast — but avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals while whole-grain toast is a simple way to start your day with some fiber.