Another reason to “heart” eggs? They’re part of a heart-healthy diet. What is that? It’s a healthy eating pattern that includes nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and lean protein sources. Nutrient-rich eggs are a perfect addition to an overall heart-healthy diet.
More than 40 years of research has demonstrated that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. In the past, many Americans have shied away from eggs – despite their taste, value, convenience and nutrition – for fear of dietary cholesterol. Recent recommendations from the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans no longer limit cholesterol intake and include eggs as part of healthy eating patterns. Other dietary factors, such as saturated fat and trans-fat, have been shown to be more detrimental to heart-disease risk.
Enjoy these four heart-checked approved recipes any time of the day. The Heart-Check mark certification was developed by the American Heart Association® to help shoppers identify heart-healthy foods and was introduced in 1995. Now, the American Heart Association also certifies recipes.
Zoodle Noodle Egg Bowl
Mix fresh tomatoes and spinach with spiralized zucchini “zoodles” and whole wheat noodles, then top with an egg for a colorful, high-protein meal that’s the way to a healthy heart.
Microwave Egg & Veggie Breakfast Bowl
Don’t miss a beat in the morning with this five-minute meal. Mix an egg with cherry tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms and a bit of mozzarella for a healthy breakfast on busy weekdays.
Mexican Rice and Beans Baked Eggs
Bring the heat with this healthy Tex Mex meal that’s perfect for brunch or an easy weeknight dinner. Cheesy rice, black beans and corn make the perfect bed for eggs.
Stuffed Peppers with Quinoa and Eggs
The way straight to your family’s heart? Bell peppers stuffed with quinoa and topped with eggs. Just 210 calories per serving, this protein-packed recipe is a colorful, healthy meal.
To find out more about eggs and heart health, including cholesterol, visit the Egg Nutrition Center