I’ve had a lot of people raise their eyebrows at me when I tell them that I have eggs for breakfast most mornings, but I swear that they’re the reason why I can keep my appetite in check the rest of the day. Now there’s proof to my theory.
A new study from the University of Connecticut found that eating eggs for breakfast reduces daily calorie consumption by 18%. Researchers asked 21 men to eat a breakfast of eggs and toast one day. On another day, they asked them to eat a carb-heavy breakfast of a bagel, cream cheese and a little yogurt. Both breakfasts contained the same amount of calories–yet interestingly, when the men ate eggs, they consumed about 400 fewer calories over a 24-hour-period than they did after eating the carb-loaded meal. That’s roughly an 18% difference–enough to help with weight loss.
So what makes eggs such a stellar breakfast choice? Yes, protein is particularly filling, but there’s another reason, too: In the above study, blood tests revealed that when the participants consumed the carb-rich breakfast, they had much higher levels of ghrelin, a hunger-stimulating hormone, than they did after eating eggs.
With that in mind, here’s my tasty, filling go-to breakfast, which takes all of five minutes to whip up. (Bonus: it’s less than 200 calories a serving).
2 slices lean turkey breast, chopped into small pieces
1 cup frozen chopped spinach
5 egg whites and 1 yolk
3 tablespoons feta cheese
In a large frying pan coated with cooking spray, sauté the turkey and spinach together on medium-high heat for a few minutes. Add the eggs and scramble. Once the mixture is cooked, add in the feta and let sit for a minute before serving. Makes 2 servings.