Things you should put an egg on (or inside)

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 6:20 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 6:20 PM

Ahh, the humble egg. Few foods out there are as versatile as this inexpensive protein source. These little orbs are filled with nutrients, including lutein and zeaxanthin (essential for healthy eyes!) and omega-3 fatty acids (an important part of keeping hearts healthy) [1] [2]. And while the cholesterol content of egg yolks has caused some controversy, eating as many as four egg yolks per week shouldn't be a problem for most egg-lovers out there. With just 70 calories and 6 grams of protein per egg, incorporating eggs into any meal is an easy way to stay full for hours while also staying healthy.

From baked goods to omelets, pancakes to souflée, the possibilities are truly endless. And then there's one of the most beautiful ways to use an egg: Anything that allows the yolks to run free. Here are 27 recipes starring one of our favorite superfoods (and the best all-natural yellow sauce — the egg yolk)! 

Go ahead, put an egg...

1. In a crepe. 
Thin, buttery crepes make the perfect container for crumbled sausage and bright-yolked eggs in this simple weekend brunch recipe. Forego the sausage in favor of sautéed kale for a meat-free, iron- and calcium-packed version.

2. In multiples, on top of a sandwich.
Okay, so not everyone has quail eggs on hand. But if you did, why not top a chicken-egg sandwich with a dozen or so sunny side-up quail eggs, as in this "WTF Quail Egg Sandwich"? The best part? Runny yolk with every bite!

3. In a roll, baked.
You've likely seen "eggs in a hole" before, but this bready, eggy recipe brings it to another level. Scoop out the inside of a dinner roll, then fill it with an egg. Bake to perfection. Go with a whole-grain roll for added fiber, and serve alongside a bed of healthier salad greens for an easy and healthy brunch.

4. In a cheesy spinach sandwich.
Here’s an easy way to make a batch of sandwiches without too much hassle. A  mixture of eggs, spinach, and cheese gets baked all together and scooped onto rolls when cooked through. Voila! Simple sandwiches. Plus, the spinach-heavy filling is rich with superfood benefits, including a healthy dose of calcium and vitamin K. Make it even healthier by skipping the roll and enjoying the eggs atop fresh greens or on their own.

5. In a baguette for breakfast.
Sure, you’ve probably had eggs on top of baguette slices, but this recipetakes it one step further by placing the egg inside the bread. Opt for a whole-grain baguette for an extra serving of protein and fiber, and enjoy alongside some fresh fruit or a small salad.

6. Baked into an avocado.
Once the pit is removed, the remaining depression in an avocado half is the perfect place to crack an egg. Add some crumbled feta and fresh herbs and serve alongside some whole-grain toast for a healthy, simple, and filling meal.

7. Fried up, on top of some potato and herb hash.
Sure, it’s commonplace to make breakfast potatoes in a cast iron skillet, but the eggs are usually cooked separately and served on top or beside. Not in this simple one-pan dish! After the potatoes are cooked, crack the eggs right in there with the spuds, and sprinkle with a healthy dose of fresh herbs. (Try dill for a Scandanavian twist, oregano and parsley if you’re feeling Italian, or rosemary and thyme for some French flavor.) Aside from fresh flavors, herbs provide health benefits ranging from treating insomnia to providing a healthy dose of antioxidants.

8. In a cup made from bacon.
No frying pan needed here. Make eggs n’ bacon cups by lining a muffin tin with (wait for it) slices of bacon, and cracking an egg in each meat-lined cup. Bake until whites are set and yolks are shining bright, and still a bit liquid in the center. Serve alongside a slice of whole-grain toast or on top of sautéed veggies or greens.

9. Scrambled, in a boat (err… baguette).
Think of this as the quick way of making a scrambled egg sub sandwich. Hollow out sub rolls, fill them with eggs, cheese, and sausage, and bake. You can easily healthify this recipe by choosing a whole-grain roll, cutting back on the egg yolks, and adding some chopped veggies (like onions, peppers, and mushrooms) instead of sausage.

10. On a pizza (for breakfast, lunch, or dinner). 
The best part about pizza is that, when it comes to toppings, pretty much anything goes. This one gets smothered in tomato sauce, bacon, thinly-sliced potatoes, ham, and whole eggs. If you’re not a fan of the double-meat topping, opt for sliced onions and bell peppers instead (You’ll get an extra dose of vitamin C , too!).

11. On top of Huevos Rancheros breakfast pizza.
Topped with beans, cheese, avocado, and eggs, this pizza is nothing to mess with. The eggs and beans provide a healthy dose of protein, whileavocado lends some vitamin E, which is essential for keeping our cells healthy and functioning properly. 

12. In quail form, on top of a roasted red pepper crostini.
This recipe can’t get simpler. Toast some baguette slices. Top with roasted red peppers (from a jar, or homemade), and top that with a fried quail egg.

13. Poached, atop a quinoa salad. 
Packed with protein and fiber, quinoa (one of our favorite superfoods) makes a great base for just about anything — especially in this salad. Toss it with some baby greens, sautéed mushrooms, and goat cheese, and top it with a poached egg or two, and you have a healthy, meat-free, and super-filling meal perfect for lunch or dinner. The runny yolk makes the quinoa mixture even more delicious.

14. In a baked potato.
This author has endless ideas regarding where to stick eggs. In fact, she wrote a cook book devoted to it! (Check it out here: Put an Egg on It: 70 Delicious Dishes That Deserve a Sunny Topping!) The sunny-side-up-topped baked potato makes a great breakfast, or breakfast-for-dinner. Garnish with chopped bacon, plain Greek yogurt, and green onions, or go full veggie-mode and whip up a mixture of greens or other seasonal veggies (Brussels sprouts would be great!) to stick beneath the egg. 

15. Smushed on a juicy burger.
No recipe needed for this one. The best burger topping (probably ever)? An over-easy egg, of course. Press the second half of the bun on top, and watch the yolk run down the sides. Keep in mind that this works equally well for beef, turkey, veggie, and basically any other type of burger. The health benefit? This one’s more about happiness, people.

16. On top of rainbow chard, potato, and pesto hash.
It might not get healthier than this take on the classic breakfast hash. Instead of greasy meat, the base of this hash is a few potatoes and heaps of rainbow chard, all flavored with a fresh chard and cashew pesto. (Can you say yum?) Both the hash and pesto use the Swiss chard stems, which studies show contain glutamine, an amino acid that helps boost the immune system [3].

>> For the full list of 27 things to put an egg on (and inside), go to Greatist.com.



Premier Health offering free heart screenings

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 11:27 AM

HUBER HEIGHTS — Premier Health continues offering free cardiovascular screenings during American Heart Month.

The screenings help identify the risk for heart disease.

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Premier Health’s screenings will include blood pressure and non-fasting fingerstick readings for total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), and blood sugar.

Appointments are not required, but suggested. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, but participants with appointments will be given priority.

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Screenings will be held at Good Samaritan Health Center, 6251 Good Samaritan Way, off Brandt Pike, Huber Heights, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Call CareFinders toll free at 1-866-608-3463 to schedule a screening appointment. For more information, call 1-877-274-4543 or visit www.premierhealth.com/heartmonth. CASEY LAUGHTER

Exercise of the Month: Bird-Dog

Published: Monday, February 06, 2017 @ 11:39 AM


            Exercise of the Month: Bird-Dog

Most people are aware of the importance of keeping the body strong with resistance training. The Bird-Dog is a multi-functional exercise, working both the upper and lower body at the same time, and improving posture and balance. It requires no equipment so is a great way to stay on track whether at home or traveling. When performing the Bird-Dog, it is important to engage the abdominal muscles and keep the torso rigid to help prevent the back from sagging or arching excessively.

Muscles worked include the glutes/hips, back, abs, shoulders, and legs.

EXECUTION:

Beginner: Begin on the hands and knees, fingers pointing forward. The hands should be directly underneath the shoulders, and the knees underneath the hips.

Slowly raise the left arm until it is parallel to the floor. Keep the arm straight. Next, slowly raise the right leg until it is parallel, or near parallel, to the floor. Tighten the glutes as you lift the leg and do your best to keep the hips level and both shoulders parallel to the floor. As the leg comes up and as the pose is held, work toward keeping your balance. Hold for several seconds or longer, depending on your ability to maintain the position. Slowly return to starting position and repeat with the right arm and left leg.

Intermediate: Instead of lifting the arm and leg separately, move them simultaneously in a slow controlled manner.

Advanced: Perform the exercise by lifting the same side arm and leg. This is much more challenging and is not recommended for those who haven’t mastered the beginner version, or who don’t already have a strong core.

You can also try using a stability ball when doing the Bird-Dog. Here you would place your hips on top of the ball before moving the arm/leg. If using the ball, the leg that remains in contact with the floor will not be bent.

TIPS:

The Bird-Dog is designed to test the strength of the body’s stabilizing muscles, so it is normal that you may initially find yourself unable to complete the exercise without losing balance. For this reason, it is important to move slowly. If still too difficult, try touching a sturdy surface with the fingertips and then extending the leg, or start by only lifting the arm, or the leg, not both.

This exercise can be especially helpful for those looking to improve posture and for conditioning the low back. Because it is a no impact, slow moving exercise it does not place as much stress on the spinal column as some other low back exercises. Although considered a safe form of strengthening, it is still not appropriate for everyone, so check with your doctor if in doubt.

You can perform this exercise every day, or every other day, depending on goals and ability. For beginners, start with one to two repetitions and gradually increase difficulty by upping reps or length of time each rep is held.

Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

Published: Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 3:47 PM
Updated: Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

Stark numbers show heroin’s local grip

An average of seven Montgomery County residents a day were treated for drug overdoses by emergency departments in 2016, and one person alone made eight trips to the ER. Eleven people were treated twice in the same day for overdoses.

The stark figures — amassed largely due to a devastating heroin epidemic — are found in a new Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County report just sent to members of a Community Overdose Action Team formed last year to slow the number of overdose deaths in the county.

Overall, 2,255 Montgomery County patients received emergency treatment last year for overdoses. Almost 13 percent — or 287 patients — made multiple trips to an emergency department.

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The 12-page report was not distributed to alarm the community, but rather to assist local officials in analyzing overdose trends and finding solutions, said Dan Suffoletto, spokesman for Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.

“The reason for sending this out is to show an example of how we get data here to make decisions and distribute resources when an anomaly occurs,” Suffoletto said.

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Hospital and urgent care emergency data — stripped of identifying information — are reported in near real time to the Ohio Department of Health’s EpiCenter, the state’s syndromic surveillance system. The system, traditionally used to monitor influenza pandemics and detect environmental exposures and potential bioterrorism, was expanded in 2015 to monitor drug-related emergency room visits.

Miami Valley Hospital saw 968 — or 33.6 percent — of the county’s overdose patients in 2016. Good Samaritan Hospital received 588 (20.4 percent) patients followed by Grandview Medical Center with 380 (13.2 percent), Kettering Memorial Hospital with 239 (8.3 percent), and Sycamore Hospital with 201 (7 percent).

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Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley said up-to-date information will help the Community Overdose Action Team he leads meet its goal of first stabilizing and then reducing the number of overdose deaths. In 2015, the last year for which full records are available, 259 people died of unintentional overdose deaths in Montgomery County.

“We need good data to help us target our limited resources as we work toward reducing the number of opiate deaths in our community,” Foley said. “This report about emergency room usage due to drug overdose incidents is the kind of information that the community will begin to see on a more frequent basis.”

RELATED: Montgomery County to combat overdose deaths like public health crisis

The team is comprised of representatives from many community organizations including Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, the Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services board of Montgomery County, Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, and others including those in the courts and criminal justice system.

More than 60 percent of the emergency department visits were by patients between the ages of 25 and 49. Overall, males accounted for 54 percent of emergency department visits. Girls under 17, however, were more than three times as likely to be treated for an overdose than boys.

The report represents an estimate of overdoses based on a the chief complaint registered when a patient enters an emergency department. Further, the report is not limited to opioid overdoses. In recent years, opioids accounted for more than 90 percent of overdose deaths in the county.

Our reporters have closely followed the heroin crisis for years with an eye toward those working on solutions to a complex public health crisis. Find previous stories on our premium website myDaytonDailyNews.com.

By the numbers

2,255: Number of Montgomery County patients who received emergency treatment last year for overdoses.

13: Percentage of those patients who made multiple trips to the emergency room.

259: Number of people who died of unintentional overdose deaths in Montgomery County in 2015.

11: Number of people who were treated twice in the same day in 2016.

Source: Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

Wellness Fair encourages people to ‘get moving’

Published: Thursday, December 29, 2016 @ 2:26 PM

CEDARVILLE — Cedarville University’s Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy are partnering with Cedarville’s athletic department to help the community “get moving” during the new year with the second annual Wellness Fair.

The event is part of a community health and wellness initiative to encourage physical activity and participation in the Linda Ferguson Memorial 5K on campus May 13. Ferguson was a Cedarville resident and alumna of the university who died of cancer in 2011.

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The campaign includes a wellness fair 4:30-7 p.m. in the Stranahan Gymnasium during the women’s and men’s home basketball games Thursday, Jan. 5.

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The school of pharmacy will also offer free health screenings and the school of nursing will donate pedometers to the first 150 guests.

For more information or to register for the race visit www.ferguson5k.com

CASEY LAUGHTER