HOW TO EAT EGGS AT SCHOOL

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Unless you have restrictions or practice a vegan diet, eggs are the single best food you could choose for breakfast. Pair them with avocados and you are setting your body/brain up for an excellent day.

Eggs are considered a 'complete protein' because they have all 9 of the essential amino acids our bodies but can't produce on their own. Eggs have historically gotten a bad rep for being high in cholesterol, but it's actually GOOD for you cholesterol (do your research! don't blindly listen to what you hear!). Eggs also have protein, vitamins, minerals, and GOOD fats (key word: good - just like avocados!). Bottom line: eggs are awesome for your health and keep you full. Win win for teachers who are in the market to stay full. 

I've found that the best way to enjoy eggs at school is to either soft or hard boil 4-5 eggs at the beginning of the week (see below for boiling instructions), pop them in a glass container, and leave them in my fridge at school (or bring one a day if you don't have a fridge). 

Then, I peel them and spill/slice them onto fresh toast at school, top with salt/pepper, and pair with another slice of avocado toast if I'm feeling super hungry. Alternately, you could combine all the ingredients on just one slice.

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Soft boil: bring pot of water to a boil over high heat. Turn the heat to low, add eggs, cook for 4-5 minutes. 

Medium boil: bring pot of water to boil over high heat. Turn the heat to low, add eggs, cook for 7-8 minutes. 

Hard boil: put eggs in pot, cover with cold water, bring pot to boil over medium meat, cover, remove from heat, leaves eggs in hot water for 8-10 minutes. 

Beetroot Hummus // Avocado Smash

This is Udi's Gluten Free toast (so teeeny, I usually need at least two pieces) with half avocado mash and pistachios, half beetroot hummusand sunflower seeds. Adding seeds to your toasts is a tasty way to add protein and texture. I opt for raw seeds to get all the nutrients from them (not salted, not roasted). You can always roast/salt on your own later. 

Flagel

This falls into the "& friends" category. This is a whole wheat everything flagel (which I recently discovered is really not necessarily less dense than a bagel, but often just a bagel squashed up, so...) with kite hill cream cheese (awesome, simple ingredients, dairy-free, does not hurt belly, tastes amazing), heirloom tomatoes, and microgreens (I use these as a garnish - they're not full of flavor, but they are full of nutrients and make your creations more beautiful). 

Whole Wheat Avocado Toast

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I'm super lucky to work at a school whose teacher kitchen area is stocked with communal staple foods (bread, cheese, cold cuts, fruit, yogurt). When possible, I like to bring in my own types of bread and keep it in the freezer (re: gluten free/sprouted grain/sourdough/etc.), but when I run out, I'm happy to stick with good ole' classic whole wheat bread.

Udi's Gluten Free Whole Grain Avocado Toast

I'm not on a strict gluten free diet by any means, but am definitely excited to find alternatives to gluten when possible. On a less-glutenny day, I'm excited about eating Udi's Gluten Free Whole Grain Toast. This toast is topped with avocado smash, salt, pepper, lemon, and chia. Lemon is somewhat of an annoying ingredient to keep at school (because it has to stay refrigerated and is rarely used in one sitting), but it's always a yummier and healthier day (lemons help promote weight loss by speeding up your metabolism - score!) when I bring in a lemon and squeeze some onto my toast and save the rest for my water throughout the day. Mmmm. 

Whole Wheat Sourdough Avocado Toast

I'm a big fan of fermented food (see: kombucha section), so I like to incorporate some sourdough bread into my morning toast routine sometimes. Here, I topped it with avocado smash, pepper jelly, and hemp seeds (with health benefits comparable to chia & flax -- though they all seem to out-do each other in some category - I say, incorporate them all!). Photographed on a bed of lettuce here for the aesthetic, but I love eating lettuce on top of my toast sometimes to add some fresh crunch. WoOoO mornings!