Sunday, January 25, 2015
Davis Motor Sales banner ad
Posted on 2/2/14

Hatching Eggs Top Inspired(Photo courtesy Top Inspired)KENTUCKY (4/19/14) — This week Maureen dishes what to do with your leftover dyed Easter eggs and offers thoughts on why eating less and more isn't an oxymoron.

Dear Maureen,

I love dying hard-boiled eggs for my children for Easter, but I need a few fresh recipe ideas for after Easter. My family will only eat so much egg salad.

Eggs-asperated in Earlington

Dear Eggs-asperated,

First let me say, Happy Easter.

I feel your pain. Eating hard boiled eggs day after day gets old, as do the eggs. I wonder why there are never any leftover chocolate Easter eggs?

I digress.

Several easy ideas come to mind for those I-dyed-too-many-eggs this year.

Deviled eggs are the easiest option.

For a traditional variety, slice chilled eggs down the center lengthwise, mash the yolks with a fork, add mayonnaise, a dash of salt and pepper, stir until creamy or chunky, depending on your style, fill the whites, then sprinkle fresh chives, tarragon or sweet paprika over the yolk and serve.

To take Deviled Eggs to the next level, check out celebrity chef Bobby Flay's Southern-style idea, Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp, a dish he plans to serve at Keeneland this year.

Pickled Eggs. Yes, the red beet variety. Time consuming and not for every palate, but you asked. Allrecipes.com.

How about using crumbled or chopped eggs for an All-American Cobb Salad? Fill a bowl with salad greens. Arrange chopped boiled eggs across the middle of the bowl, arrange roasted red peppers, sliced turkey, avocado, feta cheese and bacon (because everything is better with bacon).

Bacon Egg and Cheese melt. Easier than you think. The Pioneer Woman, Yummly.com.

Eat one hardboiled egg for breakfast, or take it as a snack for mid-day protein fix. A word of caution - peel hard boiled eggs at home lest you want your coworkers to think you let one slip, if you know what I mean.

One egg contains 70 calories, minerals, nutrients and the highest-quality protein found in any food, according to the Incredible Edible Egg.

Eggs-actly what you need to start the day.

Let me know how you use up those eggs and again, Happy Easter.

Maureen

cobb salad tastespottingScreenshot via TasteSpotting


Dear Maureen,

I decided it is time for a diet. I know I need to lose weight, but I can’t help it – I love to eat. I’m reducing my caloric intact to 1,200. After a light breakfast of coffee with cream and sugar and a sports bar, then salad for lunch, I have less than 700 calories to go. At noon, I'm still hungry! How will I make it through the rest of the day without chewing off my nails, or worse, over eating and ruining my diet?

Hungry in Hopkinsville

Dear Hungry,

Wow, that’s a mouthful of a question.

First, congrats on your decision to lose weight. Notice, I didn’t use the word "diet," or what I like to call the “D” word which I liken to “Disaster.” I think it is much healthier to focus on eating smaller meals and more often, (the less/more oxymoron mentioned earlier) rather than "dieting," which I think is an awful word. It even sounds unappetizing, doesn't it?

Counting calories is hard to maintain, especially for a self-described food-lover like yourself. And counting calories is boring. There are far more exciting things to do in life than spend your time tabulating a quarter of a cup of salad greens, six carrot sticks and four ounces of chicken even if you have an App on your smart phone.

I've got two words for you: portion control.

As a self proclaimed food-lover, eating several smaller meals is your best option.

Eat five or six smaller meals throughout the day instead of three "low-calorie diet" meals which tend to leave you hungry, lethargic, irritable and frustrated. Not good. A recent study shows hungry people tend to fight with their spouse more than people that aren't hungry. Really not good.

Other practical changes in your daily lifestyle choices will be to take a break from surfing food blogs and Pinterest for a while until you change your eating habits and increase your activity level.

Make healthy choices for snacks too.

Yogurt, chopped fruit and vegetables are best bets.

If you like to snack on nuts, be aware - all nuts are not created equal. Walnuts, pistachios and almonds pack the most nutrition, but too many nuts can keep you from hitting your weight loss goal.

Speaking of goals, write yours down. Accountability is key. And be realistic. Two pounds per week is healthy. If your goal is to lose twenty pounds, write the end date on the calendar. Let's say by June 28, ten weeks from today, you will be twenty pounds lighter. On the first day of your weight loss plan, (which would be today) tell yourself every day, several times a day if you need, "I will wear two sizes smaller by June 28." For most people ten pounds is one size in clothing.

Don't get caught up in the pounds and please don't weight yourself every day. Enjoy your life, take a walk, ride your bike, garden and get a good night sleep. And by reducing the amount of food you eat, you'll also save money at the grocery store. (Fodder for another day).

As always, if you're over fifty, or have health issues, talk to your doctor before you start a weight loss and exercise program.

Check in often and stick around for more weekly easy-to-prepare recipe ideas.

Maureen

Maureen C. Berry is the copyeditor and food writer at SurfKY.com. When she’s not writing or cooking, she’s photographing wildlife in her backyard. Maureen founded Center Street Writers' Guild in conjunction with Hopkins County Public Library. CSWG offers free writing/critique workshops. She lives in Western Kentucky with her husband and wire fox terrier, Reagan. Follow her on Twitter @seafoodladyorl.

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013
1 DOW 17,672.60
-141.38 (-0.79%)    
2 S&P 2,051.82
-11.33 (-0.55%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,757.88
+7.48 (0.16%)    
2/6/2014 - posted
3/13 - 16
Started 11/8/2013
Started 11/8/2013

Most Read This Week

January 19, 2015 8629

Two-Year-Old Child Dies after Being Struck by…

in Top News For All Sites by Paul Ray
January 19, 2015 8518

UPDATE - Lady Mustangs Fall to South Warren

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Steve LeMaster
January 22, 2015 6691

Nortonville Man Accused of Selling Drugs near…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 19, 2015 6646

Muhlenberg Board of Education Special Called…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Sherri Miller
January 23, 2015 6645

Local Church's Faith Restored; 71 Souls Saved…

in Top News For All Sites by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
January 20, 2015 6361

Bridal, Prom, Pageant Expo Planned for February…

in Hopkins News by Dana Brown
January 23, 2015 5184

Parents Face Charges after Marijuana Joint Falls…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Jail
January 21, 2015 4996

KYDOT Pre-Treating Roads Thursday in Antipation…

in Top News For All Sites by Keith Todd

Most Read This Month

January 08, 2015 20215

Woman Claiming to be 'Lady Gaga' Tours Town in…

in Top News For All Sites by Madisonville Police Department
January 15, 2015 19794

UPDATE: Fatality Victim's Name Officially Released

in Top News For All Sites by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Today

January 23, 2015 1392

School Board Hears Public Comments Regarding…

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
January 24, 2015 983

Five Injured in Two-Vehicle Collision

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Chris E. King
January 24, 2015 937

Spelling Bee Contest Winners Announced

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Joyce Riggs
January 24, 2015 928

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Hopkins County

in Hopkins News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
January 24, 2015 727

Kentucky 2014 Highway Fatality Figures Released

in General News For All Sites by Keith Todd
January 24, 2015 703

Burrough: Tech Center Construction on Schedule

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
January 24, 2015 690

PSC Bars $54 Million in Kentucky Power Fuel Cost…

in General News For All Sites by Andrew Melnykovych
January 24, 2015 684

Keeping the Faith - 'What It's Good For'

in General News For All Sites by Ronnie McBrayer
January 24, 2015 610

Busting the Myths of Leadership

in General News For All Sites by David Taylor
January 24, 2015 609

Hooked on Science - Feather Balance

in General News For All Sites by Jason Lindsey
January 24, 2015 366

Community-Wide Art Contest Based on Orphan Train…

in Local (Paducah) Top News by Tammy Thompson
January 24, 2015 360

Wade Retires from Murray-Calloway County Hospital…

in Local (Lakes) Top News by SurfKY News