no more eggs

So I have some depressing news. I can’t eat eggs anymore.

The depressing part is that this isn’t by choice. The non-depressing part is that, in the grand scheme of life….wait, life without eggs?!

Life without eggs... OMG! | A Nutritionist Eats

 

And honestly, it hasn’t even really sunk in yet. I’ve been finding good alternatives (like gelato instead of ice cream and just mayo instead of mayonnaise) but I do feel a twinge of jealousy when I see delicious-looking brunch recipes or a poached egg.

What happened? For the last 5ish (?!) years, I’ve had on and off-stomach issues. I’d take enzymes, sip kombucha, swallow peppermint pills (in addition to my probiotics) and contemplate brown rice-only diets and then it would go away and I’d forget about it. This past winter, after some really bad days, I decided to finally do something about it. I went to the doctor. No answer. I went to the Gastroenterologist and left with a prescription and an endoscopy appointment. (No answer.)

Right before my scheduled endoscopy, I had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine who had similar issues. She took some food intolerance tests and urged me to do the same. And after thinking about it for a little while, I decided that I wanted to pursue a more holistic route. I wasn’t ok with automatic pills and procedures that I had a feeling wouldn’t lead to any answers. I figured my issues stemmed from food, but I was never able to pinpoint it to a certain food.

So I took some tests (blood and others!) and my results were…surprising. No reactions to the common suspects like dairy, soy or gluten. I had really high responses to eggs (both yolk and whites) and green beans.

Life without eggs... OMG! | A Nutritionist Eats

OH! You mean the foods I eat ALL THE TIME!? I eat (ate) a ton of eggs and definitely had green beans on a weekly basis. I was a little shocked, but it was the beginning of an answer so I was ready to explore further. Next, I cut out eggs and green beans for two weeks, which actually took four weeks because I kept accidentally eating foods that contain eggs! It made me realize just how many eggs (and products containing eggs) I was eating – A LOT! And if you want to see an example of that, check out all of the posts that mention eggs.

Then, after that egg-free period, I re-introduced them to see what happened. After a glorious day of eating breakfast at eggslut, deviled eggs, fresh egg pasta AND a cupcake…I got a rash all over my back and chest. And now, whenever I eat eggs (once it even happened after a mayo-based salad!), I get a rash, almost immediately. I haven’t tried green beans yet (to see if I have a reaction), but for now, I’m ok not having them.

And that’s how I determined I can’t eat eggs. I’ll still eat a few bites every now and then because I can deal with the rash, but I know what happens if I have too many of them and I definitely don’t want to go back to that.

Favorite Egg Recipes | A Nutritionist Eats

Because I like to torture myself… my favorite egg recipes (L to R): Breakfast Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream | Anthony Bourdain’s Egg Scramble | Spicy Egg Scramble

Why tell you? Because mainly, I thought you might find it interesting! But also, I want to recommend the Naturopathic route if you’ve ever considered it. I have to pay for the visits and tests out of pocket (which is so frustrating because I know seeing her cost SO much less than all of the tests I would have taken going the traditional route) but she is so thorough, thoughtful and the Naturopathic route just makes sense to me. (More info on Naturopathic Medicine)

Any egg alternatives I should know about? :)

 

easy, five-layer burritos

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

I love Chipotle. (Is there anyone who doesn’t? Please, make yourself known. We need to talk.)

But I never order a burrito – always a salad. When we were in Mexico, we had the most-delicious burritos EVER and I started to wonder if I was missing out with my typical Chipotle order. I’ve since ordered a burrito at Chipotle, and then at a local Mexican joint, Cactus, but neither compare to the one from Burrito Revolution.

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

So for now, I’ve decided that I’ll stick with salads (or burrito bowls!) at Chipotle, tostadas at Cactus and make my burritos at home.

These five-layer burritos have just that: five layers of refried beans, avocado, pico de gallo, sour cream and shredded lettuce. On their own, these ingredients are nothing special, but when combined they make a delicious, easy and nutritious dinner that comes together in minutes. And that’s something we can all use more of.

Easy, Five Layer Burrito | A Nutritionist Eats

It’s hardly a recipe, but more of a reminder / new dinner inspiration.

Here’s my tortilla theory: sprouted is best, followed by whole-grain/corn/flour. I understand that sprouted tortillas aren’t for everyone….and if you solely look at the nutritional facts between flour and whole-grain flour tortillas, the differences are pretty small (think 2 grams of fiber), so I say, eat what you prefer! If the white flour tortilla tastes much better, you’re bound to feel more satisfied after eating it. (And this topic is one that probably deserves a whole post, because it applies to many foods!)

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Dinner is served.

nutrition facts: 333 calories, 11 grams of fat, 48 grams carbohydrates, 12 grams fiber, 6 grams sugar, 13 grams protein

Five-Layer Burritos

by Emily Dingmann

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: entree high fiber vegetarian soy-free beans Mexican

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 avocado
  • salt
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1-15 oz can refried beans
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pico de gallo

Instructions

Prepare ingredients: mash avocado (squeeze some lime over it if desired) and season with salt. Wash and thinly slice romaine lettuce.

Heat refried beans in microwave or over stove until hot.

Heat tortillas until warm if desired.

Layer on beans, avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo and lettuce on tortilla, and roll! How to Wrap a Burrito

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black bean quinoa salad

Black Bean Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

It’s been three weeks, so clearly you need another quinoa salad, right?

I honestly feel a little behind the times with the whole quinoa salad trend.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

But as they say, better late than never! Especially because quinoa is a nutritious little seed that boasts 8 grams of (complete!) protein and 5 grams of fiber per cup (cooked). Even more than that though, I love the convenience of making a big batch of quinoa salad and eating it over greens for quick weekday lunches. The combination of beans + quinoa = one satisfying salad.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

When I was testing quinoa salad recipes for self.com, this was one of the versions I came up with and I love it for a few reasons. One: I am currently going through a MAJOR black bean phase. Two: I love the contrast of the light quinoa and dark bean. (It’s purely a cosmetic reason.) Three: CHEESE! (No explanation necessary.)

Black Bean Quinoa Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Serve it alongside grilled chicken for dinner or bring it to your next summer party, it’s sure to be a hit!

nutrition facts: 584 calories, 29 grams of fat, 59 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 23 grams protein

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Keywords: entree salad side gluten-free high fiber vegetarian high protein

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • vegetable broth (optional)
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (about 1 lime)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil plus 1 Tbsp
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • salt & pepper
  • 2-15 oz cans black beans
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onion
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup crumbled cojita cheese

Instructions

Prepare quinoa: Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer.

Add quinoa and 2 cups water to small pan. (I’ve started adding broth to the cooking liquid. Two cups total liquid.)

Stir, season with salt and bring to a boil.

Lower heat, cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

Prepare vinaigrette: while quinoa is cooking, whisk together lime juice, olive oil, honey, shallot and salt & pepper.

Remove quinoa from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Fluff with a fork and toss with vinaigrette.

Drain and rinse black beans.

When quinoa is cool, toss with remaining ingredients. Chill for at least 3 hours or overnight.

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blueberry bliss smoothie

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

Sometimes I just want a non-green smoothie.

Can you relate?

I drink a green “juice” or smoothie on an almost-daily basis so when I order an all-fruit smoothie? It feels like a treat! (You can roll your eyes at that statement, I get it. And I totally deserve it.)

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

This particular smoothie is one from our neighborhood earthbar, which is, in my brother’s* words, “that yuppy, wannabe-hippy smoothie place.” Wannabe-hippy in the sense that it’s not that hippy. It’s more Range Rover than Prius; more spinning than yoga; and more $10 green juice than kale-from-the-garden. Either way, I love knowing that concoctions to cure everything from a cold to a hangover are a mere three blocks away.

*It’s worth noting that my country-living brother and his firefighter roommates just made frozen green cubes with kale, spinach and broccoli to add to their morning smoothies. Clearly he’s a little more yuppy/hippy than he’d like to let on.

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

No matter how you feel about earthbar, no one can deny that they make amazing juices and smoothies. I typically order a green juice or their detox smoothie which is a great combination of banana, pineapple, raw kale and hemp milk (see, always with the green drinks). Then I ordered the blueberry bliss and was blown away. (One time I also ordered an açaí bowl – amazing!)

The blueberry bliss smoothie is creamy, sweet and delicious. Antioxidant-rich blueberries are blended together with healthy-fat almond butter, protein powder (obviously full of protein) and a banana that adds not only sweetness but also potassium and iron.

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie | A Nutritionist Eats

So even though there isn’t a green in sight, this smoothie is packed with good-for-you ingredients. Though I don’t have kids of my own, I’m pretty sure this is a smoothie that even the little ones would enjoy – let me know if your kids (or you, I also care about you!) try it out!

nutrition facts: 278 calories, 13 grams of fat, 29 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 16 grams sugar, 17 grams protein

Blueberry Bliss Smoothie

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: blender beverage breakfast snack gluten-free high protein vegetarian

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen banana (or fresh)
  • 1 serving vanilla protein powder (about 28 grams)
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 2 cups milk

Instructions

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Add more milk as needed.

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