Baked Avocado Egg

This was amazing.  Alright, I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I first saw this recipe.  My first thought was ewww runny egg whites, because they can’t possibly cook through, but I was dead wrong.  It’s so easy.  I got the basic recipe idea from this blog, Apron Strings, but I added my own twist to the toppings.

Here’s what I did:

Pre-heat oven to 400, put a lightly-sprayed ramekin in oven to warm.  Slice an avocado in half, and cut a grid in the half of avocado (be sure not to cut through the skin).  In the center dig the hole just a bit bigger to hold the whole egg, and crack an egg into the center.  Add salt, pepper, just a teaspoon or so of breadcrumbs, and a bit of dairy-free cheese on top.  Be careful when putting avocado in the ramekin (make sure egg doesn’t spill and that you don’t burn yourself on the heated ramekin!).  Let bake for 15 minutes or until egg is cooked through (I despise runny egg whites so I kept checking after 12 minutes to make sure it was all cooked).

Seriously, good stuff.  And really, very healthy.  Lots of protein, healthy fats, and good-for-you calories.  Try it for dinner!

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How about some terminology?

knowledge-is-power-41Strength is the maximal force a muscle group can generate.  Power is the rate of performing work.  Power = force x distance/time.  Muscular endurance is the capacity to sustain repeated muscle actions or a single static contraction over time.  Aerobic power is defined as the rate of energy release by cellular metabolic processes that depend upon the availability and involvement of oxygen.  Anaerobic power is the rate of energy release by cellular metabolic processes that function without the involvement of oxygen.  Principle of specificity is exercise adaptations that are specific to the mode and intensity of training.  Principle of reversibility is “use it or lose it.”  Principle of progressive overload is systematically increasing the demands on the body as it adapts to training at a given volume and intensity.  Hypertrophy is the increase in muscle size.  Atrophy is the decrease in muscle size.  Concentric contraction is the shortening of a muscle and the muscle’s principal action.  Eccentric contraction is the lengthening of a muscle while exerting force.

Tired, yet?  Here’s more.

Metabolism is defined as all of the chemical reactions in the body.  Kilocalorie is the measurement of the amount of energy released in a biological reaction.  Carbohydrate is an organic compound formed from carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen; includes starches, sugars and cellulose.  It has 4.1 kilocalories per gram (kcal/g).  Fat is the class of organic compounds with limited water solubility that exists in the body in many forms, such as triglycerides, free fatty acids, phospholipids, and steroids.  It has 9.4 kcal/g.  Protein is a class of nitrogen-containing compounds formed by amino acids.  A protein yields 4.1 kcal/g.

Bored?  Probably, but you are now in the know.  Knowledge is power.

Reference:
Kenney, W. Larry, Wilmore, Jack H., and Costill, David L. (2012). Physiology of sport and exercise.  (5th ed.).  Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics.