Wellness Wednesday: A Protein Boost to Get You Through Midterms

By: Alexandria Ugarte

Did you know that an egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids? Did you know that amino acids from protein are used to make the neurotransmitters that allow your brain cells to communicate and network? Did you know that it’s midterm season?

You probably answered yes to at least one of those questions. (We won’t judge you on which one). Consider chowing down on some eggs on your study breaks in the next few days to boost brainpower for your exams! I’ll even share a personal recipe with you…

Photo Credit: Ali Ugarte
Photo Credit: Ali Ugarte

Quick (& Delicious) Egg and Tomato Brain Food

Ingredients:
– 2 eggs
– 2 thick slices of tomato
– 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
– Salt and pepper
– Feta or mozzarella cheese
– Cilantro

Add a little olive oil or cooking spray to your frying pan, and make your eggs to your usual liking. Remove your eggs from the pan and set aside. Turn down the stove’s temperature (almost completely off), and place both slices of tomato on the same pan. Pour the two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar over the tomato slices. Warm each side for about 30 seconds. Place an egg on each slice, sprinkle salt and pepper on top, and then place your cheese on top of the egg. Let warm for about another minute. Remove from the pan and top with chopped cilantro. Enjoy, and get back to studying.

(Tip: If you’re not into warm tomatoes, the warm eggs and cheese are perfectly delicious on chilled tomatoes too!)

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