An Interesting Study & Swiss Chard and Feta Rolled Omelet

The following post is sponsored by ConAgra foods. All opinions are my own. 

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I am sure many of you know that food with more volume and protein can help you feel fuller longer which can be a great and effective weight management strategy. Also, when it comes to weight management, choosing the right breakfast is very important.

Today I wanted to share the results of a recent study that was presented at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE®), which I thought was quite interesting: it found that calorie for calorie egg whites are more satiating than whole eggs.

Participants were asked to eat a breakfast containing 140 calories of either egg whites, in the form of Egg Beaters® (1 1/5 cup), or whole eggs (2 whole eggs). Those who had the egg white breakfast were more satiated and consumed fewer calories during lunch, compared to those participants who had the same amount of calories worth of whole eggs.

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Egg Beaters® is the egg minus the yolk and provides complete, high-quality protein without the fat and cholesterol of whole eggs. One serving of Egg Beaters has 5 grams of protein for only 25 calories. They can also be incorporated into your favorite baking recipes in addition to using as you would regular eggs: omelets, french toast, scrambles, etc.

The results of this study definitely surprised me. How about you? I never would’ve guessed egg whites would be more filling. An experiment of my own might be in order!

Before I go, of course I have to share a recipe! It’s for a rolled omelet inspired by a recipe I saw on the Egg Beater website; it’s a genius idea I’ll have to say! I’ve always been terrible at making omelets without it turning into a scramble so to make this perfect egg wrap you just use a casserole dish and your trusty oven and it turns into this perfect layer you can use for a rolled omelet. It hit the spot…and definitely kept me full for hours.

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Fill it with whatever you like and enjoy this high protein, highly satisfying breakfast!

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Swiss Chard and Feta Rolled Omelet

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • Cooking spray or olive oil
  • 3 cups heaping raw chopped vegetables (I used 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper, 1/2 cup diced red onion, 2 cups swiss chard)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 16 ounce container original egg beaters or 7-8 eggs whisked with ~1/3 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Line with a piece of parchment paper (make sure parchment fits exactly the bottom or comes up high enough on the sides. Otherwise eggs will seep underneath it). Spray paper with additional cooking spray or olive oil mist.
  2. Pour egg beaters or egg mixture into prepared pan, season with salt and pepper. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until eggs are set. Remove from oven; cool on wire rack.
  3. Spray medium skillet with cooking spray or a little olive oil. Heat over medium heat. Add chard, bell peppers, onion (or vegetables of choice). Cook and stir until vegetables are crisp tender and chard is wilted, ~4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Loosen egg mixture from sides of pan and carefully invert onto another piece of parchment paper or a flexi cutting board. Carefully remove first piece of parchment paper. Place vegetable mixture evenly over eggs, sprinkle feta on top of vegetables. Starting with a short side, roll up jelly-roll fashion (Egg Beater mixture folds smoother than egg mixture which might form some cracks).
  5. Place omelet roll, seam-side-down, in center of baking pan. Bake 5-10 minutes, or until hot or microwave ~45 seconds on a microwave safe dish.
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Question: Do the results of this study surprise you? Do you notice a difference when eating egg whites versus whole eggs?

 

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  1. I definitely am surprised with the results! I thought for sure the fat from the yolk would give a whole egg the advantage. Interesting!
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  2. Jennifer F says:

    I usually eat egg whites mixed with one egg so I still get the B-vitamins from the yolk. Interesting study. BTW, your omelet is so pretty — I love swiss chard.
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  3. I do love my egg whites!

    My friend made me an egg roll before. It was so delish!
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  4. I have swung back to whole eggs and I’m really surprised by this study, too. The roll looks sooo good!
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  5. These are so cute! Loving the rolled omelet idea!
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  6. Great looking recipe and intriguing study. I am always citing the 2-egg breakfast study in my healthy weight management group. Looks like I’ll need to update my information! Away to look up the study. PS here in the UK our Egg Beater equivalent is called Two Chicks, a company run by two woman. And they only use free-range eggs .
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    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Yes very intriguing. I am personally not ready to give up my whole eggs yet, but I will keep my eye out for more studies on this. Thanks for your comment!

  7. That definitely does surprise me. I used to only eat egg whites but have swung back to whole eggs over the past few years. This is really interesting and that egg roll looks delicious!
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  8. Helen says:

    Wow. Those results do surprise me. I thought that that fat from the yolk would help with satiety as well.
    The rolled omelette looks delicious. I never thought of baking eggs that way.
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  9. Study Shmuddy. The pics look amazing and I’ll just take your word for it. Trying it this weekend.

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