Think of food for your body like gas for a car. That's how Linda Bartholomay explains healthy food choices. She works for Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. She helps kids learn to eat healthfully. What happens "if you fuel your body with potato chips and snack cakes all the time?" she asks. "You're not going to go very well."
Your body runs best when you give it quality fuel. The trick is to know which foods rev your engine and which make you feel like a beat-up car.
One way to feel well-fueled...
1 thin slice of ham (Chef Lizzie likes to use prosciutto. You could even use cooked turkey or veggie bacon.)
1 teaspoon pesto (Allergy Warning: Pesto usually has pine nuts in it.)
1/2 tablespoon olive oil (or unsalted butter)
Pinch grated parmesan cheese (Chef Lizzie likes to use freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.)
Crack 1 egg into a mixing bowl.
Crack the other egg into a different small bowl. Separate the egg yolk (the yellow part) from the egg white. Use a spoon to scoop out the yolk and throw it away. (You won't be using it for this recipe.)
Add the egg white to the bowl with the whole egg.
Add the pesto to the eggs.
Use a fork to scramble the eggs and pesto together.
Tear the ham into bite-sized pieces.
Chef Lizzie says: Be careful when working around a hot stove. Always ask your parent for permission and help.
Turn the stove burner on medium and heat the pan. Put the olive oil (or butter) in the pan.
Pour the egg mixture into pan. Add the ham pieces.
Slowly move eggs in a push/pull motion with a spatula until cooked. You'll know they are ready when the eggs don't look wet anymore. It's important to keep the eggs moving so they don't burn. Cooking should take about 3 or 4 minutes.
Put the eggs on a plate. Sprinkle a pinch of cheese on top.
Serve with a small fruit salad topped with a drizzle of honey or agave nectar. Then sprinkle on sesame seeds or chopped walnuts for some crunch. Or serve with whole-grain toast topped with 100% all-fruit preserves (no added sugar). Enjoy!