Oh McDonald’s….my breakfast sandwich can beat up your breakfast sandwich!!!!!

Good morning all! continuing our “No Fast Food/Eating Out Challenge”, I thought I would bring up some good points on eating at home. Breakfast seems to be one of the main meals missed because of all the business in the mornings getting ready for school, work, errands etc. But you have heard it a million times, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day! Eating it at home will get you off to a great start for your day too.

You can make granola over the weekend to have handy during the week on those extremely hectic mornings or keep some wholegrain cereal in the cabinet and fruits in the fridge. I thought I would talk about my favorite breakfast sandwich. It packs a punch with goodness, vitamins and yummy taste and can literally beat up any fast food sandwich!

It has 1 fried pastured egg, butter,cheddar, fresh sliced tomatoes, basil from the garden, homemade ranch dressing(no high fructose corn syrup here-yuck!) all on homemade sourdough bread. Yummo!

Here are some facts on real pastured eggs and homemade bread.
From Mother Earth News:

LATEST RESULTS: New test results show that pastured egg producers are kicking the commercial industry’s derriere when it comes to vitamin D! Eggs from hens raised on pasture show 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D as typical supermarket eggs.
RESULTS FROM OUR PREVIOUS STUDY: Eggs from hens allowed to peck on pasture are a heck of a lot better than those from chickens raised in cages! Most of the eggs currently sold in supermarkets are nutritionally inferior to eggs produced by hens raised on pasture. That’s the conclusion we have reached following completion of the 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project. Our testing has found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1⁄3 less cholesterol• 1⁄4 less saturated fat• 2⁄3 more vitamin A• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids• 3 times more vitamin E• 7 times more beta carotene
These amazing results come from 14 flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens that are rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. We had six eggs from each of the 14 pastured flocks tested by an accredited laboratory in Portland, Ore. The chart in Meet the Real Free-range Eggs (October/November 2007) shows the average nutrient content of the samples, compared with the official egg nutrient data from the USDA for “conventional” (i.e. from confined hens) eggs. The chart lists the individual results from each flock.
Click to here for the Full Article and Egg Chart

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/eggs.aspx#ixzz251Yzr9xs

Healthier Ingredients
You select all the ingredients that go into your homemade bread. You can choose the highest quality flours — or grind your own — leavening agents, eggs and dairy. You also control the sugar content and do not have to worry about the addition of high fructose corn syrup or dextrose, which offer empty calories. Unless you add it yourself with margarine or vegetable shortening, homemade bread does not contain trans fats; you can use heart-healthy unsaturated fats such as olive or safflower oil instead. Commercially prepared breads often contain preservatives and artificial ingredients to extend their shelf life and boost flavor, while homemade breads do not.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/344384-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-baking-your-own-bread/#ixzz251ZYNRb1

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