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Brainy breakie: Egg Burrito

Over the holidays, I had some time to experiment and ended up developing a delicious and nutritious burrito that's perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.Th
Feb 23, 2010 | Joy McCarthy

Over the holidays, I had some time to experiment and ended up developing a delicious and nutritious burrito that's perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

The main ingredient in this dish is, of course, eggs. Eggs are nature's perfect food because they're made up of two very important macronutrients: protein and good fat. Protein is essential for the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Good fat is extremely important because your brain is literally made of 60 per cent fat.

Eggs also contain choline. This vital brain nutrient is a key component of acetylcholine -- a brain chemical essential for sending messages and speaking to the rest of your body (for example, your muscles). It's responsible for keeping you relaxed and is considered an anti-anxiety neurotransmitter.

And that rumour that eggs raise your cholesterol level? Not so. The body will produce less cholesterol the more eggs you consume, and will produce more if you don't eat them enough. If you have a lot of stress in your life, eat too many processed or refined foods, don't get enough exercise or have irregular bowel movements, cholesterol levels (and other issues) can easily creep up and, as a result, your body will become imbalanced.

The combo of eggs, guacamole and salsa reminds me of a Mexican vacation. I ate lots and lots of guacamole and salsa while in Mexico a few months ago. The secret to amazing guac and salsa is to make them from scratch. Check out these recipes: guacamole with bite, and salsa. If you don't have time to make either from scratch, make sure the packaged stuff has no additives and doesn't have excessive sugar and sodium.


1 cup of mushrooms

Half an onion, chopped

7-8 organic eggs

1/2 cup almond or hemp milk

4 soft whole wheat or gluten-free wraps

2 tbsp organic coconut oil


Heat your pan on medium heat and melt the coconut oil. Add the mushrooms and onions and sauté until tender. Whisk the eggs and milk together, then pour the mixture into the pan with the mushrooms and onions. Scramble and cook the eggs until they are no longer runny.

Spoon some guacaomole or sliced avocado onto your wrap and add a dollop or two of salsa. Add the cooked egg mixture and fold the wrap however you like -- just make sure to fold the bottom so you don't lose all of the delicious ingredients! Makes 4 burritos.

Feb 23, 2010 BY Joy McCarthy
Noor   •   January 12, 2013

Hi Joy! This was delicious!! Adding salsa and guac really made everthing so much tastier! I also didn't realize that the body produces less cholesterol the more eggs you consume. How many eggs would you recommend per week for females?


Katelyn   •   April 1, 2013

Do you have any suggestions/recipes for healthy wraps? I was reading the ingredients list from the ones I usually buy and there seems to be an awful lot of junk in them... Trying to figure out an alternative because my kids love meals like this!

Joy McCarthy   •   April 2, 2013

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