Flat-Belly Breakfast: Avocado Egg Boat

While flipping through the most recent Women's Health magazine, I came across recipes for a flat belly. Usually, I disregard these recipes because half the time they don't taste as good as they look and they usually aren't as easy to prepare as the magazine makes them out to be.

However, my eye stopped on the breakfast recipe with an avocado and an egg -- two ingredients I have never paired together. I absolutely love avocados and find every possible way to incorporate them into my meals.

Here's a great way to have a swimsuit-friendly breakfast that's full of healthy fats and tons of flavor.

First, halve and pit a large avocado. Use an avocado that is soft; hard ones won't soften enough when you cook them on the stove. You want to make sure that the hole in the avocado is large enough to hold the egg yolk.

Next, slice off the bottom of the avocado so that the hole is exposed to the skillet; you can keep a thin layer of avocado, just as long as it isn't too thick. I tried following the instructions from the magazine; however, the egg doesn't cook properly if the avocado is too thick; it separates the egg from the heat too much.

Once you have your avocado prepared, heat your skillet to medium heat, coat the pan with cooking spray, then place the avocado into the pan. Crack an egg into a bowl, then pour it into the avocado hole.

Cover the pan and cook the egg and avocado for two to five minutes, or until the egg is completely done.

If the egg whites don't stay inside the avocado, that's fine, just make sure they get cooked completely. It won't be the prettiest presentation, but trust me, it will taste great.

As soon as the egg is cooked, place it on a plate, season with salt and cracked black pepper, and enjoy. The creaminess from the runny egg yolk with the warm, soft avocado is simply a wonderful combination, and it's healthy, too. In fact, people who eat avocados are actually slimmer and thinner than those who don't.

A study published by Nutrition Journal earlier this year says avocados help individuals maintain a lower body weight, BMI and waist circumference. Avocados are full of healthy fats and several nutrients, like fiber and vitamin E. Those who eat avocados on a regular basis actually weigh on average seven and a half pounds less than those who don't.

So, grab a couple of avocados from the grocery store, crack some eggs into them and start your day off right with a flat-belly, nutritious breakfast.

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Molly Dunn
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