- 8 large eggs
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup tamari (
gluten freesoy sauce)
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 Tbs coconut sugar
- 3 Tbsp black tea (or 3 tea bags)
- Fill a saucepan with cold water and add eggs. Bring to a boil, remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 10 minutes.
- With a slotted spoon, remove eggs and set aside to cool.
- In another saucepan, add water, tamari, cinnamon, star anise, and coconut sugar. Bring to a boil, turn off heat, add tea, and let steep for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Use the back of a metal spoon to gently crack the eggs until it looks like a spiderweb but
- Place cracked eggs into the saucepan with the tea marinade. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer, partially cover, and let simmer for an hour. If needed, add water to keep eggs fully submerged in liquid.
- For a lighter taste, drain and peel eggs after the
simmertime. For a darker more robust flavor, let eggs sit in the marinade overnight in the fridge.
- To serve, peel and eat. Store leftovers in
fridgefor up to a week.
Benefits of Marbled Tea Eggs
I have been dreaming of this Marbled Tea Eggs recipe since Chinese New Year in January, which is the traditional time to enjoy these eggs.
Hard-boiled eggs are an easy make-ahead protein option for any on-the-go purpose or outdoor adventure, but I can only eat so many before I get sick of how bland they are. Not only are Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs delicious, but they are also a way to use the spices you bought for the Faux Pho recipe. Option to also add 3 cloves and 1/4 tsp fennel seeds too if you’re trying to use up your pho spices. I prefer the flavor of the more robust overnight eggs but if you’re feeling impatient, the lighter flavor is delicious too.
Mix and match with any carbohydrate and vegetable source to make this recipe work for you!
Especially with animal proteins (eggs, dairy, meat, fish), it is very important to buy the highest quality possible because how the animal is fed directly impacts the nutrition content of the product. And the nutrition content of your food will directly impact your exercise performance.
First, let’s define the difference:
Organic eggs: not treated with hormones or antibiotics, their food is organic, and they may have limited access to the outdoors.
Pastured eggs: also not treated with hormones or antibiotics but they roam free in the outdoors eating bugs and grass, which is their natural food, and are less likely to get sick due to having more space and fresh air.
As a result of their food, pasture raised eggs are higher in vitamins A and E, which are important for immune function, as well as Omega-3’s, which have anti-inflammatory benefits. Eggs that are called “Omega-3 Enriched Eggs” are basically conventionally raised eggs that have an omega-3 source added to their food, such as flax seed. It’s hard to tell if they’ve had access to the outdoors – they may have, they make have not. Either way, they have 5 times the amount of omega-3’s than conventional so they’re still a pretty good choice.
The terms cage free and free range mean nothing so don’t be fooled in the store. If the price is really low, something about it is suspicious. The best way to get really fresh pasture raised eggs is to build a relationship with a local farmer at your closest farmer’s market.
Why We Care
The reason we care about this is that our Standard American Diet full of refined and processed foods has taken our previous 1:1 ratio of Omega-3’s to Omega-6’s to about 1:20, which means most people are in a state of chronic inflammation. In some cases, inflammation is good. There is an inflammatory response to fight infections and colds/flus, but chronic inflammation is a different story. You know the feeling of being incredibly stressed out for long periods of time and the impact that has on you? Chronic inflammation is the same. It puts your body in a stressed “high alert” state which is hard on your immune system, digestive system, and joints. It will slow your recovery post-exercise and you’ll get sick, have low energy, and feel “off” more often.
Take Home Message
When buying eggs, buy in this order (depending on your options):
- Pasture raised
- Free Ranged/Cage Free
The best part about eggs is that you can tell what the chicken ate depending on the color of the yolk! Don’t believe me? Crack a few different labels side by side and check them out. The pasture raised eggs will be a much more vibrant yellow/orange than your standard conventional egg.