I tried eating eggs for every meal for a week and it saved me money

Sam GutierrezI had to get creative with my egg dishes.
  • I ate eggs at every meal for a week.
  • I came up with different ways to prepare them in order to not get bored.
  • It was difficult to stick to the diet when going out.
  • Overall eating the same thing over and over was easier than I thought and a good way to save money.
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One of my favourite foods happens to be eggs. Why do I like them so much? They’re easy to make, versatile, healthy, and a good way to eat protein on the cheap. Recently I wrote a piece on ways to take eggs on the go and it got me thinking, could I eat eggs for every meal for a week? I decided to give it a try.

The first step was to create a plan for how I would be eating eggs throughout the week. I figured the best way to go about my challenge was to mix up the recipes so I wouldn’t get tired of having the same protein day after day.

My plan was a little ambitious and I mixed up the dishes a lot less than I’d planned but I still tried to pepper in a little variety.

Day 1: I had scrambled eggs for breakfast, a salad with hard-boiled eggs for lunch, and egg fried rice for dinner

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezI had a banana with my eggs.

I started my day with scrambled eggs with some veggies, a banana, and toast – a typical weekend breakfast for me.

At lunch, I had a salad with hard boiled eggs, kalamata olives, and couscous.

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezMy lunch consisted of a salad.

For dinner, my boyfriend made egg fried rice.

Sam GutierrezThe fried rice also had vegetables.

All in all day one was perfectly fine, everything was delicious and different enough that I barely noticed how many eggs I ate.


Read more: 11 delicious ways to eat eggs for dinner

Day 2: I had scrambled eggs again for breakfast followed by a salad for lunch, and once again, egg fried rice for dinner

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezScrambled eggs were my go-to.

I repeated my meals on day two for simplicity sake (and because we had leftovers) and I was still happy with my egg-heavy meals.

Day 3: I had scrambled eggs for breakfast, an egg salad sandwich for lunch, and an egg and grain bowl for dinner

On day three, I made scrambled eggs for breakfast again but mixed up my lunch and dinner.

For lunch, I had an egg salad sandwich, another standard in my lunch recipes (it’s so easy to make and filling).

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezI opted for an egg salad sandwich for lunch.

For dinner, I made this grain bowl that my boyfriend wanted to try except I topped mine with eggs while he topped his with chicken (he doesnot share my affinity for eggs). The bowl was tasty but I feel like it would have definitely been better with chicken, and honestly, it was hard not to serve myself some after spending time making it. Despite the lure of the chicken, I stayed strong and stuck to my egg diet.

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezThe bowl would have been better with chicken.

Day 4: I started my day with quiche, then had an egg salad sandwich for lunch, and finally, had an egg and grain bowl for dinner

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezI made the same bowl I’d made the previous day.

On day four I definitely started feeling the need to eat something other than eggs.

I had a great quiche for breakfast and really enjoyed my repeat lunch and dinner but the sushi my coworker was eating for lunch definitely seemed more attractive than yet another egg salad sandwich.

Not only that but a story that I was really proud of was finally published and it pained me to not be able to celebrate by getting my favourite Chipotle bowl (I generally celebrate good moments with Chipotle). Nevertheless, I didn’t give in and ate my egg salad sandwich and egg bowl with a side of disdain.

Day 5: I had quiche for both breakfast and lunch but for dinner, I didn’t have eggs

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezOn day five, it was quiche.

I didn’t have time to prep the night before so I ate quiche for both breakfast and lunch. I didn’t particularly mind since it was pretty tasty and filling but all rules went out the window when I met up with an old coworker for drinks. My coworker and I tried to find a happy hour spot that served both cheap drinks and breakfast food but, surprise, most places don’t offer both at the same time.

I decided to meet up with her and just grab dinner at home but by the time we finally got together I was starving and I needed to eat something. I decided I’d split some fries with her but then fries led to wings and wings led to pork buns and let just say by the time I got home, no eggs were had.

Day 6: I had quiche again for breakfast, followed by a salad with hard-boiled eggs, and then finished my day with an egg-topped Chipotle bowl

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezI had to add an egg to my Chipotle bowl.

On day six, my boyfriend decided he just had to have Chipotle for dinner and since I have never been able to resist the chain, I gave in. But, since we were at home I was able to work eggs into my usual order. Instead of ordering a steak bowl like I typically do, I skipped the steak and got a veggie bowl, then I added a fried egg.

I definitely missed the steak but I was just happy that I was able to stick to my diet and satisfy my Chipotle cravings.

Day 7: I had scrambled eggs for breakfast and dinner and my Chipotle with an added egg for lunch

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezLeftover Chipotle made up my day seven lunch.

Day seven went without a hitch likely because it was the last day and the end was in sight. I had scrambled eggs for both breakfast and dinner and the rest of my Chipotle with another fried egg for lunch.

Eating eggs at every meal for a whole week was easier than I had anticipated it to be

Eggs for a weekSam GutierrezEating eggs for every meal was affordable.

Eating eggs at every meal for a whole week was easier than I had anticipated it to be.

I definitely had my moments of weakness but I didn’t feel like it was that much of a downer to have to eat the same protein over and over again. In fact, for the most part, it made it easier to plan my meals.

It also was a way to save money, I spent a total of $US45 for all my meals for the week while I would usually spend $US70 on groceries plus at least another $US60 on going out. The one downfall was that on the days I did want to go out I was very limited in my options since most places don’t serve egg dishes after a certain time, or at all.

Would I continue it or do it again? I probably won’t be sticking to eggs only any time soon but it’s definitely a good option if I’m ever tight on money.

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