Healthy Devils: Easy egg sandwiches for nutritious brain food

Need some finals brain food? Make these dorm-friendly egg sandwiches.
Organic = good for environment if you can afford, but any whole grain is healthy
December 7, 2017

Editor's Note: This is the third installment in an ASU Now series featuring nutritious recipes demonstrated by faculty from the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, an academic unit of ASU’s College of Health Solutions. The first installment covered overnight oats, and the second installment was about electrolyte drinks.

If anyone knows a tough customer, it’s Sarah Martinelli, a clinical assistant professor of nutrition at Arizona State University. Her passion is improving food quality in school districts, where you’re likely to find some of the pickiest eaters around.

Luckily, almost everyone likes an egg sandwich. To that end, and in light of the close of finals week, Martinelli demonstrated for ASU Now a couple of tasty egg sandwich recipes that are so quick and simple they can be made in a dorm room microwave.

“They’re fast and easy but still nutritious for students looking for a good meal to start a day of test-taking,” she said.

One-Minute Egg Sandwich

Ingredients:

Cooking oil spray

1 egg

1 whole grain muffin, toasted

1 slice cheese

Directions: Spray a mug or small bowl with cooking oil, and crack an egg into it. Place it in the microwave and cook for one minute. Toast the muffin, then add the cooked egg and cheese on top. Enjoy!

10-Minute Egg Sandwich

Ingredients:

Cooking oil spray

3 eggs

1/2 cup red and green peppers, diced

Handful of spinach, ripped

1 whole grain muffin, toasted

1 slice cheese

Directions: Spray a mixing bowl with cooking oil, and crack the eggs into it. Mix well. Mix in diced red and green peppers. Rip a handful of fresh spinach into small pieces and add to egg mixture. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for three minutes. Remove the cooked egg mixture from the bowl and let it cool slightly. Cut the cooked egg mixture into muffin-sized pieces. Toast the muffin, then add the cooked egg mixture and cheese on top. Enjoy!

The importance of nutrition to education

Before coming to ASU’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Martinelli worked for a large school district in Phoenix establishing a district-wide wellness committee to address all aspects of students’ health across the school environment.

“The goal was to create a culture of health but in a way that did not overburden the staff or administration,” she said. 

Back in September, a research study Martinelli is involved in with fellow nutrition Professor Punam Ohri-Vachaspati was awarded $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to examine factors influencing declines in obesity in some populations in the U.S.

The study uses detailed data about the environments in and around schools, as well as school meal participation data collected from roughly 130 low-income, high-minority public elementary, middle and high schools in four New Jersey cities from school year 2008-09 to school year 2014-15.

Martinelli also participated in the Cooking Up Change initiative, a facet of the Healthy Schools Campaign, which challenges high school students to create recipes that meet school food guidelines and budgets. In her capacity as a mentor and coordinator, she traveled to Washington, D.C. with students to compete nationally and meet with Arizona senators about keeping strong school food policies in place.

The second year of the contest, students Martinelli mentored at Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix placed third in the national competition. She is currently working to expand the program statewide for the 2018–2019 school year.

“The best way to improve our health as a nation is to help people learn to adopt a healthy lifestyle before they get sick,” she said. “We all know that it is very difficult to change health behavior once we have established habits. I see the healthier school lunch guidelines as a chance to raise a generation of students who enjoy healthy foods — a generation that does not have to unlearn bad habits.

“I also believe that school lunch is an equity issue. For some students, this is their only reliable meal of the day … Those kids deserve to have access to a healthy well balanced meal.”

 
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Outstanding ASU graduates ready to embark on next journey

December 7, 2017

Here's a look at some of the university's outstanding fall 2017 graduates

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Arizona Baskin

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Tia Anderson

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Madisyn Forst

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Graciela Alvarez

ASU therapeutic recreation grad found calling to help others

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Quin Patterson

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Robert Rowley

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Emily Carney

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Alexandra Birch

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Martine Garcia

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Mayra Causor

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Sarah Harris

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Tiffany Spicer

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Marc Sepulveda

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Sarah Knapp

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Scott Brazelton

ASU student finishes degree from over 7,000 miles away

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Chris Gisriel

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Victoria Baugh

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Shaun Collins

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Meng Wei

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Alina Thomas

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Christian Hansen

ASU Online grad gratified that he could care for his mom while studying

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Naji Obaid

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Jasmine Spearing-Bowen

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Brittany Panzer

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Kyle Mohr

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Louis Schoettle

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Sarina Guerra

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Caite Buntin

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Andres Chagolla III

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