Now that the holidays are over, we’re all feeling the effects of going overboard on eating the junk foods of the holidays. I admire anyone that can stay in control over the holidays, but I’m not one of them.

So now it’s time to get back in shape. And I’m beginning by making the small changes in my diet that are simple to do but add up to big health benefits.

Substituting egg whites for whole eggs is one way to save on fat, calories, and cholesterol in your diet.  But Egg Beaters, the most well-known commercial product, are expensive.

Here’s a simple and frugal recipe to make your own.

Homemade Egg Beaters/ Egg Substitute

Mix together in a blender:

  • 1 dozen egg whites
  • 6 tsp. canola oil
  • 8 tbsp. powdered dry milk
  • 8 or 10 drops yellow food color (optional)

Blend until thoroughly mixed. Keep in a refrigerator, or freeze in individual portions. (How to freeze eggs)

Makes about three cups of Egg Beaters, with 1/4 cup equaling 1 egg. These eggs can be used for baking, scrambled eggs, and other cooked recipes.

Can be frozen until ready to use.

How to Separate an Egg


You will only need the egg white portion of each egg. You may use an egg separator if you have one to accomplish this step, or you may use the egg shell by doing the following:

  1. Have a small bowl in front of you.
  2. Crack one egg near the middle of the shell.
  3. Break the shell in two halves over the small bowl, tilting to one side to allow the yolk to remain in one half.
  4. Allow the egg white to fall into the bowl, while keeping the egg yolk in one half of the shell.
  5. Empty any egg white from the half of the shell that does not contain the egg yolk into the small bowl.
  6. Transfer the egg yolk into the empty shell, being careful to transfer only the yolk. Allow any egg white to fall into the bowl.
  7. Continue transferring the yolk back and forth between the two egg shell halves until all of the egg white has fallen into the bowl.

If any egg shell pieces get into the bowl, use the empty half of the eggshell to scoop out the broken bits. This works much better than using your finger or a spoon.