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Eat Eggs for Easter
What better time of the year to eat eggs than for Easter? Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. Bring on the eggs!
Not too long ago eggs were shunned because we thought they were bad for the heart. But medicine and research has evolved and we now know that eggs are not so bad--and in fact they are quite good! Read more here about the egg and cholesterol myth.
Eggs are good for:
- Weight management: The protein in eggs helps to keep you satisfied and research studies show that eggs eaten that the start of the day help to reduce daily caloric intake for the day.
- Eye health: Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which may help reduce risk of cataracts and age related macular degeneration.
- Pregnancy: Eggs contain choline which helps prevent birth defects as well as promotes brain and memory development in infants. The protein, iron, and folic acid are also great for pregnant women!
- Muscle repair: The protein and 13 essential nutrients that eggs contain are vital to building and repairing muscles and tissues.
- Brain function: Choline is good for brains of any age, and eggs are one of the best sources!
Plan on a strata or quiche for your Easter Brunch, and make sure you have the ever-popular Deviled Eggs!
Did you know (facts courtesy of www.incredibleegg.org)?
- Yolk color depends on the plant pigments in the hens’ feed. Natural yellow-orange substances, such as marigold petals, may be added to light-colored feed to enhance color. Artificial colors are not permitted.
- Most eggs are laid between 7 and 11 a.m. A hen requires about 24 to 26 hours to produce an egg. After the egg is laid, the hen starts all over again about 30 minutes later.
- You can scramble, fry and poach eggs in the microwave. But you can’t cook an egg in its shell in the microwave. The steam builds up so rapidly that the egg can’t ‘exhale’ it fast enough and the egg may explode.
- To ‘go green’, you can dye all-natural eggs with natural things from the kitchen. You can use fruits, vegetables and their peels and juices, herbs and spices and even coffee to decorate your Easter eggs. If you have a garden, you can put eggshells in your compost