Every mom needs a secret weapon in her kitchen: for some, it’s a Vitamix blender, for others, it’s grandma’s homemade cold remedy, but a mom’s best friend isn’t expensive or secret; it’s eggs. They are rich in a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients, are a low-calorie source of protein, and are also full of minerals like zinc, iron, and phosphorus. Coupled with some dairy and powerful vegetables like dark leafy greens, eggs can keep your family fed and healthy without forcing you to spend hours over the stove.
Weight Loss Food
With child obesity on the rise across North America, parents are paying more and more attention to what kinds of foods their children eat (and what they themselves are having for dinner). One of the great things about eggs is that they are a filling protein with low calories, meaning you can eat less and still feel full. By comparison, sugars, refined grains, and a number of “fat-free” foods add calories without the satiating feeling, often encouraging people to eat more than they otherwise would.
Quick and Easy Meals
Quick and easy cooking does not have to mean grabbing the phone for pizza delivery or dinner out of a box when you have a few fresh vegetables, some meat or dairy, and a carton of eggs. You can find dozens of amazing breakfast, dinner, lunch, and dessert ideas at Getcracking.ca/recipes that use common household ingredients and take under an hour or less. They’re easy to use, they’re always affordable, and you can get high-quality eggs at any supermarket in Ontario. Thanks to initiatives from the Egg Farmers of Ontario, all egg farmers in the province adhere to health and safety measures that guarantee the eggs you buy from the supermarket are Grade A and produced on family farms.
For years, healthy eaters were discouraged from these these easy-to-cook protein sources because of their cholesterol count, and many protein-focused diets encouraged people to eat the whites without the yolks. Newer research, however, has debunked the blood cholesterol myth. As it turns out, yolks are a source of HDL (high-density lipoprotein), a good cholesterol, and that eating eggs daily does not increase blood cholesterol in most people.
Eat Your Omega-3s
There’s a direct link between the feed a hen eats and the nutritional value of what she lays. Understanding this correlation was how Dr. Jeong Sim created the Omega-3 enriched egg, along with contributions from organizations dedicated to quality standards and research and development like Egg Farmers of Ontario. Omega-3s are known to reduce the risk of heart disease and you can easily add them to your diet by buying Omega-3 enriched eggs at your supermarket. The nutrient is added by changing the hen’s diet by including increased flax seed oil, an important source of the fatty acid. Thanks to the addition of Omega-3s, eggs are a healthier option than they ever have been, and they’re just as affordable and easy to use. Make sure your fridge is stocked with this super food the next time you go to the supermarket.