This weekend, as many children wait in anticipation of an Easter egg hunt, you may be on the hunt for healthy egg recipes to serve your family and friends.
The centre of a chocolate egg may lead a child to a plastic toy that will be discarded in about 15 seconds, but cracking open a chicken egg reveals all kinds of longer lasting benefits.Eggs are loaded with nutrition. The whites are a great source of protein and egg yolks contain a big assortment of vitamins and minerals, many of which are present in significant amounts (including vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin B12, selenium and pantothenic acid).
In addition to being nutritional powerhouses, eggs are delicious. They're packed with flavour on their own but also make a great base for other flavours and can be quickly transformed into an endless variety of dishes. The fact that they are relatively inexpensive is a serious bonus.
Eggs and Heart Health
If you're an otherwise healthy adult, you can eat an egg a day (on average) without increasing your risk of heart disease. If you have high cholesterol, diabetes or heart disease, stick to 2 eggs or 2 yolks a week (the yolk contains the cholesterol - egg whites can be eaten as you wish).
Celebrate eggs with these 5 recipe ideas that are great for breakfast, lunch or dinner:
- Serve up a basket of naturally coloured boiled eggs
- Classic poached eggs - try my recipe on a whole grain english muffin with avocado, tomato and cheese
- Easy bake cheese stratas
- Eat your greens frittata - try them in mini muffin tins
- Greek style couscous and egg wrap
If you have a favourite egg recipe, why not showcase your eggspertise? Make a short video of you and your children creating it together and enter the fifth annual 2014 Better Together Hands-on Cook-off Contest.