We continue to embrace a more holistic and basic approach to diet with an emphasis on unprocessed nutrient-rich foods, and eggs are a staple that quickly rise to the occasion. Eggs offer up some of the highest quality protein along with many important nutrients, all within a low-calorie package. From extremely versatile to strikingly divine, eggs are a key ingredient in many delicious recipes and yet, for many, a basic household essential. They are an example of a food that can stand alone and conveniently come packed in their own “wrapper”.
Here are 12 egg-stra-ordinary reasons to put eggs at the top of your grocery list:
- Eggs are one of the highest quality protein sources. Protein is essential to good health and promotes healthy energy and satiety levels.
- Eggs are an excellent choice for any meal or snack. Whether it be poached for breakfast, a wrap for lunch, a frittata for dinner or a simple hard boiled egg for a snack any time of day, eggs offer excellent protein and nutrition.
- Eggs are extremely versatile: they can be used in combination with other protein choices or stand on their own as a complete protein. Eggs act as essential thickeners and emulsifiers, making them a common key ingredient in many recipes.
- Eggs are packed with nutrition including iron, vitamin B12 and folic acid. These minerals and vitamins are essential to good health, energy and disease prevention.
- Eggs offer up choline, which is an important nutrient that supports brain function and development.
- Eggs support your eye health, providing the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
- Eggs pair well with veggies, offering a convenient medium to pack more nutrient and fibre-rich veggies into your diet. Recipes include salads, wraps, omelettes, and frittatas, to name a popular few.
- Eggs are packed in their own convenient package. Hard boiled eggs can last 5 days in the fridge and are conveniently portable in their own hard shell.
- A large egg provides a little more than 6 grams of high quality protein in a small 70 calorie serving. That’s a good protein for a small caloric price!
- The egg white of a large egg offers 3.5 grams of protein in a tiny 17 calorie package. Egg whites can be combined with whole eggs or used on their own in many recipes and meals as a high quality protein choice offering minimal fat and calories.
- Eggs are typically fan food for many kids. Packed with protein, iron and many important vitamins, eggs are often well liked by kids.
- Eggs are easy – scrambling up a few eggs, boiling eggs, or making a delicious omelette all involve just minutes of preparation and offer a creative platform for many healthy tasty meals.
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