Whole Green Love | Monthly Archive | June

27 Jun

Eggs are one of those perfectly created foods that not only taste great, but are an easy, healthy, and nutrient dense real food source. Over the years they have gotten a bad rap as being unhealthy and have had an ongoing love-hate relationship in the American diet.  I find it funny that we can label something that is naturally occurring in nature as bad, but then humans go and create numerous processed “health foods” and would suggest they are better for you than a lovely, perfectly created pastured hen egg.

Why are pastured eggs better?

I think it is safe to say it’s better to eat foods the way nature intended. Pastured chickens are given the freedom to roam happily around grass or a “pastured area of land”. They get to basque in the sun and forage on insects, larvae, worms, seeds, grass – you name it! Chickens who have been raised in this way produce a nutritionally healthier egg that both looks and tastes better than conventionally produced eggs. The better the building blocks, the better the end product. It’s as simple as that.

Familiarize yourself with the terms used in grocery store eggs if that is where you are buying them. What is stated on the packaging can be misleading, so be aware of some of those common misconceptions.

What are the health benefits of pastured eggs?

They are loaded with carotenoids, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Not only are gorgeously golden yolks full of these kinds of fat-soluble antioxidants, but they are more readily available for your body to use than those found in other vegetables, corn, or even supplements.

Carotenoids are noted for prevention of macular degeneration, cataracts, and overall vision health. They also aid in protecting the skin from sun damage and may even lower ones risk for both colon and breast cancer.

Eggs are a complete protein source, containing all 9 protein-building amino acids. By consuming one egg you get roughly 6-7 grams of protein and about 5 grams of fat. The fat comes in handy to help your body better absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins within it.

One egg contains about 200 milligrams of brain boosting cholesterol, along with all of these valuable nutrients: Vitamins A, K, E, D, B-complex and minerals iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and choline.

Choline is a fatty substance found in the lovely orange yolks. Choline resides in every living cell within the human body and is highly prevalent within the brain. One egg has about 300 micrograms of choline that helps with regulation of the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.

Choline is a crusader within the body that helps break up cholesterol deposits and can aid in the prevention of fat and cholesterol sticking in the arteries.

What are easy ways to add more eggs into your meal planning?

Smoothies and Shakes

Custard

Pudding such as tapioca and bread/rice etc.

Egg bakes such as quiche or stratas

Hard boiled

Fried eggs or omelets

Ice cream

French toast

Béarnaise sauce

Hollandaise sauce

Deviled eggs

Egg drop soup

Do you have any favorite recipes or ways that you incorporate eggs into your meals or snacks?