Once upon a time, eggs were considered a “breakfast food”: a hearty, healthy way to start your morning. These days, eggs have kicked the clock to the curb and come out of their collective shell as a delicious, nutritious and endlessly versatile solution for meals or snacks—morning, noon or night. Here are five reasons—and 10 recipes—proving that eggs have earned their rep as the perfect family-friendly food for any style, any budget and any time of the day.
Eggs provide wholesome nutrition
“Small but mighty” is the perfect way to describe eggs: They contain an array of good-for-you vitamins and minerals that support children’s growth and development. Eggs provide vitamins A, B, D, E, as well as iron, lutein (to support eye health), folate (beneficial for pregnant women) and choline (important for cognitive development in children). Throw in eggs’ built-in healthy fats and you’ve got a nutritional powerhouse that fits in the palm of your hand.
Eggs are school-lunch solvers
If you’re looking for an easy solution for school lunches that provides a protein boost, look no further than eggs. Including a source of protein, like eggs, in school lunches can help keep children feeling full throughout the day, sustaining their energy levels and helping them to focus and concentrate longer. Eggs are easily portable—and they keep well in school lunchboxes, too. Tip: Make a big batch of hard-boiled eggs on a Sunday to pack take-along protein into a week’s worth of lunches.
Eggs are versatile
When it comes to preparing eggs, the possibilities are virtually endless. Whether hard-boiled, sunny-side-up, scrambled, or mixed into everything from dinner and lunch to dessert. Eggs can also be a culinary blank canvas for all kinds of creative add-ins—from colourful veggies to exotic herbs and spices—so you can dress up scrambled eggs with different toppings for each of your kids, or create omelette magic by switching up ingredients to easily please your family’s diverse (and sometimes finicky) palates.
Eggs are (over-)easy
Not only are eggs super easy to source, they’re easy to store, easy on your wallet and, best of all, incredibly easy to prepare. Busy parents can say goodbye to spending hours in the kitchen struggling with complex recipes, and say hello to eggs, which couldn’t be faster or easier to get from your fridge to your plate. Plus, they make feeding your family super-simple: Eggs can be the main course at any meal, and enjoying “breakfast for dinner” is always a crowd-pleaser.
Eggs are good for babies
Eggs take centre stage when it’s time to introduce your baby to solid foods. Health Canada guidelines recommend introducing whole (fully cooked) eggs starting at six months of age (or when your baby begins eating solids) as a simple, practical way of adding protein, iron and essential nutrients to your growing baby’s diet. And there are many tasty recipes specifically geared toward babies you can try!
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