Eggs at Easter

April 1, 2010 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

After hard boiling your eggs, mark them with a smiley face to identify the hardboiled ones and to make them happy eggs!

For some of us, it is time to celebrate Easter. You would think that Easter had to do with bunnies and chocolate eggs, and although I don’t generally need an excuse to eat chocolate, Easter sure gives us all that excuse.

Chocolate eggs are definitely an Easter treat, as well as bunnies and various cartoon characters immortalized in chocolate, but I would not introduce chocolate to your child until she is at least 2 years old.  Some people think I am a bit of a spoil sport in this regard, but I honestly don’t think that children need candy at such a young age.  There is no nutritional value to chocolate or candy. They think that fruit is sweet, they have enough energy as it is, why introduce something that is nutritionally void?

What about the Easter Egg hunt? The Easter Egg hunt is fun for little kids, looking under furniture for brightly covered eggs should not be eliminated from your Easter traditions.  Now at craft and dollar stores, you can find empty plastic eggs that open in two.  Fill these eggs with coins, small toys or fruit treats like Sun Rype’s Fruit To Go Fun Bites.   I really like these treats, they are 100% fruit, there are no funky chemicals in them and they are easy to find at most grocery stores.

What about eggs in general?

For babies, whole eggs should not be introduced until they are one-year old.  Egg yolks can be served at ten months, but do not introduce the whites until your baby is one-year old.

Eggs are really good for us.  Brown eggs and white eggs are essentially the same nutritionally, they just come from different breeds of chickens. Eggs are an excellent source of B vitamins, which give us energy and make us feel good. They are a source of high-quality protein and they do not increase cholesterol levels, in fact they have been shown to reduce it.   Once a child is one year old, and for all adults, I recommend eating WHOLE EGGS.  Eating just the whites means that we are missing out on the healthy nutrition held in the yolks, as well as the flavour.

Here is a fun recipe I posted in the past that showcase the amazing egg: Egg Rolls! (not what you think they are!)

Buy eggs from free-range or organically raised chickens.  Chickens that are allowed to walk free are healthier and the healthier the chicken, the healthier the eggs.  Any chemical pesticides, antibiotics or hormones that the chickens are subjected to will come through the eggs and onto your family breakfast plate.

Omega 3 eggs are all over the place now.  The chickens that produce these eggs are fed food which increases their Omega 3 content. I am cautious about adding Omega 3 foods to the diet of chickens, if it is not naturally a part of their diet. You can buy Omega 3 eggs if you want, but you should focus on getting Omega 3s from fish, flaxseeds, hempseeds and walnuts.

Blog of the Month:  Darya Pino has some great recipes and is focused on local eating; I found that her article “How to make eggs taste as good as bacon” was an amazing article outlining the health of eggs.  They are GOOD FOR YOU!


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