Egg Fun and Egg Health this Easter

 

The scientific community has gone back and forth about the healthy vs. unhealthy aspects of eggs, but after 25 years of prolonged research and study, it is now evident that eggs are not the cholesterol-raising “bad eggs” we once thought.   It’s actually saturated fats that have a much greater impact on blood cholesterol.

 

Eggs contain the gold standard for protein – the highest biological value for protein available.

 

One egg is only around 70 calories but is packed with 7 grams of high-quality protein, along with iron, lots of vitamins other minerals.

 

Eggs are a powerhouse of important nutrients like lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as choline, which is critical to brain development and function.  Check out this link to the egg’s nutrient profile provided by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrition Database.

 

Safer Easter Egg Coloring

Try these alternatives to standard dyes, for some rich natural colors on your Easter eggs this year:

 

RED/PINK: Cut Beets.  Boil in a small pot of water until the liquid turns a dark, rich pink.  Drain colored water and let cool.

 

BLUE: Red Cabbage Leaves.  With 1 cup of water, boil a few leaves until the water turns a deep blue.  Drain colored water and let cool.

 

GOLD: Turmeric.  Blend 1 heaping tablespoon with ½ cup water, stir to blend.

 

 

To get the most vibrant colors on your eggs using these natural dyes, after boiling, rub the shells with white vinegar and let the eggs sit in the home-made dyes for several minutes.  The longer they sit, the deeper the color.   You can even experiment with other natural colors, using black tea, coffee, grape juice, spinach, paprika and even onion skins.

 

Just be sure to refrigerate your eggs appropriately after coloring them.  The USDA advises throwing out any eggs that have been held at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

 

So this Easter, keep your dye’s safe and keep your eggs in the kitchen for healthy and colorful snacks.   Plant plastic re-usable eggs for outdoor hunts to avoid the risk of cracked eggs absorbing bacteria from the ground or all those little hands that will be running to fill their baskets.