Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Strong4Life Egg-Cellent Ideas for a Healthy Easter Breakfast

  

EGG-CELLENT EGGS!

From chocolate to marshmallow to jelly to the real thing, nothing says Easter time (and springtime!) like eggs. But unlike their candy counterparts, real eggs are packed with high-quality protein, more than a dozen vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants. They’re also super budget-friendly—just 17 cents each—feeding a family of four for about $1.36.

At Strong4Life, we’re egg-cited about real eggs, from their powerful proteins to their vital vitamins to their cheap cost. Eggs are great for breakfast, but they’re also egg-stra versatile. From lunch, to dinner, to snacks, these little protein powerhouses can make their way to your family’s menu and they’ll be scrambling for more! 
 
Children’sHealthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life dietitians hatched the following ways for you to serve eggs to your own little chicks, so let’s get crackin’!

  • Add leftover or Frozen Chopped Veggies to Omelets
Our favorite mix-ins are spinach, broccoli, bell peppers and mushrooms.
Tip: Let kids choose their own mix-ins and they’ll be scrambling to the table!

  • Make it Mexican!
Create a burrito, taco or quesadilla with scrambled eggs, salsa and a whole-wheat tortilla.
Tip: Add shredded cheese after cooking for a good dairy boost.

  • Hard-boiled Snacks
Add hard-boiled eggs to your salad or serve with fruit as a snack.
Tip: Hard-boiled eggs pack a quick and easy pick-me-up in kids’ lunches.

  • Brinner”
Egg-cite your kids by serving eggs for "brinner" (breakfast for dinner)!
Tip: Thanks to their protein, eggs keep us feeling full and energized, no matter when we eat them...breakfast, lunch, snack or “brinner!”

  • Get creative!
Give kids some cooked eggs, sliced vegetables, 100% whole wheat toast and a few cookie cutters. Then step back and let them create their own edible masterpiece!
Tip: When kids have fun custom-making their own nutritious food, they’re more likely to gobble it up.

  • Microwave
Short on time? Microwave eggs in seconds. Coat a microwave-safe coffee mug or small bowl with cooking spray. Add 2 eggs and about 2 Tbsp. low-fat milk. Beat until blended. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir, and microwave another 30-45 seconds. Done!
Tip: Add a slice of deli ham to cooked eggs for even more protein.

 

**SAFETY NOTES**
  • Uncooked eggs may contain bacteria, like salmonella, that can make you sick. Be sure to store eggs in the fridge and cook them all the way through before serving.
Tips: Never serve kids eggs with runny yolks, like sunny side up.

  • If you plan to eat your decorated Easter eggs, use food safe methods (like natural dyes, or stickers), and don’t eat eggs that have been out of the fridge for more than two hours.
For more nutrition tips visit the HealthyEating section on Strong4Life.com.
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