This age old debate can provide discussion for many hours and we have all been through the logic causing us to continue around the circle that has no end.
But thankfully we’re not here to talk about what came first….we’re here to discuss the health benefits that eggs offer you with your family unit.
10 reasons why your child should eat eggs
1. Affordable, versatile, highly nutritious and enjoyed by all ages, eggs are one of the true super foods.
2. Plunket recommends including mashed egg in a babies diet from the age of 7-8 months. Mashed egg is an easy food for a young child to eat and digest, and eggs are also the base of many healthy well balanced meals.
3. As well as offering a range of nutrients, eggs are also a very versatile food that can be used in many different meals to satisfy children as they grow.
4. Protein in egg is called ‘complete protein’ because it contains all the essential amino acids needed for growth, development and health.
5. Eggs are a gold mine of vitamins; including most of the B Vitamins like Folate and Vitamin B12, Vitamin A, D and E.
6. Eggs contain a range of minerals including; Selenium, Iodine, Iron, Zinc and Phosphorous, with each playing an important role in the health and wellbeing of children.
7. The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation supports including up to six eggs a week per person in a healthy family diet.
8. It is important to include both the yolk and white in a child’s diet as they provide different nutrients. Egg white contains only protein, while egg yolk contains all the fat, some protein and most of the vitamins and minerals.
9. Eggs are incorrectly thought to be high in fat, but in reality a large egg contains only about 5 grams of fat and less than half that is saturated fat. The fat in eggs supplies energy and fat-soluble vitamins, both important for growth.
10. Finger food is great for toddlers as they learn to feed themselves and eat larger pieces of food. For many young Kiwis egg and soldiers in the highchair is just about a rite of passage, while chopped hardboiled egg on a platter with carrot sticks, bread soldiers and fruit makes for a healthy lunch or snack.
Eggs for Mums
Don’t overlook the importance of an easy, nutritious food like eggs in the diet of new mothers. Often when you’re tired, busy and body conscious eating can become another hassle. Eggs are the perfect food in this situation.
They can be prepared quickly, easily and in a variety of more adult friendly ways; added to salads, stir fries, toasted sandwiches, and pasta or made into omelettes, quiches, pies and other meals. As they are high in protein, eggs are great nutrition for breast feeding mothers.
Microwave Scrambled Eggs Recipe HERE
Mini Frittatas Recipe HERE
French Toast – Eggy BreadRecipe HERE
Banana PancakesRecipe HERE
Mini Bacon & Egg PiesRecipe HERE