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Jump Start Your Day With Eggs: The Breakfast of Champions

Friday, February 18, 2011

Growing up you probably heard the following advice more than once – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. According to the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association this advice is true, especially if your breakfast includes eggs. Many of us skip breakfast because we feel crunched for time, but it is important to remember that breakfast is essential to jump starting our bodies and brains and helps us meet our full potential each day. CEP is here to remind you that eggs are an easy, healthy and fast breakfast choice that will help you stay energized all day.

CEP is a membership organization representing seven family farms throughout the state. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Local egg farmers take great pride in providing eggs to Coloradans. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs.

“Eggs are incredibly nutritious and loaded with essential vitamins and protein geared to keeping our bodies healthy,” said Colorado egg farmer, Terry Tormohlen. “Eggs are also inexpensive and versatile. So they are a variety of ways to incorporate eggs into your daily meals, especially breakfast. The protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy to start the day off right.”

Protein is not the only thing eggs provide. Courtesy of the American Egg Board, below are a dozen reasons why including eggs in your breakfast is the best way to start your day.

Loaded with the good stuff. Eggs are naturally packed with 13 essential nutrients. One large egg contains a mere 70 calories.

Help reduce hunger. Research suggests an egg in breakfast can reduce hunger and help reduce caloric intake, prevent snacking between meals and keep you satisfied longer.

Get essential energy. One egg provides over six grams, or 12 percent of the Recommended Daily Value for protein. The egg’s protein is the highest quality protein of any food.

Eat the yolk. Many of the egg’s nutrients are found in the egg yolk, including choline, folate and vitamin D.

Stay sharp. Eggs contain choline that aids in brain function and is a vital component in transmitting messages from the brain through nerves to the muscle.

Grow your muscles. Protein helps active adults build muscle and encourages muscle tissue repair and growth.

Have a healthy child. Egg yolks contribute nutrients important to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects.

Help out your eyes. Egg yolk contains a high level of lutein which helps in prevention of age-related macular degeneration in the eye.

There are a variety of eggs. Eggs can be white, brown, fertile, cage free, nutritionally enhanced, organic, free range and more. All eggs, no matter what variety, provide the same nutritional content.

Eggs are inexpensive. Eggs cost on average $1 to $2 per dozen (that’s only 15 cents an egg) so they are a cheap, easy way to eat breakfast each morning.

Spice it up. Eggs are a versatile food and pair well with meats and vegetables. Move beyond scrambled, friend, poached and baked eggs and turn eggs into omelets, frittatas, quiches and breakfast casseroles.

For example apple-cinnamon oatmeal with an egg boost is a great twist to traditional oatmeal with the incredible benefits of eggs.

You’ll need:
o 1 Egg
o 1/3 cup milk
o 1 package apples & cinnamon instant oatmeal
o ¼ cup vanilla yogurt

Beat the egg and milk in a 2-cup microwave-safe bowl until blended. Stir in oatmeal. Microwave on high until liquid is absorbed and egg is set, around two minutes; stir. Top with yogurt. Garnish with chopped apples. And enjoy!

For more facts and information about eggs – including more great recipes –please visit the CEP website at coloradoeggproducers.com.
 

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