Rainbow-Colored Deviled Eggs

Hatch up a surprise for the whole family. Dyeing Easter eggs this spring just got a whole lot more fun and tasty. My family loves deviled eggs. These are lots of fun to make, too.   [caption id="attachment_5604" align="aligncenter" width="472"] We're all told to "Eat the Rainbow", right? Make the…
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Dietitian's Tip of the Month

5 Reasons To Enjoy (and EAT!) Your Easter Eggs

 

Eggs. Are they healthy or unhealthy? While you may have fallen prey to the belief that eggs are unhealthy or cause heart disease, as a nutritionist, I’m here to help clear up the confusion. Here are five reasons to crack open those colorful eggs this Easter without guilt.

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  1. Protein packed snack. Did you know a single egg contains 6 grams of protein? That’s over 1/3 the amount needed by children ages 4-8 years in the entire day! Despite popular belief that the protein is only found in the egg, nearly half is actually found in the yolk (don’t toss out the yolks, please!). This makes an egg quite comparable to the protein found in one-serving of yogurt, yet at a mere 70 calories, the egg is often found at half of the calories.  Paired with a fiber-rich piece of fruit, this duo makes a snack to power you and your kiddos through the day!
  2. Bone building. It may come as a shock, but egg yolks contain vitamin D, one of the few dietary sources of this disease fighting, bone building and mood boosting nutrient. As vitamin D is one many of us are lacking, it gives all of the more reason to grab an egg.
  3. Brain booster. A single egg provides 125 milligrams of choline, half of the amount your kindergartner needs each day. This micronutrient helps aids memory support and brain function.
  4. Egg-cellent eyesight. Lutein and vitamin A are two essential nutrients for eye health, both of which are found in eggs. Help to maintain your kiddo’s eyesight by serving them eggs, along with other eye friendly foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and leafy greens.
  5. Heart healthy fats. Eggs come with monounsaturated fats and vitamin E, two ingredients key to heart health! If you opt for the eggs with extra omega-3 fats you can feel even better about adding them to your family’s day as omega-3 fats are often lacking in the American diet (also found in fatty fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts).

But wait, what’s the link between eggs and heart health?

The American Heart Association recommends limiting egg yolks to 3-4 per week for those at risk of heart disease, however healthy Americans may happily enjoy an egg a day.

We continue to learn how foods impact our cholesterol levels and disease risk. One thing research is finding is that the types of fat we consume play a bigger role in raising or lowering our cholesterol levels than does the dietary cholesterol we consume (as is found in egg yolks). One long-term study I like to reference is the Framingham Heart Study, though there is also the Harvard Egg Study, in both scientists were unable to link healthy adults dining on one egg each day with the risk of heart disease.

What’s more? Recent research from the USDA found that eggs actually contain 14% less dietary cholesterol than we previously thought.

This certainly helps me feel good about serving reasonable amounts of eggs, including the yolks, to my family. If you feel the need to serve large portions, you can always add extra egg whites to your egg scramble to stretch your meal without having to think twice about the extra cholesterol.

So, go ahead, crack into an egg (or two) and enjoy the beautiful leftovers this Easter! At  less than 15-cents apiece, they’re worthy of a splurge.

Jessica Corwin, MPH, RDN

Ranch Butterflies. The Perfect Way to Celebrate SPRING!

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Cute, creative, AND a veggie included!  This spring snack in a must have at your next Spring gathering! [yumprint-recipe id='48']

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Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake

Looking for a fun and festive way to spruce up your Easter table this holiday? This adorably DELICIOUS bunny cake will fit the bill perfectly and talk about a kid-pleaser!  Though to keep our dietitian-nutritionist happy, be sure to serve…

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Easter Bunny Shaped Pancakes

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Nothing says " Hoppy" Easter like these adorable pancakes! They are a must for your Easter breakfast/ brunch. Regular pancake mix is fine to use or check out our post for "Pinchable Pancake Recipe" on our site. The kids will love them! Equipment Needed: Large mixing bowl • Electric mixer…

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Cinnamon Raisin Sandwiches

Cinnamon Bread

Cinnamon raisin bread is the star of this simple sandwich. Perfect as a simple and sweet lunch or as a breakfast treat on the weekend. Serve it alongside a hardboiled egg or glass of milk to add staying power through…

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Rice Krispies® Treat Easter Baskets

Color jelly beans can be displayed in Rice Krispies® Baskets, an Easter favorite.   [caption id="attachment_5603" align="aligncenter" width="420"] Top this festive dessert with your favorite Easter candies, or simply some plastic grass from the real Easter Baskets![/caption] [yumprint-recipe id='50']
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