E is for Eggs…
Eggs are a complete protein food, with each egg containing about 6 grams of protein. Proteins are very important in helping your muscles grow, as well as helping cells generate. They are also are an excellent source of vitamin D which is great for keeping bones healthy and strong.
Eggs also help the growth of hair and nails as they have nine essential amino acids which are great at stimulating this healthy growth. They also contain the right balance of saturated and unsaturated fats which make it an excellent snack.
Eggs are also great for your eyes and brain! They contain two antioxidants which help reduce eye disease, and the Omega 3 found inside them benefits early brain development and cognitive memory. Regular consumption of eggs can help delay the onset of arthritis and heart diseases as kids grow up.
The yolk of the egg is where the majority of protein and other nutrients can be found. Also, it’s best to always try and choose eggs that are free range or organic.
An egg a day can be a good part of a balanced diet, but more than that could introduce the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke. The best way is to feed your kid with a combination of foods to ensure that that they are getting all the nutrients they need, instead of limiting yourself to just one type of food.
We use lots of eggs in our recipes at kidslove2cook but usually have them for breakfast, here are some of our favourite combinations...
soft boiled eggs with marmite soldiers
poached eggs with smoked salmon on brown seeded bread and avocado
poached eggs on a bed of mashed avocado and vine tomatoes
hard boiled eggs with baby spinach / smoked salmon - ready to go pots for the school run
omelettes - plain, cheddar cheese, ham, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers and many more
scrambled eggs on its own or with avocado, smoked salmon, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and other variations