National Egg Month with NestFresh Eggs
Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on earth. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, high quality proteins and good fats. The month of January is national egg month and our family couldn’t be more excited. As a family of 5 we eat quite our share of eggs, sometimes even eating breakfast for dinner. Because we eat so many eggs we decided a long time ago that we would only buy cage free, free range eggs. We only want eggs that are non GMO and that don’t contain hormones or antibiotics hence why we buy NestFresh eggs.
One of my favorite things to make using NestFresh Eggs is Deviled Eggs. Here is a quick and easy recipe to follow.
- 6 hard-boiled eggs
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- Paprika for garnish
- Peel shells off of the hard-boiled eggs and slice in half (lengthwise).
- Using a spoon, gently remove the yolks from the whites and place all the yolks in a small bowl.
- Using a fork, mash the yolks into small pieces.
- Add the mayonnaise, mustard, and relish to the yolks and mix until well combined and creamy.
- Using a spoon, carefully scoop some of the yolk mixture into the white of each egg half. Repeat until all egg whites are filled. Lightly sprinkle with paprika and keep in the fridge until ready to serve. You can also put the yolk mixture into a ziplock baggie, cut off the tip and pipe it into the eggs.
- Eggs contain about 11% of the average daily value of Vitamin D.
- During the winter, because there is less sunlight, consuming Vitamin D through food sources becomes more important.
- Eggs also contain some interesting nutrients not common in other foods like Choline, Lutein and zeaxanthin
- These nutrients are essential for cardiovascular and brain function and protect the eyes by filtering harmful light wavelengths and lowering risk of macular degeneration.
- The average American eats 250 eggs per year, which translates to a total annual consumption of 76.5 billion eggs in the U.S.
- An egg’s shell color doesn’t indicate the quality or nutritional value of an egg, but rather the breed of the hen that laid it.
- Hens with white feathers tend to lay white eggs and hens with red feathers tend to lay brown eggs.
Difference between different types of eggs
Let’s take a look at the different types of eggs. There are:
- Caged Eggs where the hens are in small cages, and sometimes can barely move around.
- Cage-Free Eggs (like NestFresh Eggs) where the Hens have room to roam around large barns, preen in dust baths, and socialize.
- Free-Range: Free-Range means that chickens have some access to the outside world, often for a set amount of time each day.
- Pasture Raised: (Like NestFresh Eggs) where the hens enjoys at least 25 square feet of open farm land, roaming free, eating plants and insects along with commercial feed.