Friday, October 9th is celebrated as World Egg Day. Today, we all celebrate the humble, yet incredible egg!
As an egg farmer this is, of course, my favourite day of the year! This year, I present you with a dozen reasons why eggs deserve 👏
🍳Complete Protein – Eggs are the most complete type of protein available! Two large eggs contain 13g of protein, which is important for building and maintaining muscle, fighting infections, and growing strong hair and nails. The egg yolk contains almost as much protein as the egg white. The protein content of the white compared to the yolk is very similar, so eat the whole egg for complete protein benefits!
🍳Real Food – Eggs are a real food. They are unprocessed and come in their original (and beautiful) packaging.
🍳Budget friendly – Eggs fit in everyone’s fridge and budget as they are the cheapest and most readily available source of animal protein.
🍳All Day Food – You can eat eggs all day long! Eggs are easy to add to meals, you can have them for lunch and dinner and try out dishes from around the world like Israeli Shakshuka or Greek Avgolemono.
🍳Local Food – Eggs are produced locally! In Alberta, 177 egg farmers are dedicated to bringing Albertans fresh and high-quality eggs at markets, grocery stores and farms across the province.
🍳Egg-cellent Vision – Eggs support healthy vision. They contain lutein which maintains good vision and may help reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
🍳Meals in Minute – Eggs are quick and easy to prepare and cook. I love adding them to salads or making a quick breakfast by microwaving eggs for homemade egg sandwiches. Check out this easy-to-make breakfast “The Challenge”!
🍳Community Champion – Eggs help support the community! Across the province, egg farmers donate $15,000 worth of eggs yearly to local food banks, and $10,000 worth of Eggs to Breakfast Clubs of Canada for students to start their day with full tummies. This year with the COVID-19 pandemic, egg farmers alongside Burnbrae farms donated $6000 worth of eggs, and over 50 free meals were donated to frontline workers. Nationally, Canadian eggs farmers support an orphanage and surrounding in eSwatini.
🍳Variety and Choice – Eggs are always available, whether it be brown and white eggs, free-run, omega-3 enhanced (with flax), organic, free-range, pasteurized whole egg and egg whites. Besides constant egg stock, there are more egg options at the grocery stores to satisfy your family.
🍳Healthy Lifestyle – Eggs can aid in weight loss and help maintain a healthy weight. Studies have shown that protein (in moderation, of course) can keep the metabolism moving along quickly, energy levels high, and keep you fuller for longer: all factors in weight control.
🍳Want an Energy Boost? – Hard boiled eggs are my secret to controlling those late-afternoon cravings. I boil up a batch of eggs with my InstantPot once or twice a week and have them ready-to-go for snacks, either at home or on the road.
🍳Cute Factor – Eggs come from chickens. Chickens are cute! End of story 😊
🍳Bonus Baker’s Dozen – Eggs play an important role in everything from cakes and cookies to meringues and pastry cream — they create structure and stability within a batter, they help thicken and emulsify sauces and custards, they add moisture to cakes and other baked goods, and can even act as glue or glaze.
While this definitely isn’t an exhaustive list, these are some of the reasons why I love to be an egg farmer and supply eggs to families in Alberta.
Grab a dozen eggs and celebrate World Egg Day with your favorite recipe! For ideas, check out the recipe section on the Egg Farmers of Alberta website