A few weeks back I was up at the crack of dawn and made my way down to Parade Square for the #wakeuptoyellow event with the Egg Farmers of Canada! In an attempt to spread the goodness of fresh, local, high-quality eggs through a pop-up farmers market! They had the tunes going, and served hungry Haligonians Breakfast Sandwiches, Egg Muffins, and Burritos as they made their way to work.
Not only did the Egg Farmers feed hungry Haligonians a delicious hot breakfast (trust me I had a few of those sandwiches myself) they also handed out sunny yellow flowers and brightly colored cooking utensils!
Who wouldn’t want beautiful flowers and free hot breakfast? Everyone was all smiles, and it just so fun to be a part of it! When I was in high school I initiated a breakfast program in my school and I instantly fell back into my old role of making sure everyone was happy and fed.
Local farmers were on site to answer any questions, and Suzi (friend and fellow blogger at Confessions of a Fitness Instructor) and I got to interview a lovely gentleman from the valley, and we worked to dispell the misinformation surrounding the health benefits of eggs. Catch the video below!
Eggs definitely got a bad rap in the 80s, and somehow this misinformations still sticks around; however, the latest research shows that healthy adults can enjoy an egg every day without increasing their risk of heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, lutein found in egg yolks also protects against the progress of early heart disease.
Rich in vitamin A, Iron, and a great source of protein, Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein. Eggs contain all 9 essential amino acids; amino acids are considered the “building blocks for the body” because they help form protein. One of nature’s most nutritious food, one large egg only contains 70 calories.
You’ll be happy to know that none of the farmers we spoke with used steroids or hormones, and in fact, they mentioned that consumers should be looking for eggs that contain omega 3s.
Omega-3 eggs are produced by feeding hens a diet containing flaxseed, a known source of omega-3. Flaxseed naturally contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based type of omega-3 fatty acid.
Omega-3s are a type of polyunsaturated fat (healthy fat), known to help protect your heart, brain, and eyes and skin. They are essential for good health, but our bodies don’t naturally produce them, which is why we have to supplement with foods such as salmon, certain types of oils and nuts, and omega-3 eggs!
Y’all know I love me some nutritional education! Most of you know that I used to teach junior and senior high school and built my own full nutritional units, so you can imagine my excitement to participate in such an event. For a plethora of egg recipes go here.
Thanks so much for having me at the #wakeuptoyellow event! I had so much fun!
This post was sponsored by Egg Farmers of Canada; however, all opinions expressed are my own.