I’ll let you in on a little secret: I HATE eggs! Yes, hate them! Hate the texture, hate the smell; hate the taste. BUT, I eat them anyway. Why? They make you smarter. They make kids smarter. And science says so.
In the movie, “Julie & Julia,” (about the girl that takes Julia Child’s cookbook and cooks/bakes every recipe in the book in one year) Julie says that when she tried an egg for the first time, she thought they were wonderful; they had an amazing taste and texture, and she loved them.
“Yum,” she said.
“Yuck!” I said.
But, here’s the rub—eggs contain so many important vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, they are considered a superfood. So, whether you like them or not, find creative ways for you and your kids to eat them (and not just in cookies and cakes). Eat them every week.
And—eat the whole egg and not just the whites. The yolk is where 90% of the nutrients are.
Here are half-dozen reasons why we all need eggs—and I added a 7th for good measure:
#1: Eggs are Full of Protein.
Eggs have 6 grams of high-quality protein. Egg protein will help your child concentrate and focus better and will give his/her sustained energy for several hours afterward. Because of this, they are an excellent breakfast food for kids.
#2: Eggs are Rich in Choline.
Eggs are called “brain food” because of choline, an essential vitamin-like nutrient, helps to develop the brain and enhances memory. Some studies show that 90% of Americans do not get enough choline in their diets. If you want smarter kids with better functioning brains—that’s right—feed them eggs.
#3: Eggs are Gluten-free.
Many kids and adults today have gluten sensitivities. If you or your kids need a gluten-free diet—you can still eat eggs.
#4: Eggs contain vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 supplies energy, protects the brain, and improves mood. It is not easily absorbed, especially in pill-form. Eating foods that contain vitamin B12 is the best way to absorb this vital nutrient.
#5: Eggs have 9 Essential Amino Acids.
Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. “Essential” meaning the body can’t make them and we have to get them from food. Amazingly, eggs have all nine of these essential amino acids.
#6: Eggs are High in Cholesterol.
A single egg contains 212 mg of cholesterol, which is over half of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg. Keep in mind that cholesterol in the diet doesn’t necessarily raise cholesterol in the blood. And 70% of the people who eat eggs do not see a rise in their cholesterol—at all.
#7: Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
These two carotenoids are antioxidants that contribute to eye health. They counteract some of the degenerative processes that can affect our eyes as we age such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Eat the yolk, since this is where most of these antioxidants are found.
Bottom line: Eggs are a perfect food. Make them your friends. Try different ways of fixing them so they are palatable to your taste buds. And take note of how you feel after you and your kids eat eggs. Most people notice an increase in energy, a feeling of satiety, (feeling full but not uncomfortable), and mental clarity.
Not bad for 77 calories!
One more thing: Where to Purchase Your Eggs.
Living in Los Angeles has its benefits (traffic is not one of them). They have amazing Farmer’s Markets. We went to the Torrance Farmer’s Market every week for 40 years before we moved. We purchased our eggs directly from a farmer who raised free-range chickens. This means he allowed the chickens to freely roam around the yard and peck at food, as opposed to keeping them cooped up in a chicken coop (no pun intended).
As a result, they were happy chickens. And happy chickens produce healthy eggs that have deep orange yolks (as opposed to most egg yolks that look anemic yellow).
Suggestion: If you don’t have a Farmer’s Market where you live, try to find someone who raises chickens and sells the eggs. If you don’t have a farmer nearby, check out:
or other specialty stores in your area
Ask for free-range eggs. Look at the yolks, compare them to other egg brands and try to get them as dark yellow or orange as possible.
A Favorite Recipe with Eggs
Here’s one my kids’ favorite recipes that contain six eggs. But first, an explanation of where I got this recipe (no it’s not an original, darn!).
Do any of you have recipe books that you purchased 100 years ago, that are falling apart, but you don’t want to throw them away because your family’s favorite recipes are in those crumbling pages?
Well, this is one of those recipes.
The cookbook is titled, “Marlene Sorosky’s Cookery for Entertaining;” copyright 1979. Although out of print, her recipes are amazing. I took cooking classes from Marlene in Sherman Oaks, California for many years and I own most of her cookbooks (you can find them “used” on Amazon).
Our family favorite: “Apple Puffed Pancake.”
Here is the recipe and I hope it becomes one of your family’s favorites! If you will notice, it has six eggs and very little sugar. (I’ve added some extra tips).
Apple Puff Pancake by Marlene Sorosky
- 6 eggs
- 1½ cups milk
- 1 cup flour (I would suggest using Wheat Montana flour—it’s an organic flour—get it at Walmart)
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (I use more like 1 teaspoon)
- ¼ pound (or 1 stick) of butter (don’t use margarine—it clogs your arteries)
- 2 apples, peeled and thinly sliced (we like apples so I use 3-4 Granny Smith apples)
- 2-3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a blender or large bowl, mix eggs, milk, flour, granulated sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon until blended. If using a mixer, the batter will be slightly lumpy.
- Melt the butter in a 12-inch fluted porcelain quiche dish or a 9×13” baking dish in the oven. (I use a 9×13 pan).
- Add apple slices to the baking dish.
- Return to oven until the butter sizzles. Do not let the butter get brown
- Remove dish from oven and immediately pour batter over the apples.
- Sprinkle with brown sugar
- Bake in the middle of the pan for 20 minutes or until puffed and brown
- Serve immediately. Serves 6-8.
So, there’s the scoop on eggs. Add them to your diets and your kids’ diets and watch their brains soar!
Last, do you have any great egg recipes to share? Please comment below–I’m ready to try some new egg recipes!