Monday, August 1, 2011

Healthy Homemaking Series: A Good Egg

Baby Step 7: A Good Egg

Challenge: Consider buying a higher quality of eggs than you are.

Why: Eggs are considered to be one of the most nutritionally dense foods out there, but you're not going to be getting all that goodness from factory farmed eggs.  These eggs are from hens living in poor conditions receiving antibiotics and low quality nourishment. These account for an estimated 98% of Canada's eggs.  Free range chickens with the ability to roam and eat a healthful, natural diet produce far superior eggs.  They contain higher omega 3 concentrations, more vitamins A, E, and beta-carotene, and are usually free of toxins.

How:  Brad and I looked around for free range eggs at the regular grocery stores and health food stores.  The most economical option had been from Nature's Fare Market.  Recently though we just discovered at the farmer's market even better priced farm fresh, free range eggs from unmedicated hens that are local to top it all off.  Needless to say, we were excited.

Meadowlark Farm eggs from the farmer's market.

The first time I cracked open a free range egg, I was surprised.  The egg shell was nice and strong.  After breaking it into the pan, I saw that it contained a beaming, bright orange egg yolk which was firm and plump.  I looked into this and found out that the healthier the chicken (in terms of environment and diet), the brighter the yolk will be.  This in turn means that the brighter the yolk, the higher quality and more nutritious the egg will be for us.  Most people said they find they taste better as well, which I can attest to.

Just look at these bright, delicious, healthful scrambled eggs I had for breakfast.

What type of eggs do you buy?

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