Being a vegetarian, I am very careful to make sure that I am always making sure to get enough protein in my diet. One way I do this is by eating fish (which I know makes me not the strictest of vegetarians). The other is by having eggs as a regular part of my diet.
Eggs are a low-cost, low-calorie way to get protein and other health benefits. But not all eggs are the same. According to Mother Earth News, who have conducted egg nutrient tests, “eggs from hens raised on pasture, as compared to those commercially raised factory farm eggs, contain: 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, 7 times more beta carotene and 4 to 6 times as much vitamin D.”
While you certainly can purchase organic, certified humane, cage free eggs at the grocery store, it is no surprise that we encourage you to look further (and closer) to some local farms in your area that offers eggs. That way, you can know first hand where your eggs are coming from!
Need recipe ideas? Here are just a few of our favorite things to do with eggs.
- Sweet Potato & Zucchini Frittata
- Mama’s Frittata
- Easy Cheesy Frittata
- Local Eggs Florentine
- Asparagus & Eggs Any Time of Day
- Egg & Tomato Cups
- Farm Stand Crustless Quiche
- Cottage Cheese Pancakes
Note: You may be looking at the photo above and wonder why we have a selection of rainbow colored eggs. The local place we get our eggs has a few Araucana hens… that lay blue and green eggs!