Egg-cellent

coloredeggs

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.

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!

Posted in Chew On This,Going Local by Rhaya on January 28, 2009 | Permalink | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “Egg-cellent

  1. Suzanne L. says:

    I’m right there with you on the occasional fish-eating, but you can’t really call yourself a vegetarian. I know, I know, it feels good somehow to do it (and I do) but we’re not vegetarians. I justify my behavior by calling myself PT vegetarian, PT pescetarian. I go through phases of each. ;)

    Anyway…I love the egg recipes, especially the frittatas. And it’s great that you’re promoting local eggs. The grocery store (cage-free, organic) ones do in a pinch, but when the weather is warmer, I always go for the local ones.

  2. Rhaya says:

    Thanks Suzanne. I do try to clarify to people that I am a Lacto-Ovo-Pescetarian, but since that usually results in a very confused look, I default to saying that I am “vegetarian, but eat fish” I know that is a contradiction, but it allows to me quickly explain my eating habits to people who don’t know all the terms. However, I will try to be more sensitive to this in the future for the true vegs who don’t include any fish whatsoever in their diet.

  3. Amy Rutledge says:

    It was great to read your entry encouraging the use of eggs from chickens raised on pasture by local family farms. More people need to know about the health benefits of pasture-raised eggs and that “cage free” doesn’t automatically mean “outside” unless it’s backed-up by a reputable and rigorous label like Animal Welfare Approved. And buying locally is a great way to help farms in your area thrive. As the leading label promoting the well-being of animals and the sustainability of family farms, Animal Welfare Approved keeps a database of farmers who meet our standards and where their products can be found. We hope your readers will check it out at http://www.animalwelfareapproved.org.

  4. Rhaya says:

    Amy, thanks for the link! And thank you for pointing out that “cage free” and “pasture raised” can mean two different things. Hopefully more organizations such as yours will begin holding “cage free” to a higher standard. It is disappointing to hear when that phrase is exploited in attempt to reach people who are trying to make a better choice in the eggs they purchase.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

five + 11 =