Eggs – Great Fuel for Growing ChildrenHealth & Nutrition
Looking for good ways to fuel your children’s bodies and minds and help them do their best at school and play? Think eggs! Here’s why eggs are such a great choice for nourishing your growing children; and, why eggs make such good sense as part of a balanced breakfast. Plus a few simple ideas to help, because we know you’re busy!
As one of nature’s most nutritious foods, eggs make a great choice for fueling children’s growing bodies and minds. They’re an excellent source of high quality complete protein that provides all the building blocks (amino acids) needed for growing bodies. Plus they provide 13 vitamins and minerals essential for healthy development, such as:
•Choline for healthy brain development and function
•Folate, iron and vitamin B12 for making red blood cells
•Vitamin A for healthy skin and night vision
•Vitamin D for building healthy bones and teeth
It’s a well-established fact that eating a healthy breakfast can increase children’s attention span and learning ability. Research clearly shows that breakfast can help improve children’s memory, problem-solving skills and test scores. And protein-rich foods, like eggs, make good sense as part of a balanced breakfast because protein can help children stay full longer. That means they’ll be less likely to get distracted by hunger and be better able to concentrate well.
Get Cracking with our Ideas
We know you’re busy! So here are some ideas for adding eggs to school day breakfasts and lunch boxes:
•Cook up a dozen hard-boiled eggs and keep on hand in the refrigerator for quick and easy meals and snacks on-the-go. Alternatively, look for EGGS2 go! Hard Boiled Snack Packs in the deli section at the grocery store for a hassle-free protein fix.
•Make these Breakfast in a Jiffy scrambled eggs in the microwave. Serve with whole grain toast and fresh fruit.
•Whip up a batch of this yummy Cinnamon French Toast . Serve with berries or bananas and a glass of milk.
•Try a new recipe with your kids on the weekend, like our Carrot and Apple Muffins and Lunch Box Mini Frittatas with Red Pepper and Spinach . Or look for your own new family favourite in our Recipe Page here .
Protein. Is it all about Timing?
People’s interest in protein as a nutrient remains strong; it’s still a highly searched word online and with good reason: protein is an essential nutrient for optimal health. While most Canadians get enough protein to prevent a protein deficiency, most are not consuming it in a way that optimizes muscle growth, repair and maintenance.