Eggs: the real health story

Did you know eggs have the Heart Foundation Tick of approval?

Despite the nutritional calibre of eggs, their role in healthy eating has been overshadowed by long-held myths. But now the Heart Foundation, through its Tick Program is setting the record straight.

Eggs, like other healthy foods such as lean meat, poultry, unsalted nuts and avocadoes have the Tick because they are a nutritious food that the whole family can enjoy.

For mums who often struggle to find nutritious foods for their children this is good news indeed. The versatility of eggs, along with their availability, convenience and affordability makes them the ultimate healthy fast food.

 

Egg Facts….did you know?

  • Eggs contain 10 different vitamins and minerals along with the best quality protein for growing, active bodies
  • An egg contains only 5g of fat, the majority of which is the healthy, unsaturated fat our body needs. Just 1.5g of the total fat is the unhealthier saturated fat
  • Eggs do contain cholesterol, but this doesn’t affect healthy people. Even those with or at risk of heart disease can still eat eggs, they just need to talk with their doctor or dietitian about their specific needs.

 

Quick egg bites for the kids:

  • Try a boiled egg with toasted soldiers.
  • Add some lean ham and grated veggies to omelette mix, top with low fat cheese for extra goodness – kids love to help beat the eggs!
  • A hard boiled egg is a nutritious snack and perfect for the lunch box or picnic. Remember to keep the lunchbox cool by adding a part - frozen drink.
  • Instead of a sandwich, try adding a wholemeal wrap, spread with avocado, sliced egg, lean ham and cheese to your child’s lunchbox.
  • Fried rice is a nutritious and quick meal eaten hot or cold. Include your kids’ favourite veggies and don’t forget to add some scrambled egg for that extra boost of protein.


Remember that eggs are great for you too.

A Protein Shake is a terrific way to start your day.
Simply place one raw egg, 1 cup of low fat milk, 2 tbsp of low fat vanilla yoghurt, 1 banana (or ½ mango or ½ cup frozen mixed berries) and a dash of vanilla into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass. You can pour any leftovers into homemade icy-pole moulds and freeze – cool little kiddie treats for those warmer days!

If you would like further information contact the Heart Foundation’s Heartline on 1300 362 787 or visit www.thetick.com.au

 
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