Eggs aren't just delicious. They're also extremely nutritious, an excellent source of protein and provide essential nutrients. Find out why you should include eggs as part of your diet and learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle from our nutrition experts.
Get Cracking on Your New Year's Resolution to Eat Healthy
New Year’s offers a time to reflect on the year past and to think about making positive changes for the year ahead. Many of us will resolve to eat healthier this new year, but how can you make it stick?
The ability to keep a New Year’s resolution resides in its practicality. How well does it fit into your current daily life? Can you make it a routine?
When it comes to healthy eating, a good place to start is to review Canada’s Food Guide, where you can find information about daily servings needed to maintain a healthy balanced diet.
According to Canada’s Food Guide, Canadians should be eating 4 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit a day, depending on age and gender.
One easy way to eat more from this food group is to add fruit to your breakfast. Try these French Toast Kabobs popular with the kids, or make a Basic Crêpe and fill with your favourite fruit and top with fresh lemon juice or a fruit compote.
Canada’s Food Guide also recommends eating 1 to 3 servings of meat and meat alternatives every day. Just two eggs are considered one serving from this food group. In fact, one large Grade A egg contains 6 g of protein, 14 key nutrients, and only 70 calories.
Eggs are also one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein, as they contain all nine essential amino acids. Amino acids are known as the "building blocks for the body" because they help form protein.
Another simple way to eat healthier is to choose low fat substitutes, such as low fat dressings and leaner meats. Try this Smoked Salmon Frittata paired with a green salad, or these Corn-Bacon Scrambled Eggs.
Some fats are good, such as omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, which help to protect the heart. Since our bodies don’t naturally produce these fats, we have to get them from foods such as salmon, certain types of oils and nuts, and omega-3 eggs.
Omega-3 eggs are produced by feeding hens a diet containing flaxseed, a known source of omega-3. Flaxseed naturally contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based type of omega-3 fatty acid.
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And for more nutritional information about eggs, visit the eggs.ca nutrition page.
Eggs are a natural choice for a healthy diet and a great way to get cracking on your New Year’s resolution to lead a healthy active lifestyle for years to come!