5 ways to cook eggs
You can't beat... er... top an egg ‑ it's one of nature's powerhouse foods. Victoria and Elliot Warne serve up some fresh ways with eggs for the whole family.
"There's a meal in an egg", was the wisdom in Grandma's day and it holds especially true today with the news that eggs are even healthier than they were 20 years ago. According to the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, eggs have 40% less saturated fat and 10% more protein now because hens are eating a better diet these days.
And let's hear it for free range eggs, they contain more omega 3 than those from caged hens.
But all eggs are great sources of important nutrients such as a range of B vitamins, vitamin D and A, as well as minerals such as selenium, phosphorous, iodine and zinc - in fact, almost everything your body needs in one oval-shaped hit.
Nutritionists now say eating up to six eggs a week is healthy for most people and even those with high cholesterol levels can eat three a week.
As far as your little ones go, Nutritionist Leanne Cooper says to date the evidence isn't clear as to whether early introduction of eggs in those without any risk of allergy is okay, so she says it's better to play it safe and introduce whole eggs at 12 months (assuming there's no history of allergy).
Leanne says you can offer egg yolk much earlier, as it's the egg white (albumin or protein) component that most commonly causes the immune system to react.
She says the other thing to keep in mind is that most babies are exposed to whole egg incidentally through breads made with egg, mayonnaise and other cooking that includes whole egg. Her advice is that egg yolk is fine from about a month into solids, assuming all is going well.
The best part about eggs is that most kids love them as they are number one for versatility, being equally as convenient as a fast food and as an integral part of a more elaborate dish.
Check out the new and interesting ways with eggs recipes below from Elliot and Victoria of Vevo Café, in Auckland.
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