• Tatjana Smolic Reg Nutritionist (NZ)

Which eggs will you eat this Easter?

With Easter approaching fast, where ever we look there are mountains of nicely wrapped chocolate eggs sitting on supermarket shelves calling and teasing; BUY ME, EAT ME. When did this all happen? When did the chocolate egg become a symbol for Easter?

I still have fond childhood memories of the whole family sitting around the kitchen table and attacking a large bowl of boiled chicken eggs with artistic flair. At the end of the evening there would be all kinds of colours and designs printed on those eggs. Some were dyed with food colouring and others with onion skin or beetroot juice. The best thing however was our egg cracking competitions where we would tap an egg against someone else’s egg. The loser had to eat their cracked egg.

I encourage people to eat chicken eggs as part of a well-balanced diet. Eggs are an excellent source of high quality protein and provide potassium, phosphorous, calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin A, and some of B vitamins including B12 and folate. In New Zealand, eggs also serve as an important source of selenium, iodine, vitamin D and omega-3 fats, those nutrients that we all struggle to have enough. And all of this goodness is packed in a medium sized egg contributing to no more than 314kJ (76kcal) of energy. Because of their relatively high nutrient value compared to energy content eggs are great for a main meal or as snack.

So, this Easter I will stick to the old tradition and colour chicken eggs with my family. So, how will you have your eggs this Easter?

Have a safe and happy Easter!!!!

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