IOWA EGG COUNCIL
"The Fight Against Winter; Eggs 1, Winter 0"
URBANDALE, IOWA - Is it Spring yet?! It's a question many of us are asking. We are fed up with winter and have had enough of snow, ice, sleet, hail, slush AND below freezing temperatures! Yes, the long cold, dark days leave some of us feeling tired, sluggish, depressed and irritable. The good news is, there are several ways to combat the winter blues! One of the best and most effective ways is through a nutritious diet.
A diet consisting of foods that provide appropriate amounts of vitamins and minerals has been proven to brighten one's mood. Eggs, a nutrient rich food, consist of several nutrients. The most important this time of year, is the energy boosting Vitamin D. Our main source of Vitamin D is sunlight, and the long dark days of winter leave many of us in need and craving Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous in our bones. Eggs also provide B12; low levels of B12 have been linked to the 'down' feeling many of us experience.
What does a day look like with eggs? Other than being bright, it would be full of versatility, satisfaction, flavor and most importantly, nutrition.
Start your day off with scrambled, fried or poached eggs. If you really want to get creative first thing in the morning make a quiche! Starting your day off with a meal balanced with the appropriate amounts of nutrients sets the stage for your food choices the rest of the day. The proper balance of protein and fat, found in eggs, will leave you feeling full and satisfied longer.
You will slide into spring feeling eggsuberant! Try a hard cooked egg for a snack, a lemon dill egg wedge salad for lunch, or an egg-cellent BLT sandwich for dinner. The possibilities are endless, and remember...an egg a day is okay!
(CONTACT: Katie Coyle, Director of Consumer Affairs, 515-727-4701)