Aaah, the myriad benefits of eggs. Think about it like this, an egg has the capacity, when fertilised, to create another living creature which means it is inherently loaded with cell building nutrition. The most goodness is in the yolk and the white is the protective surrounds designed to house the yolk. The stash of eggs in this photo solved a running mystery for us thinking our chooks had gone off the lay but alas they were just laying them in a well concealed spot which meant we suddenly had dozens!
Our kids’ health is in our hands as parents and the nutrition choices we make for them now WILL impact their future. Nutrient dense foods are what I bang on about constantly and the humble egg is the perfect example. Egg intolerances and indeed anaphylactic reactions are not uncommon but most people at least tolerate the yolk if well separated. You can test a number of ways (a drop on the wrist at bedtime and checked in the morning for a reaction) and if either of these is an issue then I would encourage undertaking a healing protocol to rebalance gut and immune health as an unbalanced immune system in childhood is just the beginning of a lifelong struggle with health.
Eggs are loaded with quality fats, that’s right they are good fats that the body needs and should not be minimised or avoided allowing for daily consumption, as well as sustaining protein to provide stability and physical as well as brain power for the day.
Starting the day with eggs will provide much needed nutrition for a child and seriously contribute to health. Eggs don’t have to be just poached, scrambled or tin soldiered. Think pancakes, clafoutis and even custard (all made with the right recipes of course which you will find variations of on this website and my soaked pancake recipe is being posted later this week). These are all foods that kids love and can also encourage consumption of healthy lacto-fermented condiments to provide even more gut and immune boosting power such as home-made yoghurt or conserves.
Delicious food is to be enjoyed and there is pleasure to be had from enjoying good food together. Let’s not underestimate the power of pleasure. This gorgeous recipe below (check out how yummy it looks) provided us with a truly simple and yet extremely tasty meal and we have embraced it for this month as our lazy dinner soul food!
You will need:
- 12 eggs
- 1/2 cup of yoghurt, sour cream or kefir
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- S&P to taste
- 1 cup of shredded cheese, we use raw gruyere
- butter for greasing
Combine all ingredients well and pour into a greased oven proof dish. Cook at a very low heat, about 100C and check after an hour, it will take up to 2 hours depending on your oven so just be sure it is not runny in the middle and not overcooked and coming well away from the sides. Slice into chunks or wedges and serve with condiments and steamed veg. This is also great eaten cold the next day, who said being healthy was not convenient.