Take the Non-GMO Challenge with NestFresh

April is the month to join NestFresh and the Non-GMO Project to take the Non-GMO Challenge. The Non-GMO Project is challenging you to take the Non-GMO Challenge all month long and choose products that are produced without GMOs.

GMOs are now present in more than 75% of conventional processed food, so look for the Non-GMO Project Verified logo to find products that are produced according to best practices for GMO avoidance. Their rigorous program includes audits and testing of farms and facilities. For NestFresh, that means that our cage free, free range hens are fed non-GMO feed. The farmers start with traditional seeds that are non-GMO strains and keep them away from GMO inputs that may contaminate them. The farms trace the eggs from the barns to the packaging to make sure they do not co-mingle with eggs from hens fed GMO feed ingredients.

NestFresh is proud to produce a full line of Non-GMO Project Verified products. Learn more about our non-GMO farms and the affects GMOs have on the environment, farming, and our food.

Non-GMO Eggs

NestFresh Non-GMO Project Verified Products

NestFresh Non-GMO Organic Eggs

NestFresh Non-GMO Organic Eggs

NestFresh Pasture Raised Non-GMO Eggs

NestFresh Pasture Raised Non-GMO Eggs

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Food Journalists Talk Humane, Sustainable Foods

We returned from another great weekend at Natural Products Expo West. As we mentioned, we have a great time every year surrounded by people who care about humane, sustainable, and natural food.

We also host a great breakfast with our team and our partners from the world of natural food. This year, we hosted a panel of journalists who focus on food. It was great to hear from them on the power of consumers and where natural food is heading. They had some great insights and we are excited to share the ones we found most interesting.

Overheard at our gourmet breakfast event and food trade journalists:

• People are looking at the “social ingredients” of a product, including corporate responsibility, non-GMO certifications, humane certifications and more.
• People want more knowledge about where their food comes from. This requires commitment and collaboration from retailers and food producers to learn alongside shoppers.
• There is no “best” format for every retailer. Rather, each must have a handle on its consumers and demographic to best serve them. For instance, some major retailers are rolling out e-commerce but are still maintaining their brick and mortar stores.
• Coming trends include sustainable packaging, farm-to-fork stories, crossovers from brands, wellness, solutions that go beyond the aisle and encompass the whole store, and transparency.

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Have a Hoppy and Egg-celent Easter

As egg producers, we like to think that we are “eggsperts” at this whole Easter thing. With Easter coming this weekend, we wanted to share some of our favorite Easter recipes and ideas.

If you are looking for clever new ways to decorate your Easter Eggs, we have some fun, festive ideas for decorating Easter eggs that go beyond dyeing.

We also have some great dessert recipes including our Carrot Cake in a Mug and Lemon Ricotta Cake. On Monday after Easter, when you have tons of hard boiled eggs and ham leftover, try whipping up Ham and Egg Salad.

Try something new this Easter like an outdoor brunch spread or themed table setting. However you celebrate, we hope you have a hoppy and egg-celent Easter!

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Celebrate Sandwiches!

Sandwiches are a great meal for any time of day. Breakfast can start with bacon egg and cheese on a bagel (Bagel Sandwich!), while lunch can be a burger – try it topped with a fried egg (Hamburger Sandwich!) with dinner being a classic Bacon Lettuce and Tomato and Egg with Mayo on Sourdough! (BELT Sandwich!).

We love sandwiches because they are an easy way to make a filling meal that includes whole grains, healthy protein, and nutritious veggies. For example, some people think of the fried egg sandwich as being unhealthy, but it’s actually packed with protein. Egg yolks are a great source of chromium, which can help to stabilize blood sugar levels, thus preventing between meal hunger pangs that result in snacking. Eggs also contain choline – an important nutrient people don’t get enough of. Choline is used to build cell membranes and has a role in producing signaling molecules in the brain. Paired with vitamin D and plenty of Omega-3’s, the fried egg sandwich just might become your new go-to breakfast!

A fun twist on the traditional fried egg sandwich is an Open Faced Egg and Avocado Sandwich.

Open Faced Egg & Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients:

• 1 slice of bread, fresher the better
• 1/4 ripe avocado
• 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
• salt & pepper, to taste
• 1 egg
• 1/2 heirloom tomato, sliced

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
2. In a small bowl, mash together the avocado, lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper until well mixed.
3. Toast bread to personal liking.
4. While bread is toasting, crack an egg in the warmed pan and cook until your egg reaches over easy. You want the yolk to have a hint of crust on the outside but gooey insides. Don’t forget to salt & pepper your egg. Remove egg from heat once it reaches your preferred level of doneness.
5. Slice heirloom tomato into thin slices.
6. Build your open-faced sandwich by spreading avocado spread on toast, followed by tomatoes, then egg. Add salt and pepper. Enjoy!

Here are some other sandwiches we love:
Cilantro Lime Pulled Pork Sandwich
Egg Salad Sandwiches with Egg White Mayonnaise
Protein packed Sandwich
Sunny Salmon Breakfast Sandwich

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March is National Nutrition Month

March is Natural Nutrition Month, so we’re celebrating our favorite nutrient-rich food: Eggs! Eggs are a good source of iron, protein, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D. They have every vitamin and mineral your body needs except for Vitamin C. In addition to choosing great foods like eggs, there are a number of ways to make healthy, nutritious choices. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. These recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans can help get you started.

• Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products.
• Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts.
• Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, salt (sodium) and added.

How are you focusing on nutrition this month?

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What is Clean Eating?

Clean eating is a simple concept! Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about choosing real foods over processed foods.

There are a number of ways to start incorporating the principles of clean eating into your lifestyle. Make these small changes and they can add up to better healthy, increased nutritional intake, and better eating!

• Shop the perimeter: Do all or most of your grocery shopping in the perimeter isles of the grocery store. This is where most of the fresh, whole food is stocked—eggs, dairy, meat, seafood, and fresh produce. Spend less time in the center aisles which have more processed foods with longer ingredient lists.

• Read labels: Just because something may claim to be healthy does not in fact mean it is. Take a peek at your favorite snack’s label. The nutrition facts and ingredient label will tell you more about how nutritious a food is than any claims on the packaging.

• Meal prep: Preparing your meals is a helpful way to ensure you’re eating well all week long. Before your week begins, cook up a variety of vegetables, meats and grains. Then place them in containers and refrigerate. Throughout the week, all you have to do is heat and enjoy!

• Pack your lunch: Avoid grabbing fast food during your lunch hour. Not only are you eating food that isn’t healthy for you, but those fast food bills can start to add up.

• Put and egg on it: Eggs are versatile and are great at breakfast, lunch or dinner, or as a snack! One egg has varying amounts of 13 essential vitamins and minerals plus 6 grams of high-quality protein. Eggs are a great source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorus and riboflavin. Eggs are full of high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. They are low in carbohydrates, as they to blood sugar levels. Eggs are also very filling, so if you are trying to lose weight, they are a great food to enjoy.

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Natural Products Expo West

This week the NestFresh team is heading out to Natural Products Expo West. This annual trade show is held every March in Anaheim and it brings together all of the best natural food, home, and beauty products.

We have a great time every year meeting people who care about humane animal care, sustainability, and good food. We also love to meet other companies that are producing great products with the health of animals, the earth, and consumers in mind. But, our absolute favorite part is sampling all of the delicious natural foods. Some are even made with our NestFresh Eggs.

If you’ll be at Natural Products Expo West this year, please visit us in booth #3180. We’ll be giving away egg pops, recipe cards, coupons, and lots of other great goodies! We hope to see you there.

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Where to Buy map

NestFresh is always working hard to continue growing and providing new areas and new stores with our humane, sustainable eggs. If you’re having trouble finding our eggs in our area check our Where to Buy page.

We are always updating it whenever new stores carry our eggs. With both an easy to use map and a list of stores by state, it is the best way to find the stores in your area that carry our eggs.

Visit the NestFresh Where to Buy page for the latest information on stores that carry our humane, sustainable eggs from family farms.

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Connect With Us

We love sharing news, recipes, and ideas with all of you on our blog and we hope you all enjoy reading them. We want to connect with our fans as much as possible, so we are reaching out to you more places. Please friend or follow or connect with us on any or all of these sites. We plan on sharing even more farm photos, recipes, and everything else you love.

We will also be posting regularly on our blog, so let us know what you want more of!

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NestFresh Cares Winner: KultureCity

During the season of giving, we thought hard about how we could give a little something back to our egg-loving fans and those doing good work in our communities. Through the first annual NestFresh Cares campaign, we put a twist on the traditional idea of giving back and asked egg lovers like you to nominate a local charitable organization you admired for a chance to win $1,500 courtesy of NestFresh.

Lots of good eggs came out of the woodwork and after we narrowed your nominations down to just a handful of charitable organizations, you (our fans!) voted on your favorite cause.

Now, we’re overjoyed to congratulate KultureCity, our grand prize winner!

Who is KultureCity?
KultureCity was founded in 2013 with the mission to inspire the community to join them in creating a world where all autistic individuals can be accepted, included and fulfill their potential.

KultureCity aims to fill a fundamental need within the country. While there are many other autism charities focused on finding cures for autism, none nationally are solely focused on helping autistic individuals realize their potential by providing tangible help and equipping businesses and the community to relate to children with autism. Learn more about them here.

NestFresh and KultureCity
NestFresh Cares was the latest effort in our long history of supporting non-profits and people doing great work in our community. Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted for all of the great organizations doing good work. We were awed by all of the wonderful organizations we learned about and were humbled that so many people took the time to engage with NestFresh Cares. We hope this is just the start of a great relationship between NestFresh and KultureCity.

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