Eat the Rainbow this Fruit and Vegetables Month

June is Fruit and Vegetables Month, so let’s celebrate healthy, fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables both pair well with eggs to make nutritious, delicious meals. Here are our favorite veggie-licious and fruit-filled meals for each part of the day.

Whether you like sweet or savory, fruits or veggies, eggs are a great way to start your day. This Confetti Frittata has a rainbow of veggies that will help you kick-start a day of good choices. For a sweeter breakfast that features fruit, try these Peachy Keen Pancakes.

If you are still hungry for bell peppers at lunch, dive into Bell Pepper Crustless Quiches. If not, we love these Kale Pesto Deviled Eggs with a big salad for lots of healthy and
filling greens.

For dinner, get chopping with broccoli, carrots, greens and more to whip up either a veggie-packed Quiche or Shrimp and Vegetable Fried Rice. Is there anything better than ending the day with a fresh fruit for dessert? The fruit in this Fresh Fruit Custard really shines. If you love baked goods, try our Whole Wheat Blueberry Coffee Cake or Mini Lemon Ricotta Cakes.

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Food Safety Tips for Summer Months

With the warmer summer weather come a lot of outdoor activities which often also involve outdoor meals. When planning your BBQs and picnics this summer, don’t forget to follow these important rules for storing food to ensure that it maintains its quality and is safe to eat.

• Eggshells are porous, so they take on odors and flavors. Avoid storing them next to other items that have strong smells.
• If you need hard-boiled eggs (such as for deviled eggs) older ones will be much easier to peel than fresher eggs.
• Always wash hands, utensils, and work areas with hot, soapy water before and after using raw eggs.
• Don’t keep eggs out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours.
• Serve cooked eggs or dishes containing eggs immediately after cooking. Cool and refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. Use leftovers within 3 to 4 days.

We hope you have a wonderful safe summer and enjoy some egg-celent meals using these tips.

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Reasons We Love Eggs

If you follow us on social media, like our Facebook page or Twitter feed, you know we spent May celebrating National Egg Month. Just because the calendar has changed to a new month, doesn’t mean we are going to stop celebrating the incredible, edible egg. If you missed all of the egg-celent info we shared throughout May, here are some of the top reasons we love Eggs!

1. Eggs are a healthy source of protein. Just one large egg contains 6 grams of protein. That is 12% of the daily-recommended amount! In fact, eggs are one of the highest quality AND most affordable sources of protein.
2. Eggs contain about 11% of the average daily value of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential in many major body functions, but Vitamin D deficiency is very prevalent in the United States. A study published in Nutrition Research in 2011 estimated that 41.6% of Americans suffer from a Vitamin D deficiency.
3. Eggs are versatile, so we can enjoy them any time of day from breakfast to dessert and they pair well with just about any other ingredients. That makes meals a cinch to pull together as long as you have eggs on hand.
4. We’re not the only ones that love eggs! The average American eats 250 eggs per year, which translates to a total annual consumption of 76.5 billion eggs in the U.S. That’s a lot of eggs!

Tell us what you love about eggs or your favorite way to enjoy them.

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NestFresh Cares: KultureCity and KC Fit

We are so proud to pledge our support to the charitable efforts of our first NestFresh Cares winner KultureCity and their KCFit program. This marathon season, KCFit will attend a number of the nation’s most prestigious marathons to promote acceptance for all special needs children while fundraising in support of the lifeBOKS program.

The concept of KCFit was born of KultureCity co-founder Dr. Michele Kong Maha and NFL legend Tiki Barber to merge philanthropy with physical fitness through exercise, diet and community. With the philosophy “We can achieve anything, even the impossible, one step at a time. It starts with having the courage to take the first step,” each marathon attended by KCFit will fundraise for KultureCity’s innovative lifeBOKS program. The lifeBOKS program provides free kits to the families of autistic children to prevent wandering and wandering related accidents.
NestFresh is continuing our long history of giving back to the communities we serve. We will be helping to promote upcoming races and educating consumers about both KultureCity and KCFit. NestFresh is proud to support KultureCity and its KCFit program as part of our ongoing commitment to helping those who do good in our communities. We have been impressed by the work KultureCity does since they were nominated and eventually voted the winner of our first NestFresh Cares contest. This partnership with KultureCity allows us to continue to engage with consumers that care just as much about their communities as we do.

About KultureCity:

KultureCity was founded in 2013 and is the nation’s fastest growing and best reviewed autism nonprofit with the mission of promoting acceptance and inclusion for autists everywhere. They do this by working with school systems to build better special needs classrooms, creating sensory friendly spaces and also our other projects such as lifeBOKS (a life saving free kit designed to prevent wandering in autists) that help this community fulfill their potential. For more information, visit www.kulturecity.org

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The Incredible, Edible Hard Boiled Egg

We are so excited to share the results of a recent study on protein-rich snacks. An Iowa school district completed a study that provided kids that were being monitored for behavior protein-based snacks. After a year-long study, the school district found that the students had a lower percentage of behavior referrals on days they were provided a protein-based snack compared to days when they did not. You can read more about the study and see the specific decreases that study identified on the American Egg Board Blog.

This study is a great start in illustrating the importance of feeding kids the right foods to support their success at school. At NestFresh we know how important it is to have healthy, fresh food on hand and we want to make that even more convenient for busy families. That is why we have developed peeled and ready-to-eat hard cooked eggs. These eggs are the same humane, sustainable eggs you love from NestFresh perfectly cooked, peeled, and ready for a quick snack or the easiest meal prep you’ve ever had.

Our hard cooked eggs offer people who care about how their food is produced another option for fresh, affordable, healthy food. We know how hard it can be to get nutritious protein-rich snacks into busy kids’ diets, so grab one of our on-the-go 2 packs or re-sealable 6 packs next time you are at your local grocer.

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May is National Egg Month

May is National Egg Month, which means we get to celebrate the incredible, edible, egg-celent egg all month long. This year, you can help us celebrate by entering our second annual Baking Contest. ENTER HERE!

Of course, we also consider ourselves “eggsperts” when it comes to eggs, so here are some of our best baking tips. We hope they provide some ideas and inspirations for your own Baking Contest entry.

Use room-temperature ingredients. Plenty of baking recipes call for room-temperature ingredients, but this step is frequently ignored. Plan ahead and set your eggs and butter out an hour before. When at room temperature, eggs, butter, and other dairy ingredients form an emulsion, which traps air. While baking in the oven, that trapped air expands and produces fluffy baked goods.
Butter and flour your pans generously. Your batter or dough has the potential to bake on and adhere to the pan, so butter it up. Consider every nook and cranny that could get sticky, and be generous and thorough with your application.
Measure your ingredients. Successful baking means eliminating as much potential for error as possible, and that means making sure your measurements are exact. A cup of flour measured in volume, for example, can vary as much as five ounces. To be more precise use a straight edge to ensure that the dry ingredients in your measuring cups are level. Semi-solid foods, such as peanut butter, sour cream, mayonnaise and shortening, should be packed into measuring cups to remove all air bubbles until they are level with the top of the cup.
Rotate halfway through. Every oven has a hot spot, and if you don’t correct for it, you run the risk of unevenly cooked pastries—or worse, some that burn or wind up underbaked. When a recipe calls for turning a baking sheet or pan 180 degrees halfway through the process, don’t ignore it!
Know your oven. Find out if your oven runs hot or cold—if you know that it’s consistently 25 degrees lower than what you set it at, adjust accordingly.

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Mother’s Day Brunch

Sunday is Mother’s Day, so you still have a few more days to get a card and dream up the perfect brunch recipe to show your mom how much she means to you. To give you some inspiration, we’ve put together our favorite brunch recipes.

Our Peachy Keen Cinnamon Pancakes are perfect for a mom who has a sunny disposition while our Eggs Benedict recipe will satisfy any mom that prefers a classic breakfast. Maybe your mom is an epicure or a lover of international flavors. If so, try our Gyro Omelet recipe or our Fiesta-in-a-Flash Omelet. If you’ve got a whole crowd of moms to feed, try our impressive 3-dish menu for a full Mother’s Day spread.

Whatever you do for the moms in your life this weekend, we hope you have a lovely weekend with family, food, and fun. Tell us what your plans are in the comments.

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New NestFresh Products!

We are overjoyed to announce brand new NestFresh products and the addition of new stores carrying our humane, sustainable products.

We have improved our Pasture Raised eggs.  They are now Certified Humane and from farms that provide at least 108 square foot per bird of outdoor pasture.  We’ve also added new products including Pasture Raised Soy Free, Pasture Raised Organic, and Pasture Raised Non-GMO Project Verified eggs.

We have also added hard cooked eggs to our line of humane, sustainable eggs from family farms.  These offer our same NestFresh Eggs now hard cooked and peeled for added convenience.  They make a great snack or meal prep shortcut.

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Our Non-GMO Free Range Eggs are now available in Publix Super Markets and our Cage Free Hard Cooked Eggs, Pasture Raised Organic Eggs and Pasture Raised Eggs can be purchased in Harris Teeter stores.

We are so happy to be able to serve more people who share our values of humane animal care, family farming and sustainable agriculture while making pasture raised, organic and non-GMO products even more accessible. We’re proud to now be distributed in Publix and Harris Teeter, offering health-conscious and environmentally conscious consumers in the Southeast high quality eggs from humane, sustainable family farms.

To see a complete list of stores that carry our eggs, visit our Where to Buy map.

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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.

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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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