Reach your 2017 Health Goals with the Incredible Egg

Today’s post is a guest post from our friends and frequent blog contributors, Colorado Egg Producers. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing six farms throughout Colorado. CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by their regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state and its partnership with the Good Egg Project, an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing a high quality, protein-dense food like eggs to citizens in this great state. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

It can be tough to get your health back on track after the feasts and treats that come along with the holiday season. If you have set health and wellness resolutions for the New Year, then you will benefit from adding eggs to a balanced diet, thanks to the high-quality protein and essential vitamins eggs provide. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association wants to help Coloradans on the road to good health this year by educating you on the many health benefits of the incredible, edible egg.

While eggs can be a great addition to your diet to help you lose weight, get fit or just feel better, consuming eggs regularly can also help reduce your risk of stroke by 12 percent. A new study published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition in 2016 compared egg consumption with the risk of heart disease and stroke and found that consuming one egg daily can decrease your risk of stroke. The Egg Nutrition Center (ENC), the research division of the American Egg Board, provided support for the study. These findings also come on the heels of years of research demonstrating that healthy adults can enjoy eggs without significantly impacting their risk of heart disease. To learn more about what these findings mean for you from ENC’s Executive Director, Tia M. Rains, PhD visit www.eggnutritioncenter.org/blog/.

“CEP members take pride in providing Coloradans with fresh, high quality eggs to fuel their healthy lifestyles,” said Bill Scebbi, Executive Director of the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association. “The essential vitamins and nutrients found in eggs as well as the high-quality protein in every serving can help build muscle strength and keep you feeling full longer. The health benefits of the egg are truly incredible.”

At only 70 calories, one large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein (13 percent of the recommended Daily Value) and all nine essential amino acids as well as essential vitamins and minerals, including choline, Vitamin A, several B vitamins and calcium. According to the American Egg Board, eating eggs can help you achieve your optimum health in the following areas:

• Weight management: The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight. Protein found in eggs provides steady and sustained energy because it does not cause surges in blood sugar or insulin levels which can lead to an energy “crash”.

• Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention: Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and aging adults. Consuming eggs post-exercise can also maximize muscle repair.

• Healthy pregnancy: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Two eggs contain about 250 milligrams of choline, or roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Everyone, especially pregnant women, should cook their eggs thoroughly to kill any bacteria that may be present.

• Brain function: Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.

• Eye health: Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources.

Visit CEP’s website at www.coloradoeggproducers.com/resources/educational-resources/where-buy-colorado-eggs to find out where you can buy fresh Colorado eggs and get cracking today for a healthier tomorrow.

Learn more about the health benefits of eggs and healthy recipes by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

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Favorite Easy Breakfast Recipes to Start the Day

One of the challenges of keeping new year’s resolutions is that they can often seem daunting. Making a big promise of sweeping changes for a whole year can easily become overwhelming, leading us to abandon our resolutions. One strategy to make positive change is to make changes one day, even one decision, at a time.

We suggest starting your day off on the right foot by making a great choice at breakfast. Many Americans don’t eat breakfast or eat one that is high in sugar, both of which result in blood sugar crashes and cravings later in the day. Having a better breakfast allows you to start the day with a good decision, making each positive decision after that easier.

To make it even easier, we’ve compiled our favorite easy breakfast recipes for a healthy start to every day. Visit our collection of recipes and make a good choice this morning!

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Eggs: It All Adds Up

Eggs are versatile and affordable, making them the perfect food and an easy way to eat healthier in the new year. Each large egg has only 70 calories and is jam packed with important nutrients. You get 6g of filling, complete protein as well as 13 vitamins and minerals—everything but Vitamin C!

When you’re searching for a healthy meal that won’t break your budget, choose eggs. Every good choice counts and that they all add up to a healthier, happier you. It all adds up!

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Sources of Vitamin D in Winter

Winter is in full swing and some people have already been experiencing gray, short days for a while. One of the keys to staying happy and healthy during the winter months is getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin D even when the weather turns bad.

It is a challenge to get Vitamin D during winter because of the lower position of the sun, the cloud coverage, and the cold weather that keeps us indoors. Even under the best conditions, many people are lacking in Vitamin D, so the winter months can really affect our levels.

Luckily, there are a lot of foods that have naturally occurring Vitamin D. Our favorite, of course, is eggs. One large egg has 6% of your daily value of Vitamin D. Pair eggs with these other foods that pack in Vitamin D.

• Fatty fish, like tuna, mackerel, and salmon
• Foods fortified with vitamin D, like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals
• Beef liver
• Cheese

Here’s to good eating and good health all winter long!

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High Altitude Baking Tips for the Holiday Season

This guest post comes to you from our friends at Colorado Egg Producers.

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us! For many, this time of year means festive family gatherings, unique traditions and of course, all types of holiday treats. Holiday baking is a favorite tradition for many families and the incredible, edible egg is a central ingredient in nearly every dessert recipe. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association would like to share some helpful tips for baking at high altitude, a problem many Coloradans face during the holiday season.

“Locally produced eggs from Colorado can be used in holiday baking recipes,” said Chef Jason Morse, CEP partner and owner of 5280 Culinary, LLC. “From gingerbread cookies to eggnog to Christmas morning casseroles, eggs are very versatile and contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral the body needs. Including eggs in your holiday baking means your family is eating healthy, nutritional ingredients.”

Baking in high altitudes here in Colorado can make a big impact on the end result of your dish. Why? Higher altitudes often have lower pressure, which leads to lower boiling points, faster evaporation of liquids and more rapid rising of batters when baked. Basic adjustments and a little experimentation can compensate for higher altitudes. Here are a few tips:

• Reduce the amount of baking powder the recipe calls for. For each teaspoon, decrease by 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon.
• Reduce the amount of sugar the recipe calls for. For each cup, decrease by 2-3 tablespoons.
• Increase the amount of liquid the recipe calls for. For each cup, add 3-4 tablespoons. Eggs and butter are considered liquids.
• Fill baking pans half-full, not the usual two-thirds, as high altitude cakes may overflow.
• Increase the baking temperature 15-20 degrees, unless using a glass pan, and reduce the baking time by up to 20 percent.
• For hard-boiled eggs, higher altitudes have a lower boiling point so eggs will need to cook longer in order to achieve desired doneness. Hard-boiling at 9,000 to 10,000 feet in elevation may never fully cook through so you may want to hard-boil your eggs before traveling to the high country.

Use these tips, along with locally produced eggs, will ensure your dish will be the hit of the holiday party. CEP suggests trying out these high altitude baking tips on this recipe for cranberry white chocolate cookies, with a bonus gift idea courtesy of the American Egg Board.

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies*
Total time: 25 minutes
Serving size: 40 cookies

Ingredients:

• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 cup white chocolate chips
• 1 package (6 ounces) dried sweetened cranberries
• ½ teaspoon baking powder
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup butter, softened
• 2 large EGGS
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

For Dry Cranberry White Chocolate Cookie Mix, combine all dry ingredients in a clear 2-quart container with a tight fitting lid. Cover with lid. Store in a cool, dry place until ready to give as a gift.

To make the cookies right away, preheat oven to 350° F. Combine your container of dry cookie mix with butter in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until well combined after each addition. Stir in vanilla until blended. Drop dough using a tablespoonful for each cookie onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheet on a wire rack for 1 minute. Remove, cool completely and enjoy!

To make a personalized gift, attach a hand-written recipe card with the ingredients and directions. The dry mix can be prepared and held in a container for up to two weeks before giving.

*Note: The measurements in this recipe are for an altitude of 5,280 feet. As you increase in altitude, please make the necessary adjustments to measurements and cooking times.

Are you inspired to learn more about the fascinating world of Colorado agriculture? Visit CEP at the National Western Stock Show January 7th through 22nd. Our interactive barn is fun for the whole family with videos and slide shows, a conveyor belt for kids to operate, informational egg brochures and recipes. CEP will also have a kid-friendly display showing how eggs get from the farm to the kitchen table! You can even find out where you can buy high quality, safe and nutritious Colorado produced eggs. Find us on the 3rd floor in the Hall of Education in the CSU Ag Adventure display.

Pick up a carton of eggs to get started baking delicious holiday recipes! Now through the end of 2016 you can save $0.55 when you purchase two dozen eggs at your local grocery story. Visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com/eggcoupon to download a coupon today.

Find more holiday recipes and baking tips by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.

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Colorado Egg Farmers Fight Hunger

We are glad to share a guest post from our friends at Colorado Egg Producers Association, of which NestFresh is a proud member.

This holiday season, Colorado egg farmers are committed to helping Coloradans in need through egg donations to Feeding Colorado food banks. The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages you to join in the fight against hunger in our state.

According to Feeding America, one in eight Americans struggle with hunger. Across the United States, that equates to 48.1 million people including 13.1 million children. The most recent data shows that one in seven Coloradans worry about where they will find food for their next meal and sadly, nearly half are children, according to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

CEP, a membership organization representing six farms, has an unwavering mission to provide high-quality eggs to Coloradans and is committed to giving back to the community year after year. Colorado egg farmers and CEP members are on track to donate more than 750,000 eggs this year to local charities, including food banks and homeless shelters, to help feed those in need. Through regular monthly egg donations and an Easter donation, CEP has donated more than 8 million eggs to food banks throughout Colorado since 2009.

“As local egg farmers and active members of our communities, we are thankful for the opportunity to help our fellow neighbors in need,” CEP President Jerry Wilkins said. “That is why we donate thousands of eggs to food banks across Colorado each and every year. Eggs are one of the best foods for easy meals and snacks – morning, noon and night. With 13 essential vitamins and nutrients, eggs are a source of high quality protein and they keep us full for longer than many other options.”

CEP is also proud to be a part of the Good Egg Project, an initiative from America’s egg farmers that aims to educate people about where eggs come from and to encourage Americans to help conquer hunger in the U.S. Since 2009, The Good Egg Project has donated more than 50 million eggs to America’s food banks and charities.

Join CEP in the fight against hunger this fall by donating to your local food bank. Your donation can ensure that families in need have a warm meal this holiday season.

According to Feeding America, financial donations are preferred. In fact, $1 donated to food banks can equal up to 11 meals distributed. If you would like to donate food to your local food bank, Feeding America suggests:

• Canned vegetables
• Canned soup
• Canned meats
• Canned fruit
• Macaroni and cheese
• Peanut butter
• Cereal
• Dried fruit

These items are most needed by food banks, as they are nonperishable, versatile and nutritious. Click here to find your local Feeding America food bank.

You can save $0.55 when you purchase two dozen eggs at your local grocery story. Visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com/eggcoupon to download a coupon today.

Learn more about CEP and our efforts to combat hunger at coloradoeggproducers.com. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for recipes, agriculture news, interesting egg facts and more.

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Shiftcon

We’re packing our bags and heading to Shiftcon this week! Shiftcon is an eco-wellness influencer conference focusing on food, wellness, health, and sustainability. This is our second year as a sponsor and supplying our non-GMO eggs for attendee meals. We are so excited to be the app sponsor and to have a presence at the expo as well this year.

If you’re heading to Shiftcon, make sure to stop by our spot and pick up some goodies. If you’d like to follow along on our adventures to Shiftcon and beyond, follow us on social media. We are on all of your favorite sites:

       
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Thank Goodness for Last Minute Recipes!

Are you in a panic trying to figure out a last minute menu for your Thanksgiving celebration? Let NestFresh come to your rescue. We compiled many of our favorite recipes from NestFresh fans like you into a recipe book.
You can click here to download it from our recipe page.

Another staple of our holiday celebrations is this easy recipe for One Bite Egg Cups. Our video shows you how to make these simple, festive treats.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at NestFresh!

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Save on NestFresh Eggs

NestFresh is proud to support and partner with organizations that give back to our community, the community we share with you. Because we truly believe in raising happy hens and contributing to healthy humans, we are committed to helping people and animals alike. You can learn about some of the organizations that we work with and the amazing work that they do on the Community page of our website.

Today, we have an exciting way to contribute even more to organizations that do great work for our communities. Common Kindness empowers you to help others by offering online coupons that not only save you money but provide funds to your favorite non-profit – at no cost to you!

We are so excited to provide a coupon through Common Kindness. Not only will you save on NestFresh Eggs, you can choose which organization will benefit when you redeem the coupon.

Get the NestFresh coupon from Common Kindness now.

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Greetings from our Non-GMO Farms

Did you know NestFresh Eggs are produced at farms all over the country? We work with family farmers to humanely produce eggs on farms that really care for the land and animals. We are so proud of the high standards all of our farmers follow and we love to give you a glimpse into what life is like for the hens on NestFresh farms.

These are some photos from a recent visit to Illinois to see some of our Non-GMO farms. These farms are not only cage free, allowing the hens the freedom to move about the barn at all times, but they are also free range, allowing the hens to get outside and enjoy fresh air, sunlight, and foraging in the grass.

The barns are equipped to make the hens as happy, healthy, and comfortable as possible. They have nestboxes, dustbathing areas, and perches to encourage the hens’ natural behaviors.

You may have heard people ask whether the chicken or the egg came first. Well, at NestFresh, the hen always comes first and you can see that when you see the great care our farmers take to ensure the hens are raised humanely and live on beautiful farms.

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