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


• 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


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 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

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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 to download a coupon today.

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

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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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Deviled Egg Day

In honor of Deviled Egg Day, which is celebrated on Wednesday, November 2, here are some of our favorite deviled egg recipes. Click through to see the recipes!

Deviled Eggs 3 Ways: Traditional, Spicy, and Light and Tangy

Kale Pesto Deviled Eggs

Yogurt Deviled Eggs

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Our Halloween Favorites

Looking for some last-minute inspiration for your Halloween celebration this weekend or next Monday? We have compiled some of our favorite Halloween recipes for you.

We previously compiled a list of some great candy-free alternatives for Halloween with this round-up of healthy Halloween recipes.

If you’re looking for a festive addition to your lunch on Monday, we love cooking up some spooky spider eggs for a fun and easy snack.

Finally, if you’re looking for more of a treat, our recipe for mini pumpkin cheesecakes will certainly do the treat.

Happy Halloween-ing from everyone at NestFresh!

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