CEP mascot, Eggbert, fuels his fun with local bike riders.
With all of the delicious food found at barbeques and pool parties, it’s easy to let healthy eating fall by the wayside in the warmer months. May is National Egg Month, and there is a lot to celebrate about the nutrition, versatility and flavor eggs bring to the picnic table. Whether you’re planning to scale a 14er, enjoy a family bike ride or spend the day by the pool, the Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association encourages Coloradans to “fuel your fun” with eggs this spring and summer.
At 15 cents apiece, one large egg contains six grams of high-quality protein in only 70 calories. Eggs also contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral your body needs. All of the nutrients found in eggs play a role in weight management, muscle strength, healthy pregnancy, brain function, eye health and more. With the weather warming up, this is the time when many people start spending more time outside with activities such as hiking, biking and swimming. Fuel your body with a healthy diet, including eggs, so you can enjoy the beautiful weather and fun outdoor activities spring and summer offer.
“We need the essential nutrients and protein found in eggs to fuel our bodies as we get outside and get active,” said Dave Turunjian, Colorado egg farmer and member of CEP. “As local egg farmers, we take pride in knowing that our friends, family and neighbors across the state are using only the best and highest quality local eggs as part of a healthy, nutritious diet.”
According to the Egg Nutrition Center, one large egg contains:
• 126 milligrams of choline. Choline is crucial to brain function by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes. It is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain to the muscles.
• 41 IU of Vitamin D. In addition to working with calcium to help form and maintain strong, healthy bones, vitamin D works with calcium to prevent the development of osteoporosis in older adults. Recent studies show that eggs contain 64 percent more Vitamin D than previously thought.
• 270 IU of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is contributes to normal eyesight and a healthy immune system. It also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs function properly.
• 28 milligrams of calcium. Milk isn’t the only source for calcium. Known as a crucial element of growing and maintaining strong bones and teeth, Calcium also helps muscles move properly, helps blood vessels move blood throughout the body and many other important functions.
• 69 milligrams of potassium. Potassium is crucial for a healthy heart as it helps your heartbeat, pushing blood throughout the body.
Learn more about the nutrients found in eggs at www.eggnutritioncenter.org.
Make the incredible edible egg part of your spring and summer diet. Eggs can provide you with the fuel you need while out on adventures, at parties and celebrating holidays like Cinco de Mayo or Independence Day. Enjoy this Mexican-style breakfast recipe to fuel your Cinco de Mayo fun.
1 cup refried beans
¼ cup salsa, divided
2 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
Mix beans and 2 Tbsp. salsa in small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through; keep warm. Beat eggs and water in a small bowl until blended. Coat 7 to 10-inch nonstick omelet plan or skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat until hot. Pour in egg mixture. Mixture should set immediately at edges. Gently push cooked portions from the edges toward the center with an inverted turner or spatula so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot pan surface. Continue cooking, tilting the pan and gently moving cooked portions as needed. When top surface of eggs is thickened and no visible liquid remains, spread bean filling down the center of the omelet. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold sides over filling with turner or spatula. Slide the omelet onto a plate. Top with the remaining salsa. Serve immediately.
You can find more nutritious recipes to fuel your fun by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. To learn more about CEP please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.
About Colorado Egg Producers Association
The Colorado Egg Producers (CEP) Association is a membership organization representing seven 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. We are also proud to offer consumers the choice between cage, cage-free eggs, organic, nutrient enhanced, brown and white eggs. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. The seven CEP farms are Colorado Egg, LLC; Country Side Pullets; Hillside Egg Farm; Morning Fresh Farms; NestFresh; Opal Foods and Sparboe Farms. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit www.coloradoeggproducers.com.