Breaking with a past bad reputation, 2014 was recently named the “Year of the Egg” because eggs are rich in nutrients, contain 13 essential vitamins and minerals, and their caloric count of just 70 calories. Also, eggs are affordable and versatile; they are available all year long and can be eaten at any meal and fit into a lot of healthy diet programs.

Although eggs are small in size, they are known for they high-quality lean protein, which provides mental and physical energy to keep you moving on those busy days. In addition, eggs assist brain function for adults by upholding the structure of brain cell membranes and brain’s neurotransmitters. Also, they are a great source of chlorine, an essential nutrient that makes an important contribution to healthy pregnancies by preventing birth defects and promoting fetal brain development.  According to the American Egg Board, an egg’s nutrients play an important role in the promotion of weight management, muscular development, eye health among others.

Eggs can be eaten on their own in many ways -scrambled, sunny side up, poached, or boiled-  or as a part of a recipe.  For example, beans & eggs, quinoa salad with fried egg, salmon and pistachio patties, baked eggs with creamed kale and turkey bacon, quiches, and many other meals.

Adding eggs into your diet can benefit your health in a number of ways, can help you manage your weight, and you can enjoy them as a healthy breakfast, as side dish, hors d’ oeuvres, or as simple as a powerful snack. Let eggs be part of your life any day because they are available in all seasons.

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