Whether your backyard chickens are over-achieving, or you’re trying to add more protein to your diet, these 101+ egg recipes will inspire you to use eggs in your diet.
Eggs are a staple in our diet here at the homestead. Not only do we have backyard chickens that provide fresh, grass-fed eggs daily, they also fertilize our yard and act as bug control.
Nutritional Benefits of Egg Recipes
Eggs have been an important part of the human diet since the beginning of time. There was a phase where eggs were frowned upon for having a lot of cholesterol in the yolk, but luckily that phase was short-lived.
Not only are eggs a great source for high quality protein, they contain 11 vitamins and minerals, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. In fact, they contain some nutrients that are hard to find in other foods.
If you want to learn more about how important omega-3 fatty acids are for our mental well-being and for fighting depression, check out this TED talk that I love:
Not only do eggs have that ever-important omega-3s, ONE egg contains:
- 40% of your daily vitamin D (another important nutrient for fighting depression!)
- Roughly 6.3 grams of protein
- 25% of your daily folate requirements
- 12% of your Vitamin B2
- 20% of your daily selenium
- Vitamins A, E, B5, B12, iron, iodine and phosphorus (SOURCE)
Iodine is also super important in our modern diet. Vegetables grown on the East Coast (where I live) naturally have iodine in them, because our soil used to be at the bottom of the ocean and contain the remains of millions of years of dead seaweed.
However, the majority of crops grown in the United States are grown in the mid-west, whose soil lacks iodine. I believe there’s a correlation between the majority of our food being grown in the bread basket and the increase in thyroid disorders.
The protein found in eggs contain all nine essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot produce itself, and so MUST be consumed. When your body needs to create a new tissue, it must have the exact formula of amino acids. (SOURCE)
Eating eggs ensures that your body can always create new tissues by having the required amino acids available!
Eggs are amazing!
But not all eggs are created the same. Eggs you buy in the store are laid by chickens, cramped in cages too small to stand up in. Their beaks are shaved off to prevent them for destroying themselves or their pen-mates as a result of their stress. (See this publication by PennState – scroll about halfway down the page to see how commercial egg layers live).
The food is 100% grain – an unhealthy source of omega-6’s. Even “free range” will often never go outside, eat grass or bugs, or see the sunshine.
Having your own backyard chickens is super economical, you’ll get much healthier eggs, and the entertainment of watching tiny dinosaurs stalk grasshoppers across your lawn.
For more information on raising your own backyard chickens, check out:
- Heritage chicken breeds for the homestead
- How to save money on your poultry feed bill
- Everything you need to raise baby chicks
Whether you have chickens or not, these egg recipes will give you 101 creative ways to add more eggs in your diet!