|Sophia is an egg head!|
I am a big believer in eggs. I know that when we eat better quality eggs my kids are fuller longer. I also know that they are fast and easy and full of important fatty acids. I am also a big believer in high quality eggs, preferably from hens living on pasture and enjoying a bug-eating existence and which produce a very different egg. My farm eggs, from hens eating bugs and veggie scraps, have delicious orange yolks and seriously tough shells, shells of many colors depending on the breed of the bird, the diet and the time of year. Sometimes I have to really smack that egg hard against the side of the bowl to make a dent in it. Once, when finishing conventional eggs leftover from a camping trip with some other families I picked up the egg and literally smashed it to pieces because I cracked it too hard. Then, when I served the kids the scrambled eggs no one would eat them because they were "white" and tasteless. I know the difference that real eggs make. What's more is that the kids know, even if they don't understand why.
Real Food Freaks are having an egg challenge at their blog asking readers to eat pastured (not pasteurized or heat treated but from hens on pasture and not fed soy) eggs for a week and see if they notice a difference, see HERE. The idea is to eat quality eggs for one week and store eggs for another and write about the difference in you, the eggs, anything. One of these essays will be posted on their blog. I think this is worth trying, so much so that I recently discussed adding high quality eggs into the diet as a goal for the new year for each of you, see HERE. There I linked to a post HERE on just what to do with those eggs, if you are looking for more ideas. I think this project is really worth doing, I think all of you should enter, but I am not so naive to think that some of you are resistant because of cost.
But let's be honest, these eggs are more expensive. There are some families who simply cannot afford to eat only soy-free, pastured eggs. These families will need to take advantage of the best quality eggs they can afford, such as high vitamin eggs which are not organic. I would much rather you eat these eggs in abundance rather than reduce eggs in your diet to eat the best quality eggs. But many of the people who tell me they can't afford them could actually do so if they made different choices. A good amount of eggs in the diet is at least one dozen every two weeks per person which for my local hobby farmer (who attends my church) comes out to $10 a month per person although some people will have to pay as much as $20 per person per month. Where can you find $20 a month in your budget?
- One less grande mocha from Megabucks a week
- Three fewer magazines a month from the supermarket checkout racks
- One less vending machine drink per day while at work or school (make lambics, kombucha, and water kefir instead)
- Pack leftovers and skip going out for lunch twice in the month
- Stop buying breakfast cereal and spend that money on eggs
There are small daily choices we make as to how we spend our money that could be more deliberately made. So the next time you think you can't afford better quality eggs, think about what else you seem to be able to afford.
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