This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Egg Board. It was originally posted on Aug. 13, 2013 and the contest is now closed.
- Half of parents surveyed with kids aged 5-9, let their kids choose what’s for breakfast.
- Seventy-one percent of parents feed their kids eggs for breakfast on important days like the first day of school, test days or athletic events, compared to the twenty-six percent of parents who feed their kids cereal or breakfast bars on those days.
The first point stands out to me because I would think kids choose what they’d like for breakfast based on two main factors: 1) What do they see their parents eating for breakfast? 2) What are the available breakfast choices in the house? If we were to answer these questions, both responses have a common factor – parents setting an example (both by what they eat and what they buy). If the main option for breakfast in the house is cereal, of course a child is going to choose that. But if kids see their most important role models, their own parents, setting a good example by eating a nutritious breakfast with eggs, they would certainly be more inclined to follow their example.
In fact, with 71% of parents surveyed feeding their children a breakfast with eggs on important days, this certainly suggests that parents think eggs provide a more nutritious option than eggs. Additionally, survey results support this suggestion:
- Eighty-two percent of parents agree that eggs are a more nutritious breakfast than cereal because the protein in eggs keeps kids fuller longer.
- Eighty-four percent of parents say an egg breakfast is the best high-quality protein option to serve to kids.
Thanks to the American Egg Board, I will be serving an egg breakfast to Xander for ten days straight and forming opinions about the process. Nine other bloggers are doing the same, so it will be fun to read everyone’s opinions. As one of the two dietitians in the group, I already know that eggs have numerous benefits, such as preventing age-related conditions (due to antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin), maintenance of a healthy weight (due to the high-quality protein which provides a feeling of fullness), enhancing muscle health (due to high-quality protein content), promoting brain health (due to protein, omega 3 fatty acid and choline content), and many many more.
The Incredible Egg website has a wealth of information, including delicious quick and recipes you can make for yourself and kids. The first “fun” recipe I made Xander was the Egg, Sausage & Cheese Breakfast Breakfast Puzzle Sandwich. It’s fun to mix up our routine, as Xander’s current favorite egg recipes were simple scrambled eggs or scrambled eggs on top of quinoa. This sandwich was a huge hit though!
Preparing this recipe was quick and easy. I think it’s common for us to think a hot breakfast means time consuming preparation in the kitchen, but it really is simple. Microwaved and scrambled eggs take no time at all and eggs can even be baked ahead and reheated in the morning. Another (not-hot option) are hard boiled eggs. These are a staple in my house and I often find myself eating two hard boiled eggs and a piece of fruit for breakfast. I hope Xander learns to love hard boiled eggs as a breakfast and snack option as well!
Year Supply of Eggs Giveaway!!
One lucky winner has the chance to win a 1-year supply of eggs, valued at $100. (Winner will receive a $100 gift card to the grocery store of their choice!) To enter the giveaway, please answer the following prompt in the comment section below: What is your favorite back to school egg breakfast? Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends Tuesday August 27th, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the American Egg Board.