Eggs & Easter
Eggs are incredibly nutritious! [ Happy Easter! ]
- Vitamins A, D, E, K, B6, B12, B5, B2, folate, phosphorus, selenium, calcium, zinc and trace minerals are all inside eggs including 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.
- Eggs are high in cholesterol which is the molecule that carries your hormones (so it’s definitely important in the body!) but high cholesterol in a diet doesn’t mean high cholesterol in the blood and eggs don’t have adverse effects on blood cholesterol for most people- this is actually an inflammatory response in the body which signals a different mechanism. Don’t be afraid of high cholesterol foods, your body needs fats!
- Eggs contain Choline which is used to build cell membranes and has a role in producing signaling molecules in the brain; one egg contains about 100mg of choline which most people are lacking.
- Eggs contain the antioxidants Lutein and Zeaxanthin which help counteract some of the degenerative processes that contribute to your eyesight getting worse with age. (They are found in the yolk!) Eggs also contain high amounts of vitamin A who’s deficiency is the most common cause of blindness in the world.
- Because eggs contain a good amount of protein, they are a filling macronutrient that indices feelings of fullness and subsquentially reduce your overall caloric intake. Eating them for breakfast stabilizes your blood sugar which fuels the brain and energizes you for the day, making you more productive, improving your memory and satiating you longer.
Eggs symbolize new life and new beginnings, which is why they are traditionally used for Easter and to represent Spring. History.com tells that eggs were formally forbidden during the Lenten season, so people would decorate and paint them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, enjoying them on Easter as a celebration! .
The DIY eggs featured above were naturally dyed with beets, onions and red cabbage, then splattered with gold paint by the girls over at @honestlywtf So gorgeous!
Check out their how-to tutorial on @honestlyyum
Happy Easter from Rome from me and my circle of friends, where it’s celebrated on Sunday with family and on Monday with friends. Picnics, gatherings, and get togethers are common since everyone takes the day off on Easter Monday to hang out for Pasquetta. We headed to the countryside for a mega coursed feast with handmade and handcut pasta, grilled radiccio, chicken, artichokes, steak and potatoes, regional wine, grappa, many many cakes and easter eggs, coffee.. just wonderful! I hope your Easter weekend was as lovely as mine.