The Fooblie Guide to Eggs

Food is food! But… some foods the nutrition experts at Fooblie get real excited about. Why? They have benefits for everyone – from pregnancy to childhood. Eggs is one of these foods. So how do you feed eggs to baby and the rest of the fam? Read on to learn why we love eggs and the best way to feed them to your family. 

Eggs pack a powerful nutrition punch

Did you know there are 9 amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that your body can’t make that you have to get from food? Eggs have all 9 of these essential amino acids, and this earns the egg the title of a ‘complete protein’. So if you can eat eggs, it’s a nice go-to.  Eggs also help protect your vision and brain, and because of that it’s a great food to eat if you are pregnant.

Choline for the win

Listen up pregnant mamas: choline is just as important as folate to a growing baby. Shocked you haven’t heard of it? Us too. Choline prevents neural tube defects and helps with baby brain development. Eggs is one of the best source of choline (and liver). Two eggs have 1/2 recommended intake needed per day. 

Most prenatal vitamins only have 10% of the daily recommended amount of choline. This one has 100% and it’s one reason why it’s our favorite. Read more about prenatal vitamins. 

A great first food

How do you feed baby eggs? An omelet is the easiest way to do it. If you are doing the baby-led weaning approach cut it up into strips the size of your thumb.  Baked eggs in muffins and other foods is another way that counts. Now what about hard boiled eggs? These can be a choking hazard and hard for little ones under 9 months to pick up. If you want to feed your baby hard boiled eggs, try it as a egg salad.

Feed baby eggs early and often 

Recent research shows that introducing peanuts early can help prevent peanut allergies in the future. This ‘early and often’ approach to food allergens is starting to be normalized. We think this makes a lot of sense and the same goes for other foods. One study was really promising. So feeding baby egg as a first food is OK! It is actually encouraged to feed baby egg at 6 months when your child can sit supported and is interested in eating. Check out our baby’s first food guide.

Eggs are great for kids 

Eggs are wonderful for the rest of the family too. Why? Eating an egg for breakfast helps us feel full for longer.

And for pregnant mamas 

For pregnant women, an egg or two in the morning can reduce those pesky cravings later in the day and can slow down rapid weight gain. Plus, the nutrition eggs pack, from zinc to choline are the right stuff to fuel a growing baby and mom-bod!

A lot of people are allergic to eggs!

Say what?? It is possible and actually very common! Eggs are one of the “top 8”, or most common food allergens. That means by law if an egg is an ingredient in a packaged food it must be labeled. For all those parents out there who are managing an egg allergy, you are a hero. If you are new to this, check out our food allergy basics.

Know a child with an egg allergy? Try some of these awesome egg-free treats next time they come over. Ask any vegan, you can make some pretty amazing baked goods that don’t contain eggs. One of our favorite resources for eliminating eggs from recipes is from Peta. Check out their round up of 24 ways to substitute eggs here.

Wait, I thought eggs have cholesterol and that is bad

That’s actually old news. There was no proof that eggs are bad. Now the American Heart Association recommends one egg a day in healthy adults.

Brown eggs are not any healthier than white eggs

The color of the shell does not tell you anything about the nutrition of the egg. The color of the egg shell just depends on the breed of the hen. So pick any color eggshell you want that fit your budget.

Buy pasture-raised eggs

Compared to commercially raised eggs, pasture raised eggs have 30% more Vitamin A, double the Vitamin E and Omega-3 is 2.5 times greater.

Need more egg-spiration? 

Check out our favorite recipes here, talk to a nutrition expert or just browse our free stuff. You’ve got this!