An Ode to the Incredible, Edible Egg…
June 3, 2017
We all (probably) remember the famous “incredible, edible egg” commercial. Right? Well, if you don’t, here’s a leap back in time for a much-needed refresher course.
We’ll wait while you watch…
Okay, done? Great! Let’s talk egg business.
First thing’s first: Are they really all they’re cracked up to be?
Believe it or not, this a case in which advertising lands on the truthful end of the spectrum. They’re good, good for you and can be done in a multitude of ways.
Plus, despite what we tell our kids, you can really have them at any time of the day! But I digress…
Let’s get down to the important point: eggs are both delicious AND important – mainly because they’re essential to the development of healthy children. And while we used to believe that feeding our little ones eggs at an early age caused an allergy, modern research suggests otherwise.
So when can you start giving those little suckers their first eggs? Researchers suggest by about six months old. But of course, consult with a doctor first. Just to be safe.
How do I introduce eggs to my baby?
Great question! While each case is unique given the individual child, here’s an idea that has worked for us – one we wholeheartedly suggest you try:
Start by boiling the egg till it’s hard. Then, take the yoke and put in the First Spoons vegetable or fruit puree – we know… shameless plug, but hey, it’s seriously delicious – and stir. Stir well!
We suggest using about ¼ of the egg yoke to start. This way you can see how well your child takes to the taste. Also, let’s be real: baby stomachs are verrrry small. They’re also remarkably sensitive. So because of that, be sure to constantly observe your child as they’re testing out their first egg.
Admittedly, yes, here’s where that fear of allergies comes into play. But don’t freak out. Keep trying this recipe for a week or two; then, if nothing seems to be wrong, add in some more yoke – about ½ of it.
(Hope you don’t mind, but here’s another plug: After a while you’ll want to add some more ingredients to the puree mixture. For that, hit up our very own Healthy MIX puree. Just saying.)
What kinds of eggs are safe?
Like everything else, do your research. Put on that investigative hat and see what’s out there. Read blogs, check out books, watch videos, etc. We typically stress buying organic if you can. Anything grass-fed tends to be a safe bet, in our opinion.
What can I do with the rest of the egg?
Um… put it on your head? No, we’re kidding. Don’t do that.
What you can actually do is what your first thought (probably) was: eat it! But only for six months or so – after your little one turns a year old, feel free to give them the whole egg.
But remember: ALWAYS boil or cook the egg in some capacity. (Honestly, we realize you probably wouldn’t give your kids raw eggs, but we figured we’d tell you just in case.)
Added bonus: After you’ve got yourself an egg-eating kiddo, you can spread the word to other newbies and fill them in on the oh, so wonderful benefits of introducing the incredible, edible egg to children.
“Oh, is Billy still eating sugary cereal? Well not my kid!” (Hint: Billy’s mom will thank you soon.)
Finally, remember… have fun!
Cooking is fun. Having children is fun. So cooking for your children should also be …say it with us… FUN!
Use this as an opportunity to show you children how you peel an egg or even how you break one. There’s no way they won’t enjoy it. Because hey, it’s never too early to show them the awesome power of the incredible, yes, edible egg!