April 19, 2011

Eggs Make Lunch Time Easier

Packing healthy lunches can be a daunting task in a convenience driven market, advocating that it is easier to buy ready-made sandwiches from the grocery store or cafeteria than to spend time in the morning making your own. However, where your children are concerned, how can you be sure they’re getting the nutrients they need throughout their busy week? For the convenience, many people find themselves giving up their say about what goes into their family’s food. What if you could have the best of both these worlds? There are healthy meals out there that do not take a long time to prepare.

The key to a healthy lunch is a healthy main – the main is what provides your child with the energy they need to complete their school day. Though it’s easier to buy pre-packaged cold cuts for sandwiches, these foods contain an excessive amount of salt and are highly processed. Eggs are an ideal protein alternative – they are quick to cook and you can add them into sandwiches, stir-fry, mac-n-cheese, soups or salads. If your child must buy a ready-made salad for example, pack a hardboiled egg for them to add to their lunch or to eat as a snack earlier in their day.

If your family has a sweet tooth, visit getcracking.ca for baking recipes the kids will love that are fast, easy, and will help you cut down the artificial sugars from your family’s diet.

This is one of the simplest egg recipes for kids of all ages and all you need to do to get started iswhisk together eggs and sugar in a small bowl then set aside, then heat cream in a saucepan over medium-low heat until it bubbles; once foam is created around the edge, remove the cream from the heat. Steadily whisk about 125 mL of half & half into the egg mixture, then whisking this mixture into the saucepan with the cream. Bring the saucepan back to medium heat, stirring constantly; the mixture will thicken in 7-9 minutes, do not overcook. Once thickened, remove the mixture from heat and stir in vanilla.

Pour the custard into four ramekins or tin serving bowls, setting it down to cool. Then, cover and store in the refrigerator, ideally for a few hours is best, as the custard will thicken as it cools. For additional sweetness, sprinkle brown sugar over each custard bowl, then either blowtorch to caramelize or place under the broiler until the tops brown.

Eating as many whole foods as possible is important for your family to sustain a healthy lifestyle. In a world where this is not always made easy, and where convenience is prioritized (often out of necessity), eggs are an excellent protein source. They are flexible to cook with, and rich in nutrients so you can trust your family is getting what they need without adding hassle to your day.

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