COLUMBUS, Ga. -
Beth Bussey, R. D. took time out to visit with us and talk about healthy ways to enjoy Easter. Watch the clip to find out why she says eggs are a good food choice. Also, there may be more than one way to boil an egg!
Bussey explained that when selecting eggs for your household, look for eggs from vegetarian fed and cage free hens. She said this will help provide the perfect protein and nutrients your eggs should contain.
Healthy Easter Baskets
- Create a themed basket such as a Garden theme with seed packets, kid-sized tools, flat stones to decorate to label plants, and watering can; or an artist basket with sidewalk chalk and other items to refresh art supplies – kids may even want to hand paint and decorate eggs; or a warm weather basket with bubbles, jump rope, skates, and new toys for the sand box; and a little chef basket with muffin mixes, fresh berries, and kid-sized kitchen utensils.
- Fill plastic eggs with non candy items such as stickers, tattoos, Play-Doh, or spare change.
- Let kids experience the fun of dying hard-boiled eggs instead of using plastic eggs.
- Stick with high quality candy that does not list hydrogenated fats in the ingredient list. Consider dark chocolate and other sweet treats that incorporate dried fruits, nuts and seeds.
- To reap the benefits of dark chocolate, choose a bar with 70 percent or more cacao. Healthy bonus points: Cacao has been shown to help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for coronary heart disease. Make sure the first ingredient on the label reads "cocoa butter" or "cocoa liquor." When sugar is the first ingredient, it may taste sweeter, but it has far fewer health benefits.
- Learn to cook a perfect egg! And enjoy eating it! Gently place eggs in a large sauce pan with lid. Cover eggs with about one inch of water over the top of the eggs. Place lid on saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let sit for 12 minutes covered.
For more tips, visit these websites provided by Beth Bussey, R. D.