Protein Egg-cellence!

By EYN Partnership

The protein food group, which includes meat, fish, eggs, beans and nuts, is an important part of the diet for rapidly growing young children. Toddlers need 2 portions of protein-rich foods each day, or 3 portions if they are vegetarian.

Eggs are rich in protein and contain other nutrients - iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, B12, folate, iodine and omega 3s - making them a valuable contribution to the diet.

Eggs are a versatile and nutritious alternative source of protein to meat and fish, and are the ultimate fast food as they take minutes to prepare! Whether you are a vegetarian or not, try and include eggs as a main meal every now and then.

It is important to store and prepare eggs safely – more information can be found here.

Eggs taste great without the need for added salt. You can cook them without adding any fat if using a non-stick pan, or use a small amount of unsaturated oil or spread but steer clear of butter as this adds saturated fat. Here are some tips on how to include them in the diet and make them egg-citing for your little ones:

  • Make an omelette, adding onion, red and yellow peppers and new potatoes – a quick and easy main meal
  • Make scrambled eggs cooked and served on wholemeal toast
  • Try hard boiled eggs for breakfast or for a snack on the go
  • Draw a face on a hard-boiled egg to make your child smile at snack-time!
  • Offering sliced hard-boiled eggs as a snack choice in nurseries can be a useful way to enhance the vegetarian menu. 

Get cracking! And you can easily meet those daily protein portions for your little ones.