Hi there! I’m technically still on vacation but wanted to pop on long enough to recap the Wake Up To Yellow event I attended back in May with the Egg Farmers of Canada. This was the Nova Scotia stop in a cross-Canada tour to surprise commuters with the opportunity to #WakeUpToYellow with free egg breakfasts to go!
Way back on May 16th I got up before the sun and headed into the city to meet up with the Wake Up To Yellow Team who was already set up in Grand Parade Square. I may have had to get up early to be there on time, but they were up even earlier getting everything set up and ready to go!
I arrived right around 8 am and the Egg Farmers’ Market was already bumping!
Not only did the surprised commuters get the chance to enjoy a free breakfast burrito or egg muffin,
or a pot of bright yellow flowers to help brighten up what was otherwise a dreary (and cold!) Tuesday morning.
For real, I believe my car said it was 3 degrees. Kayla and I had to do some fancy moves to try to keep ourselves warm!
Cold but still cute!
What was really fun about the event is they had a number of Nova Scotia Egg Farmers set up with their own tent, and each farm was serving breakfasts made with their own eggs!
Of course, another great way to keep warm was by sampling the products.
which was absolutely delicious! I do love a good breakfast burrito!
You can see in the photo above that they also had some egg fact cards as well as a recipe guide that people could pick up to help them learn a bit more about eggs and to give them some new ideas on how to use them.
Egg Facts: Yolk colour is influenced by what the hen eats. In Eastern Canada, where hens are typically fed corn, yolks are usually dark yellow in the colour. In Western Canada, where hens are typically fed wheat, the yolk is a paler yellow.
And of course, there were lots of local egg farmers on standby to answer any questions – we even got to interview one of them! And it just so happens, that we interviewed Peter Clarke who lives not far from where I live!
Below you can watch the compilation video for footage from all three events (and yes, that is my voice you hear at 0:42).
I’ve spent a lot of time these last few years trying to educate people on nutrition, and help them understand that foods like eggs are not only healthy for you but also that all Canadian eggs are always free of added steroids and hormones. And yet, it continues to shock me how many people still think eggs are “fatty” or unhealthy when that is so far from the truth.
Egg Facts: Eggs should be kept in their original carton so they don’t lose moisture or absorb odours from other foods. Keep them on the fridge shelf rather than in the door to avoid frequent temperature fluctuations. The consistent temperature limits moisture loss though the pores of the eggshell and keeps the egg fresh right up to the “best before date” that’s stamped on the exterior of the carton.
And if you purchase eggs from chickens who have been fed a diet which includes omega-3’s (usually from flax), you will get a higher dose of those heart healthy fats that you would if you consumed the flax yourself.
Flax seeds are rich in ALA which needs to be converted to EPA and DHA to be used in our body. The conversion rate in humans is only around 5-10% meaning you only get a small amount of useable omega-3’s when you consume them directly via flax and other vegetarian sources. The conversion rate in a chicken, however, is much higher (though I can’t recall the percentage off the top of my head), so when you eat an egg from a chicken who has a diet including flax, you get more usable Omega-3’s.
Omega-3’s are an essential fatty acid, help reduce inflammation and are lacking in most North American diets.
So my advice when purchasing eggs at the grocery store, if you are looking for a more nutritious egg, look for the omega eggs to get that added Omega-3 intake instead of worrying about white versus brown. If you like brown eggs, go ahead and buy them, just don’t think they are healthier just because they are brown!
Oh and for all of you who are dedicated to shopping local, you can rest assured that the eggs available in Nova Scotia stores are produced right here in Nova Scotia.
Egg Facts: On average, just seven days after an egg is laid, it arrives on grocery store shelves – but it can be as little as three days!
You can also find answers to all your egg related questions, including the always hot question: Are eggs high in cholesterol? Click here to get the answer so you can be the hit of your next dinner party like I always am when the topic of egg myths happens to come up, haha. #truestory
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for the Egg Farmers of Canada. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.