(Family Features) The school year can be full of challenges, but fueling kids for a full day of learning tops the priority list. Affordable and easy to prepare, eggs are a key ingredient for successful days in the classroom. From a wide variety of breakfast options for even the pickiest of eaters to a nearly limitless menu of lunches, eggs keep kids full and energized to conquer each school day.
As one of the only foods that naturally have vitamin D, eggs offer a nutrient critical for building strong bones. Eggs also help the body absorb nutrients like vitamin E and carotenoids that are found in plant foods, making them a perfect partner for veggies that might be a hard sell for some kids. Additionally, they’re one of the best sources of choline, which is critical for brain health and development at every age and stage.
What’s more, between learning and downtime, many kids spend a lot of hours in front of electronic screens. The lutein and zeaxanthin found in egg yolks can help protect their eyes from harmful blue light.
Try these easy recipes that support eye health, brain health, and nutrient absorption, and are easy to prepare ahead of time. To learn more about the nutritional benefits of eggs and find more family-friendly recipes featuring eggs, search #ProteinPrepSchool on social media or visit IncredibleEgg.org.
Simple Egg Salad Sandwich
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
6 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
8 slices rustic wheat bread
4 lettuce leaves
In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper. Add chopped eggs, celery, and green onions; mix well.
Refrigerate, covered, to blend flavors.
Serve on wheat bread with lettuce leaves.
Source: American Egg Board