Eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore. Even the king of burger joints, McDonald’s, is now offering eggs all day on its menu. But if you still feel a little strange eating eggs any time after 8 a.m., National Egg Day on June 3 is the perfect day to give these little bundles of protein a try well after you’ve had your morning coffee. Eggs went through a period of shunning in the nutritional community. Health professionals worried about the high cholesterol content of eggs. But after a revision of the American Heart Association’s guidelines in 2000, the health benefits of eggs outweighed concerns over cholesterol. The AHA says healthy adults can enjoy an egg per day and easily remain within the daily cholesterol limits. Eggs carry a relatively low caloric count of about 75 calories for an average sized egg, which is great for those looking to lose weight. And the 7 grams of protein in an average egg almost makes this a super food with a great calorie-to-protein ratio. So those of us who are big fans of poached, scrambled, over easy, hard boiled, fried, sunny side up, or soft boiled eggs can feel free to use National Egg Day to utter that timeless phrase, “How do you want your eggs?” And it doesn’t matter if it’s 7 a.m., 7 p.m., or somewhere in between. Eggs are great to eat anytime … or any day, for that matter.
National Egg Day Activities
1. Try eating a non-chicken egg
Although Americans primarily eat chicken eggs, that’s not the case in all cultures. Pheasant, quail, goose, gull, and turkey eggs are all popular to eat around the world, offering a slightly different taste from chicken eggs. Consider trying duck eggs, which have more of an orange and blue tint to them. Do you need more food at breakfast? An emu egg is equal to about 12 chicken eggs, while an ostrich egg is equal to about 24 chicken eggs. (It’s tough to imagine how many chicken eggs would equal the dinosaur egg Wilma poached for Fred every morning.)
2. Try a new recipe with eggs
Don’t let National Egg Day slip away without cooking a new egg recipe, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brinner, brunch, or a midnight snack. Perhaps you want to try a recipe that you’ve always liked at a restaurant, like an omelet or eggs benedict. Or consider trying an egg recipe from another culture, such as huevos Mexicana, Oyakodon (from Japan), or the French omelet au boudin de Nancy. (Every French recipe just naturally sounds great.)
3. Emphasize eggs in your day’s activities
Eggs aren’t just for eating on this day. Consider visiting the local zoo and see if you can learn more about birds and eggs in nature. Build a birdhouse with a transparent plastic back so you can see the eggs and the hatchlings as they develop. And because it’s June, consider playing Mythbusters at home and testing whether it’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.
Why We Love National Egg Day
A. They can be decorated and used in crafts
Although most people crack the egg shell over the frying pan and don’t think any further about it, uncracked eggshells are great for crafts. Of course, at Easter time, many people paint and decorate hard-boiled eggs. But you can use eggs in arts and crafts at other times too. Hollowed out eggs of all sizes — from ostriches to robins — are used in home crafts and decorations. Just make sure you hollow out the egg first, or you’re going to have a stinky, rotten mess down the road.
B. They can be prepared so many ways
We feel pretty confident in saying that, no matter how much you love eating egg dishes, you haven’t tried every possible way to cook eggs. (And if you’re sure you have, you should apply to be the permanent grand marshal of National Egg Day.) Eggs can be cooked alone or placed in other dishes. Because nearly every culture incorporates eggs into its cuisine, the number of worldwide egg recipes is almost endless.
C. They're good for the brain
Nutritionists have not only found that the nutritional value of eggs outweighs their cholesterol level, but that eggs have a positive effect on brain development and on memory enhancement. The nutrient choline, which is similar to the family of B vitamins, plays a part in the process of developing signaling molecules in the brain. This means moms should hide the sugary breakfast cereal when its test day at school for the kids; go with eggs instead!