6th May sees the start of National Weening Week; a fantastic initiative aiming to add more clarity and less confusion to this important milestone for parents and babies.
Eggs are a nutrient dense food, and a great food to introduce to your baby when they are ready to wean (Government advice is 6 months +).
Here at St Ewe we are passionate about nutrition; for our hens and consumers no matter how big or small! Our Boost the Roost egg is our top choice for children – it is our ultra-nutritious egg naturally enriched with DHA Omega 3 & Selenium – these extra nutrients found in Boost the Roost stay even if they’re baked in a cake!
St Ewe’s Top 10 Egg Tips for Weaning;
- Eggs can be introduced at the first weaning stage
- Runny eggs are safe for children of any age to eat, if they have the Red Lion Mark on them. British Lion eggs are approved by the Food Standards Agency to be served runny, or even raw as Red Lion Eggs have eliminated salmonella
- Boost the Roost eggs contain high levels of DHA Omega 3 which helps brain, eye and nerve development, visual health and function.
- Boost the Roost eggs also contain selenium which boosts the immune system
- Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D which is essential for healthy bones and teeth.
- Eggs contain every Vitamin except Vitamin C
- The vitamins and minerals in the eggs (and there is a lot), do not disappear when cooking – unlike broccoli for example – so you can whip them up into a mousse and they’ll still be getting all the nutrients that eggs provide.
- There is emerging evidence that introducing eggs when weaning may be associated with a reduced risk of egg allergy later in childhood. (As egg is a known allergen introduce allergen foods separately so you can isolate any potential reactions)
- Eggs are easy for children to digest
- Eggs are high in protein
- Egg Muffins
- Dippy Eggs and Soldiers
- Boiled eggs and Smashed Avocado
- Scrambled eggs with marmite toast fingers
- Eggy Bread
- Cheese & Tomato Omelette
- Simple Egg Fried Rice
- Egg Heads & Cucumber Sticks (boiled eggs with a smiley face!)
- Banana & Egg Pancakes
- Chocolate Mousse
Don’t just take our word for it;
FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY: “Infants, children, pregnant women and elderly people can now safely eat raw or lightly cooked eggs that are produced under the British Lion Code of Practice.”
NHS CHOICES: “Eggs are a good choice as part of a healthy, balanced diet. As well as being a source of protein, they also contain vitamins and minerals. They can be part of a healthy meal that’s quick and easy to make.”