Monday, August 15, 2016

Wake up to eggs this school year with Mini Breakfast Pizzas from the Ohio Poultry Association....

The Jackson Five Family was compensated by the OPA for sharing these fun egg facts, tips and recipes However, all opinions are honest and our own!

It's that time again --kids and teachers are heading back-to-school. One of the most important things to start the day and school year just right is a healthy, protein packed breakfast. Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast have better concentration during the school day hours than kids who skip the morning meal. They are also less prone to obesity and illness, leading to fewer sick days.

Today I'm excited to share some fun tips, facts and a delicious recipe from the Ohio Poultry Association to help you and your family 'Wake Up to Eggs this school year!

Wake Up to Eggs: 

* On busy school days, wake up to eggs! Eating a protein-rich breakfast keeps kids stay full for hours. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein! 
* Not only do eggs leave kids feeling fuller longer, but eggs also contain 13 essential nutrients and 6 grams of high-quality protein, all for only 70 calories. 

* A healthy breakfast fuels the brain. Research shows that kids who eat breakfast have higher test scores, improved attendance and better class participation. 

* Scrambled, fried or hard-boiled — there’s usually at least one option for cooking eggs that even the pickiest kids like! Nutrient-dense breakfasts including eggs have been shown to help children focus and perform better in school.

* Unlike most cereals and yogurt, eggs only contain one ingredient – “eggs.” They don’t contain sugar or carbs, either. And, at just 17¢ a serving, they’re the least expensive source of high-quality protein. In fact, the protein in eggs is the highest-quality protein found in any food. 

* Prep for the week by making a batch of hard-boiled eggs to pack in lunches and use in recipes such as easy egg salad. Watch this easy-to-follow video to find out how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs! 


  I'm from Ohio, the 2nd largest egg farming state in the nation producing more than 9 billion eggs each year -- can you imagine, 9 BILLION --WOW!  

One egg farming family lives right here in Mercer County. Take a virtual tour of the Lochtefeld farm, you never know your eggs might just come from them. 


So what will you be making for breakfast this school year? My kids love pizza and it's usually a no-no for breakfast, but why not let them have it with these Mini Breakfast Pizzas I'm about to share...


4 eggs, beaten * 1/3 cup pizza sauce * 2 English muffins (split and toasted) * 1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (2 oz.) * Dried oregan leaves


1. Heat oven to 450°F. Coat large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat until hot. 

2. Pour in eggs. As eggs begin to set, gently pull the eggs across the pan with an inverted turner, forming large soft curds. Continue cooking -- pulling, lifting and folding eggs – until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly. Remove from heat. 

3. Spread pizza sauce evenly on muffin halves; place on baking sheet. Top with eggs and cheese, dividing evenly.

4. Bake in 450°F oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano.

Notes:  Pizzas can be baked in toaster oven at 450°F until cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

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