A family trip to a local farm for pick your own blueberries (summer doesn't get much better!) led to some wonderful discoveries and additions to our plates. Not only did we come home with some awesome grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork to enjoy this week, but we discovered DUCK EGGS! I don't know why I hadn't tried them before; even my local grocery store has started offering other egg varieties, but something about the fresh-from-the-farm allure got me excited. After digging into the nutritional benefits of these creamy and delicious gems, I may just be a convert.
On the left: Cage-free brown chicken egg from the grocery store
On the right: Pasture-raised duck egg fresh from the farm
8 Reasons to Try a Duck Egg Today:
1. 5 x the vitamin B-12 found in chicken eggs. 1 duck egg provides the total daily recommendation of B-12!
2. 2 x the amount of vitamin A found in chicken eggs, helping boost immune function and cell health.
3. Higher in Omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great anti-inflammatory food.
4. Higher in selenium which helps promote thyroid hormone production.
5. 3 x the iron of chicken eggs making them a great protein source for non-meat eaters.
6. 2 x the potassium and 50% more magnesium than chicken eggs, making them great sources of essential electrolytes which help prevent dehydration in the context of a higher-fat/low carb diet.
7. 50% more heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids than chicken eggs, making them a great high-fat protein source.
8. Stay fresher longer due to their thicker shell.
No wonder that duck egg yolk just looks so much prettier - it's jam-packed with nutrients! Scrambled or as part of a cheesy, veggie-packed omelet is my preparation of choice to highlight the intense flavor and creamy consistency of these nutrition powerhouses. Enjoy!