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Egg Recall Still Growing – What to Eat Instead

In a “better safe than sorry” move, we bypassed the egg aisle during yesterday’s grocery shopping trip. The egg recall — which already includes 380 million eggs — is still growing.

Today another egg producer, Hillandale Farms of Iowa, announced they were voluntarily recalling eggs distributed to 14 states. At the same time, the CDC reports 1,953 cases of salmonella enteritidis between May 1 and July 31, up from an average of 700 during the same time period. Because reported cases have a two to three week lag time, experts expect that number to rise.

New measures that weren’t quite in place before the salmonella outbreak should help prevent future outbreaks, says the FDA.  Until those in charge sort this one out, however, we’ll be learning on these alternative, kid-friendly, healthy sources of protein instead:

  • Beans – Try black bean breakfast burritos or refried beans with shredded cheese on top.
  • Cheese:  Alternate chunks of cheese and fruit on a stick for a protein-packed kabob that kids can’t resist.
  • Peanut butter:  This old stand-by still packs a powerful punch of protein.  Try almond butter for a little variety.
  • Low-fat yogurt:  Whip up plain yogurt with berries then freeze into popsicle forms for a cool, creamy treat.
  • Hummus:  Get your kids hooked on this chickpea dip, and they might just start eating more vegetables, too!

Eggs are still our favorite go-to source for cheap, healthy protein, but there are plenty of alternatives out there for parents put off by this most recent recall.  What are your favorite protein-rich snack foods for kids?

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