As Easter rolls around again, we’re hit with the sweet temptation of brightly foiled chocolate eggs in every supermarket aisle. Whilst one cheeky Cadbury Creme Egg isn’t going to break your health bank, an Easter Sunday chocolate binge might!
Why risk a sugar crash when you can swap some chocolate eggs for more traditional real hen eggs that you can dye and decorate at home?
The best thing is eggs are a little bombshell of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are great for your skin.
HIGH IN PROTEIN
Whole eggs contain a complete protein, which provides your body with a source of amino acids. These amino acids act as ‘building blocks’ to help generate new proteins within your skin cells, namely collagen and elastin. The result is firmer feeling and smoother looking skin.
A RICH SOURCE OF CHOLINE
Egg yolks are one of the richest dietary sources of the B-complex vitamin choline. Your body can only make a small amount of choline, so it relies on food sources to maintain sufficient levels. Choline helps to maintain an adequate level of B vitamins, which help in production of collagen and elastin. It also has antioxidant properties that fight free radical damage to your skin.
CELL RENEWING VITAMIN A
Eggs are also a good source of vitamin A, which promotes surface skin cell renewal, smoothing the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
HOW TO DYE AN EGG
- Hard boil as many eggs as you desire and wait for them to cool completely.
- In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup of boiling water, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 10 drops of food colouring of your choice. You can make as many different bowls of colour as you like.
- Bathe your hard-boiled egg in the coloured solution for 4 – 5 minutes. The longer you leave them in, the deeper the colour will be.
- Using tongs or a slotted spoon, lift the egg out of the coloured solution, blot off excess colour with kitchen towel and leave on a sheet of baking paper to dry.
- Once dry, you can decorate further with marker pens or coloured glitter glue.
A GREEK EASTER TRADITION
In Greece, it has been a long celebrated Easter tradition to dye hard-boiled chicken eggs red, and then gather around the Easter table to play the fun game of tsougrisma (roughly translating to ‘clink together’).
To play, each person holds a red egg around the middle. The first player taps the end of their egg against the end of the second player’s egg. The goal is to crack the opponent’s egg without cracking your own egg. When one egg is cracked, the winner uses their uncracked egg to try and crack the next player’s egg. Everyone has a turn against each other and the winner is the one who successfully cracks all the eggs without cracking their own. It is said they will have good luck during the year.
We know what will be in our Easter baskets on Easter Sunday morning!