This month is heart health month and as much as I love an adorably festive addition to holiday meals, this post is more about the importance of good heart health than it is about cute Valentine’s Day food. As a Burnbrae Farms Brand Ambassador and foodie, I’m sharing these pink heart shaped eggs with you because they are too cute, an easy last minute festive touch and they are good for you too.
Heart disease is the number one killer of Canadians, both male and female, and that’s why your heart should be top priority with regular check ups and eating a healthy diet full of minerals and vitamins and low in saturated and trans fats. It is well known that high cholesterol can contribute to heart disease but did you know that not all cholesterol is bad? Your liver makes most of the cholesterol in your body; eliminating all the good cholesterol, or High density lipoprotein (HDL), from your diet would hinder much needed nutrients your body needs.
Eggs are low in saturated fat and have zero trans fat. Research has shown that healthy adults can eat an egg a day without increasing the risk of heart disease or stroke. Forget the age old recommendation of an apple a day, eat an egg a day for a healthy heart.
For more information on why eggs are good for your heart, and the rest of your body, read the Benefits of Eggs.
How to Make a Heart Shaped Egg
Aren’t these heart shaped eggs cute? Mine didn’t turn out perfectly but I think they have much more character that way. I chose to dye the eggs pink for heart health month, and Valentine’s Day, but they are just as cute all white sliced up in a salad any time of year. I also didn’t cook my yolks completely hard but I think the gradient yolk almost looks like layers of hearts.
1 large juice box or milk carton
1 skewer or chopstick
hardboiled Burnbrae Farms shell eggs
red food colouring (optional)
- If you are using food colouring, set your hard boiled and peeled eggs in warm coloured water for a few minutes; a few drops of red food colouring was enough.
- Cut out a side of the empty juice box, clean and dry. Fold in half, lengthwise and place a hard boiled in the sleeve while it’s still warm.
- Place the skewer or chopstick lengthwise down the centre, making an imprint in the middle of the egg.
- Gently secure both ends in place with the elastics. The tighter you have the elastics, the deeper the indent will be. Repeat for as many eggs as you would like to make.
- Let sit in the fridge for 15 minutes minimum; carefully remove the elastics and chopstick to reveal the heart shaped egg, slice and serve.
Let me know if you try this tomorrow for Valentine’s Day. What are some of your favourite festive ways to enjoy your food?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am participating in the Burnbrae Farms Brand Ambassador program. All opinions are 100% my own.