Today’s guest post is from Colorado Egg Producers, a membership organization that represents seven farms throughout Colorado. They share tips for eating healthier and getting fit for summer using affordable, high quality, delicious eggs.

With the weather getting warmer, it is natural to turn toward getting fit and healthy for summer. Many people begin eating healthier, exercising more and losing weight in anticipation of summer activities that need energy or in trepidation of bikini season. Those who pursue these admirable feats can prime themselves for success by including one staple in their daily diets: eggs. Often overlooked as a powerhouse of nutrition, one egg provides essential nutrients and high quality protein necessary to help you achieve and maintain health goals year round.

The nutrients in eggs provide vitamins and minerals that protect against chronic disease and also supply the quality protein necessary for muscle development. Eggs are a great, healthy breakfast option because they keep you alert and full all day. Eggs can also help build muscle mass if eaten after a workout.

Eggs are packed with an abundance of nutrients and have only 75 calories. One serving has 13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein including all nine essential amino acids, as well as healthy unsaturated fats. By eating eggs for breakfast, individuals will feel fuller, more satisfied and more focused throughout the day.

The nutrients found in eggs can improve various health issues, as well. According to the American Egg Board, eating eggs can help you achieve your optimum health in the following areas:

• Weight management: The high-quality protein in eggs helps you to feel fuller longer and stay energized, which contributes to maintaining a healthy weight.
• Muscle strength and muscle-loss prevention: Research indicates that high-quality protein may help active adults build muscle strength and help prevent muscle loss in middle-aged and aging adults.
• Healthy pregnancy: Egg yolks are an excellent source of choline, an essential nutrient that contributes to fetal brain development and helps prevent birth defects. Two eggs provide about 250 milligrams of choline, or roughly half of the recommended daily intake for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

CEP is committed to doing what’s right for its community, as illustrated by the regular donation of thousands of eggs to food banks throughout the state. Egg farmers throughout Colorado pride themselves on providing eggs to Coloradans. You can find locally produced, fresh, wholesome and safe eggs in the dairy case of your favorite Colorado supermarkets. For more facts and information about eggs and CEP, including a list of where to buy Colorado eggs, please visit