Valentine’s Day is coming up and in honor of this love filled holiday, how about making something for that special someone from the heart? February sparks romance and love… and that reminds me of the romantic city of Paris. When I visited Paris years ago, I remember how there were lines of people waiting to get their hands on French Macaron cookies. These cookies were delicate, beautiful and so delicious. Making them were a challenge but they can be done. And you can make them for your loved ones too!
Aside from Valentine’s Day, February is a special month dedicated to heart health. As a result, I’ve partnered up with Eggland’s Best for “Recipes From Your Heart” to support American Heart Month! Eggs are critical in making French Macarons… so making these cookies will not only be a welcome surprise for them to enjoy but beneficial for their health! Did you know? Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs contain:
10 times more Vitamin E
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to protect body cells and tissues whether in the heart, skin, lungs, joints or elsewhere in the body. Antioxidants are nutrients in our foods which can prevent, or slow down, the oxidative damage to our bodies. Each EB egg contains 10 times more Vitamin E than ordinary eggs, which is equal to 25% of the recommended daily intake for Vitamin E.
4 times more Vitamin D
Vitamin D aids in the body’s absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. It is important for maintaining muscle strength, healthy body fat levels, and body tissue health. Each EB egg contains 4 times more Vitamin D than ordinary eggs, which is equal to 30% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin D.* (*based on third-party testing of ordinary eggs)
More than double the Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids are classified as essential fatty acids because they are important for maintaining good health. Omega-3’s are believed to be beneficial for heart health, brain and eye function, infant development, and alleviating hypertension. Our bodies do not produce omega-3’s naturally, therefore, they must be obtained from food sources.
25% less saturated fat
Reducing the amount of saturated fat is recommended for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and cardiovascular functions.
3 times more Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is important for healthy protein metabolism, as well as cognitive, cardiovascular, and nervous system health. Vitamin B12 is needed for the process of converting carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from food into energy. It also helps form healthy red blood cells.
38% more lutein
Lutein is an important antioxidant that helps maintain healthy vision and overall eye health. Lutein may slow the effects of age-related macular degeneration, and it is an important nutrient for those who may be at risk for cataracts
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