Easter Egg Fun For Whole Family

Easter weekend is a fun time to enjoy healthy WIC foods and get outdoors with the kids. We have rounded up some great activities and fun recipes featuring the season’s best food: eggs.

Whether you are coloring, hunting or eating them, there are so many fun ways to enjoy these nutritious little nuggets.

COLORING EGGS

Pick up a dozen eggs for your kiddos to color this Easter. We have made a step-by-step guide for coloring eggs in this blog post. This is a great activity for kids of all ages. Plus, they will love eating the results of their creative activity.

HUNTING EGGS

There is no better way to welcome spring than to enjoy some outside time with the kids in the fresh spring air. Hunting for eggs is such a fun outdoor activity for kids and adults alike. If you aren’t up for hiding colored eggs where you live, search social media for fun neighborhood egg hunts close to where you live. Another way to find a nearby egg hunt is to search on Google. Here is a search for you to see San Antonio area egg hunts.

EATING EGGS

Eggs are so delicious and nutritious. It’s why they are a favorite WIC food. Here are a few great recipes to enjoy for Easter:

MICROWAVE EGG, CHEESE & PEPPER COFFEE MUG SCRAMBLE

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons milk

2 tablespoons cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon chopped tomato

1 teaspoon minced pickled jalapeño pepper, optional

Pinch each salt and pepper

Whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, tomato, jalapeño, salt, and pepper. Pour into well-greased 12-oz microwave-safe mug or mason jar. Microwave on High for 30 seconds; Stir. Microwave for 70 to 80 seconds or until eggs are puffed and set. Substitute prepared salsa for the chopped tomato and jalapeño if desired.

Make this recipe from the American Egg Board ahead of time for an amazing Easter breakfast:

Simple Breakfast Strata

4 Slices whole grain bread

4 Eggs

½ cup milk

½ teaspoon dried thyme or oregano leaves

6 slices Canadian-style bacon, chopped

½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2 oz.)

Place bread in a single layer in greased 8-inch square baking dish. Beat eggs, milk, and thyme in a medium bowl until blended; pour over bread. Sprinkle with bacon. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes or as long as overnight. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove strata from refrigerator; uncover and let stand while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, in the center of 350°F oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and strata is puffed, golden and firm in the center, about 5 minutes longer.

By |2022-04-14T10:51:01-05:00April 14th, 2022|Kid Activity, Recipes, San Antonio, Texas WIC, Videos, WIC Food|0 Comments

I’m Dying! A Guide To Coloring Eggs

Coloring Eggs Is Fun.

Bonus: They Are Also A Healthy WIC Food

Dying eggs is the perfect kid-friendly activity. It’s also a great way to get creative and take a break from adulting. It’s a complete bonus that once you are done you have a super nutritious meal or snack ready to eat. Another Bonus: Eggs are also a WIC food.

If you haven’t dyed eggs before (or even if you have and need a refresher), we have created a step-by-step guide with lots of pointers to help you make your eggs all your own. There are even a few tips to help make your colored egg one of the most creative around. At the end of all the fun, there will be lots of yummy recipes to try featuring boiled eggs as the main ingredient.

So let’s roll up our sleeves and have some fun. Then, let’s eat!

A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO COLORING EGGS

STEP 1: GATHER SUPPLIES

Eggs, as many as you want

Food Coloring (or an egg color kit)

Water and Pan and Slotted Spoon or Colander for boiling eggs

Bowls or Cups or other containers for dying eggs. They can be plastic to help make this a more-kid friendly activity, but by all means use what you have.

Vinegar

If you want to make your eggs extra fancy, you can use Crayons, Tape, String

STEP 2: BOIL EGGS

Place eggs in a pot. Cover the eggs completely in an inch of water. Bring the water to boil. Boil eggs, for a fully cooked yolk, for 10 minutes.

STEP 3: DRAIN, COOL EGGS

Drain your eggs using a colander and let them cool completely before dying them. You can cool off hot eggs by running cold water over them. Hot eggs can be harmful for little kids to handle so make sure they have cooled completely before going to the next step.

STEP 4: PREP DYE

To prep egg dye: mix ½ cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar and about 15 drops of food coloring. You can add more or less food dye depending on the result you would like. Also, mix colors to create new colors. Experiment. This can be fun. Just make sure the dye has cooled before dying the eggs.

BONUS STEP: EGG DECORATION

You can draw a design or picture on your egg with a crayon before you dye your egg. Wherever you place crayon on the egg, the dye won’t show on the egg. You also use tape or string to cover parts of your egg you wish not to dye. Use as much imagination as you wish.

STEP 5: DYE YOUR EGGS

Use a utensil of your choice to emerge the egg into the bowl filled with dye. Let it sit about 5 minutes total and then remove the egg. You can remove the egg with a slotted spoon or tongs. Place your egg back into the egg carton packaging or on a plate to dry.

Store eggs in the refrigerator until ready to eat.

ENJOY!

EGGS ARE NUTRITIOUS

Once you have completed coloring your eggs, you will have lots of hard boiled eggs to make some great recipes.

Eggs are a super healthy ingredient to add to your menu. They are also a WIC-approved ingredient. Eggs provide Protein, have roughly 70 calories per egg and are packed with nutrition, including Vitamin A, Folate, B Vitamins, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Zink, Phosphorus and Selenium.

It’s no surprise why many people might choose to start their day with an egg. Eggs, of course, can be enjoyed during any meal.

One of the most popular ways to eat boiled eggs is to make egg salad. You can also add boiled eggs to tuna salad or even halved as a topping inside a lettuce salad. You can also eat them plain for breakfast or chopped up in an egg taco (with a little cheese sprinkled on top). A boiled egg is also perfectly paired on top of avocado toast. Below are a few great recipes we found that you might like.

DELISH EGG RECIPES

  • The first recipe is for Simple Egg Salad Sandwich from the IncredibleEgg.org. Find the recipe here. Also, this recipe for a Mixed Green Salad with Boiled Eggs can be found here.
  • Deviled Eggs – Here is a recipe from the USDA.org. for deviled eggs.

EGGS, A WIC FOOD

The Texas Woman, Infant and Children (WIC) program offers free nutritional education, counseling, support and free healthy WIC foods to qualifying mothers. Women who are pregnant or are mothers to children up to age 5 may qualify for the program if they meet certain financial qualifications. To see if you are eligible, visit TexasWIC.org.

Eggs are a free food provided each month to WIC members. To learn more about monthly WIC food packages and other foods that are included, visit the Texas WIC website.

Pick up your eggs and other WIC foods at JC Food Mart, a primarily WIC grocery store in San Antonio. Find a location at JC Food Mart.

By |2021-04-07T13:56:26-05:00March 29th, 2021|Kid Activity, Recipes, Videos, WIC Food|0 Comments

Tuna Melts: Easy Dinner With Healthy WIC Food

Tuna Melts: Easy Dinner With WIC Ingredients

Tuna packs a nutritional punch, and is a very healthy WIC food choice!

It offers protein, iron, vitamin D, vitamin B-12 and omega 3. If you are pregnant, you must eat tuna and other high mercury fish in moderation, but that doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid it.

Pregnant and nursing mothers may eat up to 12 ounces of canned light tuna or other low mercury fish a week.  Canned Albacore tuna has higher mercury so it is only advised to eat 6 ounces a week. It’s also important that tuna is fully cooked and not raw, health experts advise.

If you are pregnant, the omega-3 fatty acids in tuna also help your baby grow, especially in the development of your baby’s brain.

TEXAS WIC PROGRAM

TexasWIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children. To find out if you qualify, visit a San Antonio Area WIC Clinic. You can also look through our list of WIC-approved food products at the official J.C. Food Mart website.

HEALTHY WIC FOOD INSPIRED RECIPE 

There are plenty of ways to eat your weekly serving of tuna, whether it be a classic salad sandwich or wrap. The healthy WIC food recipe below makes for a great sandwich, or can be enjoyed plain. Here’s the recipe that uses WIC-inspired ingredients:

 

SKILLET TUNA PATTY MELTS

3 cans of tuna

4 potatoes, peeled

1 tomato, sliced

1/3 head of lettuce

1 avocado

Vegetable oil

Dash of salt, pepper

Boil potatoes until cracked. Mash potatoes. Drain 3 cans of tuna. Add tuna into the boil of mashed potatoes. Mix together. Add three eggs, dash of salt and pepper. Mix until combined. Form patties in your hand. Add oil to the pan. Cook patties on medium heat. Serve with lettuce, tomato and avocado.

Enjoy while hot!

By |2021-04-07T08:03:22-05:00March 24th, 2021|Recipes, Videos, WIC Food, WIC Nutrition|0 Comments
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