1. Balanced nutrition
Free-range eggs pack a nutritional punch unlike any other food: 6 grams of protein, 70 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, (which lower your risk of vision loss like macular degeneration later in life), as well as healthy doses of Vitamins A, D (more on that in a moment), and E. They also have plenty of choline to support memory and nerve function.
2. More Vitamin D
A 2009 study found that pastured free-range eggs tested from farms across the country contained anywhere from three to six times more Vitamin D than conventional supermarket eggs.
Vitamin D helps your body maintain strong bones and teeth, support its immune function, regulate insulin levels, and more. Eggs are among the few foods that are naturally rich in Vitamin D, so feel free to put down the daily supplements and snack on hard-boiled eggs in the morning instead.
3. Happier chickens
Our hens enjoy at least 1000 square feet of pasture every day with plenty of sunshine and fresh air year-round. This outdoor access gives our chickens the lifestyle they deserve with freedom to forage feasting on grasses and insects, just as Mother Nature intended.
Because these hens eat a healthy diet, have access to freshwater, and are allowed to roam as they please. They’re just happier — and happy, healthy chickens produce better eggs.
4. Less cholesterol
Free-range eggs contain up to a third less cholesterol than conventional supermarket eggs. A standard egg contains an average of 423 milligrams of cholesterol, while free-range eggs contain an average of 277 milligrams. If cholesterol is a concern for you, free-range eggs are a smart choice.
5. Meals that really satisfy
With only 72 calories in a single free-range egg, you can fill up with a hearty, healthy scramble at breakfast without wrecking your MyFitnessPal numbers before you leave for work.
And you’ll stay full until lunch, thanks to the one-two punch of protein and healthy fats that eggs offer. Can you say that about your bowl of cereal?
6. A more photogenic breakfast
Most free-range eggs will have more deeply colored yolks because they’re laid by hens on a varied, nutrient-rich diet. (Nellie’s hens eat vegetarian feed with no antibiotics or animal by-products, then peck around in the pasture to snack to their heart’s desire on clover, worms, and other insects.)
Now, imagine those gorgeous golden yolks spilling out as you dig into that plate of homemade could eggs next Sunday.