Benefits of Organic Eggs Plus A $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!

Although I have naturally gravitated towards a mostly plant-based vegetarian lifestyle, I will never be 100% plant-based or vegan.

I refuse to give up my favorite chocolate desserts and Red Mango frozen yogurt parfaits, not to mention – in my opinion – a life without real cheese pizza once in a while isn’t much of a life at all.

It’s funny, I eliminated meat and poultry from my diet almost three years ago and not once (really, not once) have I had a real craving for either source of animal protein.

Quite often however, I will experience strong cravings for eggs to the point where I find myself scrambling up an omelette at midnight because the need is so strong that it wakes me from my sleep.

These sudden and severe cravings usually happen after my long runs and I attribute this to my body needing one or more of the Nutritional Powerhouse qualities found in eggs.

Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs provide us with the safest and highest quality because they are raised on real family farms committed to producing fresh, organic eggs from hens that are raised humanely.

Not all eggs are created equal. Organic eggs are one of the few grocery items that are worth my extra money and time seeking out each week.

Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs are America’s first Certified Humane egg producer as well as the first “B-Corp Certified” farm.

Wondering what that USDA Certified Organic label even means on the egg carton? According to Pete And Gerry’s:

  • Our hens are never caged, and all our barns allow them access to the outdoors. Our animal welfare standards go even farther than the Organic seal requires!
  • We never administer antibiotics or hormones to our hens.
  • Our hens’ 100% organic feed contains no pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or GMOs.
  • It’s also free of animal by-products (and the drug residues/pathogens that may be associated with them). No slaughterhouse waste allowed!
  • Our farms are inspected at least once a year by a third-party certifier with USDA accreditation.

You can read a little bit more in depth about the important and meaning of Certified Humane and Cage-Free  by clicking here.

In my opinion, organic eggs taste that much more amazing because they exude an overall fresher flavor and if this makes sense, they even taste cleaner.

I never liked hard-boiled eggs and the smell (plus appearance) of egg salad turns me off completely but there are so many ways to incorporate eggs into your diet!

Aside from scrambled eggs, I love my three-ingredient pancake, often whip a bunch of egg whites into my morning bowl of oatmeal for staying power and enjoy veggie-packed omelette for lunch or dinner.

There is nothing wrong with sometimes choosing just the whites of the egg by the way.

As nutritious as the yolks are, the white of the egg contains most of the protein and really, some recipes just work better when using only the whites.

In fact, I have an awesome new recipe for you today, which utilizes just the egg whites. It’s similar to my three-ingredient pancake but this time, instead of banana as the third ingredient, we are using butternut squash!

Tis the season for my butternut squash obsession.

This pancake, which flips sometimes more like an omelette, is so easy to whip up and can be served sweet or savory – or both!

For breakfast lunch or dinner, this combination of organic egg whites, chia seeds and mashed butternut squash provides us with a nice dose of filling lean protein, a serving of veggies and lots of fiber and omega-3’s!

I like to top mine with peanut butter but you can also go with avocado. Get creative!

Three Ingredient Butternut Squash Pancake

Serving Size: One


  1. 1/2 Cup of Pete And Gerry's Organic Liquid Egg Whites (or 3 whites from large organic eggs)
  2. 1/2 cup mashed butternut squash (either pre-roasted or softened in microwave to mash)
  3. 1 tsp chia seeds
  4. optional - pure maple syrup for the butternut squash


  1. Mash pre-roasted squash in a bowl.
  2. If not using pre-roasted squash, microwave the butternut squash chunks for a few minutes until soft enough to mash.
  3. Add pure maple syrup to the butternut squash to taste if using and mix.
  4. Add chia seeds to the bowl and mix.
  5. Add egg whites to your mixture and combine well.
  6. Pour mixture into a lightly greased skillet and cook on low to medium heat.
  7. As the pancake starts to bubble and edges begin to form, carefully flip over as a pancake, or in half as an omelette.
  8. To serve, top with maple peanut butter or avocado. Or both!


Giveaway time!

Pete and Gerry’s is kind enough to help me offer one reader a $100 Visa Gift Card!

To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post telling me why you love small family farms.

You can also tell me your favorite way to incorporate organic eggs into your diet.

Good luck!

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  1. says

    It’s funny you mentioned how organic eggs taste better then non-organic. Joshua and I were just discussing this same topic on Friday! Sure it’s a bit more costly, but like you said, so worth the $$$.

    To answer your question above – I’m all for using organic eggs in simple breakfast dishes like scrambled eggs or omelets with veggies, a little cheese & some fresh fruit on the side. So good!

  2. says

    Well this was a good read. I actually have been buying organic/cage free eggs recently, just cause I had a feeling it was better, and safer. Now I have some reasons why, and I am glad I made that decision. Your pancake must be added to our linkup, please! Have a wonderful day lovely lady!
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  3. says

    I always buy cage free organic eggs. I look for range free but I guess that’s just for chicken? We had our own chickens for a while and as soon as we get more land we plan on getting them again. Nothing like fresh eggs!
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  4. Kelly D says

    I love small family farms because a lot of the time they use healthier practices, like not using hormones and pesticides.

  5. Jen says

    I’m just starting to learn more about small farms and organic food. I began buying organic a couple months ago and I feel really good about choosing the best quality food for my family. Small farms are a great source for fresh produce and meat!

  6. Lisa Brown says

    I love small family farms because they are more productive and efficient, they care for the land and soil and environment, they invest in better technologies/safer farming methods, and produce better, more highly nutritional foods.

  7. Julie Wood says

    I love Small family farms because they grow organic and take care of the animals and care about the land and making wholesome food. I am a huge breakfast person! We have eggs, fruit and yogurt! Omelets with veges and meat and cheese is our favorite-even for dinner! jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Rosie says

    I had a baby size farm in that I had a few chickens, a Nubian goat, and all the regular doggies and kitties. I loved feeding my chickens organic treats like grapes and their special feed. They were so cute and fun, and the eggs out of this world! I could never go back to a grocery store “egg” – they look sickly and pale compared to my chickies strong shells and deep yellow yolks that crest high! I just made homemade pasta this morning, using two fresh eggs, salt, flour and a little bit of olive oil. The egg noodles are for supper, but I had to sneak a small plate – for breakfast! so good! I miss having my little farm, even my rooster that would crow so early in the morning!!!

  9. Ashley C says

    I love to support local. I just recently worked at a local’s farmer’s market that also sold goods (eggs, milk, homemade goods, etc) from other local farmers and crafters


  10. natasha says

    Small family farms are awesome! I get to know the farmers at the markets I go to and even had a few tours with them. One of my goals for spring/summer is to volunteer at one and hopefully bring home some “goodies” that won’t make it to market.

    Win, win!!!

  11. Erin S says

    We love to support local farms! My husband’s family raises cows and they work really hard to ensure that their animals are treated and fed well to produce quality products!

  12. says

    Eggs are clearly a favorite of mine! I eat them every day without fail. Pete and Jerry’s are a favorite in my local store, and I always do organic cage free, local if I can. I think it’s awesome we’re seeing a lot more eggs from local farms in stores. My favorite way to eat eggs is on top of whatever I’m making for breakfast (or leftover dinner.) Can’t live without!
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  13. Caroline says

    I love the idea of small family farms because I know that the animals were treated well and have a happy life rather than mass produced and crammed in cages..the idea of animals being treated poorly makes me sad!

  14. Nicole Dz says

    I love small family farms because they offer better quality eggs and meat that just taste better.

  15. Lisa says

    I love small family farms because I feel better about what I’m consuming & I also feel like my money is supporting a good cause

  16. Mami2jcn says

    I love small family farms because they care about wholesome food. There’s a family farm we go to that has delicious strawberries.

    I love organic eggs for breakfast.

  17. Jordan D says

    Living in RI on the MA border, there are quite a few small family farms around me. The farmers are so friendly, the produce is great, and it feels nice to support local foods and families.

  18. says

    I appreciate small family farms because they are getting fewer and far between nowadays but the food they produce is so valuable and tasty. Plus they put so much hard work into their farms so I support their missions and support their success! My favorite way to eat eggs is just over easy. OR baked into some dark chocolate oatmeal cookies.
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  19. Mary Somerville says

    My grandparents had been farmers, but it was strip mined before I was born. They always bought a lot of goods from other small farmers though. I learned young what better quality the dairy, meats, and veggies are, from that environment.

  20. Kelly says

    I love small family farms because I love to support farms that are small enough to make the “right” decision and to not be forced to make decisions to please their stockholders. I have a relationship with local, small farmers and buy our milk, butter, cream, and beef from the farms. In addition, I have 14 chickens. I LOVE knowing where my food comes from. I love knowing what the chickens were fed, where they lived, how much time they were grazing, and how much space they had in their coop. We have eggs nearly every morning. We had company over and I had to buy organic eggs at the grocery store. I was AMAZED by how thin the shell was and how our yolks are a deep yellow color and the store bought ones were yellow, but barely.

  21. Kimmy Ripley says

    Small family farms usually treat their animals better. There is less suffering and cruelty and that is so important.

  22. Madeline says

    I think small family farms put more care and effort into their work, and it shows in the quality of their products. I think they actually care about their customers as well.

  23. Melissa H says

    I really am trying to get better at eating eggs from quality, cage free sources, and this was a great post! My favorite way to eat eggs is in oatmeal banana pancakes, mmm! Want to try more savory omelets.

  24. Vincent says

    I like supporting family farms because I think most of them take better care with the things they grow…including plants and animals.

  25. Elle says

    I love eggs for breakfast and have organic eggs either scrambled or make a quick omelet to start my day. I like knowing that I am eating something that is both healthy and tasty.

  26. Teresa Cline says

    I have two co-workers who raise chickens and they share their farm fresh eggs. Those eggs taste incredible. I recently used the farm fresh eggs in a scramble for my daughter & her family. My daughter asked why the eggs were so yellow. I promptly replied, “That is what a egg is suppose to look and taste like. Whenever I have to buy from the store, I go for the organic/range free type.

  27. Georgia says

    I support them for all their hard work and for the great products they give us. Nothing is better than homemade.
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  28. says

    I’m kind of addicted to this Paleo Banana Scramble: — although I often simplify it to 2 eggs, 1 banana, and a smaller amount of chocolate chips. I like to use an immersion blender on the eggs and banana to get them fluffy. I don’t toss in the chocolate until it is in the pan, less chocolate sticking to the bottom that way. I’ve discovered that if I get the heat right and use our smallest pan, I can make 2 “pancakes” that stay together reasonably well without the aid of almond flour.
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  29. Jessie C. says

    My favorite way to incorporate organic eggs into my diet is to make omelette for breakfast.
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  30. Carm says

    I love to eat farm fresh eggs and always purchase them when I see them. There definitely is a difference.

  31. Vangie K. says

    I love small family farms because I know that the stuff they’re growing/selling isn’t coming from a food desert:) It’s coming from their back yard.

  32. paige c says

    I love small family farms because you can ask them what they feed their animals or what they use on their crops and they will know/you know where it comes from unlike from big commercial farms, I love eggs on the weekends when I feel like I have more time and they are such a great protein source with good vitamins and minerals

  33. D Schmidt says

    I love small family farms because they care about the animals and the people they are producing items for. Its also lovely to see people live their dream and succeed.

  34. Anne says

    I’m always happy when I have the opportunity to support our local small farms. They add so much to our community and economy, and the food they produce is top quality.

    Luckily for me, there’s a place just up the road where I can buy fresh eggs most of the year, and they’re delicious. I like to use them in dishes that lets their flavor shine through, like popovers, or over-easy.

  35. Rosie says

    I love small family farms as I had a min-farm and I know the tender loving care that goes into taking care of the animals. I had a few chickens and I love the eggs that come from well fed chickens that get to roam and scratch all day! I love making my own pasta with organic eggs!

  36. April V. says

    Small family farms are great because they care about their farms and the earth and the animals because those are their livelihood and they need to be protected. Well, they probably care just because but they also have to care because they are their livelihood.

  37. Gina M says

    I love them because they generally take excellent care of their livestock!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  38. Karin A says

    I love small family farms because they take more care with their products and the quality is excellent.

  39. Megan says

    I love small family farms because they are more than just a business, they are a way of life. And nothing beats the freshness and quality of “small batch” farms!

  40. Barbara M says

    I like small family farms because their food is of better quality.
    And good chance it’s organic.
    We’ve started eating organic eggs and they taste way better.
    thank you

  41. Jennai says

    I like small family farms because they are more ethical and tend to be organic so the food is healthier. I like having screambled eggs or omelets for breakfast.

  42. steph says

    I love the idea of owning chickens, but have found a better solution…friends that own chickens and share their eggs 🙂

  43. Rebecca Graham says

    I like small family farms because a lot of love goes into a small family farm and the food is healthier.

  44. ELIZABETH P says

    I love small farms because they can produce better quality – also I love adding eggs to my salads! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

  45. Sonya Morris says

    I love small family farms because I feel like they really care for their animals. I have chickens that roam free in a fenced in area of my yard and cringe at the thought of the living conditions of big farm chickens. My chickens refuse to go in their coop!

  46. janetfaye says

    I like that small family farms produce fresh vegetables and delicious meat and dairy products. I use Organic Eggs to make omelets, quiche and custards.

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  47. Betty C says

    I like supporting family farms for several reasons. First, they care about the quality of their products because it’s their personal reputation. Second, I can get fresher, better quality products instead of something that has been shipped hundreds if not thousands of miles to get to my grocery store. And third, I like supporting the local economy.

  48. Denise L says

    I love family farms because they really care about the food they produce. I also feel like buying from small farms does more for our economy. More of my purchase dollar gets spent at other small businesses.

  49. Ellie Wright says

    I love small family farms because they always have the freshest products. And I like to support local businesses over the big guys.

  50. Stephanie Phelps says

    I know that supporting our local farmers is important they generally always take extra care of their animals because they also feed their families from it!

  51. Stephanie Larison says

    I love them because I know I’m giving my family the best quality possible. My girls love scrambled eggs, so I make that for them pretty often.

  52. Theresa Smith says

    I love small farms because everything is fresher! I incorporate organic eggs into my diet very easily by having fried eggs sandwiches with mustard about once a week for supper. My husband has cheese and ketchup on his sandwich.

  53. Melissa Shirley says

    I live in Kansas and know several local farmers. I love using those egg instead of store ones because I know what the chickens are being fed and know they are chemical and drug free. I also use their vegetables because they are pesticide free as well. AND small family farm products taste a whole lot better!

  54. Stephanie V says

    Love supporting small family farms extremely important to our economy – local and large. Quality is always better and closer to your food source!
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  55. ellen beck says

    I love small family farms because they are independently owned and operated. I like knowing that the farmers know their livestock or their produce and take pride in living the farming lifestyle and feeding themeselves and others with the bounty of the Earth.
    Small producers can ensure their flock is healthy and a healthy hen produces good, safe and fresh eggs for us to enjoy!

  56. joni says

    I shop a lot at our local farm. It’s Freedom Farms from the TV show Farm Kings. Their produce is free of everything! As natural as it can get. Not to mention all the good looking boys she has!

  57. Cynthia C says

    I like the dedication of small family farms to the production of wholesome food in a way that is kind to animals and the environment.

  58. Chi Shannon says

    I love having eggs on pretty much everything! Fried eggs over hash browns or pancakes… or even fried eggs on cheeseburgers or over rice 🙂 YUMMM! I think it’s awesome to support local family farms that give the chickens a natural environment. I always appreciate ethical treatment of animals. It makes me feel a lot better about the food I buy 🙂

  59. amanda whitley says

    i like small family farms because they take pride in what they do and offer the highest quality

  60. toddy says

    I buy from small family farms because I know what I am feeding my family is the same high quality food they also produce for their own families.

  61. Kathy Pease says

    I love small family farms because they take more pride and care in their products..I love eggs in ham & cheese omelets

  62. Cathy Truman says

    I love small family farms because the food is always so fresh and clean
    and has the best taste.

  63. michelle tucker says

    I love small family farms, because I grew up on one. We lived off the land pretty much. It was how I was raised, and I loved it.

  64. Sarah L says

    I like eggs every which way. Family farms are good for the environment and for their livelihood.
    Thanks for the contest.