“Oysters are the usual opening to a winter breakfast….Indeed, they are almost indispensable.”
 Grimod de la Reyniere (1758-1838)

It’s no secret that we here at Washburn Island love oysters.  Any way, any time of day. Really. More often than not you’ll find one of us slurping down a couple for breakfast first thing in the morning, having forgone the bowl of cereal at home in favor of that cozy winter bed.

And what a breakfast! Oysters are, as they say, nutritious AND delicious. Some quick research proves exactly how healthful they really are. Six of our beautiful oysters, eaten raw, contain only 50 calories, 21 mg of cholesterol and less than one gram of fat but are positively packed with vitamins and minerals. Specifically, that’s 4.86 mg of iron, 31.85 mg of zinc and 13.61 ug of vitamin B-12. That’s more than the daily recommendation of zinc and B-12 and almost a quarter of the DV for iron.

So, back to eating oysters for breakfast. These three nutrients are all vital sources of energy for the body. B-12 aids the body in keeping red blood cells healthy, preventing anemia. Iron aids in oxygen transport to cells which is vital for the function of your muscular system. And zinc has been shown to play an important role in the immune system, both on healing external wounds and in defeating bacteria and viruses that cause illness. When oyster farmers start their day with half a dozen half-shells, it’s no wonder we can work all through the bitter New England winter!

Sources: USDA National Nutrient Database, US Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health