As a mom wearing the Holistic Nutritionist hat, I put my foot down on man-made colors. There’s nothing about ’em I feel good with and I don’t feed ’em to my kids, even on celebratory days. So what’s a mom to do about Easter eggs?
I love dyeing eggs and grew up using the PAAS Kits. The rich smell of vinegar and the fizzy colors were magical and finding the eggs – bright and bold – in the green grass on Easter morning was a memory I wanted my kids to have too.
Yet, how those super bright eggs from my childhood got their color is something I can’t ignore. As a kid I didn’t understand enough to care about all that bright color staining my hands. As a mom, I care a lot. Artificial dyes, many of which are banned in parts of the world, are toxic and potentially carcinogenic, especially orange #1 and red #2.
As a family, we dye eggs with homemade, real food dye that is not as quick ‘n easy as fizzy tablets, or nearly as colorful, but earthy and beautiful in their own way 🌷 Here’s the recipe I use to dye eggs naturally. This is good too.
I feel good about my kids eating eggs that have been colored with a natural stain. When Easter rolls around my kids don’t blink an eye at the onion skins and paprika marinating for orange dye. Or, the coffee brewing with dill seeds for brown dye. Or, the beets for purple eggs. Their favorite is to draw pictures on the eggs with a grey crayon before dipping them in these dyes.
Who knows, maybe they’ll think up some new colors when they one day have kids of their own ….
Want a quicker, easier option? Make naturally-dyed eggs without spending time boiling fruits/veggies with this kit (dyes made from fruits, herbs, veggies); all you need is hot water.
May all bellies be happy!