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Dyeing Eggs the All Natural Way

by Erin Pflueger

Ever thought of using turmeric to color your Easter eggs? Or how about beets, blueberries, coffee or paprika? Even onions can be used as shown in the picture below.

  A great amount of research exists regarding the harmful effects of artificial color additives, especially in attention deficit hyperactivity disorders. Synthetic food additives seem to sneak into a whole lot of processed foods out there, and unless you religiously read ingredient labels, you are undoubtedly consuming more than you think! Eliminating them from your diet as much as possible is a great idea for your health.

Switching to ONLY all-natural egg dyes this year might seem like an overwhelming task. Why not try just ONE all-natural egg dye? It is a great opportunity to use items that are already in your pantry or yard. Make it a fun experiment and activity with your kids. Gather some familiar foods and help your family or friends see more benefits and purposes of all natural, whole foods! I challenge you to try just one of the all-natural color dyes listed below. If you’re feeling extra daring, try a few more! Soak the hard boiled eggs overnight in the refrigerator and wake up to beautiful eggs!

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In an article from USA Today1, Cathy Paine provides some easy to follow instructions:

  • Orange — Add 2 tablespoons of annatto seeds to a cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the seeds.
  • Faint pink — Add a can of sliced beets to 2 cups of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the beets.
  • Blue — Add a cup of blueberries to 2 cups of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the blueberries.
  • Brown — Add a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of hot coffee. The stronger the coffee, the darker the dye.
  • Purple — Add a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of boiling grape juice.
  • Light green — Add 2 tablespoons of green tea powder to a cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Light orange — Add a tablespoon of paprika powder to a cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar.
  • Bright yellow — Add a tablespoon of turmeric powder to a cup of boiling water with a teaspoon of vinegar.
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Tip: To speed the drying of eggs, wave a hair blow dryer over them.1

For additional information and instructions, visit the following websites.

1. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/03/23/artificial-food-dye-alternatives/1979881/

2. http://www.bhg.com/holidays/easter/eggs/natural-easter-egg-dyes/

3. http://www.inhabitots.com/how-to-dye-easter-eggs-naturally-with-your-kids/

Wishing you all a very HAPPY and HEALTHY EASTER!

Erin Pflueger MS, RD, CD