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NATURALLY MADE AND MAGICALLY DELICIOUS

March 17, 2020 2 min read

Frosting and Green Dye on Marble Countertop

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and though the times seem to feel uncertain we hope those pesky leprechauns have visited your homes, made messes and escaped the traps your little ones have created. Being isolated with your loved ones at home doesn't mean the fun has to stop. Now more than ever we need to work on keeping the kiddos busy and interested. 

How about a little food science project to brighten this green-hued day? We just know this activity with your mini sous chef by your side in the kitchen will be a lot of fun and educational all at the same time!

You may or may not already know, but there are risks associated with eating foods that use unnatural food dyes primarily because they contain carcinogens. Not to mention, the dyes are also linked to hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children. Although artificial food coloring makes food look pretty, know this is all thanks to the chemicals that make-up the dyes. Think bright cereals, candy and the vivid-colored frosting on all those cupcakes and holiday cookies at your local grocery store. 

If you have already made the switch to natural diapers and wipes, to remove those harmful chemicals from touching your baby's skin, then make the change with artificial food dye. It is really easy to make homemade natural. It requires minimal ingredients. 

GREEN DYE INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 Cup of fresh, organic spinach
  • Water, enough to just cover the spinach in a saucepan

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil spinach in water for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove the cooked spinach and place in a blender or food processor. Set aside the cooked water from the saucepan.
  3. Add 1 TBSP of water at a time to help blend the cooked spinach until smooth. Strain if desired, and let cool.

** Makes ¼ Cup. Can store in an airtight container for up to two weeks in the refrigerator or use immediately. Great for icings, frostings or batter. 

We used our naturally made green dye on frosting but feel free to add it to potatoes, eggs and pancake batter.

Kids love color and there is no reason to stop adding it, just steer clear of harmful coloring that contain synthetic chemicals and make your own from scratch!

 


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