Easter is going to be a lot different this year. But just because the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is keeping us all at home, doesn’t mean we can’t still partake in our favorite Easter traditions. We’re looking at you, Easter eggs. Not just fun for the kids, dying Easter eggs is a pastime that we can all get into — especially those looking for a quarantine creative outlet.
If you didn’t get your at-home egg dying kit this year because you’re trying to avoid the store or they are all out of stock on Amazon (or you just love a DIY project), you’re in luck. Making your own all-natural egg dye is easy and fun. So we asked a couple experts to share a few of their favorite recipes and tips for making safe and easy Easter egg dye at home.
Registered dietitian Stephanie Ferrari, MS, RDN loves to use fruits and vegetables for dyes. “When boiling your eggs, simply add one of these natural foods to the water. Or, juice or boil the ingredients, cool them and add vinegar to use them as you would store-bought dye,” she explains.
Here are a few of her favorite ingredients:
- Blue: Add 30 ENERGYbits Pure Organic Spirulina Tablets ($8, Amazon)
- Green: Add a cup of green juice
- Red/Pink: Add a cup of beet juice
- Yellow: Add one tablespoon turmeric per cup of water
- Purple: Add a cup of grape juice
“The natural colors will turn your eggs a pretty pastel color. It’s definitely a more natural look than the fluorescent colors you get from the food dye, but I happen to think it’s even more beautiful the natural way,” adds Ferrari.
Board-certified integrative medicine physician and wellness expert, Tasneem Bhatia, MD (known as Dr. Taz) recommends adding purple cabbage to the water as your eggs are boiling. Alternatively, she suggests adding spinach, cocoa, or turmeric for some variations in color. Or boil beets, add a few teaspoons of vinegar, and soak your boiled eggs overnight.