Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes

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Happy Easter everyone!

If there is something I always do for Easter, it's dying eggs. I avoid using artificial colours and instead use natural ingredients like onion skins and beetroot to dye eggs. Studies show that artificial colours have been linked to hyperactivity, impaired ability to learn in children and even certain types of cancer. If you want to learn more about the negative effects of artificial colours, have a look at this article at Spoonfed.com.

This year, I've experimented with some new types of dyes. From all the ingredients that I've tried, beetroot, turmeric, chlorophyl and hibiscus tea create the most vibrant and beautiful colours!

Below is a list of ingredients you can use to dye hard-boiled eggs. You can dye whole or even peeled and partially peeled eggs to create a "marbled" look. While unpeeled hard-boiled eggs last for about a week, peeled hard-boiled eggs will last for up to 5 days (refrigerated).

Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes

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Nutritional values (per egg)

0.36 grams 0 grams 6.3 grams 4.8 grams 1.6 grams 71.5 calories
Total Carbs0.36grams
Fiber0grams
Net Carbs0.36grams
Protein6.3grams
Fat4.8grams
of which Saturated1.6grams
Calories71.5kcal
Magnesium6mg (2% RDA)
Potassium69mg (4% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2.1%), protein (36.2%), fat (61.7%)

Ingredients

  • eggs, free-range or organic (I used 12 large eggs)
  • vinegar, apple cider or white wine
  • natural dyes as listed above
  • salt (for boiling the eggs)

Note: When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

Instructions

  1. First, boil the eggs. Fill a medium sauce pan with water, add 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to boil. Using a tablespoon or ladle, place the eggs into the water and cook for 10-12 minutes. It takes 10 minutes for large eggs to get them hard-boiled. Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes
  2. Take off the heat and place the eggs into a bowl filled with cold water to cool the eggs down. Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the dye by pouring hot water over the spices (see the table above). Add vinegar and set aside. Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes
  4. When chilled, remove the eggs from the water and place on cutting board. For a "marbled" effect, break the shells by rolling them against a cutting board. Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes
  5. Don't peel all of the shell off. Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes
  6. Place the eggs into the dye (no need to remove the spices) and let it stand for at least 30 minutes (or overnight in the refrigerator). The longer you leave them in the dye, the richer the colour will be. Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes
  7. When done, place on a paper towel to dry. Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days. Enjoy! Easter Marbled Eggs and Why Use Natural Dyes
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By Martina Slajerova
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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (6)

I made them using beetroot and fresh turmeric - love the colours!!! Thanks 😊

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Thanks Jeanette, turmeric is my favourite too! I just can't get it of my hands whenever I use turmeric - that's when I need to use gloves 😊

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Love the marble look! Thanks 😊

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Thanks Alison 😊

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LOVE the idea! I've tried beetroot and turmeric and the colours are just amazing. I have never thought of chlorophyll and hibiscus tea though. Time to try something different! 😊

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Thank you Hayley!

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