I like few issues greater than a basket full of colourful Easter eggs. Easter is important to our family and considered one of our favourite instances of 12 months, however I usually discover myself aggravated with the over-commercialization of what I think about a non secular vacation. I additionally get peeved when Easter will get became an excuse to let children (and ourselves) over-indulge in treats stuffed with sugars, meals dyes, and synthetic substances.
This 12 months, I’m making an attempt to make our celebration of Easter targeted extra on the precise cause for the vacation. (Hint: It doesn’t have something to do with a bunny that brings eggs!)
Easter is a liturgical time of celebration, and one of many largest feast days within the Church, so I’m glad to let the youngsters get pleasure from some treats. I’m opting although to hold a few of our favourite traditions with wholesome and pure twists.
Let me clarify why!
“Natural” Easter Eggs and Easter Baskets … Too Extreme?
I admit, I don’t actually perceive the Easter custom of a bunny (they don’t lay eggs) delivering plastic candy-filled eggs and baskets. I feel giving our children heaps of junk meals at Easter (and other holidays) units a precedent that associates celebrations with unhealthy meals. To me, there are higher methods to set good food habits for a lifetime.
This might sound excessive to some. Certainly, there’s nothing flawed with an occasional indulgence in a meals that’s lower than wholesome. But I feel most involved dad and mom would agree that children as of late are getting these indulgences a little bit too usually. From the birthdays of each child of their class at college, to Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter, and so on., there are greater than sufficient alternatives for teenagers to get the message that enjoyable and celebration = unhealthy tasty candy meals.
(Perhaps that’s only a pet peeve of mine although?!)
But let me get off my cleaning soap field … on to Easter eggs!
How to Dye Easter Eggs Without Chemicals
Eggs are considered one of our favourite meals round right here, so I actually don’t have any issues with the eggs themselves. (As it’s possible you’ll guess, it’s the plastic, candy-filled versions I take issue with.)
It seems although that the harmless-looking colour tablets that you just drop into vinegar water to dye Easter eggs comprise dangerous chemical compounds that might have an particularly unhealthy impact on some children. True, we don’t eat the shells, however since eggshells are permeable and a few children are so delicate to the effects of artificial food dyes, I assumed it was value exploring extra pure choices.
Option 1: Store-bought Egg Dye
To dye Easter eggs naturally the straightforward method, use a secure pure meals coloring and blend in accordance to the next ratios:
Option 2: Homemade Egg Dye from Beets (and Other Fruits and Vegetables)
If you don’t have pure meals coloring round (we regularly don’t) you may also use random fruits, veggies, and herbs to accomplish the identical factor. We tried this just a few years in the past and will probably be getting again to it this 12 months.
Below are the meals that may be added to boiling water when cooking eggs to make numerous colours. You may also juice or boil the substances, cool, add vinegar, and use as a daily egg dye:
- Blue Coloring: Add a cup of purple cabbage to the water when boiling the eggs.
- Green Coloring: Add a cup of spinach or just a few teaspoons of spirulina to the boiling water. Can additionally juice greens, combine the juice with vinegar, and use as a cool dye as soon as eggs have already been cooked.
- Red/Pink Coloring: Pomegranate or beet juice added to the boil water. Can additionally put a pair tablespoons of vinegar in pomegranate or beet juice and use on pre-cooked eggs as a cool dye.
- Purple Coloring: Add grape juice to boil water or soak pre-cooked eggs in grape juice/vinegar combine.
- Yellow/Orange Coloring: Add just a few teaspoons of turmeric or saffron to the boil water, or boil these spices in water, cool, and blend with vinegar for a cool dye.
Some notes: These pure variations make pastel-colored eggs which I feel are extra lovely than the neon eggs created by the unreal colours. Just a warning although, you gained’t be getting any florescent shades with these strategies!
Strategies for Easter Egg Hunts
I’ve by no means been an enormous fan of Easter egg hunts and would forgo them utterly, however the children do actually look ahead to them. Unfortunately, they often lead to a big bag of sweet that one way or the other disappears when my children are sleeping (perhaps the Easter Bunny stole it!)
This 12 months, we’re opting to let the youngsters take part within the Easter egg hunt at church, however final 12 months, we did a treasure hunt with clues that led to a greater prize (seeds for them to plant in their very own little corners of the backyard).
I want the options to this one, however this 12 months, I’m letting the youngsters take part, eat a pair items of the least offending sweet, after which trashing the remainder after they go to mattress.
In the previous, we’ve additionally hidden hard-boiled eggs for them to discover (the canines discovered those that they missed!) or simply had a household day exterior that concerned plenty of different actions.
Healthy Candy-Free Easter Basket Ideas
I don’t have any drawback with Easter being a time of festivity and small presents. As I discussed earlier than (most likely an excessive amount of!), it’s the plastic, candy-filled components of this celebration I take concern with. That being stated, I like baskets and retailer every thing in them, so our children get a (reusable) basket every year stuffed with (non-sugary) goodies.
Here are some concepts we’ve tried over time which have been a success!
Grow Your Own Grass
Using wheat, alfalfa, or clover seeds, develop grass in a small dish that may match within the backside of your basket. Use this as an alternative of the plastic Easter grass that you’re nonetheless discovering below the sofa in September. Kids love the novelty of rising grass indoors, and as a bonus, grass is meant to be nice at cleansing indoor air. You may even plant it exterior with the youngsters after Easter. If you aren’t up for rising your personal grass, shred paper in a shredder and use it as an alternative. Recyclable when executed!
Instead of a Basket, Give Your Child a Flower Pot
In the pot, put a small pair of gloves, a pack of heirloom seeds and a small shovel and let your little one develop his or her personal container backyard. There are even pre-made totes for this. Herbs are one straightforward choice, and kids can use them in the kitchen! This is assured to present longer lasting enjoyable than plastic toys and pixie sticks.
Check Out Thrift Stores
We are on a price range, and doing Easter baskets for every child certain provides up! Check out native thrift shops for some enjoyable presents for Easter baskets. For occasion, one 12 months our children bought a movie, a ebook, and a few sneakers every, and I spent lower than $10 on all of it.
Adopt a Family Pet
If you might be courageous, think about a small pet. This reinforces the “new life” focus of Easter and will probably be much more thrilling than sweet and toys. Just be humane! Only undertake a pet should you plan to hold it and take care of it as many child chickens, geese, and rabbits are deserted after Easter.
Give Healthy Foods Instead of Junk
If your children are wanting ahead to edible treats, substitute some treats which might be wholesome and enjoyable. Consider beef jerky, fruit, nuts, or homemade energy bars. Really courageous? Make some home made “peeps” with my probiotic marshmallow recipe.
Check out this post for some other Easter basket ideas! Happy Easter!
What are your favourite methods to dye your Easter eggs? When it comes to sweet, do you persist with wholesome variations of the standard treats or simply let the youngsters get pleasure from for a day? I’d love to hear your ideas and methods beneath!