So, since we went organic a while ago, I have tried to cut out processed foods (or more realistically, MOST, highly processed foods).
In MY reality some are hard to avoid - some white flour, some organic, fair trade, raw sugar, some convenience items, etc. Some people are better at substituting whole wheat flour for white flour in everything, and maple syrup for sugar in most everything... but I like a fluffy bread and I hate syrup... so I forge on... partially crunchy.
But as I have read more and more, I did (and do) want to cut artificial coloring.
Here are some of the reasons why (they are linked to the articles/studies):
- Many artificial colors have already been banned in the US... which begs the question... how long will these ones still be allowed?
- There are many individual examples of people doing an elimination diet (of some sort) and noticing that when they eliminate colors, mood, behavior, and personality change (sometimes drastically).
- The most frustrating fact to me is that OUTSIDE the US, US companies have REMOVED artificial food dye from their products. BIG companies (Coke, Kraft, WalMart...) - Why would they EXPORT something better and give us the crap?!
If you don't read any of the above articles, go back and read the last one by Robyn O'Brien, unreal.
In any case... long story short, I am TRYING to cut these nasties out of my kids' food. So... here was my attempt at some food dying with food... rather than chemicals. There are lots of better, more effective ways, but for what we are doing - these worked out just fine - and they were available in my parents' fridge... and that's where we are!
We made some nice, organic, sugar cookies... and topped them with some easy confectioner's sugar icing (usually sugar, water, food coloring).
Instead of food coloring I used...
Some defrosted spinach juice.
Some smashed up strawberries and water.
Some smashed up cantaloupe and water.
The picture of the heart muffins below, the icing is dyed with raspberries, much more effective than strawberries... and is topped with toxic sprinkles.
I bought 15cents worth from the bulk bin at Wegmans, Happy Valentine's kids! Enjoy your red dye treat ;)
Like I said I'm trying...