Thinking of something fun to do with the kids this year for St. Patrick’s Day? I’m sure your kids love having fun green foods that aren’t normally green like green eggs or pancakes. However, food coloring is so dangerous to your kids health. The primary colors blue, yellow, and red are used to make up all of food coloring. Blue and yellow make green, red and yellow make orange, and red and blue make purple. So before you reach for the green food coloring this St. Patty’s Day, know what you are about to feed your little leprechaun before doing so. Blue No. 1 food coloring has been associated with cancer risk and in lab animals, cancerous tumors have grown after being exposed to Blue No. 1 (Natural-holistic-health.com). Blue No. 1 and 3 have also been linked to problems with male sterility. Yellow No. 6 has been linked to problems in the adrenals and kidneys. When exposed to Yellow No. 5, people experience headaches, dizziness, anxiety, asthma and behavioral problems.
In light of St. Patty’s Day, one of my clients told me about how she adds my Chef V Green Drink to her kids eggs to make them Green. She also added the Green Drink to pancake mix instead of all water and the pancakes came out Green and yummy! Just add 1 tbsp. of green drink per egg until you get the color consistency you want. The result will be fun green eggs and pancakes made from natural ingredients. Check out this video to follow along as I try making green eggs for the first time. Enjoy and have a happy St. Patty’s Day!
This website also gave great natural alternatives to food coloring:
- Red coloring extracted from beet juice or paprika
- Purple coloring extracted from juice of the red cabbage
- Lighter purple coloring extracted from blueberries
- Green coloring extracted from spinach or Chef V Green Drink
- Yellow coloring extracted from saffron or tumeric