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A Guide to Dyeing Eggs Naturally

Where did the coloring of eggs tradition originate?

The tradition of dyeing eggs is said to be a celebration of spring. In fact, according to an article entitled, 5 Theories About Why We Dye Eggs for Easter , “Eggs [are] symbolic of rebirth and new life, making them an appropriate part of the celebration of spring and the new life that comes after winter.” At spring festivals it became a common custom to decorate eggs by coloring them and give them as gifts to family and friends as a symbol of rebirth. This practice was embraced by Christians who have continued the tradition as a celebration of Easter.

Dyed eggs with spring flowers

Is it possible to avoid synthetic coloring and to dye eggs naturally?

Sure! You can use common foods to create homemade dyes that will create Easter eggs to dye for (HA!). With ingredients like red-cabbage, turmeric, onion skin, beets, and coffee, you can create a variety of different colors. From gold to salmon colored eggs, your hard boiled colored egg display will be the talk of your spring celebration! Check out this easy to follow color guide.

Naturally dyed eggs

What are you going to do with all of those hard boiled eggs?

Eat them of course! Naturally rich in protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, eating boiled eggs keeps you satisfied and helps you to avoid snacking on unhealthy foods. Click here to read about the health benefits of hard boiled eggs. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are no shortage of ways to include hardboiled eggs in your diet. Here are some possibilities that you can try out for yourself:

avocado egg salad

Avocado Egg Salad (Recipe and photo courtesy of The Roasted Root)

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paleo sweet potato toast

Paleo Sweet Potato Toast (Recipe and photo courtesy of The Dish On Healthy)

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protein egg and quinoa salad jar

Protein Egg and Quinoa Salad Jars (Recipe and photo courtesy of Skinnytaste)

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