Clean Eating Choices

Natural food colors

Clean Eating Choices

Many foods and beverages have unhealthy, artificial color additives to make them look more appealing. Fortunately there are organic ways to color food products.

Many sweets (cakes, candies and the like) call for some kind of food coloring in their recipes. For a healthier, more organic treat with just as much taste, you can use color additives from natural sources. In general, you would have to use the essence of a plant or fruit that matches the desired color. Here are some natural sources for some commonly used colors:

  • Red- Cranberries or red beets. Red beets can be powdered or juiced to produce a red-colored, natural food additive. Cranberries can be boiled and mashed to produce a liquid additive.
  • Orange- Carrots. Like beets, carrots can be juiced or powdered to produce naturally colored additives.
  • Yellow- Turmeric or saffron. The spicy plants turmeric and saffron can be powdered to produce yellow color additives. Use small amounts of this to keep your dish from getting too spicy.
  • Green- Spinach or kale. Leafy, green vegetables like spinach and kale can be juiced to produce liquid, green additives.
  • Blue- Blueberries or blackberries. Dark-colored berries like blueberries or blackberries can be pulverized and strained to produce a liquid, blue additive.

Using fruits and vegetables to color your food is a much healthier alternative to using synthetically made color additives.

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