One thing I cannot stand for my children to consume is artificial food dyes. Sure, they turn food into crazy colored balls of fun, but they don’t serve a nutritional purpose and whether you believe they are harmful or not (which I do), there is just no need for them to be so prolific in our food supply. Especially children’s. Because my family focuses on eating real foods instead of pre-packaged or processed foods whenever possible, we don’t eat many of the artificial-dye-laden food items typically marketed to kids, like Cheetos snacks, Froot Loops cereal, Pop-Tarts and Hostess Twinkies.
But let’s be honest – even when you make most of your own food like we do, dyes can still sometimes make the food more fun – especially for Holidays, Birthdays or other special occasions. So I have been on the hunt for the best all natural food dyes, and I’m excited to say I have found them!
Introducing Maggie’s Naturals! From the makers of eco-kids art supplies (another eco-friendly and non-toxic product family I love!) comes Maggie’s Naturals food dyes made from…you guessed it…real food! Yay! The two companies (eco-kids and Maggie’s Naturals) are a family business rooted with the same philosophy, to bring all natural ingredients into our everyday lives.
Just like eco-kids uses all natural ingredients in their art supplies, Maggie’s Naturals takes it to the kitchen. Through the use of all natural plant, fruit and vegetable extracts, Maggie’s Naturals wants to change the way you add color to your recipes by introducing you to the company’s natural food coloring line.
With Maggie’s Naturals natural food coloring you won’t cringe every time your child puts a homemade frosted cupcake in their mouth. You’ll know your food, because you know your ingredients. It’s time to change the standard and go back to the farm!
I had the opportunity to try out a complete set of the All-Natural, Gluten-Free Maggie’s Naturals food coloring Variety Pack which holds six 2 oz. bottles: one of each of their 6 colors, blue, green, pink, orange, brown and yellow. And I am VERY pleased with the results! Not only do they produce great colors, the dyes are not concentrated or thick like other natural food dyes I’ve tried, so adding Maggie’s Naturals colors doesn’t affect the texture of the foods I’m working with. Double yay!
Here are a couple of pics I snapped of projects I used the colors for this month, to give you an idea. I like the colors light like this. But deeper colors could easily be achieved by using more coloring.
Independence Day Mini-Cupcake “Flag” decorated by my 2 and 4 year olds, without worrying about toxic dyes on their skin or in their mouths:
Ready to get some Maggie’s Naturals Food Dyes for your own family? You can buy them online at MaggiesNaturals.com. And now both the all-natural colorings and their equally fabulous all-new sugar sprinkles are also available at one of our favorite stores, Mighty Nest!
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