Quick post today. I was going back through the pictures on my cellphone and found this one:
Last year in kindergarten for some day related to Dr. Seuss, perhaps his birthday, their teacher made green eggs for all the kids using green food coloring. The girls were quite taken by this, but we try to avoid food coloring.
Per Marion Nestle:
“Food dyes have only one purpose: to sell junk foods. Candy, Cheetos, and sodas that are brightly colored are perceived as tasting better than the grey alternatives. The food industry needs food dyes badly. But nobody else does. Parents of hyperactive kids can easily do their own experiment and see if removing food colors helps calm their kids down. Food dyes have no health benefits that I can think of. Kids don’t need to be eating those foods anyway. Kids will not be harmed by avoiding food dyes. It would be nice to have more conclusive research. In the meantime, read food labels! .”
Now, if you are using pastured or at least good quality organic eggs, then they will already have yolks that are naturally a bright yellow or orange color, so your scrambled eggs will already have a nice color. But, if you want to make “green eggs” for your Dr. Seuss fans, here is a way to make them without having to use the dye.
(serves 4 children or 2 fun adults)
- 4 organic eggs
- 1 “handful” of raw spinach
- salt and pepper, to taste
Crack eggs into your blender. Add raw spinach. Add salt and pepper. Put on the lid and run blender until the spinach is totally pureed into the eggs. Scramble eggs however you normally do it. We used a bit of real butter in ours and do not like them gooey. Enjoy your GREEN EGGS.
You do not taste the spinach in the eggs at all. As a plus, running the eggs through the blender makes them really fluffy. For even more “fun”, chop up and add some nitrate-free ham to the eggs as they cook. Then you can give the kids “Green Eggs and Ham”.