Easter literate.

2948145-easter-candyHappy Easter and Passover to those who celebrate! I ended up celebrating a little of both this year!

For whatever reasons you all may have for celebrating during this time of year, I would like to discuss my first ‘literate’ Easter. Meaning, my first Easter thinking about the practices (including eating!) I partake in and what the real purpose is behind them.

Now, I’m not going to discuss religion, I’m only going to talk about food. Because my Easter has always been celebrated with friends, family, and lots of food. Not only food, but candy too. Lots of candy.

With sustainabelly in mind, I decided my Easter would be different this year.

Great Harvest Bread makes Honey Bunnies, 100% whole wheat bread bunnies with only 7 ingredients (including the three raisins used for this little guys face!). One of the perks of being a Great Harvest employee meant taking home plenty extra Honey Bunnies at the end of the day to give to family and friends instead of candy.

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Giving Easter gifts is a kind gesture when visiting family and friends, but I believe celebrating with candy and treats, especially with young children involved, places you in the persuaded consumer category. Knowing that you are partaking in the consumerist version of the holiday is the first step to change the way you think of the holiday the media has transformed into a sugar sweetened buying occasion.

One way you can become ‘Easter literate’ is to understand the way the media portrays Easter and not fall into the persuasive marketing techniques, make candy and treats from scratch and read all ingredient labels!

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Artificial Food Dyes!

Keeping with a family tradition of dying eggs on Easter, some friends and I decided to take 100 Days of Real Foods’ advice and use natural dyes.

What we did:
– place 2-3 cups of water in 3 pots on the stove
– add a 2 heaping tablespoons of turmeric power to one,
– about 1 cup of frozen blueberries to the second,
– and 2 heaping tablespoons of paprika to the last pot
– simmer the dye for 10-15 minutes on medium low heat
– add two tablespoons of vinegar to the red and blue dyes when done simmering
You will need to keep the eggs in the dye longer than artificial dyes! Have fun!

We used blueberries, paprika, and tumeric powder to dye our eggs. They turned out so great! Not as bright and fun as the synthetic chemical rich neon food dyes, but we used some crayons to decorate as well!.

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My naturally dyed eggs!

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The blue came out great!

Also, here is the avacado egg salad I made with some of the eggs. (On Great Harvest’s High Five Fiber, the non-gluten-free version of the life-changing loaf of bread! So good!)

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Avocado Egg Salad:
(makes two servings)
– 4 to 5 hard-boiled eggs
– 1 ripe avocado
– salt and pepper
– 1/2 red onion diced
– cumin, paprika or other spices!
Mash eggs and avocado together and add spices and onion. Enjoy on it’s own or with some hearty bread!

Did anyone else change up their old Easter habits or traditions?

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