It has always bothered me putting chemicals (and that is what they are) and synthetic dyes in my food when it calls for a food coloring in the recipe. My son was on the Feingold diet as small child and I learned there are many alternatives to synthetic ingredients you can use. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Feingold diet it is a diet free of synthetic dyes and ingredients for children who can become hyper from ingesting them. It made a huge impact on my son when he was a toddler.
Here are some natural alternatives to synthetic dyes.
For more intense color you can boil the ingredients and concentrate them (it will make a syrup just use that instead of the synthetic food coloring) or just use it in the recipe but be sure to taste as you go along if you don’t want the taste of that ingredient in your recipe.
Natural BLUE Food Coloring use blueberries and blackberries
Natural GREEN Food Coloring use spinach juice, wheatgrass, kale, swiss chard leaves, lime zest
Natural ORANGE Food Coloring use orange carrots, orange zest, carrot juice, pumpkin, papaya, cumin powder
Natural PINK Food Coloring use beetroot, pomegranate powder and raspberries
Natural PURPLE Food Coloring use red grapes, organic red wine, red cabbage, purple carrots, purple potatoes, acai berry powder
Natural RED Food Coloring use red beets, chilli powder, strawberries and pomegranate
Natural YELLOW Food Coloring use turmeric powder, yellow carrots, lemon zest, saffron flowers, bee pollen