Dairy Free Parfaits // What to use for Natural Dyes

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Easter I love how cute the different colors and decorations are! It’s really the only time of year where decorating with pastel colors and bunnies is totally acceptable. Now I love all the fun colors put when it comes to making those colors happen in our food, dyes a really not my favorite thing. It’s one of those things to make food more fun and festive, but are extremely toxic!

If there’s one thing we should kiss goodbye its artificial dyes, but does it mean we have to stop making food colorful and fun all together? Definitely not! There are plenty of natural foods used to create those beautiful colors! Here are some of my all-time favorites!

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• Matcha Powder & Spirulina = Green

• Beetroot powder & Red Berries = Pink & red

• Turmeric = Yellow

• Blue = Blue Spirulina

This is one of the simple ways to replace toxic ingredients in your kitchen while keeping your kiddos excited and healthy food fun!

Here is an example of Easter inspired parfaits!

Ingredients

• 1/4th cup chia seeds

• 1 cup almond milk

• Honey to taste

• 1 & ½ cup Yogurt (I used almond milk yogurt)

• Toppings!

Instructions

• Combine liquid and chia seeds, mix well and set aside to let gelatinize.

• Separate the yogurt into equal amounts and add color. Start with small amounts and add more until the desired color is reached.

Mix in honey to taste.

• Add Chia seed pudding, then the yogurt mixture and top however you like! It would be a fun project to gather toppings fitting your theme and have your kids decorate them individually!

Thank you again for stopping by!

- Sonya Peacocke

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Best Matcha Latte

Cheers to the best Matcha you'll ever have! 

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If you read my last blog post, you'll know that within the last year I have almost completely given up coffee because it was causing unwanted stress to my hormones and anxiety.

Quitting coffee was not easy, taking some trial and error to find a drink that I would enjoy and give me healthy energy to start my day. I was thankful when I discovered Matcha in the form of lattes at a local coffee shop, but quickly realized that it was full of refined sugar, powdered milk, and other ingredients that shouldn't be sipped in a take-a-way cup..or any cup. 

This is a recipe I created to replace the "healthy" junk with this Matcha made in the comfort of my own kitchen, which not only tastes out of this world with its frothy perfection, but is also great for your health!

·         1 tsp Matcha: Antioxidants & Sustained Energy

·         1 tsp Chlorella: Detoxifying

·         1 Tbsp Collagen: Can aid in the repair of leaky gut

·         Dash of Cinnamon: Lowers blood sugar

·         5 drops Stevia or any other sweetener of choice. 

·         8oz unsweetened nut milk

This drink is perfect hot or cold!

ICED
Blend all of the ingredients and pour over ice.

HOT

Blend together ingredients with 8oz how water and 4oz almond milk.  

Give this drink a go and let me know how you enjoy it!  

Pssst* check out why I quit coffee in the first place here https://www.sonyasopencupboard.com/