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2 Ways To Dye Your Food Green, Naturally

March 17, 2016
By: So Delicious

There a few things about St. Patrick’s day that make it unlike any other holiday. When else can you drink green beverages and enjoy brined cabbage like it’s a main dish? Anyway, for those of us who are avoiding artificial colors in our food, it can be tough to share in the all-things-green fun.

On a quest for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day green beer, this year the So Delicious Dairy Free team has been experimenting with fun ways to turn up the green, naturally, and we’re excited to share our results with you.

1. Baby Spinach

Popeye’s favorite vegetable has a beautiful green to it. We added a tightly packed 1/4 cup to our Classic Belgian Waffle recipe and the result was very festive! While the flavor does come through a bit in the waffles, the color is gorgeous and the taste can be masked with some pure maple syrup. We recommend using spinach to green-up any blender friendly recipe such as cake, waffles, pancakes, or cupcakes.

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2. Matcha

Beer is a bit more tricky than waffles. We knew that whatever was going to turn our beer or cider green would have to dissolve perfectly. Matcha did just the trick. We used 1/4 tsp. of pure matcha and used 2oz of hot water to make an extra concentrated amount. Then, we poured it in a pint glass and alternated pours with hard cider until we achieved a nice festive green. Nailed it. But, the fact that matcha contains a small amount caffeine made us want to search for a caffeine-free option as well.

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3. Moringa Powder

Moringa is a great way to get some extra vegetables into your diet. It mixes nicely with water and is a great addition to smoothies so surely it would work with beer, too, right? Yes and no. The color is definitely green—in a green-smoothie kind of way—but it didn’t dissolve as well as it did with the matcha. If you are going to give it a go, be sure to mix it well into water first and use the same method as with matcha.

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Well there you have it, two ways to dye something green, naturally. How about you, any tricks you use for naturally green St. Patrick’s Day goodies?

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