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Some Green Tips this Easter April 1, 2010

With Easter just around the corner, here’s some tips to celebrate and be green at the same time!

1.  Most hard-boiled Easter eggs go uneaten, so donate them to a local food bank.

2. If you do plan on boiling eggs and perhaps eating your eggs, make sure you don’t keep them out of the refrigerator for more than 2 hours and consume them within one week. Eating a plain old boiled egg may not sound so appetizing to some of you, here’s a few ways to spice it up!

3.  Dye your eggs with your own home-made dye.*

Yellow:
•1 teaspoon saffron
•3 tablespoons ground turmeric

Pink:
•1 bunch sliced beets
•Bottled beet juice
•Frozen cherries

Green:
•1 bunch chopped spinach
•Petals from 8 marigold flowers

Lavender:
•Grape juice
•2 bags frozen blueberries

Blue:
•1 head chopped red cabbage

Mix ingredients into a pan of cold water (enough to just cover the eggs). Add a tablespoon of vinegar, cover the pan and bring it to a boil. Simmer for 15-20 minutes and allow the water to cool before removing the eggs.

*Dye mix and recipe courtesy of Baltimore Sun.

4. Replace synthetic Easter grass with shredded paper.

5. Alternatives to buying new baskets:

  • Make your own
  • Go to the thrift store. Many seasonal items often end up in thift stores after just one use.
  • Get creative and use a tote bag, backpack, or purse.  You can give the gift of a bag and it serves as a “basket.”
  • Reuse baskets from last year.

5. Trying to cut down on the sugar this Easter? Replace candy with fresh fruits, nuts, dried fruits, or check out some natural candy alternatives.

6. Just have to have chocolate?  Check out our chocolate resources from the Valentine’s Day post which also carry Easter chocolate options.

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