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Easter Eggs
Wellness
Published Friday Mar 30, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

Naturally Dye Easter Eggs with These 4 Superfoods

Food
Recipes

Let’s brighten things up a bit! During this time of year, the tradition of dyeing eggs can be something that sends us straight back to being a kid. Whether you invite your peeps over to dye ‘em, or plan for your fam, a safer solution might be as close as the tea drawer. 

Ditch the chemicals and add even more color to your Easter basket by replacing food coloring with these six superfoods! 


Turmeric

You had me at yellow. When it comes to dyeing eggs, turmeric is top notch. Not only is it the least messy, there’s no prep work and it will give your eggs the most beautiful yellow color! 

INGREDIENTS 

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
1 tablespoon ground turmeric 
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons white vinegar 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place turmeric in a medium bowl. Pour boiling water over the turmeric and let steep for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours to extract the color.


2. Stir vinegar into the dyeing liquid; add the eggs. Refrigerate the eggs in the dye for at least 4 hours or up to 1 day. Soaking longer will give a more vivid color, but limit soak time to 24 hours.


3. Remove the eggs from the dye with a slotted spoon. Rinse of any excess spice residue, then let dry on a wire rack. If you plan to eat the eggs, refrigerate for up to 1 week.


Hibiscus

Let spring bloom with stunning blue hues! Pick up some hibiscus to get beautiful shades ranging from robin’s egg blue and turquoise, to denim and midnight blues. 

INGREDIENTS

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
4 tablespoons dried leaves/flowers
1 tablespoon vinegar 
1 ½ cups water

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Bring water and dried leaves or flowers to a boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes.


2. Turn off heat and strain dye into a jar or bowl and add vinegar.


3. Add a hard boiled egg to the dye bath and let sit for minutes to hours, depending on dye or desired color. 



Beets

Let’s face it, pink is pretty much unbeetable. Make Easter memorable with a recipe that gives your eggs a pop of magenta! 

INGREDIENTS

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
1-2 beets (about ¾ pound)
1 quart water
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon white vinegar


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Roughly chop beets.  


2. Combine beets with water, vinegar and salt in a saucepan. 


3. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.


4. Strain, reserving the liquid for dyeing. 


5. Let liquid cool and place eggs in dye, allowing eggs to soak until they have reached desired hue. 



Coffee

Love your morning latte? Turns out that cup of joe can actually give you a deep, rich brown color for those Easter eggs! It’s almost like it was meant to bean

INGREDIENTS

3-4 white eggs, hard-boiled
1 quart strong black coffee (brewed)
2 tablespoons white vinegar


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place coffee in saucepan and add white vinegar.


2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat.


3. Allow ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes.


4. Strain dye into a bowl. 


5. Place eggs in cooled dye.


Tip: For a dark, rich brown boil eggs in black coffee for 30 minutes. For a light brown, soak eggs in room-temperature black coffee for 30 minutes. 


Hop to it! Add some (healthy) DIY to your Easter weekend with these colorful, bright and natural dyes for your eggs. 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.