The Power of Purple Foods

2015-08-31-15.17.21I was making my lunch today and was drawn to all the purple foods in my fridge, soon enough I was pulling out the purple carrots, chopping up black mission figs (really a deep purple), and preparing purpley-red beets. I topped it all off with California Fig Balsalmic, olive oil and a sprinkle of chia seeds. To go along with this hue of a theme, I decided to steep some loose leaf hibiscus tea. With a side of veggie tempeh (in a purple bowl of course), my meal was complete and beautifully purple!   Besides just making your dish look pretty, the color purple in fruits and veggies has a pretty powerful punch! A good rule to always remember in nutrition is- The darker the color of the fruit or veggie, the higher the antioxidant level.    There is evidence that purple foods help improve vision, heart health and brain power with their specific flavanoids which mop up free radicals and soothe inflammation. “Recent studies found that adults who eat purple and blue fruits and vegetables have reduced risk for both high blood pressure and low HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind); they are also less likely to be overweight.” And remember our flavanoid friend, resveratrol which makes us feel better about drinking red wine… that is found in purple foods too!   Here are some purple foods to pick up at your next visit to the market:

  • purple potatoes
  • plums
  • purple cabbage
  • purple onions
  • concord grapes
  • black berries
  • eggplant
  • blueberries

There are even varieties of purple asparagus and purple cauliflower (if you can find them) which have a much higher antioxidant level than their more common versions.    I’m going to get back to my yummy meal now. Is there a color of food that you eat most often? Comment below!

xx,

Lauren

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