Antioxidants are one of the gifts of produce, and purple (or blue) vegetables and fruits are often high in antioxidants, making them an excellent addition to your diet. Here are seven beautiful examples:

Purple cauliflower

This gorgeous vegetable contains all of the health properties of white cauliflower with the added bonus of extra anthocyanin (that lovely antioxidant that's so great for you!). Just don't be surprised when it turns green once cooked. You can use purple cauliflower in any recipe that calls for cauliflower, such as this recipe for Pan-fried Cauliflower with Spices. To keep its brilliant color, enjoy it raw. Serve with other raw veggies and a yummy vegetable dip.

Red (or purple) cabbage

Whenever I buy cabbage, my 3-year-old requests the brilliantly colored red cabbage (sometimes called purple). It's not only lovely in color, but extra good for you with more than double the amount polyphenols than green cabbage. You can use red cabbage in any recipe that call for green, such as Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Purple carrots

purple carrots Purple carrots are high in nutrients, particularly antioxidants. (Photo: CG__Photography/Shutterstock)

Purple carrots are high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. A study with rats found that purple carrot juice reversed the conditions created by a high carbohydrate diet such as pre-diabetes, fat, high blood pressure, heart- and liver-damaged conditions. Different-colored carrots carry different health properties. The purple carrot specifically has 28 percent more of the antioxidant anthocyanin than orange carrots. I like to highlight them in this Simple Carrot Saute.

Eggplant

This pretty, purple-skinned vegetable also contains some of the most potent antioxidants: phytonutrients found in the skin. Eggplant is also a good source of iron, calcium and a host of other vitamins. If you are wary of this vegetable, why not try this Eggplant Crust Pizza for a healthy, grain-free option for an old favorite? Cheese makes everything better.

Purple potatoes

purple potatoes Purple potatoes were once considered the 'food of the gods.' (Photo: margouillat photo/Shutterstock)

A Thai restaurant nearby serves an amazing clam chowder that features purple potatoes. The addition adds a lovely color contrast. It also adds more than four times the antioxidants in comparison to regular potatoes, according to the USDA, and scores as high as kale and Brussels sprouts in antioxidants. Purple potatoes were once considered the "food of the gods," so next time you see them in the marketplace, pick some up for a "divine" meal.

Blueberries

blueberries Blueberries may help improve your memory. (Photo: Brian A. Jackson/Shutterstock)

There are so many studies on blueberries proving their health-promoting attributes, including studies showing that they may help improve memory, improve the condition of the cardiovascular system, and help with blood sugar regulation. Like all purple produce, blueberries are high in antioxidants.

Plums

These juicy fruits are full of antioxidants and a moderate amount of vitamins and minerals, making them a great choice for the fruit bowl. The phenols found in plums may even be able to combat breast cancer! You can enjoy them in this Plum Clafoutis.

With such beautiful, healthy food as this to enjoy, our food can be delicious, healthy, and easy on the eyes.