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:
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, or serve in a Raw Cauliflower Salad.
Red (or purple) cabbage
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.
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. Or check out these five yummy recipes using grilled eggplant.
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.
With such beautiful, healthy food as this to enjoy, our food can be delicious, healthy, and easy on the eyes. What's your favorite purple vegetable or fruit?
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