So from the title of this article you may find yourself getting excited, because let’s be honest, the first foods that probably come to mind when thinking of brightly-hued foods is candy; smarties or skittles anyone?
What we are actually referring to are fruits and veggies that have richly pigmented blue and purple skin as a result of their high antioxidant content. Luckily for you, all foods mentioned are delicious, and will in fact curb your sweet cravings!
Keep reading for our top 4!
Blueberries are one of those fruits that are loved by all, thanks to their juicy sweetness that can easily be enjoyed in place of an unhealthy snack. They may be small, but they pack a real punch when it comes to nutrient content. Blueberries are excellent to not only protect you against disease thanks to powerful antioxidants, their rich fiber content helps to lower cholesterol in the blood, thus reducing the risk of heart disease; the number one silent killer.
If you’ve never tried eggplant parmesan then you’re seriously missing out! Their glossy purple flesh is rich in anthocyanin phytonutrients, called nasunin. Nasunin is an incredibly powerful antioxidant that destroys free radicals, as well as protects the fats (lipids) in brain cell membranes from damage. Of course they also contain an array of other vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, potassium and manganese to name just a few.
Grapes are another fruit favourite, especially among picky eaters, making it an easy way to get your kids to eat healthy. Grapes are high in a type of antioxidant called polyphenols, that can prevent many types of cancer, and your skin will thank you too!
Cabbage is an excellent way to add some crunch factor to a summer salad, and they are delicious when pickled too! Cabbage is a favourite food for not only keeping your insides clean and healthy, but for keeping your gut calm and happy too. Purple cabbage is especially rich in fiber and potassium, to help lower cholesterol, aid in elimination and keep your heart functioning as it should. This combined with antioxidant vitamins makes it a superfood staple. If you aren’t sure what to do with your purple cabbage, then here are some excellent ideas.
Being healthy is all about making small changes to your daily diet. The richer in colour a fruit or veggie is, the higher the antioxidant content so choose wisely!
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