Eat the Rainbow: Purple Foods

I’m an avid fan of colors purple is one of it. My personal favourite is green and I pretty much gravitate towards everything green ranging from household items, stationery, clothes and definitely food! I love how all foods have their own distinctive color of the rainbow spectrum. Not only are these foods bright and cheerful, they’re incredibly beneficial in their own right and influences me what I should consume.

On this blog series of “Eat the Rainbow” I’ll be writing about how different foods and how the color of them can impact your health. For my first post, I’ve chosen the color purple. Purple is often associated with royalty, power, inspiration and spirituality. Examples of purple foods include cabbages, sweet potatoes, eggplants and plums. After much research, I’m fascinated and inspired to cook more colourful foods in the kitchen.

 

Health Benefits of Eating Purple:
  • Supports eye health, specifically for the retina
  • Helps fight inflammation
  • Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
  • Decrease blood pressure and LDL (the bad) cholesterol
  • Lowering the risk of gum disease and stomach ulcers
  • Improves the bodies ability to absorb calcium and other nutrients
  • Protect cells from damage and can help reduce the risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease

How to include more purple on your plate? Here are some ideas of what you can do. Links to recipes are stated down below.

 

Blackberry Popsicle

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If that’s not your thing and you’re looking for something savory, check out this gorgeous pie recipe below.

 

Shepherd’s Pie with Taro

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There are absolutely many purple fruits and vegetables you can make, be it a slaw, into hummus or even a vegetarian curry with eggplants. Happy experimenting, good luck and eat more purple! What are your favorite purple foods? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!