Eat Your Colors - Blue & Purple Foods

Many of us are drawn to bright, colorful foods because they are visually appealing.  But did you know that eating a variety of colors is good for your health too?  Eating a wide array of colors every day is the best approach to getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.  


Why eat blue and purple fruits and veggies?

Blue/purple fruit and vegetables help with urinary tract health, memory function, and healthy aging.  Purple foods contain the most antioxidants of all the colors and therefore contribute to overall health, disease prevention, and longevity. They also raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol, and help maintain a healthy brain.

Examples of purple/blue foods include blueberries, blackberries, eggplant, and purple cabbage.



Roasted Berries

Roasted berries are the perfect topping for ice cream or yogurt, even waffles.  

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 Half-Pints Fresh Raspberries
  • 2 Half-Pints Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 Half-Pints Fresh Blackberries
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • Vanilla Bean, split and seeds removed

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries on a sheet pan and toss with the sugar and vanilla bean seeds. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.


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