Put some purple on your plate

If you’re looking to improve your health in 2017 the secret could be purple food. Experts from health food company, Whole Foods, claim that this fast growing trend will see us including a lot more purple on our plates this year.

Purple foods are growing in popularity due to their impressive health benefits. The majority of these special fruits, vegetables and grains – purple cauliflower, black rice, purple asparagus, elderberries, acai berries, blueberries, purple sweet potatoes and purple corn – are packed with antioxidants that help to fight disease, keep us looking younger, reduce inflammation and are great for our hearts.

As a rule of thumb, the darker the colour of your food the more antioxidants it contains and therefore the healthier it is. So, let’s take a closer look at our favourite purple foods and discover how you can fit them into your daily diets in 2017.

 

Acai Berries

Acai berries have been popular for a few years now and their health benefits are well known to scientists. They are extremely good for heart health, lower cholesterol in the blood stream, prevent blood clots, improve circulation and relax the blood vessels.

To fit acai berries into your day, try our Classic Acai Bowl with Figs and Banana

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Blueberries

Blueberries are widely known as one of the highest sources of antioxidants of all fruits, vegetables and spices. The main benefit of antioxidants is to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures in our DNA, often aging our bodies faster than normal.

A handful of blueberries is our favourite way to get our daily dose, but you can use them in all sorts of recipes as well. We love these Blueberry Pops as the blueberries remain uncooked and retain much more of their natural benefits.

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Purple Sweet Potato

Even though the original orange sweet potato is packed with health benefits, its purple brother is even better for us! These delicious spuds contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties and aid digestion! Steam a few and add them to your dinner, or get creative with our Purple Sweet Potato Slice.

Sweet Potato Slice

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AB x