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Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Purple in the Morning, and Blue in the Afternoon"


Oh's almost midnight here and I'm just posting...keep forgiving me please. I've spent the last six hours baking and decorating a cake for a customer. Most people really don't understand what goes into making a cake from scratch. At least it's over now and I can focus on all of you and this blog! :)

Okay, so...everyone ate their blue and/or purple fruits/vegetables today right?! Of course you did! ;)

*Side note, purple carrots?? Interesting! I wonder what a purple carrot cake would taste like?....ugh! cake on the brain!!!

Moving on. :)

There are many benefits to eating blue/purple fruits and/or vegetables!

The latest NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) results for blue/purple fruits and/or vegetables list a multitude of health benefits which can be obtained through eating delicious blue and/or purple fruits and vegetables. Many of the nutritional benefits available, in these fruits and vegetables specifically, are not available in most other fruits and/or veggies and that is why it's very important to ensure that you are getting your daily dose boom! just used the blog page title :) of them through your regular diet plan.

By eating blue and/or purple fruits and veggies, you can lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Fun fact: Did you know that people who regularly eat blue and/or purple fruits and veggies have smaller waists than others who don't eat them regularly? Running to fridge to devour blueberries!

Did you know that blueberries contain more antioxidants than any other fruit in the world! They are also ridiculously low in calories (and make a great add-on to just about anything ranging from smoothies to salads to ice cream). 

So let me give you a quick run down of all the awesome health benefits that blue and/or purple fruits and veggies have been linked to:

  • Obviously, they are all GREAT sources of nutrients!
  • Act as a natural anti-inflammatory
  • Support urinary tract health
  • Support vision as we age...I always thought that was supposed to be carrots...maybe that's where purple carrots come into play
  • Support our mental ability to make and remember memories
  • Contain TONS! of fiber
  • Benefit the digestive tract
  • Support our connective tissues and collagen (eat these to keep looking young! Running to fridge for MORE blueberries!)
  • Support the body as it recovers from illness or injury
  • Contain potassium (yes, everyone associates potassium with bananas but these fruits and veggies contain it too!)
  • Considered as an approach to preventing breast cancer.

So...if you didn't eat your blue/purple fruits and/or veggies better get on it now so you can reap the benefits!!! Don't miss out people!

Challenge for tomorrow:

Yellow fruits/veggies (eat at least one cup of them!)

Feel free to comment below and tell us how you've been doing during this weekly challenge!  

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