Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Celebrate the Raven's Purple on your Plate

In keeping with this year’s National Nutrition Month theme of adding color to your diet, this week I want to encourage you to add the color purple to your plate.

Purple foods pack a lot of nutritional goodness. Purple foods contain flavanoids. They also contain anthocyanins and resveratrol. These are names for antioxidants that have been shown to help prevent aging, heart health, and in cancer prevention. You may see these terms used interchangeably. In
essence, they mean the same thing: they are important substances to keep your body healthy.

Marylanders should especially have a soft spot for purple foods in support of our Baltimore Ravens football team. Initially, you may wonder what foods are purple. There are plenty out there, and I’m not talking about artificially colored foods. Blue foods are usually included as a purple food as they contain the same beneficial components. And there are many foods with purple skin, and some less common foods that are purple through and through. You may have difficulty finding some of these items. But if you have access to a health food store or the internet, they may be worth trying.

This week try to eat a purple food each day. Today try some raisins as a snack, tomorrow blueberries in your morning oatmeal, and then make vegetarian lasagna with eggplant. For more suggestions or information on purple foods, contact me at kryniak@gbmc.org or 443-849-8186.

Purple skins
Passion fruit
Concord grapes
Red cabbage
Acai berries
Black berries
Purple through and through
Purple carrots
Purple Potato
Purple asparagus
Purple Cauliflower
Purple Bell peppers

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