Blue and red foods are packed with all sorts of vitamin (A, C, K, B-6, B-12), minerals, potassium, anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. These foods help to decrease inflammation in the body’s cells and also protect against heart disease.
So, during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday, let’s eat lots of healthy fruits and vegetables that are blue and red in color and stay healthy. Here is a list of the blue and red foods to eat this holiday season:
Strawberries: Loaded with vitamin C, potassium, and folate. They are fresh and great in yogurt, ice cream or alone as a snack.
Tomatoes: Excellent source of lycopene, potassium and vitamin C. Tomatoes give an excellent taste to soups, stews and sauces. They are also great in salsa and scrambled eggs.
Cherries: A nutritional super food because of the antioxidants and vitamins. Cherries are great as a snack.
Blueberries: Nature’s best super food. Blueberries give the body and brain a great healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. They are delicious for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or snack time. Blueberries freeze well and are extra delicious in smoothies, baked goods and jams.
Purple Potatoes: These potatoes - also called blue potatoes - provide lots of carotenoids and flavonoids (anti-oxidants) which can help prevent cancer.
Purple Cabbage: This type of cabbage provides fiber, potassium and vitamin C to the body. Purple cabbage is great when shredded and tossed into a salad. Adds great color to a salad and a different taste.
Remember to add more blue and red foods this Christmas and New Year’s for a healthier 2015.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture