Besides looking wonderful, color is important because it signals that fruits and vegetables have certain benefits for our bodies. Colors also have certain frequencies that harmonize with our bodies and can help restore the natural biological rhythm of our organs and glands. When we like certain colors, those colors can perk up our digestive system and prepare our bodies to accept the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables. For more on this interesting subject, be sure to read the following article.
Blue and purple are only one of five colors to explore in the rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables. You will want to discover the other four and make more color full smoothies/juices for your friends and family.
Blue/purple fruits and vegetables are colored by natural plant pigments called “anthocyanins.” Anthocyanins in blueberries, grapes and raisins act as powerful antioxidants that protect cells from damage. They may help reduce risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease. Other studies have shown that eating more blueberries is linked with improved memory function and healthy aging. Blue and purple foods contain the most antioxidants of all other colors and contribute to overall disease prevention and longevity.
Great Blue Smoothies and Purple Juice Blends
Blueberry and Lavender Lemon Smoothie
Blue Green Latte
No More Blues Smoothie
Chocolate Acai and Smoothie Bowl
Blueberry Banana Dessert Smoothie
Blackberry and Basil Smoothie
Berry, Cherry, and Kale Green Smoothie
Blueberries ‘N Cream Smoothie
Blended Cacao and Vitamineral Energy Blaster
Blue and Purple for Longevity
Contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Similar to the previous nutrients, these nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells. The blue in blueberries helps protect memory and motor function as you age, and helps fight cancer and heart disease. The purple in Concord grapes and grape juice helps prevent heart disease.
- Because they are a good source of potassium, snacking on purple figs can help to lower high blood pressure. Figs also contribute to weight loss and management with its dietary fiber and contains a high amount of calcium. Not crazy about the texture of fresh figs but want the health benefits they offer? Try these fig recipes: Gluten-free Vegan Fig Newton Clones and Fig Cardamom Walnut Scones with Cashew Cream.
Add RED > Find out why RED fruits and vegetables lower blood pressure, prevent cancer and treat arthritis
Add ORANGE > Find out how ORANGE vegetables & fruits lower cancer/heart disease risk and maintains healthy eyes
Add YELLOW > Find out how YELLOW vegetables & fruits maintains healthy skin, reduces inflammation, and prevents allergies
Add GREEN> Find out how GREEN vegetables & fruits prevent/treat cancer, purifies blood, increases red blood cell count and maintains eye health
Add BLUE/PURPLE> Find out how BLUE & PURPLE vegetables & fruits reduce risk of cancer, stroke and heart disease and improves memory function