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Why eat blue fruits and veggies is next up on our Eat the Rainbow series. I want to thank you for making it this far into my Eat the Rainbow series! As you might suspect, blue and indigo foods are rather limited and rare, but that doesn’t mean they are any less important!
Since there are not a lot of fruits and veggies that fit into the blue and indigo categories (which is why I combined them, lol) there will be fewer recipes shared as well.
What do Blue Fruits and Veggies help with?
Blue fruits and veggies are few, but they are still mighty in their benefits! They can protect cells from damage, boost memory, help fight inflammation, help keep our bladders healthy and lower our chance of getting cancer.
What do Blue Fruits and Veggies contain?
When we eat blue fruits and veggies one of the primary benefits is that they are high in antioxidants which help our immune systems keep us from getting sick. They are also a good source of Vitamin B which impacts our energy levels and brain function just to name a few.
What are some Blue Fruits and Veggies?
Blue fruits and veggies are not as common as some of the other colors, but some of the items below are easy find while others might be a little bit harder. Some examples are:
- black currants
- concord grapes
- blue tomatoes
- blue corn
- blue potatoes
- blue carrots
I’m sure the most popular item from the list above is blueberries and Concord grapes which pretty much every market would have on hand.
I personally haven’t seen blue corn unless it is in the form a tortilla chip, lol. However, I do know it exists. Also, elderberries are widely used as a syrup to boost your immune system; however, I have not tried it.
Eat Blue Fruits and Veggies Recipes
As I mentioned above, I won’t have the normal compliment of recipes as I did for previous posts in the Eat the Rainbow series, but the ones shared are equally as yummy!
Easy Breakfast Option
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or at least that is what people say, lol. If you have read any of the other Eat the Rainbow posts, you may have seen that I have an affinity for smoothies since it’s so easy to create a yummy smoothies and “hide” healthy foods in them. Check out this Blueberry Smoothie recipe. If you don’t have the tea on hand, don’t worry, just swap with water.
Easy Lunch Option
I love lunch bowls because they are an explosion of flavors! The Beautiful Barley Salad Bowl, like pretty much every Epicure recipe can be customized to fit your personal preferences. For example, I would choose quinoa instead of barley to make it safe for my Celiac daughter. I chose this recipe because it has grapes (a bit of a stretch) but you could totally add some blue tomatoes and shredded blue carrots to this dish to up the blue (indigo) fruits and veggies.
Bonus – Easy Dessert Recipe
If you have hung around for a bit, you know I love a good desert, especially if its and easy dessert. Check out this Blueberry Crumble, it looks (and is) super tasty!!! The best part, you can use fresh or frozen blueberries!
Eat Blue Fruits and Veggies – Wrap Up
I hope you have found the importance of eating blue (indigo) fruits and veggies and how they can help protect our cells from damage and help fight inflammation.
I only mentioned a few recipes, but don’t be afraid to experiment! There are also a lot of recipes on Epicure as well to give you ideas too. If you need help navigating the site and finding what you want, I’m here for you! Just fill out my Contact Form and I will get you all settled.