Now that Pantone has announced that Ultra-Violet is the 2018 Color of the Year, it got us thinking about this powerful, game-changing hue. How can we use it in our everyday lives to feel our best? How can we use this colour to benefit us? Because hey, it’s all about us, right? We’re thinking superfoods here. Ultra-violet ones.
Right now our plan is to start munching on our favourite ultra-violet superfoods in order to get stronger and smarter and all round better in every way. Courtesy of Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York City Osteopathic Physician, we’ve got a list of the impressive benefits these cosmic- coloured foods have to offer, all the reasons you need to incorporate them into your diet ASAP, and a few Brazen ways to make that happen.
7 Pantone Color-Inspired Ultra-Violet Superfoods You Should Eat
What this superfood does: These ingredients sift free radicals and reactive oxygen species in the body.
The Brazen way to eat this superfood: Can you say Blackberry Smoothie? Or better yet, Vodka Blackberry Smoothie?
What this superfood is: In case you didn’t know, blueberries are for more than just pie. They are a top superfood of the fruit world, containing iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K.
What this superfood does: These vitamins and minerals help to maintain bone health.
The Brazen way to eat this superfood: Blueberry bun OMFG
3. Red cabbage
What this superfood is: When you’re enjoying red cabbage in your salad, you probably don’t realize that it contains disease-fighting properties known as polyphenols.
What this superfood does: Polyphenols provide the body with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. Red cabbage is also a great source of dietary fiber and a rich source of several vitamins.
The Brazen way to eat this superfood: In any salad, especially if there’s fruit in it.
What this superfood is: Including the lavender herb in your meal plan gives you access to a low-calorie, low-fat food with a floral scent.
What this superfood does: The vitamin A in this floral food is excellent for your eye health, the calcium in lavender boosts the strength of your bones, warding off osteoporosis. It also boosts your iron intake and can ease symptoms associated with PMS (YAY).
The Brazen way to eat this superfood: Lavender, a fragrant flower, is also an edible herb. You can use lavender to add flavour to baked goods and other recipes but the strong taste can be overpowering, so add it sparingly.
What this superfood does: Plums are rich in fibre to help to ease digestion, and they are also a great source of vitamin A.
The Brazen way to eat this superfood: Definitely in pie—and here’s our fave recipe!
6. Açaí Berries
What this superfood is: Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries have made headlines as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, although some people have noted allergic reactions or a stimulant effect. Most people describe the flavour as being a cross between a rich blackberry or raspberry and a piece of dark chocolate.
What this superfood does: They are also loaded with antioxidants, as well as being rich in fibre, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, C and E, mineral salts (calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium) and others.
The Brazen way to eat this superfood: Sprinkled atop our granola for that am boost
What this superfood is: Dried figs are a delicious concentrated source of minerals and vitamins.
What this superfood does: They contain natural health benefiting phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. They are also a good source of soluble fibre which helps in keeping you full for longer periods of time and relieves constipation.
The Brazen way to eat this superfood: With our hands, one after the other…