Purple Carrots & Antioxidants

Here is a reason we are advised to eat a VARIETY of fruits and vegetables. One of these reasons is for color. Color is indicative of the nutrients in that food. Did you know that before the 17th century, almost all cultivated carrots were deep purple, almost black, in color? Heirloom veggies like these cool-looking carrots are making a comeback to nutritiously conscious individuals because of their many health benefits. These benefits mainly come from the antioxidants lutein, anthocyanin, and beta carotene.

You are familiar with orange carrots and their connection with a vision - betacarotene, associated with eye health, comes with that rich orange color. Orange carrots contain the richest amount of carotenoids (antioxidants like beta carotene, lutein, and anthocyanin). Lutein is beneficial not only for eye health but scientists believe lutein "may help protect against atherosclerosis (buildup of fatty deposits in arteries), the disease that leads to most heart attacks."

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Peach Mango Salsa

fruit recipes salsa May 19, 2020

Peach Mango Salsa

 

It’s so important to try and boost your nutrition every time you eat. Think about how you can increase the vitamins and minerals in the foods you make and eat every day. By adding a variety of foods to our diets, we’ll cover a lot of our nutrient needs and help our bodies fight of disease.

One way to do this is by incorporating fresh fruits and veggies to our already favorite recipes. I came up with a way to use the fruit that is in season to create even more flavorful, nutrient-dense recipes of some old favorites. This one uses fresh peaches and mangoes to balance out the spice of jalapenos in this summer time favorite.

Read more over on the blog on The Power of Peaches. You’ll see why it’s so important to eat in season and incorporate fresh fruits into the diet.

 

1 lb tomatoes, diced

1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced

2 jalapenos, seeded and diced

1 purple onion, finely diced

1 # peaches, diced

½ # mango, diced

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