Purple. Purple walls. Purple clothes. Purple jewelry. Purple everything! As you may have heard, purple is the color of 2018 according to Pantone and I am HERE for it. I love purple. We painted our girls bedroom a light shade of purple and I feel calm when I enter it- even with a million toys, books, puzzle pieces, and clothes thrown around. I am here for all things purple.
If purple is the color of 2018, than I figure, why not eat the color purple as much as possible as well?
It has been proven that darker foods contain a richer antioxidant level. Antioxidants keep free radicals at bay. Purple pigmented foods also contain flavonoids, including resveratrol, which can help decrease blood pressure by relaxing the arterial walls and decreasing the pressure in the arteries which allows for better circulation. Resveratrol has also been shown to kill cancer cells. Purple produce contains polyphenols which can reduce the inflammation. So if 2018 is the year of purple, I am all for eating purple foods.
Besides for being a powerhouse in nutrition, purple food is just plan pretty.
I mean look at this deep hue.
Seriously, it’s gorgeous.
And this vibrant color was found in nature. The purple sweet potato gets it’s deep purple hue from the antioxidant, anthocyanin.
I present to you a nutrient dense smoothie bowl. A smoothie bowl that is purple thanks to PURPLE SWEET POTATOES. Yes. Sweet potatoes. No food coloring. Just good old fashion earth grown sweet potatoes.
Extra plus? This smoothie bowl is perfect for those with diabetes because it has a low glycemic index and helps stabilze blood sugar levels. Many smoothie bowls require a heavy use of fruits (which I love) but this smoothie bowl is a little more savory. If you want to make it sweeter, add more banana or agave.
My daughters loved this smoothie bowl concoction and couldn’t get enough of it. I ended up having to make another! My two year old thought it was so cool to be eating ‘papul’ (how she says purple) food.
I also love that it requires only 4 ingredients!
I hope you make this smoothie bowl soon. It’s delicious and one that will be in heavy rotation this year and beyond.
All hail 2018: the year purple got it’s spot in the light!
Makes 2 smoothie bowls
- 1 cup frozen purple sweet potato
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 4-6 ounces homemade cashew milk
- molasses or agave to sweeten
*your topics of choice : I used goji berries, coconut flakes, bee pollen, and cacao nibs.
Freezing purple sweet potato:
Wash and remove skin of purple sweet potatoes.
Cut into even cubes and boil until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and place in cold water to stop the potatoes from further cooking.
Once completely cooled, place in a bag and freeze. You now have frozen purple sweet potatoes ready to use for smoothies or smoothie bowls.
Place 1 cup purple sweet potato, banana, cashew milk and sweetener of your choice in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and thick. Serve in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings (fresh fruits and super foods like cacao nibs are perfect here). Enjoy!
I am excited that 2018 is the year of purple. There are so many purple foods I want to experiment with and am feeling pretty inspired. How do you plan to eat more purple things this year?
Happy purple eating,