It’s Fashion Week in New York and designers are busy showing what this spring will bring … but it’s fall where I live, and I’m happily looking forward to the cooler weather, watching football and wearing the rich colors of this season: aubergine, lavender, deep purple and royal lilac. These are also colors of some of my favorite foods.
So, inspired by what I’ve been reading and seeing on today’s fashion pages, I thought I’d write this entry about a few seasonal foods that have those elegant hues and can add vibrancy, nutrition and color to your autumn plate.
Eggplant: The deep, rich color of this vegetable comes from antioxidant anthocyanins, so it’s no wonder the eggplant is a good source of nutrition. It’s also high in fiber. Grilled with a bit of olive oil, this preparation keeps the calories low (vs. smothering it with cheese or frying it).
Purple Grape Juice: This all-American favorite is packed with flavinoid antioxidants which lower the body’s production of cholesterol, inhibits clot formation and increases the efficacy of Vitamin C.
Purple Onions: Read this and weep! The nutrients in onions stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the colon, plus they have been shown to lower blood lipids and blood pressure.
Plums: When dried, these are known as prunes, and studies have shown that enjoying this fruit on a regular basis can help ward off macular degeneration. The same can be said about blueberries.
Figs: Fresh figs are among my favorite fruits. They’re a good source of plant sterols (which may lower your cholesterol), and they’re high in fiber. Plus, they are chef’s dream … I cut fresh figs into little pieces and mix them into my mashed sweet potatoes. HEAVEN!