The predictions were on point: Ultra Violet, the official color of the year, has been the name of the game so far in 2018. From Pantone-worthy getaways and wallpaper trends to delectable desserts you鈥檒l love to indulge in (and 鈥榞ram) with your BFFs, it鈥檚 impossible to ignore this royal purple hue. Turns out incorporating it into your diet can help you be healthier too; Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York City board-certified osteopathic physician, gives us the lowdown on how including purple foods on your plate can help you eat more nutritiously. Add these seven finds to your shopping cart before heading home to whip up an ultra-healthy, ultra-violet meal.

A plate full of blackberries and blueberries on a blue table

1. Blackberries: 鈥淏lackberries are loaded with vitamin C, as well as A, E, K, & B vitamins and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which sifts free radicals and reactive oxygen species,鈥 Dr. Calapai tells us. 鈥淐olorful fruits like blackberries (including other red, blue, and purple berries) have antioxidant properties that can also lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and memory issues.鈥

2. Blueberries: This popular berry packs a powerful punch! 鈥淏lueberries are a top superfood of the fruit world, containing iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K, which help maintain bone health,鈥 explains Dr. Calapai. If you鈥檙e not in the mood to snack on straight-up berries, try incorporating them into the things you already reach for 鈥 even treats. Get creative in the kitchen by sprinkling a handful on top of yogurt or ice cream, making them an addition to your favorite salad, or even baking 鈥檈m into scones or a pie.

Red cabbage

3. Red Cabbage: 鈥淩ed cabbage contains disease-fighting properties known as polyphenols, which offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits,鈥 Dr. Calapai notes. 鈥淚t鈥檚 also an awesome source of dietary fiber and a rich source of several vitamins.鈥 Challenge yourself to incorporate cabbage into Taco Tuesday, or branch out by using it inside a veggie burrito.

Lavender lies in a bunch and in a mortar and pestle on a wooden table

4. Lavender: Don鈥檛 worry 鈥 you don鈥檛 need to eat this one (though you can) so much as find a way to incorporate it into your wellness routine. 鈥淟avender oil (created from the lavender herb) has been proven to assist with getting rid of bloating and calming itching,鈥 Dr. Calapai shares. To channel the plant鈥檚 purple powers, dab a few dots of the oil in your cupped palms, or try using essential oil with a diffuser. Affordable options include the mEssentials Oil Blends Set ($18) and the Sinma wood diffuser ($16).


5. Plums: 鈥淧lums are rich in fiber and help to ease digestion, as well as being a great source of vitamin A,鈥 Dr. Calapai tells us. 鈥淲hen possible, always opt to buy organic fruits and vegetables that are free of preservatives and chemicals. Most researchers agree we should have seven to eight servings of healthy fruits and veggies each day.鈥 Prime plum season runs May through October, so be prepared to reach for heaps of these.

acai bowl

6. A莽a铆: 鈥淎莽a铆 berries are loaded with antioxidants, as well as being rich in fiber, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, B, C, and E, and mineral salts (calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium) among others.鈥 Get your fix with an a莽a铆 smoothie, hearty breakfast bowl, or berry-based dessert. Yum!

Fresh Figs

7. Figs: 鈥淔igs are rich in natural health-benefiting phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins,鈥 Dr. Calapai reminds us. He also tells us that dried figs are a great concentrated source of minerals and vitamins, so go ahead and stock right up.

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