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Purple Rules in Boasting Healthy Living

May 14, 2008
Grapes were the food of the Gods in Rome, fed to them by slaves while they reclined in their baths. During the reign of Cleopatra, many natural foods were consumed as well. And we continue to promote the very foods the Romans ate, to boast a wealth of healthy living benefits.

The darker the natural food, the more powerful the cancer fighters inside your body are. Fruits such as blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, figs, cranberries and good quality plums, should be consumed on a regular basis for a wealth of healthful benefits.

Purple grapes rule. These are the richest tasting table grapes; Choose bunches of these beauties with pliable stems and plump, full-colored berries. Purple grapes can be stored in refrigerator for up to one week, as long as they are unwashed. When ready to serve, rinse well. Purple grapes are like "a little bit of heaven" when put on cereal, waffles or served with light cheese. Chopped grapes make a delightful substitution for syrup or sugar. The healthy bonus is purple grapes contain Manganese and fibre.

Super-sweet figs are one of the fruit family's greatest delicacies. These deep purple beauties should be free of bruises and have their stems intact in order to keep well as figs are picked when they are fully ripe. Serve at once or chill up to 2 days; return to room temperature prior to serving. Many people cut the figs and put a dribble of honey on them; this is optional. The healthy bonus of figs is they are rich in fibre, potassium and manganese.

Cranberries are such a delight when served fresh cooked with turkey and dressing. These tart, delightful tasty berries can be frozen up to 6 months and they even will last up to 2 months in the refrigerator. Do not wash cranberries until ready to use. Favorite recipes for cranberries are muffins, pumpkin bread, scones, salads, often are used in dried form to snack on. One package of cranberries with 1 cup sugar stirred in and simmered for 30 minutes will provide the most delightful sauce. Healthy bonus of cranberries is they contain Vitamin C and fiber.

Dark plums are delightful to use as a snack, for lunches, canned, made in an upside down cake, or stewed. Good quality plums have just the right balance of sweet and tart flavor. Ripen plums at room temperature; they are ready to eat when the fruit gives slightly when squeezed. Black plums (dark dark purple) are grown usually in Chile, are fairly expensive, but oh so tasty! Always remember to wash any fruits carefully before drying and consuming. Healthy bonus of eating plums is they contain Vitamin C and fiber.

Purple fruits are one of the most scrumptious fruits, very satisfying and offer us a wealth of healthful benefits. Remember these gems in your eating plans for good health.
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Carole-Anne Stanway has been a creative healthy recipe cook for many years. She loves to learn new living techniques as well. Learn how you too can make, create and bake many healthy recipes for healthy living at .healthyrecipes
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