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The Power of Purple

By Recipes and Nutrition

As we head into the winter months during a pandemic, it is important to make a plan to best support your immune system.  As I type this, however; it is currently 80 degrees in Memphis so maybe this is my way of pushing the needle back to sweater weather.  Here’s hoping, anyway.

Eating colorful foods is not only aesthetically pleasing, but certain colors denote particular vitamins, minerals and compounds that can provide much more bioactive nutrients than any expensive supplement.

For example, purple fruits and vegetable are rich in anthocyanins, a compound that helps balance the immune system, is good for the brain and helps prevent heart disease.

Energetically, eating the color purple supports the Ajna chakra, or the third eye.

Supporting your immune system does not have to cost a fortune or take a chunk of time you may not have out of your already busy life.  Below is a recipe that combines the benefits of raw, fresh vegetables with the desire for more comforting, warming foods as the season changes.  Enjoy!


Warming Dijon Slaw


  • 3 tbsp Milkadamia vegan butter, or vegan butter of choice
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp Dijon mustard, depending on tangy preference
  • 1/2 head medium sized purple cabbage, julienned or finely chopped

Cut onion finely and melt butter in a skillet.  Add onions.  Let onions turn translucent and add Dijon mustard.  Allow Dijon to melt into mix and for some of the onion pieces to slightly brown.  Add all ingredients into large bowl with slaw and massage through until evenly cooked.  Enjoy!