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Blue Food, Dude.

In episode 14 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s fourth season, Danny Devito’s character, Frank Reynolds, states that blue foods have the most ‘anti-oxygens.’ What Frank meant to say was the word ‘antioxidants,’ and it’s true.

Naturally-occurring blue foods are packed with them, and we could all do with a little health boost from time to time. As the holiday season approaches, the amount of unhealthy food that we consume skyrockets. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving stuffing, Christmas cookies… the list goes on.

As for the processed, manufactured blue foods, the health benefits may be nonexistent, but well, at least they’re fun.

So I stand with Frank Reynolds in that we could all use some more blue foods in our life. Which is why I’ve composed a list of some blue foods to incorporate into your diet.

1. Blueberries

You know what these are. Small, round, and sweet. What’s not to like?

2. Blue Cheese

While not technically a true blue, the blue spots and specks still count in my book.

3. Blue Corn

Not as easy to find in stores, but still delicious as ever… just not when it’s stuck in your teeth.

4. Blue Heat Takis

One of my favorite spicy snacks. 7-11 carries these bad boys and they are strong in flavor, spice, and in their deep blue hue.

5. Blue Mushrooms

It’s called the Indigo Milk Cap. Another rare find, and something I’ve been trying to get my hands on! This mushroom is safe, edible, and apparently delicious to eat.

6. Blue Sports Drinks

Hands down, Cool Blue Gatorade is hands down the best flavor. Powerade just doesn’t do it for me.

7. Blue Candies

In moderation, of course. Blue candies like Skittles, Jolly Ranchers, and M&M’S. This one might be considered a blue-eat cheat. May also turn your tongue blue.

8. Blue Tomatoes

Yes, they do exist! Although more indigo in color, blue tomatoes are hearty and delicious and can be grown from home.

9. Blue Potatoes

The Adirondack potato is a deliciously dark-colored root veggie. Some may even refer to them as purple potatoes.

10. Blue Pansies

Not only are these flowers beautiful, but they are totally edible, too. You’ll feel like an earth goddess eating these blue beauties.

11. Blue Elderberries

Check out your local farmer’s market for these bright blue babies. Great on their own or in a pie.

Finally…

12. Blue Pea Tea

Colored from the butterfly pea flower, this tea is a dark blue drink that’s aromatic with earthy, herbal notes. Say ‘ahh.’

There you have it. With proteins, fruits, vegetables, drinks, and the absolutely necessary cheats and sweets, you could technically live off this list alone. Although I wouldn’t recommend it.

So go out and stock your pantry with some blue foods today.

…Or maybe just stick to blueberries.

Sydney Walters

Copywriter, fiction author and PR professional from D.C. who scribbles in answers on trivia night and shouts at her Playstation on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Sips hot tea or coffee from a Studio Ghibli mug. Paces while brainstorming. Conquers hot sauce.

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