Seasonal Bites for Healthy Eyesight
Eggs and carrots are just some of the tasty and eye healthy ingredients in these recipes.
It’s one thing to cook for flavor, but another to cook for flavor and health. You can do just that with the following dishes that benefit your eyes.
With limited daylight and colder temperatures, this time of the year is associated with staying indoors and avoiding illness. Why not spend part of that time learning some new healthy recipes? You can still be good to your eyes by preparing the right foods. What better way to keep your eyes sharp than through delicious, warming meals made with food that is good for your eyes? Here are five recipes rich with the best eye vitamins for dishes to make and serve this season.
Planning to watch football this season? Have these ready in time for kickoff and your guests will see the action that much better. While they may not have an instant impact, sweet potatoes have several benefits for your eyes. Sweet potatoes are chock full of beta-carotene, vitamin A, fiber and potassium.
Saint Patrick’s Day may only be one day in March, but the benefits (both taste and health) of this finger-food can be enjoyed from fall to winter. You don’t even have to be Irish! That’s because they contain cabbage, which delays cataract formation and macular degeneration thanks to its richness in beta carotene.
Wake up in your flannel pajamas and start your day with happy eyes and a warm belly. Orange peppers alone are full of beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, lutein and zeaxanthin—a protective carotenoid concentrated in the eye’s macula. But the eye love doesn’t stop there. Lutein foods like eggs are also a good food for eye health. Packed with a hearty source of vitamin E, as well as the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, all of which make for better eye health.
Vegans and omnivores alike can enjoy a bowl of this eye-friendly soup as a starter course or all on its own. Carrots are good for your eyes because they are rich in beta-carotene, which helps protect the cells that make up your eyes. Pour a cup as a filling snack after spending the day enjoying the cool air.
You probably eat tomatoes in a variety of dishes, so it’s a nice boost to hear that something so common is also good for your eyes. In addition to vitamin C, tomatoes have lycopene, which has been shown by research to help prevent damage to the retina from light. Eggplant, on the other hand, you might not eat as often, but consider this an incentive: they are full of lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, folic acid, vitamin C and potassium, all of which make for healthier eyes. This hearty Greek concoction makes a great main course for a family dinner.
When you’re looking for a warm and filling meal, reach for a bowl of chili. But did you know turkey is not just a healthier alternative to red meat, but also very good for your eyes? It naturally has zinc and niacin, which help enzymes that promote eye health and protect against cataracts, respectively. And unless you add cheese or sour cream, this recipe is dairy- and gluten-free.
In the kitchen or at the grocery store, keep your eyes in mind when deciding what to eat. For more tips on eating to see well, ask your eye doctor when you arrange your next eye exam.
During the busy holiday season, make sure you find the time to maximize your vision benefits and make sure to talk to your provider to find out if your insurance covers eye exams. If you are unsure of your benefits spending, visit your local Pearle Vision to learn more or arrange an eye exam*. We also welcome your current prescription.
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