Eye Health starts with nutrition! The food you put in your body is of utmost importance and relevance to the amount of nutrients you are taking in. The more vitamins you can squeeze into your diet, the better off your eyes will be! Here are some of the most eye-healthy vegetables according to optometrists.org, and some fresh recipe inspiration!
- Spinach – the power green stacked with healthy vitamins, while containing so few calories. You can really load up on this special green! A cup of spinach delivers your daily Vitamin A needs as well as Vitamin K requirements, along with containing powerful antioxidants.
- Carrots – carrots are an obvious eye-healthy choice, packed full of beta carotene. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer when it is converted in your body into vitamin A. A bonus is that vitamin A helps night vision!
- Broccoli – the cruciferous vegetables (like kale and brussels sprouts) contain sulforaphane, which is a cancer defense chemical. They can help reduce oxidative stress, preventing retinal oxidation.
- Green peas – peas are high in fiber which is crucial to overall health, and they even have many anti-cancer properties. The carotenoids found in peas can even act as natural blue-light filters!
- Bell pepper – packed with vitamins B and C, this vegetable may help to lower your risk of cataracts.
- Asparagus – this spring veg is very high in antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Here are some recipes for spring that might inspire you to take care of your eyes deliciously!
Vegetable Risotto with Peas and Asparagus
Spinach Salad with Asparagus and Bell Pepper
Citrus Rainbow Carrots
Lemon Couscous with Broccoli