17 Recipes for Healthy Eyes

Greens

Before meeting Kevin, I hadn’t put much thought into how the foods I ate could be impacting the health of my eyes.

But with a prescription for -8.50 and yearly checkups with the doctor where; before we met, he was told that his eyesight would only continue to worsen, my lack of interest in eye health quickly became a priority for me. There was no way I was going to sit idly by and let macular degeneration get the best of him.

We made these simple changes to Kevin’s diet and have been told by our Ophthalmologist that Kevin’s eyes are no longer getting worse. Hurrah!

Here are the (simple) changes we made to his diet to get the results we wanted and to protect my vision before it started deteriorating, too…

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Greens

Ingesting lots of leafy green vegetables like spinach, collard greens and kale help avoid macular degeneration. Spinach in particular is loaded with lutein – an antioxidant that acts as a sunscreen for our eyes.

Some of our favorite green-based recipes are:

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Hydration

Staying hydrated is beneficial for your body. We all know this. And it should come as no surprise that it’s also great for our eyes! We like to spice up our water by making Real Vitamin Water, a concept I shared over on the Wellness Warrior blog last month.

apricot

Apricots

Apricots are super rich in beta carotene and lycopene, both are super important in eye health. Pit-containing fruits aren’t Kevin’s thing, so I have to get sneaky when trying to load up his diet with these guys. Some of my favorite recipes with apricots are:

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Blueberries

Blueberries are loaded with Vitamins A, C, E and minerals zinc and selenium… all of these are powerful antioxidants – aka eye superfood!

Kevin and I love eating blueberries raw, sometimes sprinkled with a bit of cinnamon. But when I’m feeling a bit creative, we get our daily dose of blueberries in recipes like:

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Carrots

The beta carotene in carrots help to guard the cells of the eyes. Sounds pretty serious, doesn’t it? Carrots can easily be added into salads and soups. You can also dip them in just about anything — salsa, hummus, guacamole, peanut butter and dressings.

Our favorite way to cook carrots include things like:

Turkey

Turkey

Turkey is rich in zinc which is concentrated in our retnas and helps enzymes that promote eye health. Plus turkey also has niacin, which specifically protects against cataracts. And to top it all off, turkey is a lean protein, making it fabulous for clean eating dinner recipes like,

sweet-potato

Sweet potato

Just like carrots, sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene (and if you ask me… they taste better than carrots but Kevin would disagree). Sweet potatoes are great in:

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  1. Hi Leanne, love this post re: eye health, I love all the foods mentioned and do include them in my diet but I have a good reason to eat more, when your eyes start to deteriorate it’s a pain to be getting the reading glasses out while grocery shopping to read labels, recipes etc.

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