Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dreaming of a Summer Day? Try this Melon Mint Smoothie.

This smoothie has a nice refreshing taste to it thanks to the mint leaves it contains. It is packed with lutein because of its kale content and is a great replacement to any sugary drink on a hot summer day.

1 cup honeydew
1 banana
1 ½ cups kale, washed and coarsely chopped
15 Mint leaves
1 cup filtered water
Juice of half a lime

1. Put honeydew and banana in the blender.

2. Add kale, mint, water and lime juice.

3. Blend until smooth. Check consistency and add water as needed.

Eyefoods ingredients: honeydew, kale, lime

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Smoothies for Healthy Eyes

What better way to brighten your day than with the taste of a fresh and vibrant smoothie. Delicious and packed with nutrients, smoothies are loved by both kids and adults alike. Get the entire family involved in making smoothies by creating various combinations from our Eyefoods approved ingredients below. Add leafy greens and you have made a treat loaded with eye nutrients, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. 

Anatomy of a Smoothie
Pull that blender out of the cupboard and onto your countertop. Add the ingredients in the following order for best blending results. Be creative, experiment and enjoy!

The Base: 
Handfuls of green leafies such as kale, spinach and dandelion greens

The Body: 
Fruit: Berries, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapes, mango, avocado
Veggies: Orange peppers and cucumbers
Herbs: Parsley and cilantro
Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg and tumeric

The Boost: 
Water, green tea, almond milk, vegetable juice, unsweetened fruit juice

Other nutrition and flavor boosters include Greek yogurt, nut butters, sliced nuts, sunflower seeds and wheat germ.

**Lutein and zeaxanthin are best absorbed when consumed with healthy fat. 

Enjoy your smoothie with a handful of nuts or include a healthy fat as an ingredient in your smoothie.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Eye Healthy Recipes by Dr. Laurie

Check out this new article by Dr. Laurie on www.allaboutvision.com.  It features delicious eye-healthy recipes.