Thursday, December 3, 2009

Healthy Diets for Your Eyes

I went to the Optometrist for my annual eye exam...annual because I'm developing cataracts, lucky me. Also lucky me, she found some floaters which mean I could end be developing AMD = Age-related Macualr Degeneration. Don't panic, I don't need a seeing eye dog, but I will be paying more attention to my diet...lots of antioxidant rich foods. If you're interested in specifics there are lots of great sites out there to help out...Canadian Living's 5 Best antioxidant rich foods; and Fat Free Kitchen lists 20 with serving sizes and antioxidant values; are just two that are interesting. Omega 3 is also important and here's a list and Vitamin A (carotene in particular) and another list.

That said the easiest way to remember what's good for you is ...the brighter the color, the better.
Bright orange - remember your mother telling you to eat carrots, they're good for your eyes.."did you ever see a rabbit with glasses?" mine would add. Brilliant green, the darker the better and don't forget nuts and seeds....squirrels and birds don't wear glasses either. Berries and other fruits of every hue also add to a healthy diet.

So last night I made the perfect eye-healthy dinner....
(this time with some PC Cranberry & Orange Sauce to make a delicious glaze)
( the salmon & scallops add omega -3 in this recipe too)

And of course, dark chocolate from my President's Choice stash.

Tonight we'll be having pasta with savoy cabbage and pancetta, and a dark green salad, but you'll have to wait for the Presto Pasta Night Roundup tomorrow for see that one. I'm hosting and you still have time to enter. Just drop me a line with a link to your post. Send it to ruth (at) 4everykitchen (dot) com and check back for all the wonderful choices tomorrow.

1 comment:

Muneeba said...

Hmmm, I've never thought about creating a menu that was so eye-healthy. Lord knows we could use it here in my house - both hubbs & I are so blind without our glasses!