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Dr. Tavel Eye Healthy Food Challenge: Green Vegetables

POSTED ON October 5, 2010

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Going green is the cool thing to do or so it seems lately.  Hybrid cars are still the rage, reusable grocery bags are a must, plastic water bottles have a bit of a stigma, and the push for organic foods continues in our supermarkets.  Going green can have a much needed impact on our environment as we are conscious of what and how much we use and it can also have ...

Going green is the cool thing to do or so it seems lately.  Hybrid cars are still the rage, reusable grocery bags are a must, plastic water bottles have a bit of a stigma, and the push for organic foods continues in our supermarkets.  Going green can have a much needed impact on our environment as we are conscious of what and how much we use and it can also have an impact on our eyes and vision.

Green foods like spinach, kale, broccoli, and romaine lettuce are eye healthy as they contain Lutein and Vitamin E, known nutrients to delay eye cataracts so by consuming appropriate quantities of them we are saving our vision one bite at a time!  Eye care doctors offering children’s eye exams like those at Dr. Tavel should give their patients a bit of homework (with the parents approval) to eat green leafy vegetables for their eyes as these vegetables also serve as sunscreen for the eyes protecting them from harmful UV rays.

Even if you need to buy eye glasses eating green foods will help your eyes overall health and your long-term vision.  Not a fan of spinach salads?  The Dr. Tavel Eye Healthy Food Challenge has another way to use spinach that doesn’t include salad dressing!

Spinach-Walnut Pesto

12 cup baby spinachIn a food processor, combine garlic and walnuts.
2-3 cloves garlicProcess until almost smooth.
1/4 cup walnutsScrape down sides and add baby spinach.
1/3 cup olive oilServe immediately or store in airtight container topped with oil.
Yield:1.5-2 cups
Put over pasta or use as a sauce over chicken.

This recipe boasts multiple eye healthy foods with spinach, garlic and walnuts.  We put this pesto with chicken and pasta to create a delicious and eye conscious dinner!

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