Optix Ojos Jan 2016 - Page 14

Carrot Salad

By: Peggy

Ingredients:

1 lb. carrots

1/4 cup raisins

1/4 cup walnut pieces or nuts of choice

1 apple cut into bite size pieces

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ginger or freshly grated ginger to taste (optional)

Method:

1. Grate carrots

2. Mix with the other ingredients. Add your favorite bottle dressing, your own dressing or choose one from the options below.

Our eyes have been called the windows to our soul. They are one of the five senses we use and depend on every day, yet we do not take care of them correctly. Good nutrition and yearly eye health exams will assist in keeping your vision sharp at any age. Each month we will explore a food group that contains the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed to maintain healthy vision. Vitamins A, C and E, Zinc, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and omega -3 fatty acids are just a few of the nutrients that contribute to eye health. Over the next few months we will explore each of these nutrients and the foods we can eat to help maintain healthy eyes. At the conclusion of each article there will be a recipe to help you start your eye health journey.

Carrots may have been the food of choice for good vision, but there are so many other options today in the market place. Orange colored vegetables and fruits added to your diet daily contain beta-carotene, which converts into Vitamins A, C, and E. Some orange foods to add to your shopping list are butternut squash, orange peppers, sweet potato, and cantaloupe. Sprinkle some paprika and red pepper for color and a little heat on your food. They both contain vitamin A which helps prevent night blindness.

Nutrition For Your Eyes

A monthly column by Peggy Kessler