2 Smoothie Recipes for Healthy Eyes
You may find that checking your refrigerator is just as important as getting an eye check-up to ensure healthy eyes. Make yourself a super smoothie that’s colourful to look at and rejuvenates eyes, which suits your peepers perfectly!
Fresh foods rich in lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C and vitamin E top the list for eye health. Get your vitamin C in smoothie-favoured fruits like kiwi, strawberries and mango. Add vitamin E – and extra creaminess – with almond or sunflower seed butter and avocado. Include star-status antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin by tossing in dark leafy greens like kale and spinach. Lightly steam the greens to increase their effectiveness and store them in the fridge to add to morning smoothies. Adding healthy oil to your smoothie (virgin flaxseed, pumpkin seed or olive oil) will help absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin. They enhance eyes and guard from damaging effects of free radicals that play a role in disease. Toss in an egg yolk, too, if you want a potent yet non-plant source of lutein and zeaxanthin.
And don’t forget about spices. Curcumin, a main antioxidant component of the popular Indian spice turmeric has long demonstrated (in traditional healing and medical research) that it has beneficial effects on several eye diseases. It has been used for retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye syndrome.
#1 AGE & EYE STRAIN DEFYING SMOOTHIE
1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries and mango
1 kiwi fruit, peeled
1 handful baby spinach, lightly steamed & chopped
1 cup of almond milk, divided in half
1/4 of an avocado
1 tablespoon almond butter
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Add spinach, kiwi fruit, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/4 avocado, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup to blender. Process until smooth and pour into a glass. Rinse blender and then add chopped strawberries & mango, 1/2 cup of almond milk, almond butter, and 1 tablespoon maple syrup to blender. Process until smooth and pour into second half of glass to make a delicious bi-coloured smoothie.
#2 DOUBLE WHAMMY WARM TURMERIC SMOOTHIE
½ - 1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of black pepper*
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 cups coconut or almond milk
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/2 tablespoon virgin olive oil
(*Black pepper has been shown to aid in absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.)
Place almond or coconut milk, turmeric and other spices into a pot and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Allow it to cool just a little, and then blend in a blender with hemp seeds, oil and honey until smooth. Pour into a mug. You may choose to drink this potent, tasty smoothie warm or cool to boost your immune system and eyes.