We were raised learning that in order to have a healthy body we need to make healthy food choices. Good nutrition fuels your body and can even influence how your mind functions. Did you know that proper nutrition is critical to eye health? It’s true! Orange-colored fruits and vegetables can help protect your vision as well as promote eye health. Carrots are a great example of this. Beta-carotene is a type of vitamin A that gives these foods their orange hue, which also helps the retina function smoothly. Vitamin A deficiency can cause severe dry eyes, which can lead to eye infections and vision loss. Vitamin A can also help you fight pink eye symptoms and other infections by keeping your immune system intact. Other important nutrients for your eyes and vision are the yellow, orange and red pigments in fruits and vegetables that are called carotenoids. Bell peppers are a great example for this. They are a fantastic source for healthy eyes. Carotenoids and Vitamin C are the key nutrients in bell peppers. Vitamin C may reduce your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration later in life.
I love to eat healthy and try to mix in some “good eye foods” as often as I can. Now that the weather is starting to warm up, we tend to grill out a lot. Grilling vegetables is simple and healthy! The first recipe I will be sharing with you is “Glazed Grilled Carrots”. The second recipe is “The Easiest Grilled Peppers Recipe”. I wish I could take credit for these recipes, however, I actually found them on two different websites. The carrot recipe is by Jeff Gordinier andthe grilled peppers recipe is byFrances Janisch.
Ok, let’s get started.
Total cooking time for this dish is about 25 minutes.
Prep time for this dish is about 15 minutes. Total time to cook is around 22 minutes.
It’s as simple as that! Be sure not to overcook the vegetables so you don’t cook out all of the tasty and important nutrients. I promise you will LOVE these side dishes as much as your body and eyes do! Give it a try and let us know how you like them. To check out other eye healthy recipes, click here to follow us on Pinterest.
Dr. Travis Zigler