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Smoothies for Healthy Eyes

RecipesLaurie Capogna

What better way to brighten your day than with the taste of a fresh and vibrant smoothie. Delicious and packed with nutrients, smoothies are loved by both kids and adults alike. Get the entire family involved in making smoothies by creating various combinations from our Eyefoods approved ingredients below. Add leafy greens and you have made a treat loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin.

 

Anatomy of a Smoothie

Pull that blender out of the cupboard and onto your countertop. Add the ingredients in the following order for best blending results. Be creative, experiment and enjoy!

The Base: 

Handfuls of green leafies such as kale, spinach and dandelion greens

The Body: 

Fruit: Berries, kiwi, cantaloupe, grapes, mango, pineapple, apple, avocado

Veggies: Orange peppers and cucumbers

Herbs: Parsley and cilantro

Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and tumeric

The Boost: 

Water, coconut water, green tea, almond milk, coconut milk, vegetable juice, unsweetened fruit juice

Other nutrition and flavor boosters include Greek yogurt, nut butters, sliced nuts, sunflower seeds and wheat germ.

**Lutein and zeaxanthin are best absorbed when consumed with healthy fat. 

Enjoy your smoothie with a handful of nuts or include a healthy fat as an ingredient in your smoothie.