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Tasty Pasta Dish Packed with Lutein (Antioxidant)

Here is a great recipe filled with Lutein, but you may be asking yourself, what exactly is Lutein? Lutein is a strong antioxidant that can help keep your eyes and your body healthy. This nutrient helps decrease inflammation, protect your eyes from harmful blue light, and fight against dry eye disease! Lutein can be found in leafy greens, pasta, corn, and peppers.

Summer Squash and Basil Pasta


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 pounds assorted summer squashes and zucchini, quartered lengthwise, sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo-style pepper, plus more for serving
  • 12 ounces paccheri, ziti, or other large tube pasta
  • 2 ounces Parmesan, grated (about 1/2 cup), plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves


      1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic, stirring occasionally, until very lightly browned around the edges, about 4 minutes. Add squash; season with salt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until squash begins to break down and gets jammy (they may start to stick to the skillet a bit, which means you are there!), 12–15 minutes. Toss in 1 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper.
      2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente.
      3. Transfer pasta to skillet using a slotted spoon or spider and add 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Cook pasta, adding 2 oz. Parmesan in stages along with more pasta cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta and pasta is al dente. Toss in lemon juice and most of the basil.
      4. Divide pasta among bowls and top with more Parmesan and Aleppo-style pepper and remaining basil.
      5. Enjoy!

    From the kitchen of: Epicurious

    Strawberries, Vitamin C, and Healthy Vision

    Strawberries are certainly in season, as National Pick Strawberries Day falls in May! Did you know that strawberries are packed with vitamin C, which is known to help inhibit cataract progression? Prioritize you vision with this tasty and fun summer recipe!

    Tangy Pineapple Strawberry Salsa

    This super easy Tangy Pineapple Strawberry Salsa is a fresh, chunky fruit salsa thats made with strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, jalapeños, and cilantro! This recipe is the perfect addition to those salty chips sitting in your pantry or the Taco-Tuesday you have planned next week!


    • Strawberries
    • Kiwi
    • Pineapple
    • Sweet Onions
    • Jalapeños
    • Cilantro
    • Lime Juice


    First, wash all of the fruit that needs it. Dice the strawberries, peel and dice the kiwi, core and dice the pineapple, dice the onion, and de-seed the jalapeño and dice. Next, add the strawberries, jalapeños, pineapple, kiwi, and onion to a medium sized bowl. Dice the cilantro and add to the fruit. Mix completely. Last, juice the lime over the mixture and salt to taste. Mix and enjoy!

    From the kitchen of: Fresh Simple Home

    Breakfast Cookies Filled With Nutrients To Fight Dry Eye

    Omega 3s. The thing that no one wants but we surprisingly need, especially if you suffer with dry eye syndrome. Omega 3s are a family of essential fatty acids that play important roles in the human body. We cannot produce them on our own, so we must get them from our diet. Omega 3’s are found in Tuna, Salmon, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seed.

    More than 10 million people suffer with dry eye syndrome. Omega 3s are proven to slow tear evaporation and fight inflammation, as well as lessen the chance of macular degeneration, improve your bones and joints, fighting heart disease, and even improve your overall mental health.

    In addition to Omega 3s, Antioxidants are also essential in eye health. Antioxidants are nutrients that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals can contribute to eye disease, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Antioxidants appear to help to neutralize free radicals. Common antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin A, selenium, lutein and zinc. They are generally found in foods with strong colors, particularly orange, yellow, red, blue, and purple fruits and vegetables.

    We hope you enjoy this recipe that is filled with nutrients essential for you eye health.


    • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 1 medium banana, mashed
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
    • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats, gluten free if desired
    • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
    • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
    • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

    1. In a large bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, mashed banana, and vanilla and almond extracts until smooth and creamy. Next fold in flaxseed meal, almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix until a thick dough forms. Next add in oats and chia seeds and gently fold into the batter until evenly distributed. Lastly fold in blueberries, walnuts and dark chocolate if using.
    2. Use a large cookie dough scoop or 1/4 cup to scoop dough onto prepared cookie sheet (We want these to be BIG cookies!). Make sure you tightly pack the dough into a ball before putting it onto the sheet. Gently press the top of the dough down just a little to flatten the tops. Bake for 13-16 minutes until edges begin to turn slightly golden brown. Allow cookies to cool for 15 minutes before removing from pan and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 10 big cookies.

    From the kitchen of: Ambitious Kitchen


    Healthy Aging Tuna Sushi Salad

    September is Healthy Aging Month! There are a lot of steps you can take to help keep your eyes and body healthy throughout your life. One easy and delicious way is to eat healthy!

    Did you know tuna, salmon or mackerel, all have the ability to improve overall eye health. They are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which can protect against cataracts, dry eye syndrome and even macular degeneration. This omega 3 fatty acid is a healthy fat that results in stronger and healthier eyes and contributes to visual development and keeping the retina healthy.

    Also, leafy greens including spinach, kale, collard greens, and broccoli, are great for keeping your eyes healthy and preventing eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration.

    Here is a great recipe that include all of those delicious nutrients. Ingredients can be altered to fit your taste buds!

    Personally we like to cover the salmon in sesame seeds and then pan sear it for about 1-2 minutes on each side or to your preference of temperature.

    For the salad we use a mix of greens with spinach and top with avocado, cucumber, and carrot. Sometimes we toss in some sliced mangos or pineapple. Any fruit or vegetable would do!

    For the dressing we usually use a store bought dressing of our choice to make the meal super quick and easy.

    Add some pickled ginger or wasabi if you would like too!

    The recipe is so versatile, delicious, and healthy!


    Back To School Breakfast

    It’s that time again! Back To School!

    It can be difficult to find the time and energy to make sure the kids have a healthy breakfast before heading off to school. This recipe is quick, easy and rich in antioxidants that insures they are getting tons of nutrients to fight eye disease.


    1 Banana

    1/2 cup strawberry greek yogurt

    2/4 cup blackberries and raspberries

    sliced almonds or granola for topping


    Split banana in half

    Add 2 scoops of yogurt

    Add berries and toppings


    Grilled Salmon

    Did you know Salmon is packed with vision-friendly nutrients? Delicious salmon is rich in B-vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which can help protect eyes. This recipe is not only healthy and tasty but easy to make! Serve it with your favorite salad or veggie.



    2 TBS Lemon Juice

    2 Cloves garlic, minced

    3 TBS Melted Butter

    Salt & Pepper

    Crushed pepper to taste

    1 TBS Parley

    1/4 TSP Oregano

    Heat grill or oven to 375

    Mix lemon juice, garlic and butter

    Place salmon on foil and pour mixture on the fish and season.

    Wrap the salmon with the foil and cook for about 20 minutes depending on size of fish



    Did you know eating foods high in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, selenium and vitamin C and E will help ward off Cataracts? A diet full of cold water fish, fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants is not only good for your body but also great for the health of your eyes.

    Here is a delicious recipe with tons of blueberries just in time for blueberry season! Toss some salmon on top for a fuller and even more nutrient dense meal.

    We hope you enjoy!


    Spring Mix

    1 cup blueberries

    1/2 cup walnuts or sunflower seeds

    1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese.

    A few slices of red onion

    Dressing: Make your own or use your favorite vinairgrette

    1/4 cup olive oil

    1 TBSP apple cider vinegar

    3 TBSP blueberries

    Your choice of sweetener

    Salt and Pepper


    Blend all dressing ingredients in a blender.

    Put all salad ingredients in large bowl and mix with the dressing.


    Kale, Spinach And Sweet Potato Bowl

    This month The AOA has declared June, the Cataract Awareness Month.

    One more benefit of eating healthier….healthier eyes!

    Eating foods high in antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, selenium and vitamin C and E will help ward off Cataracts and keep your eyes healthy. Foods that involve kale, sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, spinach, butternut Squash, oranges, just to name a few. Here is a tasty recipe that is delicious and healthy too!


    • 1 can of chickpeas

    • 1 sweet potato

    • ⅔ cups of brown rice

    • 5 cups of tightly packed fresh spinach

    • 1 tbsp garlic powder

    • 1 tsp turmeric

    • ½ tsp cayenne pepper

    • ½ tsp cinnamon

    • 2 cloves of garlic

    • 2 tsp olive oil

    • 2 tbsp tahini

    • lime, juice

    • 1 tsp maple syrup

    • chili, salt, pepper


    1 Start by cooking brown rice. Add rice and 2 cups of water to a pot, season with salt and cook for 30-40 minutes or until soft.

    2 Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

    3 Rinse, drain, then dry chickpeas. Remove skins for an extra crunchy finish. Mix chickpeas with 1 teaspoon of oil, garlic powder, turmeric, cayenne, salt and pepper. Arrange chickpeas on one side of the baking tray in a single layer.

    4 Cut sweet potatoes into bite sized pieces and place them on the baking tray too. Sprinkle with cinnamon and chili. Bake chickpeas and sweet potato for 25-30 minutes.

    5 Heat up 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large pan, add crushed garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add spinach, salt and pepper and cook for 3-5 minutes.

    6 For the tahini dressing mix together tahini, lime juice, maple syrup with a little water.

    7 Add rice, sweet potatoes, chickpeas and spinach to a big bowl and top with the tahini dressing.


    Smoked Salmon, Strawberry and Quinoa Salad

    February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness. During the month of February we are reminding people that early detection is a critical first step. Our doctors perform thorough health exams that will detect disease. With new technology, this condition can be detected earlier than ever before.

    Eating healthy can also assist in keeping your eyes healthy! This delicious recipe includes iron, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, all of which are essential for healthy vision. The Strawberries contain Vitamin C, which helps your body absorb the iron. Almonds are packed with Vitamin E and the Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D3. All very important nutrients to keep your eyes healthy and fighting off disease.


    2-4 ounces smoked salmon1/4 cup cooked quinoaa sprinkling of toasted pine nuts or almonds and feta cheesespinachStrawberries

    Method:Use your choice of dressing. Toss the spinach in your choices of dressing. Layer salmon, strawberries, nuts, and feta on top.

    Enjoy and don’t forget to schedule your appointment for you eye health check up and your families as well!

    Butternut Squash Soup

    Did you know butternut squash is a good source of carotenoids, vitamins A, B6, C, and folate. Butternut squash is also full of phytochemicals, which convert into antioxidants, thought not only to help prevent macular degeneration, but also to reduce the risk for certain cancers and cardiovascular problems. Hope you enjoy this delicious recipe while keeping your eyes healthy!


    · 2 tbsp olive oil, separated

    24 oz butternut squash

    · 1 can artichoke hearts, drained

    · 1 cup onion, diced

    · 3 cloves garlic, diced

    · 4 cups water

    · ½ cup milk


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    2. Incorporate the butternut squash and artichoke wtih 1 tbsp olive oil. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until tender.

    3. In a large pot, add in 1 tbsp olive oil and sauté onions and garlic.

    4. Add in 4 cups of water and roasted squash and artichoke and let simmer for 30 minutes.

    5. Blend the soup mixture in batches until smooth in a blender and return to the pot.

    6. Pour in milk and salt and pepper to taste.

    7. Garnish with drizzle of olive oil, sage, and croutons