Improve your energy, eye health, and slim down
Has the holiday stress already zapped your energy? Here are some simple ways to stay healthy, care for your vision, and get things done. It's as easy as eating plenty of vitamin-rich foods that fuel your body and protect your eyes.
Foods to keep your eyes and body healthy
Did you know that brightly colored bell peppers are a nutritional powerhouse that could help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and age-related macular degeneration? Just one cup of these beauties provides 100 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C. Plus, bell peppers are fat-free, low-calorie, and contain three grams of fiber per cup. In addition to giving your body the dose of vitamins it needs, bell peppers fill you up fast and help curb your hunger.
Get the most from what you eat by choosing a variety of colorful produce that's rich in antioxidants. Bump up your nutritional intake by selecting foods with selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, zinc, and omega-3 fats. Nature has just what you need for a holiday energy boost. Throw together a colorful salad or steam some vegetables for a terrific side dish, or grab some fresh fruit or vegetables for a wholesome snack.
Here are other tasty foods to eat for good health.
These portable vegetables are perfect for on-the-go snacking. Filled with beta carotene, carrots can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Toss them in your salad, dip them in hummus, or just munch on them plain for a flavorful burst of nutrition.
- Spinach, kale, and other dark green, leafy vegetables
Deep green and leafy, spinach is filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, and loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants act like a natural sunscreen for your eyes and they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Use spinach in salads, steam it, or mix up a low-cal spinach artichoke dip and scoop it up with carrot and bell pepper sticks.
- Sweet potatoes
This bright-orange root vegetable provides beta carotene, just like carrots. For an easy and fun way to get your vitamins, cut a sweet potato in thin strips. Roast the strips in the oven with a little olive oil and your choice of spices and you'll soon be enjoying sweet potato fries.
This all-purpose protein is delicious in chili, burgers, tacos, sandwiches, and more. It's also loaded with zinc and B-vitamin niacin, which can help prevent cataracts.
- Wild salmon
Studies show that eating foods rich in omega-3s can help protect tiny blood vessels in the eyes. Broil some wild salmon for dinner—this luscious, pink fish is a perfect way to get the omega-3 fats you need. For a tasty and nutritional treat, serve a delicious spinach salad on the side!