May is healthy vision month, an initiative of the National Eye Institute, so I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know that living a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods can assist your eyes. Diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts are both known to benefit from eating the right foods. No longer are carrots the only eye healthy vegetable. Foods like kale, chard and collard greens, all rich in antioxidant carotenoids, seem to be even more helpful when it comes to keeping eyes healthy.
In an effort to find a healthier sandwich side my family will enjoy, I have been experimenting with making slaw out of various vegetables. The combination below features kale, along with carrots and green apples all dressed in a Dijon vinaigrette.
Kale, Carrot & Green Apple Slaw
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp sherry vinegar
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
5 oz Tuscan Kale, chopped
5 oz Clean Rainbow Kale, chopped
1 large green apple, shredded
2 small carrots, shredded
2 tbsp chopped toasted walnuts
In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard and salt.
Combine kale, apple, carrots and walnuts in another bowl. Add dressing and gently toss to coat.