I spy with my little 'healthy' eye
(NC) – The struggle at the dinner table between parents and their picky eaters isn't uncommon. Add in a food jag and the struggle turns to worry – “is my child getting enough nutrients in his or her diet.” While many parents worry that their child isn't getting the right nutrients for proper overall growth, many overlook the specific need of vitamins and nutrients for eye health. If their child is seeing ok, then there's no cause for worry.
Now's the time to help your little ones make food choices that are healthy and provide the right nutrients for their eye health. While carrots are a no brainer when it comes to providing beta carotene (pro vitamin A) for healthy vision, there are a slew of other nutrients needed for eye health, including vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin and DHA omega-3.
Registered dietitian and author, Elizabeth Somer, gives us a few pointers on exactly how to sprinkle these nutrients into everyday meals:
Whip steamed chard or spinach into mashed potatoes to make a healthy and eye-catching dish for your kids that is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin. Green mashed potatoes, anyone?
Grate carrots and add them to pasta sauce to give it a boost of beta carotene.
Barring any nut allergies, blend peanut butter, wheat germ and a bit of honey to use as a fruit dip or sandwich spread. The peanuts and wheat germ add a kick of vitamin E.
If your kids won't eat fish to get their dose of omega-3s, look for fortified foods, beverages and supplements with fish oil or a vegetarian source of DHA from algae.
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