Eyesight Boosting Christmas Sides, Snacks & More

19th December 2016
Laservision

healthy Christmas sides

We all know how difficult it can be to stay healthy over the winter holidays, but our latest blog post aims to show our readers that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring or unfestive. Read on to discover how you can incorporate the best sight boosting foods into your Christmas Day!

Breakfast

A new favourite breakfast of ours here at LaserVision is avocado and poached eggs on wholemeal toast, however for a special occasion such as Christmas, we’ll be adding smoked salmon into the mix for a hint of luxury. Not only is this combo extremely tasty and a touch decedent, but all four components are extremely good for you and will set you up for the day.
Benefits: Avocado, the superfood of the moment has been found to drastically reduce risk of cataracts and macular degeneration due to their high antioxidant levels. Eggs are high in vitamin A, the deficiency of which is the most common cause of blindness in the world, and also hold the eye boosting antioxidants, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Whole grain bread contains zinc which protects eye tissue from light and inflamation and finally salmon which we all know provides essential fatty acids and omega 3 which reduces the risk of many eye conditions and diseases.

Appetisers

As you’re waiting for everything to come together for the big festive feast while watching a Christmas movie or two, why not share round a selection of Christmas nuts. From pistachios and almonds to cashews and walnuts, these healthy and festive snacks will help tide you over till dinner is ready. Although plain nuts are best health wise, a little honey roasting and salt is allowed on Christmas!
Benefits: Nuts such as pistachios and cashews contain essential fatty acids, vitamin E and zinc which all work wonders in keeping eyes healthy and can decrease your risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

Sides

A festive alternative to boiled veg, and a firm favourite in our household is a colourful mix of roasted chopped veg. Dress a selection of carrots, red onions and butternut squash with a touch of olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper; roast for around 30-45mins and here you’ll have a super simple yet delicious side that’s full of goodness.
Benefits: Vegetables in yellow, orange and red pigments are rich in carotenoids which help decrease the risk of many eye diseases.

Snacks

To refresh the palette in between courses or simply as a snack, there’s no fruit that brings the smell of Christmas more than clementines and satsumas, which not only smell great but taste great too. Remember clementines are the seedless variety!
Benefits: Rich in vitamin C, citrus fruits help to improve eye tissue health and will also help regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamin E in the eye.

With all these great festive foods in mind, everyone at the LaserVision team would like to wish our patients and friends a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!

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