For the base of the smoothie, I’ll use a mix of leafy greens. You could use spinach, kale, lettuce, parsley, whatever you have on hand. I like to use a mix to make sure my smoothie is loaded with as many nutrients as I can pack into a glass.
Two of the most important antioxidants found in leafy greens are called lutein and zeaxanthin. Both of these have been proven to protect against macular degeneration, and both are best absorbed by your body when consumed with a healthy fat.
Avocados are a great healthy fat to add to this smoothie because they are packed with omega 3 fatty acids, which have been shown to be helpful for people suffering from dry eyes as well as decreasing the risk of macular degeneration.
Adding some orange pepper gives this smoothie some zing. Orange peppers are high in lutein and zeaxathin as well as vitamins C and E, both of which can slow the progression of cataracts. They are also a good source of another powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene. Carrots aren’t the only orange vegetable that’s good for your eyes, in fact any orange vegetable is a source of beta-carotene! I’ll also add some grapes for even more vitamin C and a bit of sweetness.
Finally I’m going to add some almond milk for an added boost of vitamin E, and then BLEND AWAY!
Gather the following ingredients:
1 cup leafy greens (kale, spinach, parsley etc)
1/2 orange pepper
1 small handful grapes
1 cup almond milk
Blend and drink away!
What better way to start your day than with the taste of this vibrant smoothie! Delicious and packed with nutrients this recipe is sure to please the whole family! From our kitchen to yours, Cheers!