Now’s the time to help children 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, science has already shown that omega-3s are key for eye health and a slew of other nutrients also play a role, including vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin.
There are several ways to sprinkle in 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 high-quality fish oil, like MEG-3.
The content of this article is based on science and claims approved for a North American audience. In other countries and regions, different health claims may apply.