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Why are Oranges Good for My Eyes?

The orange is a citrus fruit which is known by most on the Gold Coast. You’ll find it being used in both sweet and savoury food and also in drinks. The orange can be eaten raw as well as cooked, making it quite a versatile fruit. Oranges are packed full of Vitamin C which is great news for your eyes as Vitamin C may reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.

This week our recipe is for a lentil, beetroot and orange salad. Not only is the orange great for your eyes, but the beetroot is also a great vegetable for eye health and is a rich antioxidant.  Beets are a fantastic source of beta-carotene, folate, manganese, potassium, Vitamin c and iron. The greens of the raw beet contains Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which are highly beneficial to the eye, as it may prevent cataracts and has been shown to reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Lentil, Beetroot & Orange Salad Recipe on Gold Coast Optometrist blog for Envision Optical

Lentil, Beetroot and Orange Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 large oranges, peeled
  • 2 x 400g cans lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 120g baby rocket
  • 100g reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled
  • 450g can baby beetroot, drained, quartered
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar

How to Make in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Segment oranges over a bowl. Squeeze juice from membranes into bowl. Reserve juice
  2. Combine lentils, orange segments, rocket and feta in a large bowl. Transfer to plate.
  3. Arrange beetroot on lentil mixture.
  4. Whisk vinegar and reserved orange juice together in a jug. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Drizzle over salad and serve.

Recipe from www.taste.com.au – Super Food Ideas – October 2010 , Page 30. Recipe by Sharon Kennedy.

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