August is National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
Foods your whole family can eat for healthy vision
For many people, the month of August means enjoying the final days of summer and preparing to send your kids back to school. But very few people know that the government has also recognized this month as National Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. You may be asking yourself what this national observance has to do with bulk foods. The answer is plenty! While caring for your eyes involves regular vision tests and protective measures, such as wearing sunglasses while out and about on the sunny days of summer, diet can also play a major role in keeping your whole family’s eyes healthy.
Many people immediately associate carrots with eye health. While carrots (and carrot juice) are a beneficial food for healthy eyes, they’re not the ONLY food that will keep your peepers perfect. Foods high in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E as well as the mineral Zinc all play a part in keeping our vision 20/20. In the bulk foods aisle, some of the most popular and delicious choices include:
• Raisin Bran
• Vegetable soup
• Nuts (including almonds, peanuts and pistachios)
• Dried fruit (including mango, peaches, apricots, strawberries and cantaloupe)
The end of summer is also the perfect time to get your fill of local fresh fruits and vegetables. Some of the most nutrient-packed vegetables that aid in eye health include spinach, kale and broccoli. Any fresh fruit, including strawberries, peaches and apricots are also healthy choices. Getting the daily recommended serving of dairy products, such as milk, eggs and cheese, will keep your eyes in focus too.
As you’re packing snacks for the pool and beach or lunches for the first day of school, keep the list of foods above in mind. Make your own trail mix by tossing your favorite dried fruits and nuts together for a delicious snack that your whole family will love. You’ll soon see (in perfect focus, of course) how easy it is to snack your way to sharp vision.