Posted by: OptiVision Eye care in Recipes

So, it’s that awkward time of year again: the holidays have passed us by and now it’s just really cold out. What are we to do with all of our free time besides waiting for the world to defrost over the next three months? Here’s a killer idea: a dinner party! Just because the holidays are over, doesn’t mean that you can’t grab a few friends and (more than) a few bottles of wine for a fun, cozy night in.

We all love catching up with old friends and having a good meal, but the real stars of any dinner party are the appetizers. Everyone loves appetizers – these little snacks packed with big tastes are fantastic to munch on while you enjoy the company of good friends. Appetizers are also a fantastic opportunity to work some fantastic eye healthy ingredients into your diet too! We’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite appetizers that will also supercharge your eyes, keeping them healthy during these cold winter months.

Baked Asparagus Fries

Do you love French fries? Trick question – everyone loves French fries. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative, these Baked Asparagus Fries are your new go-to. Why are they so healthy? Asparagus is great for your eyes – it contains large amounts of antioxidants and glutathione, both of which can contribute to maintaining your vision and preventing issues like age-related macular degeneration.

Creamy Avocado, Artichoke, and Kale Dip

Ah, there is no greater companion for chips than dip. Chips and dip are a dinner party classic, so put a new spin on and old favorite with this Creamy Avocado, Artichoke, and Kale Dip. Both avocados and kale are known (and loved) for their eye positive effects, and this is a fabulous way to bring them together like never before. Avocados are great sources of eye health nutrients like vitamin E and lutein while kale contains both lutein and zeaxanthin. If you care about your eyes, getting more of these delicious veggies will work wonders for your eyesight. Your peepers will get healthy and stay healthy too.

Avocado Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce

So we already mentioned that we love French fries, avocados, and dip – why not combine them all at once? Another great way to satiate your craving for fries while staying health conscious is to try out these unbelievable Avocado Fries. Creamy on the inside, crispy on the outside – these yummy snacks will take your taste buds on a real journey.

Roasted Balsamic Cranberry Brie Crostini

Looking for something a little sweeter? These Roasted Balsamic Cranberry Brie Crostinis are a true delight and also go great with winter weather. The health benefits of cranberries are well-known; they can even improve the symptoms of common eye issues like age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. And have you ever tried combining something sweet with brie before? It’s like heaven on a cracker.

Caprese Skewers

There’s a reason why everyone loves Caprese: it’s very, very tasty. Take your next Caprese Salad to another level by preparing it in skewer form. These fun, bite-sized snacks will make it easy for all of your guests to get their eye health fix. Tomatoes are filled with carotenoids and vitamin C, eye health nutrients that work to protect your retina and keep your vision great.

Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp

Who you callin’ a shrimp? No dinner party is complete without a shrimp ring, so make yours extra delicious with this healthy Garlic Herb Roasted Shrimp recipe. Besides being tasty and filling, shrimp can also help prevent eye fatigue and reduce the effects of age-related macular degeneration. Eat up!

Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Broccoli is awesome, but it’s even better when it’s covered in cheese and fried! These Broccoli Cheddar Bites will take your eye health to the next level by giving you a generous dose of all the great nutrients in broccoli. Lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful carotenoids found in broccoli, are known for being crucial to good eye health. Fry up a batch of these little guys and see the difference! Your guests will love them too.

Have more questions about how to improve your eye health on a daily basis? Let us know!