Improve your eyes with fruits and vegetables

You may not realize just how many foods in some of your favorite recipes contain ingredients that benefit the health and wellness of your eyes.

Robert Irvine, Food Network celebrity chef, understands just how critical it is to include eye healthy foods as part of your diet. The right foods can help you maintain healthy, enhanced vision and see your best.

"Whether I'm cooking on the set or at home with my family, I always try to prepare dishes using the freshest and most colorful ingredients in season," Irvine says. "And because the ability to see clearly and comfortably is so important to my life, both professionally and personally, I also make sure to include eye healthy ingredients."

Some of the most colorful, vibrant foods such as tomatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots and berries contain eye healthy nutrients such as carotenoids, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C and E, summer is the perfect time to start incorporating these seasonal fruits and vegetables into your favorite meals. Fifty percent of vision problems are preventable through early detection and follow-up care which is why it's never too early or too late to start taking care of your eyes. Chef Irvine invites you to try his eye healthy tomato caprese recipe.
Home garden tomato caprese
Number of serving: 4 servings Time: 25 minutes Dressing ingredients: Balsamic Reduction, 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
Salad ingredients: 4 large tomatoes sliced,1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese sliced, 1/2 bunch of fresh grown basil, 2 cups baby arugula, juice from half a lemon, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons balsamic reduction, 1 dash sea salt, 1 dash fresh ground pepper.
Directions: For the balsamic reduction, reduce 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar in a small pot on low heat until vinegar is reduced by two-thirds. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature. On a large platter, place the sliced tomatoes, sliced fresh mozzarella and basil sprigs. Toss the arugula with the lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil in a mixing bowl. Arrange the salad in the center of the platter. Drizzle the tomatoes and mozzarella with the rest of the olive oil and balsamic reduction. Garnish with sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

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