Written by: Alex Martins-Hesp, Published: 16 February 2021
Here at Ultralase we absolutely love pancakes! To celebrate Shrove Tuesday, we thought we'd put together a few healthy pancake recipes that your eyes could really benefit from. We'll also be discussing all the eye-healthy toppings you can indulge in as well.
First, let's start with the star of the show… the pancake! We've selected two recipes for you to choose from, both healthy in their own way and we trust your taste buds will enjoy.
We've chosen this recipe because oats are incredibly beneficial for your eyesight as they contain a high level of vitamin A. Vitamin A contributes to your eyes' health because of the beta-carotene, which allows the retina of the eye to function correctly. Research also shows that oats decrease the chances of night-blindness, age-related macular degeneration and also fight off the formation of cataracts.
More like the pancake we know, just healthier! This pancake recipe is low in sugar, fat, and contains eggs. The yolk from an egg provides zinc, which will help your body use the lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin's job is to protect the eye from harmful blue light, which becomes increasingly hard to avoid in this day and age.
We eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday to eliminate all edible temptations before the Christian traditions of Lent begins. This took place over a period of days known as 'Shrovetide' where food like eggs, butter and stocks of fat would need to be used up. One of the easiest ways to dispose of these items was to turn them into pancakes!
Now comes for the fun part... the toppings! We've chosen a selection of goodies to go on your pancakes which your eyes will love and will help maintain their health.
This classic topping (accompanied by a sprinkle of sugar) is loaded with vitamin C in the fresh lemon juice, which reduces the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
These little but mighty berry fruits are another excellent source for vitamin C!
Great with eggs cooked to your preference, salmon contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 helps to form the cells of the eye with anti-inflammatory properties that play an essential role in the prevention of diabetic retinopathy. Omega-3 fats also benefit people who suffer from dry eyes by helping them produce more tears.
Researchers have found that bananas have carotenoid, a compound that converts fruits and vegetables into vitamin A. Vitamin A effectively acts as a barrier to bacteria and viruses entering the eye and reducing the risk of infections.
This popular natural sweetener is surprisingly high in zinc, which is essential for eye health by helping reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. It is also high in sugar so go easy on the drizzling.
If you would like to find out more about what foods you can eat that will profit your eye health, why not check out our Best Foods For Your Eyes blog?