Grapes: Good for Your Eyes

And Grape Seed too!

BY ANGELINA F. ON MARCH 29, 2016

Next time you’re indulging with a few glasses of wine, tell yourself you’re doing it in the name of healthy vision.  A new study is revealing grapes may improve your eye health. The University of Miami and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute lead the study and it shows when you consume grapes, they strengthen the retinal structure of your eye. The retina is the layer at the back of the eye that responds to light. In short, you want to keep your retina healthy and the antioxidants from grapes can help with that.Here are a couple of recipes you can use to incorporate grapes into your diet:
Grape and Avocado Salsa

  • 1 ½ cups seedless red grapes chopped
  • 1 avocado peeled, piited, and diced
  • ¼ cup red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sweet onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Place the grapes, avocado, red pepper, yellow pepper, onion, and cilantro in a mixing bowl. Season with lime juice, garlic salt, and black pepper. Gently fold the ingredients together until well mixed. Refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.

Chicken and Grape Salad

  • 8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ounces crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  •  8 cups ounces red-leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  1. In a medium skillet, cook bacon over medium, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and bacon is crisp, about 9 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
  2. Meanwhile, shred half the chicken, discarding skin and bones. You should have about 2 cups meat. (Refrigerate remaining chicken, covered, up to 3 days.)
  3. In a medium bowl, mash together yogurt and cheese with a fork. Stir in chives and garlic and season with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss together chicken, bacon, lettuce, and grapes. Divide among four plates and serve with yogurt dressing.

These two dishes will be a hit at your next gathering and you can tell everyone how grapes not only taste good, but they help keep their eyes healthy too.

This post is by VSP employee, Jessica C.

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