Cooking healthy recipes is quickly becoming a fun new hobby. I really enjoy planning the meal, then executing it. It’s quite satisfying when the dish turns out right. And an added bonus to eat healthy and reinforce good habits.

As a relatively new cook, it’s easy to pick a main course. I typically go with grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, or anything from the Omega-3 fish family. However, it’s a bit more difficult to pick the right side dish. There’s so many options, which makes it hard to find the perfect pair.

Eye Healthy Ingredients:

Since protein choices come in little variety, it make sense to have some fun with sides. And there’s nothing more fun (and nutritious) than a colorful plate of vegetables.

As usual, most of my ingredients are eye healthy. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene. Kale is one of the best sources of lutein (a carotenoid needed to process vision). Cabbage is a great source of vitamin C, and sunflower seeds are great for vitamin E.

Remember to use organic whenever possible. If not using organic, wash thoroughly.

Sight Enhancing Vegetable Slaw:

  • 2 cups of chopped baby kale
  • 2 cups of shredded purple cabbage (green will work as well)
  • 1 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette to taste


It makes perfect sense to get your main course up and running first. Once your entrée is baking, you can turn your attention to your sides. You may want to have a couple more dishes on hand since this one is light and easy.

Put all of the vegetables into a large serving bowl. Add lemon juice, sunflower seeds, salt and pepper. Next, add in the olive oil, and the balsamic vinaigrette. Mix everything together thoroughly. Serve alongside your favorite protein.

A simple recipe to execute, but very enjoyable (and a great team player) if done right. ENJOY.