4 healthy recipes to help you see in the Chinese New Year!

Friday, 27 January 2017 by Callan Smith-Sheerin


If you’re like us and absolutely love Chinese food then the Chinese New Year is a perfect excuse to order in a takeaway. As yummy as this may be, we all know the guilty feeling after we’ve stuffed ourselves with a Chinese feast.

See in the Chinese New Year with Vision Direct!

This is where Vision Direct are here to help! Rather than starting off the year of the Rooster feeling bloated and unhealthy, why not start with some simple, delicious home-made Chinese food. The recipes that we've compiled are easy to make, tasty and contain ingredients that provide a brilliant boost to your eye health. Click on the namesto go to the recipe pages!

Yangzhou fried rice

Making a fried rice at home is a healthier alternative to ordering in, not just for your body, but for your wallet as well. You can use ingredients like left-over rice, chicken, pork and prawns. If you're making from fresh, you can just stick to chicken or tofu to keep costs down.

friedrice


The really healthy part of this particular recipe is the vegetables you use. Peas and broccoli are both excellent sources of vitamins for your eyes. In fact, green veg in general is brilliant for eye health as it contains lutein, an anti-oxidant which prevents damage caused to the eye by oxygen. Greens also include zeaxanthin, which is good at fighting off cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Chinese steamed bass with cabbage

White fish is absolutely packed with omega 3, which is brilliant for your eye health. Omega-3 fatty acids (while not sounding particularly nice) are in fact important for preventing AMD. AMD is a condition in which the part of the eye responsible for how clearly you see deteriorates, resulting in partial sight and even blindness.



Omega 3 can also help to prevent dry eyes and decrease the risk of glaucoma. Steaming the fish is the healthiest way to cook it and preserve its delicious flavour. Serving with cabbage is a even better way to boost your eye health as cabbage is full of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted into a form of Vitamin A known as retinol, which is fantastic for protecting the eye against the damage that comes with age.

Beef and orange stir fry

While not strictly a Chinese recipe, this Asian-inspired stir-fry uses many of the staple ingredients of Chinese cooking for a delicious and healthy dish. Switch the red pepper to orange bell pepper for a good dose of beta-carotene and Vitamin A, while the broccoli provides you with lutein.

stirfry


Lean beef has also been proven to be a great aid to your eyesight when eaten in moderation. It contains zinc, which helps all the vitamin A being provided from the other ingredients to be absorbed. The oranges used in this dish are a superb source of vitamin C, which can reduce the risk of developing cataracts.

Chinese spinach soup with goji berries and garlic

This soup is the perfect detox if you’re still recovering from the excesses of the festive season. Chinese wolfberries, more commonly known in these parts as dried goji berries, are a staple in Chinese traditional medicine. They contain a high level of antioxidants, such as our old friend zeaxanthin, and have been found to prevent and reduce any yellow deposits being formed in the eyes.



Spinach is also included to give this soup an extra healthy kick. If anchovies aren’t your thing then use a stock cube, ideally chicken or fish, or just salt the water beforehand instead.



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