Eye Healthy Valentine's Day Recipe

This February, EyeCare America is encouraging those ages 65 and older to go online to www.eyecareamerica.org to see if they qualify for a free eye exam. As part of the campaign, celebrity chefs from around the country have contributed delicious eye-healthy desserts for two — the perfect accompaniment to any romantic Valentine's Day dinner. All recipes are made with foods filled with eye-healthy vitamins and antioxidants, both of which have been proven to help preserve eyesight. The complete cookbook can be downloaded. Here is a taste of what's inside!

Where'd Ya Get Those Peepers Papaya Coconut Parfait


Papaya Parfait
  • 1 cup ripe papaya pureed
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ tablespoon lemon zest
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes, toasted
  • ½ cup cream, whipped

Cooking instructions:

Mash papaya with sugar, honey and lemon zest until dissolved. Delicately fold the whipped cream using a spatula. Fill 2 martini glasses, top with toasted coconut. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

EyeCare America will match eligible individuals with an ophthalmologist in their area, who will provide a comprehensive medical eye examination and up to one year of treatment at no out-of-pocket cost to the patient for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Patients without insurance receive care at no charge. To see if you, a loved one or a friend, 65 and older, is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care, visit the online referral center at www.eyecareamerica.org.

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