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Eye Am Awesome: A Holiday Feast for the Eyes

I got in early this year—check out my holiday dinner!

We all love food that looks good, right? Have you checked your Instagram feed in the last three minutes? Food porn is thriving! So when LensCrafters asked me to host a dinner that was “eye-friendly” I said, “Sure, I can do that.” That’s what we love doing here at Sous Style: We celebrate gorgeous-looking, super delicious food, pretty table settings, gorgeous flowers, and all that jazz. Their response was, “Well, we know you can do that but can you come up with a menu that is actually good for your eye health?” Hmmm. I never really thought about that so I had to do a little research.

After spending countless hours in the library and speaking with scientists (read: a light Googling session over a cup of tea), I discovered that all my fave ingredients for a holiday dinner—like leafy greens, salmon, broccoli, root vegetables, citrus fruits, nuts, and berries—were considered awesome for your eyes. These guys contain, now bear with me, nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E, which have all been shown to help keep age-related vision problems at bay. Perfect.

And you may not think so but even by just eating more of these delicious foods as part of your overall eye care routine you will help maintain your eyesight and  prevent problems down the road. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty and health upkeep but easy enough right?!

So I, along with a few old and new friends, including power-Pinner Bekka Palmer, gathered at Bluestone Lane Collective (remember our Male Monday feature with the owner, Nick?) for an early holiday dinner. The talented folk at Bluestone helped me pull together the menu with recipes from some of my favorite sites.

It was a fantastic night! Things went wrong, sure: We were a little over capacity and I forgot a table-setting for one of my guests (hello awkward!), but overall, the dinner was really simple and easy. Check out the gorgeous flowers from Seaport Flowers and the cute eye masks that we created just for the event—they were silly but great conversations-starters that really livened up the mood. Have a look!

Despite all the stress it was totally worth it! Always know that your friends and family only want you and your dinner to be a success—don’t worry if you screw up because they just love the fact that you’re hosting. Seriously. So if you were in two minds about hosting a holiday dinner this Thanksgiving, just do it—your eyes, stomach, friends, and Instagram followers will thank you! Shout out to LensCrafters for a great night!

Here’s a list of the recipes we made, all “eye friendly” and perfect for the holidays. Couple any of these simple dishes with an eye exam every one to two years and you’re well on your way to living a gorgeous, healthy life.

 

Appetizers

PEAR WALNUT AND CROSTINI via Martha Stewart

ROASTED PUMPKIN BRUSCHETTA via Biscoto

BEET DEVIL EGGS WITH FENNEL & BACON via Not Without Salt

Main

SALMON AND CITRUS PLATTER via Bon Appetit

Sides

ROOT VEGETABLE PIE via Food 52

LIGHTLY GRILLED ROMAINE & VEGETABLE SALAD via Oh My Veggies

KALE & BROCCOLI WARM SALAD WITH HAZELNUTS via Food and Wine

ROASTED ACORN SQUASH PLAIN SERVED WITH SPINACH

Happy Thanksgiving! Pippa@sousstyle.com

Photography by John Scott