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November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. To bring awareness around this eye condition, Prevent Blindness America is hosting the “Eat for Your Eyes” Recipe Contest as part of our “Live Right, Save Sight!” campaign.

Requirements of submitted recipes:

(1)    The recipe must contain at least two of the eye healthy ingredients listed below.

(2)    The recipe must follow the diabetes dietary guidelines listed below.

(3)    The recipe is your own recipe.


EYE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS (use at least two):

Regularly eating the following foods are healthy for your eyes.

Vitamin A:

Carrots, leafy green vegetables, low-fat dairy products, sweet potato, cantaloupe, red pepper

Vitamin C:

Citrus Fruits, berries, kiwi, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts

Vitamin E:

Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds


Kale, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, corn, green beans, green peas, eggs

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, halibut, bluefish, rainbow trout, flaxseed, walnuts


Oysters, lean beef, lean pork, skinless poultry, shellfish, beans, low-fat dairy products



Diabetes dietary guidelines incorporate portion and calorie control with a mixture of high fiber carbohydrates, lean proteins, heart-healthy fats, and many low carbohydrate vegetables.  Even though what goes into the meal is important, it is just as important to limit the use of highly refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol. 

Types of foods to include:

High Fiber Carbohydrates:

Legumes (beans, peas and lentils), 100% whole grains (pasta, rice, flour, quinoa, oats, barley), fruit, nuts  

Non-starchy Vegetables:

Salad greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers, green beans, cucumbers, beets, mushrooms, onions, okra, radishes, cauliflower, carrots, celery, cabbage

Healthy Proteins:

Non-starchy: Fish (not fried), seafood, eggs, lean beef, lean pork, skinless poultry

Starchy: Legumes (beans, peas, lentils), quinoa

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, halibut, rainbow trout, flaxseed, walnuts

Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats:

Avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, and canola, olive, corn, sunflower, and peanut oils (in moderation because they are high in calories)


Types of foods to avoid:

Highly refined carbohydrates:

White bread, sugar, refined flour, regular pasta, white rice, fruit juices, sweetened tea, soda, candy, and snack foods

Saturated Fats:

High-fat dairy products (full-fat cheese, cream, ice cream, whole milk, 2% milk, sour cream), high-fat meats (bologna, hot dogs, sausage, bacon), butter, gravy, chocolate, palm and coconut oils, poultry skin, lard

Trans Fats:

Processed snack foods (crackers, chips, muffins, cookies, cakes), shortening and stick margarines


High-fat dairy products, high-fat meat, poultry skin, liver, organ meats


Table salt (including sea salt), canned vegetables, deli meats, hot dogs, bacon, sausage, condiments--limited use okay (soy sauce, hot sauce, mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce), pickles, canned soup broth



Your entry should include:

  • Recipe name
  • List of ingredients with measurements
  • Description of how it is prepared
  • Explanation about why the recipe entry is healthy for individuals with diabetes and their eyes
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address


  • First prize: $200 Amazon Gift Card
  • Second prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • Third prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card

Selection of Winners:

All recipes that fit the criteria of the contest will be eligible to win the prizes. The winner of the contest will be determined through a lottery system (a random selection of first, second and third place winners from all recipe entries that fit the criteria of the contest).

Contest Period:

Contest begins on 11/1/13 and ends on 11/30/13 by 11:59 pm EST.

Official Rules:

View or download the complete contest rules.


Please contact if you have any questions.

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