June is the first month of summer, and it’s also Cataract Awareness Month. A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It’s one of the leading causes of vision loss in people 55 and older, and symptoms can include double vision, cloudy vision or faded colors. Eating nutritious foods (like guava) can be one tool in the fight against conditions like cataracts.
Guava can protect your vision as you age with its copious antioxidants including vitamins A and C. Guava juice may be more readily available at the grocery store year-round than the fruit itself. That’s okay because one cup of guava juice provides 100 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin C.
Getting an adequate amount of antioxidants from food is crucial to protect the cells in your eyes; the antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals that cause damage. Studies suggest that people who consume a higher dietary intake of antioxidants are at a significantly lower risk of developing cataracts. Researchers think that delaying the onset of cataracts for 10 years can even eliminate the need for many cataract-related surgeries.
These Tropical Guava Popsicles are a taste of the tropics and a yummy treat to naturally boost eye health – a treat for all ages to enjoy! Just one popsicle can cool you off and supply the daily antioxidants you need for healthy vision. Warning – you may want more than one, but that’s fine because this recipe makes six!
Ingredients (makes 6 popsicles – 20 ounces total):
- 1 ⅔ cup guava juice
- ½ cup banana, sliced
- ¼ cup mango, diced
- ¼ cup nonfat plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- Mix guava juice, bananas, mango and Greek yogurt in a blender.
- Pour into popsicle molds (about 3.5 ounces for each popsicle). Place the stick and lid in the molds and transfer to freezer. Let freeze for at least 4-6 hours or overnight.