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Kale Chips – An Eye-Healthy Snack!

Rather than raid the pantry once again for a sugary snack, I took myself out into the vege garden and picked some kale to whip up oven baked Kale Chips. They’re easy, tasty, zero sugar and virtually zero fat (other than a smidgen of olive oil) and kale is one of the eye health superfoods.  Kale is full of lutein & zeaxanthin – two very important compounds in keeping eyes healthy to avoid conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration.  Here’s my simple recipe:

Kale chips

KALE CHIPS

1 bunch of kale

Olive oil spray

Dried chilli flakes

Sea salt

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Remove the woody stems and cut the kale into bite-size pieces (about the size of a potato chip, we want them to look like chips!) and rinse the kale thoroughly in a salad spinner or colander and dry it off – important as the kale needs to be dry before cooking.  Line a baking tray with baking paper, place the kale chips in a single layer on the paper and give them a very light spray with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle with a pinch of chilli flakes.  Cook for 15 mins.  When cooking has finished, remove them from the tray, pop them in a bowl and sprinkle with sea salt. Enjoy!

Eye Makeup for Glasses 101

This is often a tricky one – especially for new glasses wearers. How much eye makeup is too much? Do your eyes lack oomph with not enough?
Makeup guru Bobbi Brown has compiled a great ‘go to’ list when making up your eyes as a glasses wearer and here it is:

  • use an eyeshadow or brow kit the same colour as your hair colour to fill your brows
  • choose a light base eyeshadow for the entire eyelid, from lashline to browbone
  • use a medium colour on the lower lid – from lashline to crease
  • gel liner for some impact along top lashline
  • powder liner along lower lashline
  • finish with 2 coats of waterproof mascara
bobbi Brown

Why contact lens wearers need a back up pair of specs

Apologies if it’s taking you ages to read this blog, it’s because I’m typing it with one hand…………and it’s not this one!hand

A couple of weeks ago I had a fall off a horse. Not a great way to spend my day off. I fractured my left hand but was grateful for the twin mercies of being right handed and not having to play in the State of Origin!

I’m managing to do most things one-handed albeit slowly – though I had a major moment when I thought about one-handed contact lens insertion & removal. Nigh on impossible and not to be recommended as it’s probably downright dangerous! It brought home to me the importance of contact lens wearers always having a back up pair of specs with their current prescription for situations just like mine. Giving your eyes a regular break from contact lenses is also very important for your eye health so those specs need to be at the ready.

It’s a timely reminder to make sure both your contact lens and specs prescriptions (they’re different) are up to date.