Episode 1: Breakfast – Low Vision Cooking
In Episode 1 of Eat Right for Your Sight, Jennifer Trainer Thompson is joined by occupational therapist, Beth Daisy, to create easy breakfast recipes for macular degeneration and to also demonstrate how low vision cooking aids can empower kitchen independence.
Beth Daisy, MS, OTRL, CAPS, is a low vision occupational therapist from Future In Sight. She is a wealth of knowledge on the emotional and practical aspects of cooking with low vision. She demonstrates multiple tools and tricks for safety and accessibility accommodations in the kitchen, and highlights low vision cooking aids. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining cooking skills to preserve a sense of self.
Host Jennifer Trainer Thompson leads the AMD nutrition discussion through the preparation of a Banana Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie, a Spinach Omelet and Overnight Groats.
Beth Daisy, MS, OTRL, CAPS, Supervisor of Occupational Therapy at Future In Sight, New Hampshire. Future In Sight is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of those who are blind, visually impaired, and their families. Clients are offered a holistic continuum of care that includes counseling, group therapy, occupational therapy, low vision therapy, vision rehabilitation therapy, orientation and mobility training, education services, and technology training.
Recipes for macular degeneration in this episode
In addition to the high levels of eye-healthy antioxidants in this smoothie, which protect the macula and reduce damage to cells caused by inflammation, bananas provide fiber, which is a prebiotic and important for establishing a healthy gut microbiome.
Using omega-3-fatty-acid-enriched eggs enhances this dish’s eye healthy, anti-inflammatory nutrition while lowering the cholesterol content. Heating the spinach helps the body to retain more eye-healthy antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin.
Groats, or uncut oats, are a powerful prebiotic that supports a healthy microbiome, while lowering LDL cholesterol.
For even more recipes, you can purchase the full cookbook, Eat Right for Your Sight by Jennifer Trainer Thompson and Johanna M. Seddon, MD, ScM, a Project of the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.
Low Vision Cooking Aids in this episode
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If you prefer, you can also find most of these products on maxiaids.com as well.
We did not include links in the list below because there are multiple options available to choose from.
- High contrast measuring cups and spoons
- Finger guard for cutting
- Kevlar glove
- High contrast cutting board
- Food chopper
- Bump dots
- Multi-outlet extension adapter
- Liquid level vibrating device
- Talking timer
- Smart device such as Alexa from Amazon
futureinsight.org – provider of services to the blind or visually impaired in education and rehabilitation, and social services to infants and toddlers, children (3-21,) adults, and seniors
maxiaids.com – innovative products designed to assist blind, low vision or visually impaired, deaf, hard-of-hearing, seniors, children with special needs, veterans, and those with mobility issues
Low Vision Resources by State – https://www.enhancedvision.com/low-vision-resources.html