Choose to be a vision of health this Valentine's Day

Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a devastating eye disease and a leading cause of vision loss in people 65 years or older in the United States. Although there is no cure for AMD, recent studies show that eating foods rich in antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc, may reduce the risk of AMD, or slow its progression in some people.

In light of this, the national non-profit organization EyeCare America, has teamed up with celebrity chefs from across the country to provide recipes that include foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Here is a wonderful recipe provided by Chef Georges Mokbel. His Where'd Ya Get Those Peepers Papaya Parfait makes an ideal (and eye-healthy) Valentine's Day dessert for two!

CHEF GEORGES MOKBEL'S WHERE'D YA GET THOSE PEEPERS? PAPAYA PARFAIT

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 cup ripe papaya pureed

* 2 Tablespoons sugar

* 1 Tablespoon honey

* 1/4 Tablespoon lemon zests

* 1/4 cup coconut flakes, toasted

* 1/2 cup cream, whipped

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS: Mash papaya with sugar, honey and lemon zests until dissolved. Delicately fold the whipped cream using a spatula. Fill 2 martini glasses top with toasted coconut. Chill for 30 minutes before serving.

About Georges Mokbel

Georges is no stranger to the distinct differences in the world of food from cooking as a young teenager with his family in his humble home in the Middle East to studying culinary arts in the finest schools across the seas. After rigorous training along side the "Master" Paul Bocuse of France as well as many other award winning chefs through out his journeys. This has afforded Georges many other highly regarded opportunities such as work with the Majestic Barriere Hotel, host of the Cannes Film Festival and Alain Ducasse at the Byblos Hotel in St Tropez.

Georges has garnered impressive notoriety and distinction as a true artist in preparing and presenting dishes that are unparalleled in his field. Just ask the many celebrities and world elite's that have praised his work. "I feel that I have exposed myself from the very basics of food as a form of daily survival and nutrition and transcended it to the ultimate form of luxury that leaves all the senses ravenous for more". With an upcoming book and TV pilot in the works, "Everyday to Gourmet" Georges will present a collection of his favorite recipes accumulated from his many travels and experiences. More of Chef Mokbels recipes can be found at: georgesmokbel.com

Additionally, EyeCare America urges seniors who have not been diagnosed with AMD to take advantage of the free eye exams available through its AMD EyeCare Program by calling 1-866-324-EYES (3937) to see if they qualify. Or visit eyecareamerica.org for more information and to download even more eye healthy recipes.