More than thirty percent of adults suffer from varicose veins. Often varicose veins are genetic and unavoidable. However, there are lifestyle changes that can prevent or slow the progression of varicose veins including: exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, elevating legs while sitting and improving blood flow. Eating certain foods like dark chocolate, oranges, ginger and garlic have been proven to increase circulation.

InvisiVein, home of EVLT, the first laser treatment for varicose veins in the Charleston area, has highlighted some recipes that include these ingredients. Enjoy!

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Blue Cheese & Cranberries

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Blue Cheese & Cranberries

Total Time: 35 minutes Yield: 4 servings Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds Brussels Sprouts, rinse & pat dry 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup Garlic Salt Black Pepper 1/3 cup Dried Cranberries 1/3 cup crumbled Blue Cheese or […]

Buckwheat Crepes with Bananas

Buckwheat crepe recipe

Serves 2 Makes 8 crepes Buckwheat is one of the best natural sources of the flavonoid rutin. Many nutritionists recommend foods rich in rutin to people with varicose veins due to rutin’s ability to promote vascular health. It has even […]

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Flourless Cake

A healthy dessert to bring to the next cookout! This flourless chocolate cake has a surprising ingredient: black beans! (No one will know the difference). Black beans are packed with flavonoids. Flavonoids are compounds that occur naturally in many plants and […]

Antioxidant Muffins

Antioxidant Muffins

Makes 6-8 muffins These scrumptious muffins feature blueberries and pecans, two antioxidant powerhouse foods. Blueberries top the list of berries with the highest antioxidant capacity, and pecans—along with walnuts and chestnuts—have the highest concentration of antioxidants in the tree nut […]

Ginger and Cucumber Salad

Ginger and Cucumber Salad

Serves 4 This salad is a great way to include more ginger in your diet. Ginger is often used to treat varicose veins because of its ability to dissolve fibrin in blood vessels and to improve circulation.
 Ingredients 2 cucumbers, diced […]

Radicchio, Cress, and Pear Salad (Vegan and Low-Sodium)

Radicchio, Cress, and Pear Salad

Serves 2 Sure enough, garden cress and radicchio add a peppery bite to this vegan salad, but they can do much more than that! The white-veined red leaves of radicchio contain anthocyanins and extraordinary health benefits. Garden cress delivers glucosinolates, […]

Easy Overnight Buckwheat Parfait

Buckwheat and chia seeds are both high in protein and fiber and chia seeds contain all kinds of healthy omega fats. Add in some fruit and you have yourself a well-balanced breakfast.

Yield: 1 serving

Overnight buckwheat:

  • 1/4 cup raw buckwheat groats (you can find them at Whole Foods), soaked in water overnight
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 ripe large banana (mash half, chop other half)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon and vanilla extract (optional)
  • rolled oats (optional)

Roasted Golden-Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad


  • 1 bunch (about 12 ounces) baby golden beets, trimmed and scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bunch (about 4 ounces) watercress, trimmed and large sprigs torn into 3-inch pieces
  • 2 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1 ounce soft-ripened goat cheese, such as Humboldt Fog, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)

Roasted Beet and Dandelion Greens Salad

Salad on a plate

INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 pounds small beets, preferably a mix of red, golden, and Chioggia, trimmed and scrubbed 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil Coarse salt 4 cups dandelion greens, thick stems removed 2 teaspoons cumin seeds Flaky sea salt, such as […]

3 Great Juice Recipes to promote healthy Veins

Combine all ingredients together in the juicer and get ready to whip up a delicious tasting natural drink!

Recipe 1

  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • 2 oranges
  • ½ cup of cranberries
  • ½ cup of strawberries

Maple Teriyaki Salmon

Maple Glazed Salmon On Plate

Ingredients (Make 4 servings)

  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounce salmon fillets

Raw Brownie

Raw Brownie and Nuts

Brownie Base Ingredients

  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ cup Raw Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Avocado

Stuffed peppers

This meal is generally lightly seasoned, which allows each diner to add condiments to individual taste.


  • 1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 4 large, square red, yellow, or green bell peppers (about 1-1/2 pounds total)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes, peeled and seeded
  • 1 15.5-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup water

Fruited buckwheat pancakes


  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup chopped peaches, fresh, frozen, or canned and drained

Carrot and Avocado Salad

Avocados, a key ingredient in this salad, are packed with natural compounds that fight varicose veins. They contain both vitamin C and vitamin E, two key vitamins for vascular health. Avocados are also at the top of the list of […]

Gluten-Free Oatmeal Goji Berry Cookies

(Author: Amanda Maguire)


  • 1 C. Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 C. Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
  • 1½ Tsp. Baking Soda
  • ¼ Tsp. Xanthan Gum
  • ⅛ Tsp. Fine Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp. Cinnamon
  • ⅓ C. Coconut Oil (Solid, Not Melted)
  • ⅓ C. Unsweetened Applesauce

Perfect Guacamole


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (leaves and tender stems), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • A dash of freshly grated black pepper
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
  • Garnish with red radishes or jicama. Serve with tortilla chips.

Garlic Bread


  • 1 (1 pound) loaf Italian bread
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Ginger Broccoli

Makes: 4 servings, 1 cup each
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Fettuccine with Sweet Pepper Cayenne Sauce


  • 12 ounces dry fettuccine pasta
  • 2 red bell peppers, julienned
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Quinoa Salad with Oranges, Beets & Pomegranate

Makes: 8 servings, 1 1/4 cups each
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Dark Chocolate Granola


  • cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter flavored spread (such as I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread)

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