It’s June, that time of the year when we celebrate the greatest man of our life, Dad. He has been there through our obstacles, trials and tribulations, celebrations and has shown continuous love throughout it all. Before you start the baking of the caramel cake or the collard greens with ham hocks, here are a few healthy ways to celebrate the #1 man in your life.
- Start this wonderful day off with a brisk walk (1-2 miles). You, your dad and family (if possible) can go walking at a local park. This will get your blood flowing, metabolism going and your day started off right.
- Cook a healthy breakfast for Dad. Include his and your favorite fruit, egg or egg whites, whole grain waffles, turkey sausage or bacon and fat free or 1% milk.
- Attend church together as a family. Psalms 103:13 says “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.”
- Cook Dad a healthy dinner he will remember. Include a lean meat( Fish or Chicken; Grilled or Baked), a green vegetable ( greens with lean turkey, green peas or green string beans), a starchy vegetable (baked potato, sweet potato, or brown rice), 1 whole grain roll or bread.
- For dessert, try using shortcake as your base cake and include your Dad’s favorite topping (May it be strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pineapples etc…). Include 1 scoop of fat free or low fat vanilla ice cream and you have a delicious, low fat treat for all to enjoy.
- For a gift, buy Dad tickets to his favorite sporting event or pay for a few golf sessions. Golfing is often relaxing and a perfect way to keep Dad active!
These tips can be altered to fit your taste buds and exercise abilities. Just remember moderation and information is the key. Read your nutrition labels and plan accordingly to create a healthy gay of good food and fun. Happy Father’s Day!