Co-written by: Christina Chu, CPT, a Boston University Dietetics & Communication Student.
With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to honor and celebrate the Dads in our lives. And of course, we want to help our favorite men live as healthfully as possible. This starts with a nutritious diet, rich in the nutrients that will protect and defend Dad’s health. Luckily, this year’s food trends can provide some inspiration for you and your Dad. Feature these trends on your Father’s Day menu:
Trend: Grain Bowls
Grain bowls are all the rage in 2017! Help Dad take advantage of this versatile trend and get the nutrients he needs. Whole grains are rich in fiber, zinc, B vitamins, and vitamin E which can help lower cholesterol and control blood glucose levels. Whole grains can also help Dad maintain a healthy weight because they make us feel fuller, longer. Fill your bowl with whole-grain pasta, brown rice, quinoa, barley or wheat berries.
Whether it’s a smoothie bowl or a traditional fruity drink, smoothies are everywhere. Toast your Dad with a delicious berry smoothie! Berries are packed with antioxidants. These small but mighty fruits can reduce inflammation and help your body fight against free radicals that can cause a wide range of illnesses, such as arthritis, memory loss, or macular degeneration. Berries are also a great source of fiber, to keep Dad’s digestive system working properly!
Trend: All things Spicy!
Serve Dad a spicy tomato sauce! You’ve probably noticed a trend toward spicy foods in the grocery aisle and in restaurants. Combine this trend with tomatoes! Lycopene is a carotenoid in tomatoes. Research suggests that diets rich in lycopene can help reduce incidence of certain cancers and heart disease- both conditions that heavily affect men. Cooking tomatoes increases the body’s ability to access all that lycopene. Make sure Dad gets plenty of cooked tomatoes, whether it’s blistered tomatoes on the grill, stewed in soup, or a spicy homemade tomato sauce.
Wishing a happy and healthy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!