Happy Father’s Day Greetings and Healthy Meal Wishes
By: Joe Martinez, RPh, PDE, CMS, Founder and CCO, HMS
Contributor: Stephanie Wu
I have three wonderful sons. All are grown up now. All are doing their “thing” in various parts of the country. My wife of 40 years and I miss them all the time and love when they come home to visit.
Aside from the holidays, there are three days during the year where the kids make an extra effort to come home for some quality family time – Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving and Father’s Day – and in that order! lol
Well, we just celebrated Mother’s Day and Thanksgiving is a ways off, so now it’s Dad’s turn. 🙂
I love Father’s Day because we get to hang out, laugh and make new memories together. And of course, the kids always bring an outrageous greeting card because the, necktie gift is usually reserved for Christmas! In fact, I have a lifetime supply of neckties and Father’s Day cards. Yes, I’m one of those to keeps the cards :).
It’s really the thought that counts and I’m sure each Dad out there appreciates a card, gift and even just a phone call to say “Hello!”
That said, if you are considering a unique gift this year for Dad, and maybe want to keep him off the grill on this day, maybe you’d want to consider a “healthy” idea. We know that most Dad’s love to eat and these ideas are sure to put a wide and happy smile on Dad’s face.
Keep the card, hold the ties till winter and in with the…nuts?
It’s not as crazy of an idea as it sounds! Gifting a pound of nuts is like gifting a dose of heart health!
A good choice are ‘Walnuts’ which are PACKED with antioxidants, the “good fats” that are mono-saturated, and omega-3 fatty acids. All of these fight off cancer risk, inflammation, and clogged arteries.
Walnuts contain an amino acid called arginine which is known to benefit cardiovascular diseases. They are also rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which fights to keep cholesterol levels low.
Plus there’s the bonus of Vitamin E, potassium, iron, and magnesium, all which strengthen skin, eyes, bones, and teeth. Vitamin E protects the brain, too! Both Vitamin E and melatonin in walnuts benefit cognitive function.
However, if you do go the walnut route this year, just remind Dad that even though you may buy him a year’s supply of walnuts, the recommended serving size is one cup of walnuts, which is around 200 calories.
2) Quality Time Outdoors
Honestly, there is nothing I love more than spending quality time with my boys and their families. Sure, a lot of Father’s Day is spent cooking on the grill and eating, but the time together talking and having some laughs is what makes it worthwhile.
So, how about going on a walk this year? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests to move around at least every 30 minutes.
Also according to the ADA, three minutes or more of light activity “improves blood sugar management in people who have sedentary (sit a lot) jobs and in people who are overweight, obese, and who have difficulty maintaining blood sugars in a healthy range.” This improvement can also be experienced when walking for at least 15-20 minutes after a meal as shown in a study published in 2009. Also, better to walk after, rather than before a meal, as it helps your food to digest.
Whether it’s walking, running, hiking, or biking, spending time with Dad is a gift for both of you that no money can buy, AND it’s good for the heart, too!
3) No Prep Healthy Eating
The one thing that all Dads have in common, young and old, is that they all have busy schedules. From morning until night, we’re on the run, run, run – at home and at work.
And then when you hit retirement age, you may find yourself more agreeable to letting someone else pick up the slack on certain routines, like dinner, and breakfast…and lunch. Hey, if someone can take care of all three meals, I’m happy!
Whatever the stage in life your father is right now….this year for Father’s Day, consider sending Dad the gift of healthy eating – ala Healthy Meals Supreme.
Truly the perfect gift for the Dad who has little time, energy or interest in cooking but wants to eat healthy. Delicious, no prep, ready-to-eat, freshly prepared, culinary medicine inspired meals, delivered straight to his doorstep. All Dad has to do is “heat, eat and enjoy” – and enjoy the warm thoughts of this special gift!
Healthy Meals Supreme is especially perfect for the Dad who may have a chronic condition and needs to follow the guidance of his doctor or nutritionist. We have a series of meal plans especially tailored for diabetes eating, heart and kidney conditions and even Alzheimer’s.
What are the choices? And where can you get them? Well there are many delicious and savory meals to choose from and a couple of places to get them. There’s a special sale through Groupon at the moment. Certain meal plans are also available through Amazon. And of course, the full menu is available on the company website.
In the meantime, here are three of my favorites:
* Always check with your doctor or healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or exercise routine.