This Sunday is Father’s Day. It’s the special day in which we celebrate all of the fathers in our lives. They are men from all walks of life who have inspired us with their work ethic, their patience, their humor, their integrity—and their love—every single day of the year. We want our men to be as vital as possible. And while they also want to be fit and trim, they may not be as willing to sacrifice taste for health. So, what can you do? Offer up some daily super delicious superfoods, of course!
For Father’s Day and beyond, incorporate these super healthy special foods into Dad’s diet. They contain health benefits that cover his cardiovascular, immune, prostate, and endocrine needs. The good news is that many of these superstars are packed with health benefits for us females, too.
Father’s Day Foods
Arugula: This leafy green originates from the Mediterranean and is the perfect choice for the base of a nice summer salad. Dad will be thrilled to know that it also helps prevent prostate cancer. Arugula is packed with phytochemicals like sulforaphane, isothiocyanates, indoles, and thiocyanates, which have shown a remarkable ability to counteract the carcinogenic effects that estrogen has in the body—and thus help halt the growth of cancer cells.
Cruciferous veggies: Sometimes it takes a little nudging to get Dad to eat his veggies, but after he learns about the health benefits of these cruciferous crunchables, he’ll be serving up a hearty portion. Vegetables of this variety contain DIM (Diindolylmethane), a composite that prompts the body to detox, boost immunity—and possibly most intriguing for dad, support estrogen metabolism to ward off prostate issues. I recommend broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cabbage, and watercress.
Blueberries: This well-known antioxidant-rich berry has great benefits for men. Its high level of anthocyanins has been shown to help reduce plaque buildup and improve overall cardiovascular health—a major concern for both men and women. Blueberries are also great for the brain, including memory loss due to age, which is more common in men. Plus, like arugula, they contain phytonutrients, so put a blueberry parfait on the menu along with an arugula salad this Sunday for some serious prostate health support!
Greek yogurt: If your man can tolerate dairy, give him a tasty cup of pasture-raised Greek yogurt. In fact, the blueberries we just spoke of would make a lovely topping. This treat has numerous nutrients men need, like protein, probiotics, calcium, and potassium to improve his digestion and keep him alert and active. For any dad who loves hitting the gym or going on a challenging hike, this is the perfect snack for during or after his workout.
Brazil nuts: These nuts make a great snack and contain ample amounts of the antioxidant selenium, a co-factor for Vitamin E that helps prevent cardiovascular problems and lower “bad” cholesterol. As an added benefit for those trying to conceive, studies have also suggested that they improve the mobility and quality of sperm.
Coconut oil: This tropical-inspired delicacy is all the rage right now and it’s perfect for a dad who loves activities that require endurance. The medium-chain triglycerides it contains are more readily absorbed and utilized by your body, allowing your mitochondria to up its production of adenosine triphosphate. This boost of cellular energy correlates to more energy overall.
Sauerkraut: This fermented probiotic-rich cabbage might remind dad of tailgate parties from many years ago. These days, you can pair it with a pasture-raised protein for a meal that satisfies and nourishes. The fermentation process produces natural chemicals that are beneficial to the cellular health of the prostate, while the probiotics and fiber promote optimum gut health. Sauerkraut also contains vitamins A and C, and phytonutrients for additional prostate and cardiovascular support. If he doesn’t have a taste for sauerkraut, try the Korean side dish kimchi as an alternative. Whichever you choose, always opt for homemade and never pre-packaged.
As for me, this day is always bittersweet. It reminds me of my late father (whose photo is above). He embodied wit, charm, grace, and kindness—and loved a party of any kind.
So, for those of you that are still privileged to have your dad by your side, hold him tight and celebrate his day with lots of love, appreciation and gratitude.