Keeping our Dad’s Diet Healthy
Dads are great! Father’s day is approaching and we need to help our Dads to be as healthy as possible. We want our dads to live long and healthy and continue to be our role models for years to come. As our dads age it’s important they are getting adequate nutrition for good health. Here is a low down of a few nutrition changes needed through the years for the strong men in our life.
Dad’s in their 20’s are pretty active. You need to make sure they are eating adequate amounts of proteins. Active dads need to be eating lean meats and meat alternatives. Here are a few examples: seafood, lean redmeat, poultry, eggs, beans, peas, and unsalted nuts.
For those 30 year old dads it’s important that they are eating adequate portions of food and a variety of food groups throughout the day. Dads might not be as active during this time because of their work/career so make sure he doesn’t skip meals and overindulge come dinnertime.
If you know a dad in his 40’s remind him to make sure he goes for an extra serving of veggies or any fiber food for that matter. At this age we want to stave off heart disease as much as possible so eating the daily requirement of fiber should be the goal. It is recommended that men eat ~35 gm of fiber a day. Here are examples of fiber containing foods: beans, veggies and fruit with skin, and whole grains.
Dads in their 50’s should be eating to fight off diseases. Antioxidants are the focus during this time. Antioxidants are our soldiers to combat damage from free radicals that increase the risk of developing diseases. Give dads more of the berries they like. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries are top antioxidants. Other food sources include: beans, fruits/veggies, green tea, some nuts and dark chocolate.
If you have a dad in his 60’s or older help him achieve optimal nutrition because the body is really keeping score. Overall nutrition is key. He needs lean meats, like eggs, to maintain muscle mass. Fiber and antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables are still important to fight free radical damage. Select items with low saturated fats and increase monounsaturated fats. For example, instead of bacon and cheese on his salad, add sunflower seeds and black olives.
Let’s show our love for all the great dad’s out there and help keep them healthy! Have a happy and healthy Father’s Day.
PS…Here are 3 of the best dad’s in the world!!! My late husband, CJ! My man, Todd! And my awesome Dad! Love you guys!