Taking Care of Dad

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Here is an opportunity to touch Dad’s heart — and protect it — in a unique way. Serve him a mouth-watering meal that may go a long way in rekindling a commitment toward health.

Since men are at risk for heart disease and cancer, preparing a meal which includes plenty of heart-healthy meal selections — such as fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, whole grain breads, fiber-rich vegetables, and low-fat accompaniments — is a great way to show how much you care about the dad in your life. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, raspberries and onions contain plenty of naturally occurring cancer fighters.

No need to spend hours or days in the kitchen for this delectable meal. The following menu is specially designed to promote family involvement in the preparation. As the expression goes, “Many hands make light work” — allowing ample time for family fun, laughter, talk and perhaps even a backyard ball game — all health-enhancing ways to pamper the dad in your life.

Do you have small children who would like to lend a helping hand? Even children as young as 3 years old can pitch in preparing this feast. Young hands can easily wash and scrub potatoes, wash fruit, add vegetables to foil packets for grilling, and fill bread baskets.

Teens may find this an opportune time to win “brownie points” with dad by joining the family and trying their hand at grilling. Who knows? Perhaps cooking may be a hidden talent just ready to blossom!

Supervision by mom, aunts or grandmothers ensure the smooth production of this family-friendly meal. And do not forget to eat together — after all, in this hectic life, savoring a meal together is a tremendous way to say “I Love You.”