Father’s Day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate Dad than a nice relaxing BBQ outside in the warm summer sun!?! But before you throw those heart-clogging sausages on the grill, try introducing Dad’s favorite comfort foods with a good-for-him twist. After all, we only want what’s best for our Dads and throwing in a few veggies here and there can be your way to say “I Love You”.

Now getting Dads to eat healthy generally isn’t an easy task (with the exception of a small few). So that leads me to this first tip:

1 – Keep the word healthy out of it! One of the best ways to guarantee that Dad won’t go near the stuff is to label it as “healthy”, “good for you”, “vegan”, or anything along those lines. Instead, try using “Famous New Recipe”, “Killer Dip”, “The Best Thing I have EVER Made”. Anything goes really, so me fun with it, and remember to not sound too convincing or very suspicious. Dads read into that stuff.

And since it’s Father’s Day, make something he enjoys, just minus all the bad stuff. So here’s the next tip:

2 – Re-create Favorite Comfort Foods! First off, remember that Dad loves you and he’ll most likely try anything you make. But if you really want him to truly enjoy your dish, disguise it as one of his faves. And remember to call them by their common name – no vegan bull$#!* you hear!

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Spicy Lentil Sloppy Joes by Naturally Ella

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Vegan 7-Layer Dip by One Ingredient Chef

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Raw Salted Peanut Butter Cookies by A House in The Hills

 

But no matter what you decide to make Dad for Father’s Day, remember to have fun. So, next tip…

3 – Get outside and have some fun! It’s amazing how much a little bit of fresh air, exercise and laughter can do for your health. Did you know that laughter alone can strengthen your immune system, boost your energy, diminish pain, and protect you from the damaging effects of stress? And how about a 15 – 30 minute stroll in the park? Walking may seam like a leisurely activity (which helps you in the convincing Dad department) but studies have shown that walking just 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of heart disease by 30-40%, strengthen your bones and joints and aids in weight loss.

So follow these three tips and show your ol’ man you love him this year by keeping him happy, healthy and strong!

Have a happy Father’s Day Weekend!

Tell us how you will be spending Father’s Day this year in the comments below :)