Let’s do things a little differently this Father’s Day and show our dads that we care about their health

Instead of ties, cards, expensive whiskey or cologne, let’s show our dad that we really care with these fun and healthy Father’s Day ideas:

Make dad a healthy breakfast:

As a child, you might have made dad breakfast in bed. Now you can invite him over for brunch.

Gert Coetzee, pharmacist and founder of The Diet Everyone Talks About, suggests the Pan-baked Fritter with Mushroom Sauce recipe from The Diet Everyone Talks About Eat Slim/Eet Slim recipe book.

Main ingredients

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  • 500 g Minced meat
  • 3 Eggs, separated
  • 30 ml Onion, grated
  • 30 ml Celery, thinly chopped
  • 30 ml Green / red pepper, finely chopped
  • Salt, freshly ground black pepper, and garlic powder to taste
  • 5 ml Mustard powder
  • 5 ml Baking powder

For baking:

  • Canola oil / olive oil

For the mushroom sauce:

  • 50 ml Butter
  • 200 g Mushrooms, chopped
  • Onion, chopped
  • 125 ml Thick cream
  • 20 ml Lemon juice
  • 60 ml Water

Method:

  1. Mix all the “main ingredients”, except the egg whites together.
  2. Whisk the egg whites stiff and fold into the other mixture.
  3. Bake until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Serve with mushroom sauce below.

Mushroom sauce: 

  1. Heat butter and sauté mushrooms and onion till soft and most of the water has evaporated.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for two minutes, stirring constantly.

Can’t make breakfast? Treat your dad to dinner with a healthy twist. Choose salmon or lean cuts of meat such as beef tenderloin, chicken breast. You can serve these with a salad or skewered veggies and corn.

Fit family fun

Spend quality time with dad, and get him off the couch, with a fun and physical family activity.

You could organise a family soccer game or a hike in nature.

Getting active as a family not only reduces everyone’s risk of developing chronic diseases, like heart disease, but it also helps strengthen muscles and bones and gives the brain a boost. In fact, research has found that regular exercise may even help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Sign him up

Instead of box of chocolates, give your dad a gift that will last long beyond Father’s Day – sign him up for a gym, yoga, martial arts or taichi membership. You know him well enough to decide which!

You can make this gift even better by scheduling a weekly date to exercise with your dad. It’s a great way to spend time together and keep each other motivated to exercise regularly.

Game on

Nothing stamps out stress like a good giggle with family. So, help your dad relax, and keep the family entertained on a chilly winter’s day, with a games day.

Prepare some delicious and healthy snacks, like popcorn, mixed nuts, biltong, and vegetable sticks with a healthy dip. Then haul out the board games, like 30 Seconds and Scrabble, or play charades for some guaranteed belly laughs.

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