A few years ago I wrote an article about father’s day recipes for seafood. A young man from Alaska came across that article and emailed with a correction; he wanted father’s day recipes for dad, not dad’s day recipes for fish! He mentioned that he had been out on his big fishing boat all week long and had not caught a single fish. He claimed that he was going to try and make father’s day a little easier by trying father’s day recipes for dad instead. So here we are a few thoughts on this important issue.
It seems that most fathers do not get enough fish in their diets. They seem to prefer red meat and dairy products over fish. This is not necessarily a bad thing but there are far more health benefits from eating a wide variety of foods. Most fish is loaded with good fats, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. So while we can understand the importance of having a daily fish intake for cardiovascular health, it does not hurt to add in other vegetables and fruits into the diet as well.
Another issue with dad being left out of father’s day recipes for fish is that he will most likely not want or be eating much red meat. He may find it hard to stick to low fat dairy products because of his very small physique. So even if he were to add in the chicken, turkey or fish to his diet, he may not be able to stick with it for very long. This could create a difficult situation for his entire family, which is what really needs to be tackled head on.
One idea would be to make a few different meals so that Dad can pick them and can then prepare them for his dinner. If there is enough of a variety and the menu has some of the other healthy foods, such as cheese, salad and olive oil, he may be able to continue eating his fish but at the same time have something for his dinner plate as well. This will give his family food options and will keep them satisfied for the entire dinner.
It is important not to make the mistake of simply reducing fish out of your family menu. Instead, try to incorporate more fish into each meal that you serve and maybe add extra vegetables to the side. Doing this will not only give your family healthier options but will also give them more variety.