As our lives become ever busier and our to do lists grow ever longer, it is easy to allow healthy eating to slip to the bottom of that list. We are great at ensuring our kids eat well, yet as parents we plump for the kid’s leftovers or grabbing a less than nutritious snack from the cupboard.
While it is always important to consider the nutritional needs of our little people, with Father’s day looming and Dads everywhere preparing their surprised faces for the ceremonial gifting of another pair of ‘World’s Best Dad’ socks, what better way to surprise Daddy this year than with the gift of some great food?
And while we’re on the subject of food, here are a few tips to ensure Daddy’s everywhere, have a full tummy of yumminess every day!
Daddy is busy his morning is frantic. There are school bags to help pack, kindy drop off to do and an early meeting that won’t wait for him. But if our Mothers taught us anything, it’s that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. While his schedule might not allow him to leisurely indulge in eggs and soldiers with the kids, with a little planning and an alarm clock set 15 minutes earlier, there is no excuse for him to replace breakfast with a double espresso on the run. Try overnight oats, breakfast bars or a smoothie for a nutritious breakfast you can take along with you.
Relive your school days and pack a lunch
As a working parent days are long and nights are short. Us Mums are reminded to nourish our bodies so that we can run on a full tank for the entire day and it is just as important for Daddy to do the same. Packing a lunch each day can save some pennies too! Leftovers from the night before, a lunchbox filled with lots of colour and variety (which can be made the day ahead along with the children’s) or a homemade meal mass-prepared on the weekend can mean the difference between firing on all cylinders or loitering around the vending machine. Try and shop for high protein and vegetable rich foods so that Daddy is more likely to fill up on nutritious goodness, rather than those ever tempting high-fat and high-salt alternatives.
Busy schedules do not always allow for it, but trying to eat as many meals as possible around the table as a family will reap many benefits you may not have considered. Not only will you be eating at regular points throughout the day (which can aid in digestion and curb cravings), you’ll also model exceptional eating behaviour for your children. Numerous studies have shown that kids are more likely to try a new food if they see a parent trying and enjoying it first. Kids are also more likely to engage in important conversations that you might otherwise miss. Even good old fashioned manners are more likely to be mirrored if little ones see their mum or dad adhering to the same etiquette on a regular basis. Don’t have time during the work week? Then make it a family tradition to always eat together on weekends. Is there a better reason to light up the barbeque or throw a roast in the oven?!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
The eight glasses of water a day rule isn’t just an old wives’ tale – the rule applies for and Daddy too. Take a cue from your kids, keep a refillable water bottle handy and set yourself goals to have it finished throughout the day. Skip that second latte and replace it with green tea or lemon water. Proper hydration can aid good digestion, ward off fatigue and headaches and has been linked to heart health. No excuses drink your water and nudge Daddy too!
Cook healthy meals to share with family and friends
Here at Happetite, we are big on the benefits of sharing homemade meals with family and friends. Cooking for others can ease the pressure on someone, incite feelings of happiness in both sender and receiver and provide comfort but most of all can lift the spirits of the recipient. There aren’t many gifts that can do that!
Why not pull out old family recipes, search the Internet for meal plans that make you salivate, and chose produce that makes your heart sing – the joy in cooking for others will be intoxicatingly addictive. And when time is tight or distances an issue, that’s when Happetite Food is here to help!
So, is the Daddy in your house too busy to think properly about his nutrition? Forget the golf tees and tie rack and give dad something he’ll really enjoy this Father’s Day with our Happetite Beer and Pie food gift package. After all, they do say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, right?!