This Sunday is Father’s Day, so we are focusing on optimizing men’s health by getting down to basics. There are tons of supplements and diet plans circulating out there that are geared towards men’s health, but did you know that it can easily be boosted by just choosing the right produce?
Here are some things to pick up on your next grocery run that will make dad happy and healthy:
Spinach – high in magnesium which can benefit blood pressure and healthy muscles, you can easily incorporate it into breakfast, lunch and dinner, cooked or raw.
Brazil nuts – although it’s more of a grocery item than produce, it’s important to note that Brazil nuts are high in selenium, which are great for thyroid health and male hormone production. Mix them with more nuts, seeds and dried fruits to make a delicious trail mix.
Pomegranates – pomegranate seeds are very high in antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and oxidative stress caused by environmental factors or diet. These seeds are great on their own, or add another level of sweetness to your salad.
Blackberries – this fruit is high in vitamin K, which studies have shown may play a part in reducing the risk of prostate cancer. An excellent on-the-go snack, or throw it in your next healthy dessert recipe.
POMEGRANATE AND BLACKBERRY YOGURT PARFAIT:
In a small pot, add 1 C of organic blackberries and ½ C pomegranate seeds, along with 1-2 tbsp. of lemon juice and 1 tbsp. of organic maple sugar, and cook down until berries are soft. Strain mixture to remove seeds so that only jam remains. Put in a mason jar and set aside in fridge to cool.
To assemble parfait, layer ¼ C oats (or granola), ½ C yogurt of choice (mix with organic maple syrup and vanilla to add sweetness if desired), ¼ C jam mixture in a small bowl. Keep layering until bowl is full and top with fresh blackberries. Enjoy for a Father’s Day breakfast!