Father’s Day is this weekend, and you want to make your dad a meal he wants and deserves. While Dad may appreciate the meal, he will not appreciate the belly or weight gain from the “Man Foods” you’ve cooked up for him. What should you do? Cooking Light provided a guide to lighten your dad’s favorite “Man Foods.”

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 11.16.44 AMBurgers: Oversized and fatty toppings—burgers can become a caloric nightmare, but it’s easily avoidable! Make the switch over to ground turkey breast (regular ground turkey may also include the skin and darker meat). If you’d rather have beef, make sure to buy the extra-lean ground beef or ground sirloin. And you don’t have to eat it plain—add crisp lettuce, plump tomatoes and reduced-fat cheese.

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 11.43.20 AMWings: Men love wings because they’re fried, greasy, skin-on and loaded with sauce. Cut back the fat and calories and give Dad wings with the skin removed. Instead of frying them in grease, bake or grill them instead. Toss them in buffalo or hot sauce, and Dad won’t even tell the difference!

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 12.11.07 PMPizza: The difference between a healthy pizza and a not-so-healthy pizza depends on the toppings. Rather than making Dad a meat-lover’s pizza, replace the full-fat meat toppings (like sausage and pepperoni) with leaner meats (like ham and diced chicken), a sensible portion of cheese and colorful vegetables. If you want to slash the calories even more, use a thin, whole-wheat pizza crust.

Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 12.10.07 PMMeat and Potatoes: We’re often told to stay away from large amounts of red meat because of its high content of saturated fat. So when cooking for Dad this weekend, choose lean cuts of beef for a healthy option—it helps support healthy muscles, provides iron and a good source of energy! Cooking Light suggests, “When selecting meat, any meat ending in ‘loin’ is usually the most lean and quite tender. Also try flank steak, tri-tip and hanger steak for a budget-friendly option.”

When it comes to side of potatoes, stay away from French fries and butter-loaded mashed potatoes. Instead whip up some grilled potato strips.Screen Shot 2013-06-13 at 11.49.35 AM

Beer: This one’s pretty simple—drink light beer. But if Dad doesn’t care for it, encourage him to drink just one or two higher calorie, full-flavored beers.

With these little tweaks, Dad will be able to enjoy every single bite. Your local Sparkle Market has all of the ingredients to make your Father’s Day meals! Stop by today!

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