Step Up for Men’s Health Month this Meatless Monday

June 5th, 2017


Welcome to June: longer days, fresh garden veggies and Men’s Health Month. If you’re a man, this month is your yearly reminder to make sure you’re healthy and fit. And if you’re someone who cares about men, then this is your month to apply some “friendly persuasion” to make sure the guys in your life schedule a doctor’s appointment pronto – and maybe suggest a few changes to their eating habits. Let’s dig in!

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Foods that Help Keep Men Healthy

Show most men a juicy, fresh-grilled steak and watch their eyes light up. In fact, show some men a fast food drive-thru window and their mouths start watering. And it’s alright to treat yourself every now and again, but be warned. Overconsumption of meat (red and processed) as well as other unhealthy choices (fried foods, dairy and excessive alcohol drinking), can lead to serious health issues. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer.

Now it’s no secret that fresh veggies, fruits, whole grains and nuts are a healthier way to go.  And you can always start with a few simple changes. For instance, begin with the classic fare that’s always tasty and satisfying, but switch out the meat ingredient – like a hearty bean burrito or a rich meatless chili. Next, fire up that grill and serve some sizzling portabella mushrooms, roasted bell peppers and hot, juicy corn on the cob. And don’t forget some zesty side dishes. How about a flavorful three bean salad drizzled with a tangy-sweet vinegar olive oil dressing? Before you know it, men will be eating healthier – and not missing the meat!

 

Wear Blue, Support Men’s Health

Mark your calendar. June 16th, the Friday before Father’s Day, is Wear BLUE Day. Break out your favorite blue jeans, blue shirt or stylish blue attire to show your support. Urge the men in your life to make healthy choices in diet, weight and exercise. And be sure they get checked out by a doctor for a clean bill of health. Let’s make it a guy’s thing.

And since we’re using blue to support Men’s Health, here’s one of our favorite blueberry recipes.

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

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