Guilt-Free Father’s Day Favorites

Father’s Day is tomorrow and I know we’re all trying to figure out that perfect gift to get dad. He already has a lifetime supply of ties, cufflinks, and “world’s greatest dad” mugs. So what is there to get a man that has everything? Well when it comes to my dad, a sure way to his heart is food. But it’s not just the food, it’s all the fun that comes with it. I have so many memories of my family sitting around the table eating, laughing, and having amazing conversations. The food was always delicious and the company was always comforting.

When trying to figure out what type of meal to make for my dad, it only took me a few seconds. Breakfast; of course. Sunday morning breakfast is somewhat of a tradition in the King household. We come home from church, change back into our pajamas, chow down on a great meal, and then fall asleep watching TV. My dad isn’t really a picky eater when it comes to breakfast foods, but he does have a few favorite items. So as a Father’s Day gift, I decided to make all his favorite things, but the healthy way!

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Banana protein pancakes

Cheesy scrambled eggs

Sweet and savory potatoes

Turkey sausage patties

Banana protein pancakes: There’s nothing like warm fluffy pancakes in the morning. But all that sugar, butter, and flour does nothing but slow you down for the rest of the day. Protein pancakes are a great alternative to the classic box pancakes because you can indulge without feeling like you’re cheating. The protein powder in them acts as sweetener, so syrup isn’t even needed. This recipe is a great way to utilize any fruit or spices you have sitting around. I chose to make banana pancakes since I always have bananas on my counter, but can never eat them all before they go bad; however, you can use any kind of fruit you want. I also added a dash of cinnamon to the mixture to spice things up!

Cheesy scrambled eggs: My dad makes the best scrambled eggs, so the pressure was on with this dish. Scrambled eggs are a tasty classic; but putting cheese on them takes it to another level. To make this dish a little healthier, I cut out the salt and cut back on the cheese. I still wanted the eggs to have a good flavor, so in place of the salt I added a couple sprinkles of garlic powder. When it came to the cheese instead of putting in multiple handfuls (trust me I wanted to) I just used one tablespoon for every two eggs. This way, you get the taste of cheesy goodness without all the consequences.

Sweet and savory potatoes: This dish didn’t really need a lot of adjustments. The proper serving of potatoes can actually be very nutritious. But I decided to put a little twist on classic breakfast potatoes by adding sweet potatoes to the mix. This recipe packs so much flavor with just a few simple ingredients. Along with minced garlic, I added black pepper and just a pinch of sea salt for even more flavor.

Turkey sausage patties: There is one thing that will forever make me think of my dad, and that’s sausage patties. Growing up I could always count on Jimmy Dean to make an appearance at breakfast. And while those pork sausage patties might have been tasty, they weren’t the healthiest things in the world. When compared to pork, turkey sausage has almost half the calories, half the fat, and almost double the protein. The turkey sausage that I used may be healthier, but it still has a great flavor that reminds me of my childhood.

Because of my busy schedule I won’t get to be home tomorrow for Father’s Day, so I’m dedicating this meal to you, dad. I had so much fun making this, and thought of you the whole time. I’ll be home soon so we can make it together!

SK’s Food Of The Day

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CHERRIES

Cherries may look small, but they are packed with all kinds of nutritional value. Not only are they sweet treats, but they can reduce belly fat, inflammation, and muscle pain. These guys aren’t around all year long, but you’re in luck, cherry season is right now! So go to your local farmer’s market or grocery store and pick some up today.

Feeling inspired? Let me know what you think about this post in the comments section below!

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2 thoughts on “Guilt-Free Father’s Day Favorites

  1. Outstanding! Outstanding! Outstanding! Man I missed out on that meal, I can’t wait for you to fix it for me one day, LOL, Love you young lady! Dad

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  2. I love this!! This is exactly what I made for breakfast – cheesy eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns, and Jimmy Dean – but you’ve inspired me big time! I’m definitely adding your recipes to my collection. Thanks for posting this. Your blog is awesome!

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