Father’s Day, contrary to popular belief, was not established to sell more greeting cards. It was Mrs. Sonora Dodd of Washington who proposed the idea of having a Father’s Day.
Mrs. Dodd wanted to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran. His wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. Smart was left to raise his six children as a single parent. It wasn’t until Mrs. Dodd was an adult that she understood the strength, sacrifices and understanding it took for her father to raise her and her five siblings on her own.
The first Father’s Day in June was observed June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Wash. (A Father’s Day service was also conducted July 5, 1908, in West Virginia.) At about the same time in various towns and cities across America, other people were beginning to celebrate Father’s Day as well.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. However, it wasn’t until 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as the national day to honor one’s father.
In one way or another, we all recognize someone as our father. We often place our faith in that person beyond fault, and many of our fathers are blessed with vision to guide the ones they love through life.
You might want to show your father you love him by hosting a healthy family barbecue. Make sure to include all his favorites, but you might want to keep it between us if you follow my advice and replace his beef burger with a version made from ground turkey. You can add the works, but go easy on the mayo, and serve the burger with a green salad and fresh watermelon.
Thank him for all those wonderful years when he gave you his heart. Now you’re saving his with a heart-smart barbecue.
BBQ Turkey Burger
1½ pounds ground turkey
½ cup onion, chopped
½ cup barbecue sauce
½ cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly and shape into six patties. Place on an oiled grill and cook over medium heat for 4 to 6 minutes on each side. Internal temperature should reach 165 degrees, and the center should not be pink. Baste with additional barbecue sauce before serving, if desired.
Nutritional info per patty: 225 calories, 10 grams of fat, 11 grams of carbs, 3 grams of sugar, 22 grams of protein.
Robin Nuno is certified as a behavioral management counselor, nutritionist and fitness trainer, and she’s studying to become a life coach. Questions or comments may be directed to Robin at email@example.com.