Grill your way to healthy hearing
Labor Day weekend is summer’s last hoorah — the last time to really soak up the sun with family and friends while enjoying some of your favorite grilled foods. It’s a fun time of the year for eating; getting to savor the last remains of the summer squash while sampling the season’s first apples and pears.
When planning your meals, try to incorporate as many whole foods into your recipes as possible. Whole foods have more of the good vitamins and minerals needed to maintain proper hearing health (That’s right; magnesium, folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids and zinc, all which help fight hearing loss, aren’t typically found in high quantities in processed foods!).
Here’s a menu celebrating the end of summer and the beginning of fall with seasonal foods that’ll keep you fine-tuned for the upcoming autumn months. Happy grilling!
Charred green bean and grape tomato salad
- 1 to 1 ½ pounds green beans
- 1 to 2 pints of grape tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Coat green beans. Scatter green beans on grill. If grill is too wide, place beans in a mesh frying pan (made specifically for grills) and place on the grill, moving until green beans start to get a slight char, about 4 minutes. Remove immediately. Serve with fresh herbs and grated Parmesan cheese.
3 summer squash
1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese
Slice vegetables and cheese 1 inch thick. Brush eggplant and squash with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on grill, about 5 minutes a side. Stack with tomatoes and mozzarella.
Grilled chicken and avocado sliders with corn and mango salsa
8 small chicken thighs
8 slider buns
1 avocado, sliced
1 mango, diced
1 ear corn, raw, sliced off the cob
½ red onion, diced
Juice of 1 lime
Marinade and season chicken to your preference. Grill for about 8 minutes on each side. Spread olive oil on buns and grill briefly. To make salsa, mix corn, mango and onion together with 1 teaspoon olive oil, lime juice and a dash of salt and pepper. To make sliders, put avocado on top bun and salsa on the bottom bun, with chicken in the middle.
Just a reminder, if you're out at the grill with your friends and feel you are missing a lot of the conversation, contact a hearing healthcare professional for an appointment today.