Host(ess) With The Most(ess)! Breaking Out the Grill for Summer Celebration

Jun 28, 2019

In the midst of the final days of school, scheduling summer camps, boat days, and family vacations, let’s take a moment to slow down and savor. What better way than gathering friends and family for an inaugural summer celebration!


Our top priority? Keep it fun, fresh, and of course flavorful. Read on for 3 ways to do just that!

  1. No more boring chicken! Check out this recipe for Grilled Chicken and Avocado Quinoa Pilaf - an entrée that checks the boxes for √ lean protein, √ whole grain, and √ our favorite healthy fat!

    Reap the Benefits:

    Often referred to as a “super food”, quinoa is an excellent source of magnesium, a good source of zinc, iron, and folate, and is high in fiber. It is even a complete protein source, which is nearly unheard of in the grains group and rare even for plant foods in general! Avocados have gained popularity in recent years (avocado toast, anyone?) and for good reason! These fatty fruits are rich in monounsaturated fats (the good fats) which, when consumed in moderation and in place of saturated and trans fats, can help decrease risk for heart disease. Avocados are also packed with vitamins and minerals including folate, vitamin K, copper, B vitamins, and potassium.

  2. It’s asparagus season! And did you know you can cook this veggie on the grill? Try it sprinkled with your favorite seasonings or keep it simple with olive oil and S&P. For a mess-free experience try wrapping the asparagus in foil and place on the grill! Check out what else is in season with USDA’s seasonal produce guide.

    Reap the Benefits:

    Eat all you want! Asparagus is high in folate and a good source of fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A.                       
  3. Kabobs for dessert? Why not! Try this grilled fruit recipe. Or skip the grill for this dish and simply gather your favorite fresh fruits to assemble on kabob sticks. Bonus for parents: this is a perfect activity for involving the kiddos!

    Reap the Benefits:

    Pineapple is high in vitamin C and a good source of manganese, while bananas are best known as a rich source of potassium and are also a good source of vitamin C and fiber. Peaches are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of fiber. Now that you have a game plan in place, all you need to do is shop for the ingredients and invite friends and family to gather around the table! Visit your nearest IGA store, where our goal is to provide you with the foods (and tools!) to confidently create fresh and fun meals while reaping the benefits of local ingredients sourced by family-owned IGA grocers. 

 

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