King Kullen Helps Customers Eat Healthy This Thanksgiving

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King Kullen offers tips for making healthy decisions this holiday.

Thanksgiving is always a busy holiday. Especially for those hosting, it can seem like there are thousands of things to do before the big day, and the last thing on everyone's mind is watching calories and eating healthy. King Kullen is helping its customers eat better this Thanksgiving by offering easy ways to make this holiday a healthy one.

When celebrating Thanksgiving, it can be easy to over-indulge. With so many great food choices, it’s tempting to try them all. King Kullen is prepared to help its customers make the right choices when it comes to Thanksgiving dishes. With their tips, keeping track of the calories in each dish has never been easier.

White meat vs. dark meat: everyone has a preference, but which is the healthier option? Director of Meat and Seafood Al Gerrity explains that white meat is lower in both calories and fat compared to dark turkey meat. White meat has 115 calories and 7g of fat, while dark meat has 160 calories and 11g of fat.

Who can forget about the sides? A 3/4 cup serving of stuffing has 371 calories and 19g of fat, while a dinner roll with a pat of butter has 140 calories and 4.5g of fat. Those who love stuffing might want to choose a smaller serving and skip the dinner roll.

Can’t forget dessert at the typical Thanksgiving meal, with pumpkin and apple pie being the two most popular options. Susan Brooks, King Kullen’s Director of Frozen Foods and Bakery, notes that pumpkin is the healthier choice, at 316 calories and 14g of fat per slice, compared with apple, which contains 411 calories and 19g of fat per slice.

“Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so it’s okay to indulge a little bit,” said Michele Tonner, King Kullen’s Nutritionist. “The key is to know what you’re consuming and to enjoy the good stuff without overdoing it. By carefully looking at the nutritional information of the foods you’re preparing, it’s easy to keep track of what you’re eating while also making good decisions about everything on the Thanksgiving table this year.”

Tracey Cullen, Director of Pricing and Social Media, observes that when making dishes from scratch, take care to select the most nutritious forms of various ingredients. For instance, if a recipe calls for chicken broth, try the reduced sodium broth, and then add salt to the dish as needed after preparing.

When hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it’s helpful to prepare some of the side dishes a couple of days in advance, as practicable. This will save time and space – and keep everyone from getting too stressed out.

Those trying to save calories this year should consider making healthier options and substitutes. Try substituting quinoa for bread or another healthy grain with this low-calorie stuffing recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670934415649/. Make the green bean casserole without a heavily-creamed canned soup like this recipe: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670934277399. Try making a homemade cranberry sauce with this simple recipe, http://www.pinterest.com/pin/43487952625599620/, instead of opting for the canned version.

“On our Pinterest page, we have tons of great recipe ideas to help you this Thanksgiving,” said Cullen. “All of the ingredients you need can be found at any King Kullen location.”

Non-foods Coordinator Marshall Irving reminds shoppers to pick up disposable containers, so they are handy for guests to pack up leftovers.

Speaking of leftovers, make good use of Thanksgiving leftovers by getting creative with some fun recipes. King Kullen suggests bacon wrapped stuffing bites, turkey chili, mashed potato pancakes, turkey soup, turkey pot pie, a turkey panini with cranberry dressing, turkey and potato empanadas, or sweet potato muffins.

Don’t get overwhelmed this Thanksgiving. With the help of King Kullen, the meal is sure to be a hit and everyone will be grateful for keeping things light on the calories. For more great recipe ideas, visit King Kullen’s Pinterest for inspiration (http://www.pinterest.com/kingkullen/). Visit the nearest King Kullen location to stock up on quality ingredients, or, in the worst case scenario, to place your holiday catering order.
<br>About the company:<br>Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, King Kullen Grocery Co., Inc. is recognized by the Smithsonian Institution as America’s first supermarket. Michael J. Cullen opened the doors of King Kullen in 1930. Today, four generations later, King Kullen is still family-owned and operated. It remains a leader in the supermarket industry. From that very first store in 1930, King Kullen today operates 38 supermarkets and five Wild by Nature stores across Long Island. In addition to traditional grocery, King Kullen features a large catering and prepared foods department, freshly-baked breads and sweets, and healthy and organic areas, with pharmacies in many stores as well.

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