King Kullen Offers Tip Sheet to Support Shopper's New Year's Resolutions

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Stay on top of healthy diet and exercise routines with King Kullen’s help.

Follow through with the healthy New Year’s resolutions set in place, thanks to King Kullen’s selection of healthy options for all kinds of recipes and tips on how to stay active and stick to a diet plan.

Just because it’s called a diet, doesn’t mean the result will be hunger. For filling and tasty options that are also healthy, turn to seafood. Options such as albacore tuna, Alaskan salmon, Coho salmon and rainbow trout are just a few of the lean fish to choose from when picking a main course for a meal.

Skinless poultry and lean meats are also a good way to go. Rather than frying meat, bake or grill it and remove any skin, which is just fatty. Round or loin beef cuts tend to be leanest, as well as lamb or pork loin cuts. Pair one of these poultry or lean meats, or a seafood cut, with produce — dark, leafy greens have some of the highest nutritional value — and a perfect meal is ready! Tasty and healthy!

Sometimes though, the cravings are just too strong. So when it comes to these tough times, there are great substitutes for those easy-to-love comfort foods. Next time mashed potatoes are a great pairing for a meal, substitute it out for mashed cauliflower. For wraps, sandwiches and even burgers, greens like romaine lettuce or kale can be a carb replacement. Even veggies are a great substitute for pasta, like spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles and other spiral-cut veggies. Bake up some kale, sweet potato sticks or zucchini slices to replace fries or potato chips, and as a topper, switch out sour cream for Greek yogurt, which can also work great in dips! Another great topper replacement is switching out butter with avocado. This goes great on toast, bagels and more! Replace a glass of soda with seltzer and fresh fruit for flavor and as always, honey or Stevia are the perfect substitutes for sugar. Oftentimes, no one even notices the difference!

To keep meal prep simple, make a list of everything needed for recipes and prep, limiting it to just one trip to the grocery store. Pre-chop all veggies or fruits to save time and make them more snack-friendly. Stock up on plastic containers that are convenient for prepping one meal in and have at least one for each day of the week. Cooking everything at once and divvying up the portions saves time and work throughout the course of the week when it comes to preparing lunches and dinners. Find more meal prep tips on King Kullen’s Pinterest page:

Other easy meal ideas come from the freezer. Make meals ahead of time in greater portions and save the leftovers for future meal prep: Try Buffalo chicken and broccoli with quinoa (, spaghetti squash and turkey cheese bake ( or choose form a plethora of slow cooker meals that will provide plenty of leftovers to freeze up for later.

If starting up a new exercise plan, make sure the perfect diet is paired up with it. Pack each day with fat-burning foods that can aid the weight-loss journey. The following foods are known to help burn fat and speed up metabolism:

  •     Almonds and other nuts
  •     Eggs
  •     Turkey and other lean meats
  •     Grapefruit
  •     Green tea
  •     Chili peppers
  •     Spinach and greens
  •     Whole grains (quinoa, brown rice, whole grain cereal)
  •     Beans
  •     Legumes
  •     Peanut butter
  •     Berries
  •     Low-fat/fat-free dairy products, yogurt and cheese

For a power punch of nutrients, try these superfoods, which contain high levels of essential nutrients and minerals while also having antioxidants that help shield bodies from cell damage and help to prevent disease.

  •     Dark, leafy greens
  •     Blueberries
  •     Beets
  •     Salmon
  •     Lentils
  •     Beans
  •     Acai
  •     Goji berries
  •     Cacao/cocoa powder
  •     Chia seeds
  •     Kefir
  •     Hemp seeds

To stay on top of that new or habitual fitness routine, use a stability ball in the comfort of home (, try winter activities for constant fun and physical activity, such as ice skating, sledding, skiing or snowboarding, or pop a workout DVD into the TV at home. A great way to get motivated and stay motivated is by playing upbeat music as a pre-workout routine or provide personal incentives and rewards. Setting goals and having a workout buddy are the ultimate motivators!

For all the perfect foods to stock the fridge and to make your New Year’s resolution a success, stop by a local King Kullen Grocery store, and they’d be happy to help you find everything the new diet and exercise plan calls for!

About the Company:
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 36 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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