Review – King Soopers

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Yesterday I walked a couple of miles to my local King Soopers grocery store. Not an easy task as we still have lots of snow on the ground, but the sun was shinning and I wanted to get outside to enjoy it. King Soopers is one of my favorite places to shop as they have good quality meat and produce and the prices can’t be beat.

The store offers a wide variety of both organic and non organic fruits and vegetables as well as fresh herbs. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on whole foods if you shop wisely, and I find that at King
Soopers I can eat my favorite foods on a tight budget.

My favorite things to buy at King Soopers are orange juice (the King Soopers brand), their packaged nuts and snacks (which are usually priced lower than anywhere else that I can find) and bananas.

Let me know your favorite places to shop for healthy food.

Tip of the Week – Choosing Peanut Butter

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One of my favorite sources of protein is peanut butter.  It can be used to make sandwiches or spread on apples and bananas or celery.  I also use it to make sauces for pasta and rice.

There are quite a few brands of peanut butter on the market and they can be very different in terms of good nutritional value.  Reading the ingredients is a way I choose what peanut butter to purchase.  The ingredients should state “peanuts” as the only ingredient.  If the ingredients label lists sugar or other chemicals or ingredients it may not contain much in the terms of nutritional value.      The goal of eating whole foods is to eliminate chemicals used in the processing of foods which takes away its nutritional goodness.

Enjoy those peanut butter sandwiches!

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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For the holiday season I wanted to make a healthy version of mashed potatoes. Traditionally mashed potatoes are made with a lot of butter and topped with more butter and possibly gravy. To make these healthier I substituted some of the russet potatoes with sweet potatoes. I used an equal portion of each and the result was wonderful! They were seasoned with salt and pepper and the sweet potatoes added enough flavor that I did not need to add butter.

The mashed sweet potatoes are easy and required very few ingredients. They made great left overs as well. Let me know if you came up with any healthy recipes over the holidays.

Welcome

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Welcome to Real Foods For Less where I will be posting about the recipes I create using whole foods while using as few ingredients as possible to create delicious  and healthy foods.

The new year is a great time for making new resolutions, and a lot of people like to make them about their health.  A great way to make positive changes for the upcoming new year is to focus on what we put into our bodies.  A first step is to choose unprocessed foods such as fruits and vegetables, nuts and meat.  You don’t need to eliminate carbohydrates, but rather primarily fill your meals with fruits and vegetables and lean protein and you will be off to a good start.

I decided to create this blog as I was extremely overweight and made these resolutions last year and now have lost 120 pounds, got rid of a cupboard full of medications and routinely bicycle 20 mile rides.  I hope to inspire others to improve their health and lifestyles.

Happy holidays to all!