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To keep things as simple as possible, King Kullen not only offers great ideas and easy recipes to take out on a picnic, but they also keep their shelves stocked in every aisle with all of the picnic and summer essentials. Stop by the Bakery Department for bagels, rolls, breads, cakes, pies, pastries, brownies and cake kits. There are probably more studies in the latter camp but my biases push me towards the former camp. It could be the answer to a health conscious shopper's prayers. What's important is the overall nutritional profile. The authors assessed publications from , both before and including the U.

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She also enjoys the outdoors and camping with her family. This year, King Kullen is celebrating by sharing ways to use seasonal produce to add new flavors to dishes, and a few grilling tips to keep in mind during the spring and summer months. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to stock up on fruits and veggies.

Head to the Produce Department at any King Kullen store to find a variety of fresh produce every week. Spring offers fruits such as grapefruits, kiwis, strawberries, apricots, cherries, cantaloupes, honeydews, figs, pineapples, oranges and jackfruits. Vegetables include Vidalia onions, artichokes, asparagus, carrots, peas, arugula, beets, scallions, radishes, fava beans, zucchini and spinach. Summer offers blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, pears, mangoes, watermelons, coconuts, peaches, nectarines, and plums.

Vegetables include avocadoes, bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, summer squash, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, corn and green beans, to name a few. Most spring and summer produce tastes delicious on their own. From fruits like peaches, plums and berries to vegetables like bell peppers, green beans and tomatoes, there are lots of options.

While these fruits and vegetables are flavorful enough to enjoy by themselves, why not add them to summer dishes? Tasty recipes make summertime meal preparation much more fun, and Rich Conger, Director of Produce and Floral, has a few of his favorite picks to share. Try a fresh and flavorful vegetarian recipe this summer and make a pasta salad like Summer Pesto Grilled Vegetables with Penne with asparagus, summer squash, sweet pepper, zucchini and garlic https: When making potato salad, skip the mayonnaise and use avocado instead.

Summer Corn, Avocado and Black Bean Salad uses multiple summer vegetables and can be served as an appetizer or as a side to chicken, beef and seafood dishes https: Summer is the perfect time to swap traditional salsa for a fruity alternative.

Substitute tomatoes with cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, blueberry or watermelon. Try Blueberry Pineapple Salsa https: Get creative when celebrating birthdays and holidays this summer by making desserts that are healthy, fresh and deliciously different. Try Watermelon Cupcakes topped with homemade coconut whipped cream and chocolate chips, berries or nuts https: Think simple, and forget watermelon slices this year. Instead, turn watermelon into bite-sized treats by cubing and dipping into chocolate.

Cube the watermelon first, stick toothpicks in each piece and then freeze for about 25 to 30 minutes before dipping in chocolate. Fruits and vegetables were made for grilling.

Add variety and color to any BBQ spread with an assortment of fresh veggies like peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms and more. For easy grilling, slice, dice or cube vegetables first. Season with salt and pepper or other herbs and spices, and be sure to coat vegetables with olive oil to prevent food from sticking to the grill.

Keep things even simpler with kabobs. People love kabobs, and they are perfect for feeding large groups. Plus, the clean-up is quick and easy. Use an assortment of vegetables and start grilling everything at once for this Grilled Vegetable Kabobs recipe https: For extra variety and more protein, add steak, chicken or shrimp to the mix.

For a tangy taste, try Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs. Use chicken, pineapple, bell peppers, onion and BBQ sauce to create this sweet and savory dish https: Grilling season is the best season, and Al Gerrity, Director of Meat and Seafood, has some tips to share to make grilling easier and more enjoyable. Desserts want in on the grilling too. Cube pound cake and place on skewers with strawberries for this Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Blueberry Glaze recipe that is ultra-fresh, fruity, floral, sweet and flavorful https: Slice peaches and grill face down and top with a cinnamon caramel glaze.

This recipe for Cinnamon Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Caramel Sauce is a delicious treat for kids looking for something sugary in the summertime https: Grilled Fruit Pizza incorporates an array of summer fruits layered over a honey herb ricotta and topped with fresh herbs https: With these tips and recipes in mind, head to the nearest King Kullen store to find all the ingredients to get started and remember to have fun!

King Kullen has recently expanded its Shop OnLine delivery service, now offering online grocery shopping with delivery to nearly all of Nassau County, many parts of Suffolk County, and select areas of Queens.

Trained personal shoppers choose the freshest perishables and quality grocery items for customers who have ordered groceries online. This personalized service is available to customers in many parts of Long Island and several neighborhoods in Queens.

Spending time on Fire Island this summer? King Kullen is delivering to Fire Island communities once again! Who wants to worry about hauling groceries across the ferry on top of everything else that needs to be packed for a week at the beach?

Beach customers can shop for items they need, select a delivery timeslot, and pick groceries up from the dock of the community where they are staying. Fire Island orders to be delivered Tuesday through Sunday must be placed by noon the day before delivery. Fire Island orders to be delivered on Monday must be placed by noon the Saturday before delivery. When everyone makes small changes it results in a big impact. Start by shopping with reusable bags at the grocery store.

Visit the Produce Department at King Kullen to stock up on local fruits and vegetables. At home, switch lightbulbs to energy-efficient bulbs. Before work, fill a reusable water bottle to use throughout the day instead of disposable plastic water bottles or paper cups.

Prepare lunches ahead of time and opt for plastic containers instead of paper or plastic bags. Use leftover chicken for chicken salad, in chili or stuffed peppers, on top of pizza, pulled chicken, in chicken noodle soup, tacos and more. One Sheet Pan Recipes On busy weeknights, there is little time to prep.

Try these recipes where everything is made in one pan to cut down on oven use and time spent washing dishes. Use dark, leafy green vegetables like kale or spinach in a green smoothie along with berries and bananas. Green smoothies improve overall health, since they are easy to digest, improve hydration and boost energy levels.

Visit the nearest King Kullen store to pick up all the ingredients to make any of these Earth Day inspired recipes. March is National Frozen Food Month, and the ideal time to stock up on frozen foods at the local supermarket. All the traditional St. During the month of March, Easy Home Meals has countless tips and facts on frozen foods, how they benefit customers, what options are available to them, how to select them and how to store them.

Frozen fruit is also ideal for smoothies, since the fruit doubles as ice. Berries are a favorite, but diced mango, peaches and pineapple are sweet and delicious frozen choices too. Pancakes, waffles, bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches and more are available for quick heating up during busy, on-the-go mornings.

Lunch Frozen meals make sticking to perfect portions much easier. Lean Cuisine and SmartOnes offer tasty dishes that allow customers to eat the foods they love with controlled portions. Dinner This month, avoid ordering take-out and have ready-made, perfectly portioned frozen meals on hand to quickly heat up. Stir-fry, meatballs and pasta varieties make weeknight dinners quick and painless. Frozen chicken cutlets, tenders, strips and chunks or fish fillets, tenders, steaks and sticks can also be prepared quickly and served with a healthy frozen veggie, French fries or onion rings as a side dish.

Stock up on frozen fruits and veggies, and all of the dirty work of dicing, chopping and slicing is already done. Simply pop frozen veggies in the microwave for a quick side dish or sauté frozen greens in garlic and olive oil. According to Easy Home Meals, frozen veggies are always in season and add extra flavor to casseroles, soups, pasta, pizzas and other meals. Pie and cake varieties taste just like homemade and save time when making dessert for a get-together or holiday.

Snacks Frozen fruit is great for healthy snacking. Edamame is a simple and healthy snack to enjoy, just heat up in the microwave, sprinkle with salt and enjoy. Quesadillas, chicken nuggets, pizza rolls, potstickers, soft pretzels and more are easy snacks for small and large groups. Easy Home Meals recommends these tips to customers who are shopping for and storing frozen foods: For slow roasting, try this Roasted Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe https: Turn regular recipes into festive St.

Pasta dishes can be turned green by placing a few drops of food dye into the pasta as it cooks. Keep guests snacking with this Irish Nachos recipe https: Turn chocolate chip cookies, cakes, cupcakes and icing Irish green with food coloring. Irish Soda Bread Introduced in the early s, Irish Soda Bread was a way for people who did not own ovens to easily make bread.

It is made with the most basic and inexpensive ingredients — flour, baking soda which was used to leaven it rather than using yeast and kneading the bread , buttered or soured milk to moisten and activate the baking soda, and salt. Throughout the years, other ingredients have been added, such as butter, eggs, raisins and caraway seeds. Before baking, a cross is cut across the top of the bread. Aside from allowing heat in to assist cooking, this is done for superstitious reasons.

Cutting a cross atop the bread was thought to ward off the devil and protect the household. It also helps to evenly break the bread once it comes out of the oven, making it a symbolic breaking of the bread.

Eating the same leftovers can get boring pretty quickly, so rather than letting any food go to waste, try some new creative recipes. Use leftover corned beef to make Corned Beef Omelets the next morning https: For lunches, pack Corned Beef and Cabbage Quesadillas https: Ready in under 20 minutes, Reuben Crescents https: Time to Shop King Kullen makes shopping for everyday meals and social gatherings easy this March.

Just stop by the nearest King Kullen store to pick all the ingredients needed to try their recommended frozen and festive recipes. Featured roses, as well as mixed bouquets and vase arrangements, are also available. In addition to roses, King Kullen has azaleas, hydrangeas, oriental lilies, calla lilies and tulips on display in multiple colors. Other floral shop services include a selection of the freshest flowers from around the world, blooming plants, wedding bouquets and centerpieces, home accents, designer hand-tied bouquets, potted plants, potting soil, plant food and last-minute gifts.

Those with custom requests or large orders are more than welcome to meet with the professional florist. A heart-shaped cookie cutter can be used to make a lot more than simply cookies. Start the day off with heart-themed breakfast dishes, especially if there are children to be fed.

Fruit Smoothie Bowl Heart — have the kids help wash and cut the fruit for some extra family fun! The heart shape of the pomegranate arils will put a smile on any face right from the start of the day. Heart-Shaped Strawberry Cream Cheese Breakfast Pastries — these flaky, tasty pastries make for a great breakfast or brunch treat for a sweetheart or special someone, especially with the strawberry cream cheese topping!

Heart Pancake Skewers — make your own pancakes or buy some frozen ones for this pancake kabob. Add a favorite fruit and some whipped cream for a tasty treat! Nutella and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast — French toast fanatics should be sure to try this heart-shaped take.

The combination of Nutella, strawberries, vanilla and nutmeg is simply scrumptious! Main Dishes — these can be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or any time of day! Surf And Turf For Two — this favorite can be combined with a light-bodied white wine, such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio. The herb butter adds a little something extra. Caprese Steak — this mozzarella- and tomato-topped favorite is even better with balsamic vinegar, honey and dried thyme.

Any favorite dipping sauce can be substituted for the pesto. Easy Parmesan Garlic Knot Hearts — these easy-to-make garlic knots serve as the perfect accompaniment to spaghetti and sauce.

All the seasonal favorites are here: Red food coloring can also be used to dye the Rice Krispies red or pink. February is also National Chocolate Lovers Month! Dark chocolate is considered to be beneficial due to the nutrients it contains.

In order to be considered nutritious, the dark chocolate must contain a high cacao content — about percent. Dark chocolate contains healthy fats, fiber and minerals iron, magnesium, copper and manganese are a few , and is a great source of antioxidants. Finally, dark chocolate helps to improve brain function, increasing alertness, and can help protect the skin against harmful UV rays. King Kullen also has everything in stock needed to enjoy one of these recipes that are sure to please any chocoholic!

Stop by the Bakery Department for bagels, rolls, breads, cakes, pies, pastries, brownies and cake kits. Strawberry Dark Chocolate Bark — this simple treat requires only two ingredients and takes mere minutes to make!

As always, King Kullen Grocery Co. The friendly and helpful staff members are always eager to help out and make sure everyone who walks in finds what they need. For many people, a new year means a new list of resolutions. Eating healthier and exercising more are popular goals on this list. King Kullen has some suggestions for how to start and keep living a healthy lifestyle this year.

A Healthy Daily Diet. Adding fruits, vegetables and dairy offers many nutrients and benefits to the body. Pairing these foods can improve heart health, help lower blood pressure and assist in weight control. A dairy and veggie combination is high in protein and fiber, curbing appetite for longer. In addition to being high in protein and fiber, these food groups also help supply vital nutrients, such as calcium, potassium and vitamin D.

According to the National Dairy Council , dairy contains calcium, phosphorous, riboflavin, vitamin B, potassium, vitamin A, protein and magnesium. Three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products are recommended for an overall balanced, healthy diet. Calcium, folate, magnesium, vitamin A, sodium, fiber, iron, potassium and vitamin C are all nutritional benefits present in vegetables, according to Fruits and Veggies — More Matter.

Pay Attention to Portions. Planning ahead allows time to consider proper portions. Instead of overeating when ordering larger portions, opt to bring leftovers home to save for another meal. Eat Smaller, More Frequent Meals. Eating five small meals a day is a good way to boost metabolism throughout the day. When preparing meals and snacks, serve food on individual plates to limit overeating.

When snacking, measure into individual bags instead of eating from the full bag or container. Easy Home Meals recommends using healthy substitutions when a recipe calls for unhealthy ingredients, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day and avoiding mindless, unhealthy snacking. Drinking water or eating fruits and vegetables half an hour before mealtime can limit overindulging. Also, try walking after eating to keep metabolism up and boost energy levels.

Frequent snacking can actually be healthy, as long as the foods are carefully chosen. Start by checking out Cabot Creamery products carried at King Kullen.

For easy ways to snack on fruits, veggies and dairy, try some of these pairings suggested by American Dairy Association North East:. With so many options available, eating healthy is easier and more enjoyable than most people realize. Instead, try a healthy spin on tried-and-true recipes. Classic dishes can be tasty and nutritious with a healthy twist. Start the day with a protein-packed meal that can be easily prepared the night before, like Cranberry Apple Pecan Overnight Oats https: Later in the day, swap unhealthy dips and spreads for nutritious alternatives.

Dipping is guilt-free and tasty with this recipe for Roasted Zucchini and Parmesan Dip https: For main courses, remember balance is key. Try pairing veggies with Cabot cheeses in easy-to-make recipes that are hearty and healthy.

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole https: Complete any meal by trading carbohydrate-heavy bread for Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks https: Easy Ways to Exercise. Sitting at a desk all day can limit movement and slow down the metabolism. Opt for the stairs instead of taking the elevator and take quick breaks throughout the day to get up and walk around, go to the bathroom, grab a healthy snack or make a cup of coffee or tea.

Small changes in daily routine can also go a long way. When making dinner, do standing pushups while waiting for water to boil or food to be microwaved. When bingeing on a new Netflix show, do sit-ups, crunches, lunges or jumping jacks while watching. When waiting in long lines, flex abs for 10 seconds and repeat. New Year, New Lifestyle. An active lifestyle paired with good nutrition can help meet healthy living resolutions.

Find all the ingredients needed to try new, healthy recipes by visiting the nearest King Kullen store. The most wonderful time of year to host holiday gatherings is here. To make holiday party prep easier, King Kullen has put together a list of tips and recipes to try.

The local grocer has ideas to simplify holiday prep and have fun along the way. Hosts can start by putting together a guest list, menu and grocery list. Keep in mind, for larger guest lists, a buffet-style dinner is preferable to a sit-down meal. Once the guest list and menu are finalized, head to the closest King Kullen to find everything on the holiday party grocery list. The day of can be particularly hectic for a hostess, but by preparing as many dishes ahead of time as possible, some of that stress can be alleviated.

Setting the table can be crossed off the to-do list a day or two before. Ordering the ham or turkey centerpiece two to three weeks prior to the holiday gathering can help avoid any last-minute delivery or pickup issues. As far as the menu goes, King Kullen has lots of suggestions for how to get started.

Guests love something to snack on before the meal, so be sure to fill the table with favorites to keep everyone munching. Stock up on snacks like cheese and crackers, chips and vegetables and pick up jarred pestos, tapenades or dry mixes to easily combine with sour cream for tasty dips. Save time by arranging all appetizer trays the day before. Make hot dips a week before and freeze unbaked, and throw them in the oven an hour before guests arrive. For appetizer inspiration, try out any of these tasty snacks.

Get the kids involved with this seasonally-inspired veggie tray in the shape of a snowman. The Snowman Veggie Tray is easy to make and can be prepared the night before https: For reds and greens that are festive and delicious, try this recipe for Cranberry Feta Pinwheels https: This holiday snack only requires five ingredients and it can be made a day or two prior.

Plus, all of these dishes can be made up to a week before and frozen and heated up the day of. Director of Deli Al Spinazzola shares some of his favorite pasta dishes for the holiday season.

Keep it quick, simple and delicious with this recipe for Simple and Classic Stuffed Shells https: Stovetop space is a hot commodity on the day of any gathering. Any dishes that can be cooked ahead of time can minimize the chaos. Grains can easily be pre-cooked and rice, quinoa and beans can be prepped and frozen for later use in a side dish.

Instead of candied sweet potatoes, opt for a healthier side dish recommended by Director of Produce and Floral Rich Conger.

Impress guests with this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts, and include cranberries for added sweetness https: Garlic lovers will enjoy this Parmesan Garlic Roasted Potatoes recipe seasoned with parmesan cheese, thyme and parsley https: This recipe for Italian Green Beans is coated with a buttery, garlicky and cheesy mixture, and only takes 20 minutes to prepare https: Indulging in sweet treats is a delicious way to finish any meal.

Decorating cutouts is a holiday tradition for the whole family to take part in and enjoy. The dough for this classic holiday recipe can be made a week or two before, set aside and frozen. These Cutout Sugar Cookies can be decorated with icing the day before or the morning of https: White Chocolate Peppermint Bark is a festive holiday favorite that can be made a week or two in advance and kept in the freezer.

For extra flavor and crunch, try with milk or dark chocolate instead and add crushed peppermint candy canes and Oreos to the batter https: Bake and freeze beforehand, take them out the night before to thaw and then ice with cream cheese frosting the day of https: Every holiday gathering needs all the right libations.

Start by stocking the bar with wine, beer, liquors, mixers and lots of ice. With a drink cart, guests can make their own drinks just the way they like them. For something extra special, make a holiday-themed drink like Christmas sangria for all the adults to enjoy. Craft the perfect pitcher to raise a glass to this holiday season. This Christmas Sangria recipe https: The crisp and fruity beverage combines all the seasonal flavors everyone knows and loves, including rosemary sprigs, cranberries and granny smith apples.

Be sure to get plenty of non-alcoholic beverages too, including sodas, coffee and tea. Setting up a hot cocoa bar, complete with mugs, cocoa mix, packets or K-cup pods, will keep guests warm and toasty all night. Arrange toppings, including marshmallows, chocolate chips, cinnamon, whipped cream, chocolate or caramel syrup, chopped nuts, sprinkles, candy canes and pirouette cookies for stirring. This way guests can customize their cup, mixing in any toppings they enjoy.

For an added treat, make a batch of Christmas Chocolate Spoons for guests to stir in hot chocolate or coffee. Top them with melted chocolate, holiday sprinkles or crushed peppermint https: This is a treat for all ages; kids will love decorating them and everyone will enjoy stirring with them. Festive decorations get everyone in the holiday spirit. Do-It-Yourself décor is perfect for spreading holiday cheer on a budget. Fill glass bowls with holiday ornaments for table centerpieces, and paint mason jars filled with holiday flowers for the dinner table.

With so much time spent preparing for the holidays, it can be hard to find time for cooking daily meals too. Keep it simple and try suggestions from Easy Home Meals https: There are suggestions for every meal of the day that are quick and easy.

Start by stocking the freezer and fridge with some essentials. In the morning, make easy, flavorful tarts using Pepperidge Parm Puff Pastry, sautéed spinach and onions, bacon, egg and shredded cheese. For dinner, prepare easy homemade pizza made with self-rising crust, and let the kids choose their own toppings.

The annual food drive that concluded on November 17 th collected a total of 15, pounds of food including dozens of frozen turkeys from its listeners to help feed the hungry on Long Island at holiday time. We are committed to fighting hunger on Long Island. Long Island Cares supports community-based member agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens, day care centers, veterans programs and others by annually delivering 7 million pounds of food and other products to help more than , Long Islanders who experience domestic hunger and high food insecurity every day.

November is National Squash Month and Sweet Potato Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to cut down on carbs and fill up on healthy alternatives that are just as tasty as the classics— if not more. With that in mind, King Kullen is offering some seasonally-inspired recipes to try. With cold and flu season around the corner, a healthy, balanced diet is even more important.

Increased servings of this seasonal vegetable helps people stay fuller longer, can boost the immune system, regulate the digestive system and lower and regulate blood pressure. Acorn squash can also be pureed and used in soups, sauces, pies and dips. With only 82 calories per cup, baked butternut squash is healthy and contains vitamins A, C and B6 as well as magnesium, according to Tonner.

Pureed butternut squash can be incorporated into all kinds of meals, including baked mac and cheese, oatmeal, muffins, pies and dips.

Stay warm with this simple, healthy recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup https: Despite containing no cream, milk or butter, this seasonal soup is very tasty and full of flavor.

King Kullen carries butternut squash noodles, which can be prepared just like pasta with sauce, browned butter or spices. Swap pasta noodles in favor of spaghetti squash for a low-calorie alternative—only 41 calories per cup— that contains vitamin C, several B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. This Spaghetti Squash recipe https: Pumpkins are much more than a festive fall decoration; they are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.

Pumpkin puree can easily be added to morning smoothies, bowls of oatmeal and fall desserts for added festive flavor. Skip the line at the local coffee shop by trying this Pumpkin Spice Latte https: Sweet potatoes are a very versatile vegetable, as they can be baked, roasted, pureed, mashed, steamed or grilled.

Plus, they are high in vitamins B6, C and D as well as iron, magnesium and potassium, offering benefits such as reduced risk of heart attack, a healthier immune system and increased energy levels. Sweet potatoes can be used in all kinds of recipes, including soups, salads or as standalone side dishes. This unique combination is vegan, gluten-free and packed with healthy proteins.

Traditional seasonings get old. For added flavor, serve with different dips such as avocado, chipotle, sriracha or pesto mayo. Customers can also find sweet potato fries, sweet potato noodles and sweet potatoes ready for roasting. The holiday season is just the right time to give new recipes a try. Stop by a local King Kullen Grocery store to pick up everything needed to make these recipes for friends and family this season.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, founded in by breast cancer survivor Janelle Hail, is to educate women of the importance of early detection and the availability of support services. Read more about the National Breast Cancer Foundation here http: Find both of these products in the Deli Department of any King Kullen location.

Pink ribbons will be featured on the labels of both of these products throughout the month of October. Spinazzola suggests the following options:. Hummus is filling, and it is a great source of protein and fiber. It can also take the place in pasta salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad recipes. Try topping a chicken or fish dish with hummus to add some healthy flavor.

Add creaminess to a soup with hummus like this Vegetable Hummus Soup https: National Family Meals Month is a movement started by the Food Marketing Institute Foundation in , encouraging families to share one more meal together each week. The goal is to raise awareness of the positive benefits that sharing family meals provides. According to the Food Marketing Institute, home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members.

Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories. Some of the benefits of eating more home-cooked family meals include the following:. Regular family meals are also linked to outcomes that everyone wants for their children, such as higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and less risky behavior.

King Kullen knows that juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home. According to the Food Marketing Institute Foundation, 90 percent of families wish they could have more meals together and 81 percent of parents buy food with minimal prep time and less clean-up because time is limited. King Kullen provides a solution, in offering an ever-expanding assortment of products that take the stress out of planning and preparing family meals: They make it easy for their customers to enjoy more family meals together, even on busy weeknights.

According to Hartman Group, 63 percent of Americans decide what to eat less than an hour before eating. Take a trip to King Kullen on the way home from work and visit the deli department for a fresh and warm rotisserie chicken available in three flavors , a slice of traditional or turkey meatloaf, baked ziti or vegetable lasagna.

Serve with any one of their salads or pre-prepped side dishes. Deli Director Al Spinazzola explains that side dish options include lemon-roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and herb-roasted potatoes.

The Deli Department is also offering more nutritious grain-based salads, as a healthy alternative to traditional mayonnaise-based salads.

King Kullen also has pre-diced vegetables in the Produce Department, such as pre-cut sweet potatoes, pre-cut squash, peppers, onions and more, to throw together a quick side dish or stir fry.

Meat and Seafood Director Al Gerrity explains that both departments are offering pre-marinated or pre-seasoned meat and seafood options. Flavors include garlic and herb, mojito lime, Montreal seasoning, honey mustard, rotisserie, chipotle cinnamon and many more. These flavors are offered on any cut of beef, poultry or pork, as well as any piece of seafood. The Meat Department also offers other pre-prepared entrees, such as boneless stuffed pork chops, Chicken Valentino, kabobs and more.

They pair deliciously with store-baked signature baguettes, and are perfect to share around the family dinner table. New recipes mean new flavors, and King Kullen has simple ways to modify tried-and-true classics for something fresh and different. Boost Vitamin Intake A healthy diet starts with eating foods that are good sources of vitamins. Peaches contain important nutrients, including vitamins A, B6, C, E and K, as well as fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate and potassium.

These offer benefits including promoting healthy skin, blood pressure and digestive systems, as well as protecting eye health. Plus, peaches are low in calories and packed with natural sugars. When shopping, be sure to select fully ripe peaches. Start by holding the peach and checking for firmness; peaches should be soft to the touch, rather than hard or mushy.

If fully ripe, they will give off a sweet fragrance. Sweeten Any Meal Peaches can be added to all kinds of meals. Start the day off with a new take on a filling breakfast favorite; Peaches and Cream Baked French Toast https: Peaches can be a main dish too.

Paired with chicken, the sweetness of the peaches comes out in this Balsamic Peach Chicken Skillet recipe https: At-home happy hour can be enjoyed at any time with a refreshing margarita. Change it up with Fresh Peach Margaritas https: Beyond The Basics Sandwiches are easy to pack for work or school, or to enjoy at home. Either way, a few simple tips can make a boring sandwich a much better sandwich.

King Kullen has some ideas for putting together the ultimate combinations. When building a sandwich, every layer counts. Start by choosing a fresh, hearty bread and pair it with even better condiments.

Swap out mayo and mustard for flavor-packed aioli or sweet barbecue sauce, or keep it light with olive oil. Another healthy alternative, especially for mayo-lovers is any Greek yogurt dressing.

For extra flavor add some salt, pepper and spices to the lettuce and tomato. Finish the sandwich off with meats, cheeses and veggies.

For hoagie lovers, this Philly-Style Italian Hoagie is a must try https: A trip to the deli and bakery will be well-worth it for this recipe. Toasting adds an extra crunch to any sandwich. For a twist on classic grilled cheese, get out the skillet and try this Grilled California Club Sandwich https: For a meat-free option, try The Ultimate Veggie Sandwich https: After selecting all the ingredients, follow a layering method to avoid creating a mess. Start with cheese, then meat and finish with slices of vegetables.

Think Ahead Meal prepping saves money, encourages portion control and makes grocery shopping more fun. Following recipes and having a set grocery list prevents overbuying, and staying organized cuts down time in the kitchen.

Rather than getting overwhelmed, start small and master one recipe at a time. To avoid getting bored, keep trying new recipes. Stop by a local King Kullen Grocery store to pick up everything needed to make these recipes for friends and family this month. July is National Picnic Month, and King Kullen wants to celebrate the last week of this national recognition and keep it going throughout the rest of the summer season. To keep things as simple as possible, King Kullen not only offers great ideas and easy recipes to take out on a picnic, but they also keep their shelves stocked in every aisle with all of the picnic and summer essentials.

Pack Smart When packing a picnic, think ahead! Because it's virtually impossible to distinguish between legitimate and misleading claims by manufacturers, the best approach is to disregard them all and get your information from the Nutrition Facts panel on the package. Don't be swayed by celebrities. A number of entertainers have authored books pushing particular diet regimens, and the media often report on celebrities' dietary "secrets.

But their fame and looks don't make them authorities on nutrition and health. Though celebrities may cite studies and so-called experts to make their case, their approaches can be scientifically baseless and even potentially harmful. Just as you wouldn't look to nutrition experts for entertainment, you shouldn't look to entertainers for nutrition advice. Verify emails before forwarding them. The vast majority of emails about food and nutrition are half truths or outright hoaxes.

If someone forwards you an email claiming, for example, that canola oil is toxic or that asparagus cures cancer, assume it's not true, no matter how scientific it sounds. Check it out with a reputable source like Snopes. Forwarding unconfirmed claims only adds to the hype, misinformation, and confusion. Don't be influenced by just one study. When you encounter news reports about the latest study, don't jump to conclusions based on that alone.

Remember that it's just one piece of a puzzle. What matters is the big picture—what scientists call the totality of the evidence. Or go to www. Learn to live with ambiguity and change. We all want black and white answers. But that's not always possible when it comes to diet and health. We have to deal with, and distinguish among, various shades of gray. This is achieved via the CoQ couple acting as the master sensor for metabolic energy status.

Given a high delta psi ie minimal consumption of the proton motive force because ATP is already plentiful this CoQ reduction eventually facilitates RET through complex I to give superoxide generation in order to stop insulin signalling. Which then limits cellular caloric ingress. This can be thought of as the "cellular satiety" signal.

It is ROS generated. Let's say that again: Satiety in peripheral cells is an ROS signal. It is generated in the mitochondria. This is pure Protons.

Now let's scale that up. As more and more peripheral cells decide that they no longer need to respond to insulin then there is less and less of a "sump" available for absorbed calories to drop in to.

The availability of calories which no longer have anywhere to go is the whole-body driver of the need to signal satiety. These people have the correct sort of idea: Fuel utilization by hypothalamic neurons: Posted by Peter at Sunday, September 09, 2 comments: Insulin makes you hungry 7 superoxide is satiety.

Thursday, August 23, Insulin makes you hungry 6 except when you snort it. The action of insulin is the inhibition of lipolysis. This is our next paper: Intranasal insulin does interesting things. I just wanted to run through the initial results following a single dose of 40iu of intranasal insulin and a subsequent successful!

These are the levels of insulin in cerebrospinal fluid CSF of volunteers as measured by sampling through a spinal catheter placed at the L4-L5 level ouch! Posted by Peter at Thursday, August 23, 7 comments: Insulin makes you hungry 6 except when you snort it. Tuesday, August 21, Another brief housekeeping post. I published the "awaiting moderation" comments.

Lots of them are insightful and need a response. Time for this is not looking good at the moment! Please feel free to re comment if you wish. Posted by Peter at Tuesday, August 21, 2 comments: Insulin makes you hungry 5 except when you resist.

The function of insulin is the inhibition of lipolysis. Does resisting insulin facilitate lipolysis? This the next paper: How can I already tell they are going to find that insulin suppresses appetite? End aside, sniggering excepted. The only parts I am interested in are the clamps and the appetite scores no food intakes in this one.

So we have a low insulin clamp and a high insulin clamp looking a lot like this: Friday, August 03, Holiday reading. I'm off on vacation for a while so the next posts are likely to be delayed. If anyone would like a light summary of the ideas I'm thinking about, this is a nice review: Yin and Yang of hypothalamic insulin and leptin signaling in regulating white adipose tissue metabolism For a level deeper of understanding you just need to add in that saturated fats have an FADH2: NADH ratio around 0.

NADH ratio of well below 0. Because a core function of insulin is the inhibition of lipolysis. Posted by Peter at Friday, August 03, 2 comments: Wednesday, August 01, Insulin makes you hungry 4 unless you keep it out of your brain.

Especially via the brain. Where insulin detemir doesn't go. People will be aware that insulin detemir is really strange stuff. There are perfectly respectable papers showing that it cannot enter the brain and blocks the entry of normal insulin in to the brain too or that it is fantastic at entering the brain, much better than more normal insulins.

There are probably more studies in the latter camp but my biases push me towards the former camp. The nature of the researchers also tends to push me towards the former camp. I posted on insulin detemir here and here to explain my point of view. Now there is this paper: Just eyeballing the insulin doses used we can assume that the plasma insulin levels were a reasonable approximation for humans in the normal post prandial period, ie physiological fed-state rather than pharmacological.

The research group is completely wedded to the idea that central insulin is an appetite suppressant and that weight gain from any insulin therapy is only a reaction to recurrent hypoglycamia. As there is no hypoglycaemia during the clamps their presumption is that this neutral insulin infusion results in a reduced food intake. As insulin detemir gives less food intake after a normoglycaemic clamp than neutral insulin does, then their conclusion is that insulin detemir is having a more potent central appetite suppressing effect than the neutral insulin.

They are so confident about this that the inclusion of a control situation, where saline was infused without any insulin and appetite was checked after this, was considered un-necessary. This really is the level of research in the "satiety" insulin camp. Posted by Peter at Wednesday, August 01, 10 comments: Insulin makes you hungry 4 unless you keep it out of your brain.

Monday, July 30, Insulin makes you hungry 3 a matter of semantics and free fatty acids. There is absolutely nothing technically incorrect with the description of the results contained within the title of this paper: Effects of insulin-induced hypoglycaemia on energy intake and food choice at a subsequent test meal They gave a small dose of insulin low enough to not need rescue glucose within the study period as a single bolus, waited for 20 minutes then offered the subjects an eat-as-much-as you-like buffet.

This is what the glucose levels did. Posted by Peter at Monday, July 30, 5 comments: Insulin makes you hungry 3 a matter of semantics and free fatty acids. Tuesday, July 24, Insulin makes you hungry 2 even in the presence of hyperglycaemia. This is the paper cited by Woo: Posted by Peter at Tuesday, July 24, No comments: Insulin makes you hungry 1.

If you want to think about the central effects of insulin you could do a great deal worse than working through this paper: Brain insulin controls adipose tissue lipolysis and lipogenesis It is jammed full of exquisite quotes: Thus, at the doses administered, brain insulin infusion inhibited lipolysis to a similar extent as that achieved with peripheral hyperinsulinemia" Here it is in pictures.

What does a CNS infusion of insulin do to lipolysis, at what are purported to be physiological dose rates? Obviously, it does exactly what peripheral insulin does, but using minuscule amounts; it suppresses lipolysis: Posted by Peter at Tuesday, July 24, 3 comments: Sunday, July 22, Butter gives you fatty liver! This paper is an absolute gem: It contains no trace of understanding in its entirety, but the numbers in the results are fascinating. How do we sum it up? If you pay people to over eat kcal per day for three weeks they gain weight and they gain liver fat.

Posted by Peter at Sunday, July 22, 14 comments: Butter gives you fatty liver! Tuesday, July 17, Oops. OMG, just seen how many comments are awaiting moderation now I'm back to occasional posting. I'll see what I can do, if desperate I'll just delete the spam and hit post for them all. Apologies for the inattention over the past few weeks Posted by Peter at Tuesday, July 17, No comments: Woo had a bit of a rant about acipimox.

Here's my simplified idea. I've been interested in acipimox, in a round about sort of a way, for a very long time. To me, the core fascination is that it is not only an effective suppressor of lipolysis, but it is pretty well weight-neutral and it most certainly does not result in weight gain.

Which, you have to admit, is interesting. How can this be? I feel something of a clue can be found in the studies using a similar drug, nicotinic acid.