Real Food For Rookies
By Kelly Moeggenborg AKA Kelly the Kitchen Kop
Having trouble getting started with a healthier diet? Not convinced it’s worth all the trouble and expense? Then Real Food for Rookies is a good place to start—now revised and expanded, with more useful information and up-to-date advice. Kelly begins with her Grocery Store Cheat Sheet, to guide you through the aisles of your supermarket or health food store. Like our Shopping Guide guidelines, Kelly gives you Good, Better and Best for meats, seafood, poultry, eggs, nuts, milk and dairy products, butter, fats and oils, grain products, breakfast foods, fruits and vegetables, fermented foods, baby foods, broth and soups, beverages, sweets and condiments. A great discussion on the organic label—what it tells you and what it doesn’t tell you—segues into guidelines for purchasing foods directly from farmers. She provides separate chapters on fats and oils, milk and soy.
The best comes at the end where Kelly discusses the motivations for making a change to healthy food. First and foremost: better health for the whole family, a more harmonious home life, better behavior in your kids, more energy and less suffering from aches and pains.
Can you afford a healthier diet? I love the graphic on page 158. Eating healthy, pasture-raised meats and organic produce is expensive. What’s more expensive? Cancer, diabetes, inflammation, aging, gut issues, weight gain, brain fog, Parkinson’s and many more (like special education for ADHD children). Don’t worry about appearing weird, Kelly advises. “Many will mock you for being ‘weird,’ but remember that ‘normal’ is sick and tired!”
Then comes a great collection of recipes for newcomer moms who want to please the whole family: homemade pizza crust, chicken strips, french fries, vanilla ice cream and kefir soda pop. The thumb is UP!
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2020🖨️ Print post