Real Food for Rookies Book
It wasn't that many years ago that I didn't have a clue how to feed my family well–I just didn't think food made that big of a difference. It was all about the cost, the taste, and what was fast and convenient to throw together. Even though we struggled helping our kids in school, and there were behavioral issues that had us under constant stress, I still didn't make the connection.
Ironically, it wasn't until 2004 when I started to gain weight that I was led to what I now call my “food conversion”, and all because a friend introduced me to the Weston Price Foundation. I learned that food is powerful! It can make us sick and miserable, or it can give us energy and vitality–and raising well-nourished kids is so much easier too.
Getting the family switched over was tricky.
There were many food flops and complaints, but I eventually learned how to take our family favorite recipes and adapt them into much better-for-you versions that TASTE so much better now too!
I also learned where to find the right foods—it was difficult for many years, but sourcing real food from the farm or finding the best foods at the grocery store is easier now, as long as you know what to look for.
I want to help you learn more quickly and without feeling overwhelmed like I did!
Here's how Real Food for Rookies will help you:
- Learn how to adapt recipes to healthier versions, this will become natural to you:
—> So you can take any family favorite and make it not only healthy, but more delicious too!
- Learn which ingredients are best and which to avoid:
—> No more wondering if the groceries you buy are worth the cost or even safe.
- You'll know which fats to use and in which recipes:
—> You'll be able to avoid the bad-for-you fats that make you and your loved ones more prone to obesity and chronic disease.
- Get the real scoop on why buying fat-free and low-fat is not a good choice:
—> So you'll know how to keep such nutrient-poor “food” out of your grocery cart!
- Find out when buying organic actually matters:
—> So you'll stop spending extra money when it's not necessary.
- Become informed on which grocery store foods often lie on their labels:
—> Don't be duped so you can choose wisely.
- You'll get a top ten list of foods to avoid and a top ten list of superfoods to eat more often:
—> This is simple, clear, and easy to incorporate into your life.
- If you've thought of switching to more nutrient-dense, fresh milk, find out what *exactly* you should look for:
—> And learn which kinds of milk you should never ever buy.
- Do you wonder what's the big deal with fish oils? Learn which brands are the better, safer choice:
—> No more wasting your money on junk that won't have much benefit and could even be harmful.
- Find out how to avoid all the major obstacles when switching over to real food:
—> Get the help you need to stay motivated, to deal with family complaints, to find the time to implement these new ideas, and to afford this lifestyle as well.
- Being overwhelmed can paralyze you into doing nothing:
—> The simple explanations in my book will keep you moving forward on the journey so you're not stuck in uncertainty and confusion, and then you can make a real, lasting difference in your family's health.
More Reasons to Get Real Food for Rookies:
- Get a grocery store cheat sheet/quick-reference guide with “good, better, and best” options for when you want fast answers to questions like… “Will you please just tell me what I’m supposed to buy?!”
- Help for when someone puts you on the spot and you need a quick reminder of… “What was so bad about that food again?” or “Why should we choose this instead of that?”
- Real Food for Rookies can help you track down real food at your local supermarket or farmer’s market.
- If you're sick of the struggle I can help! I've been there. I have four picky kids, a limited budget, and a busy life too, but I can show you that this is DOABLE.
- You can see around you that too many are sick, depressed, and overwhelmed, but that doesn't have to be your family. Not anymore!
- I'm excited to come alongside you and be that friend who won't judge (we're not perfect here either), instead I can help you know what to buy and why, where to buy it, and how to afford it.
I just ordered 10 copies of your book–suddenly I'm having friends and acquaintances asking, “Where do I start?” It's the perfect tool for me, not to get into their space too much yet hand them something meaningful. It's less than taking them out to lunch. Seriously, what a deal. So, THANKS!
—Kitchen Kop blog reader
Kelly the Kitchen Kop has patrolled the food aisles and the internet and come up with a streamlined food guide for staying out of trouble. Confused about healthy eating? Kelly sets the record straight with this practical, easy-to-understand compendium of food sources and sound advice.
—Sally Fallon Morell, author of Nourishing Traditions
President, The Weston A. Price Foundation, WestonAPrice.org
Having made the transition from fake food to real food, Kelly understands how valuable it is to have someone who has been there and can guide you along the way. She shows “rookies” how even the busiest household can begin to take the steps to healthy eating.
National Director, Feingold.org
I love Kelly’s no-nonsense guide to real food. She cuts through all the confusion and misinformation and shares a straightforward plan for navigating real food without the stress.
Transitioning away from the highly-industrialized fake food environment we live in to one that is comprised mostly of healthy real whole foods is intimidating to a lot of people. How do you cut through the marketing claims and get to the heart of what really matters when it comes to eating foods that will nourish your body on your way to attaining optimal health?
That’s exactly what Kelly has done with this book, arming you with exactly what ingredients you want to be looking for and which to avoid in making the best choices for food. It’s a nutritional wasteland out there, but the good news is Kelly is throwing you a lifeline. Grab it, hold on tight, and get lifted out of the grips of the modern food culture sooner rather than later!
—Jimmy Moore, author of Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL Is Wrong with My Numbers?
Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food for Rookies is a simple, practical tool for navigating that modern-day minefield otherwise known as the supermarket!
Whether you are just learning to eliminate the junk food in your home or have been seeking healthier alternatives via local producers for some time, Kelly provides tips and ideas to make sourcing and preparing healthy meals for your family an efficient and budget-friendly experience. Real Food for Rookies also overviews some of the most damaging health myths out there today and why choosing food like Great-Grandma made is always the best policy.
—Sarah Pope, author of Get Your Fats Straight
Kelly is one of the most passionate, genuine real food advocates I know, and her energy and enthusiasm for all things butter and beyond come through in spades in this book! What everyone loves about Kelly, however, is how she makes big real food changes seem easy, even for someone just starting out.
—Katie Kimball, the voice of Healthy Kids Cooking
Real Food for Rookies gives you simple, easy to follow instructions for making lasting improvements to your diet and health. Kelly helps you break through the quagmire of confusion about GMOs, processed foods, and making healthy choices. If you’re making the transition to eating real food, you need this book.
—Kristen Michaelis, author of Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breast-feeding, and Baby’s First Foods
Kelly is a voice of clarity and common sense. Real Food for Rookies is SUPER practical and so thorough! She answers every question you have about real food—it’s an answer to prayer for those who are confused, intimidated, or uncertain about how to eat a nourishing diet without breaking the bank or their family’s will to come to the table for dinner. I bought several copies so I can share it with friends. I recommend you do the same!
—Hilda Labrada Gore, blogger and host of the Wise Traditions Podcast
Kelly wrote your essential reference guide to switching from the standard American diet that so many of us were raised on to real, nourishing health-giving foods! In Real Food for Rookies Kelly helps you make better choices for any cooking skill level or budget. Buy this book and start making those incremental changes that add up exponentially. In no time you’ll start seeing improvements in your energy, how great you feel, and more!
For years, Kelly the Kitchen Kop has been my “go-to” source whenever I have questions about food. She is so knowledgeable and easy to understand. Real Food for Rookies is a must-have for anyone who desires to save money and adopt a real-food lifestyle.
—Hallee Bridgeman, best-selling author, real food cookbook author, and blogger
Kelly is a great friend to the local food movement and to consumers’ right to access the foods and healthcare of their choice. Her blog generates demand for small farmers producing nutrient-dense food, and advocates for them by sounding the alarm for support when there is a threat of government enforcement action. Real Food for Rookies is just one of a number of ways she promotes the health of families and communities through her work.
—Pete Kennedy, Esq., former President, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Confused about real food? This book will tell you all you need to know. Want to know what foods to avoid and what foods to eat? It’s here. Want to know why real food is better? It’s here. Want some great guidance on how to make the switch from factory food to real food? It’s here. Superbly written and researched, easy to use and understand, this is the BEST guide to buying real food that I have ever seen.
—Stanley A. Fishman, author of Tender Grassfed Meat
See the chapters listed here:
Chapter 1: Quick-Reference Grocery Store Cheat Sheet
Chapter 2: Why Organic?
Chapter 3: Know Your Farmer, Support Your Farmer
Chapter 4: Facts about Healthy Fats and Oils
Chapter 5: Facts about Conventional Milk vs. Local Raw Milk
Chapter 6: Quick Facts
Chapter 7: Beyond the Table
Chapter 8: Bringing Your Family from Junk Food to Real Food
Chapter 9: Kelly’s List of The Top 10 Junk Foods in Pictures
Chapter 10: Kelly’s List of The Top 10 Real Foods in Pictures
Chapter 11: Real Food Obstacle #1: Motivation
Chapter 12: Real Food Obstacle #2: Confused & Overwhelmed
Chapter 13: Real Food Obstacle #3: Finding the Time
Chapter 14: Real Food Obstacle #4: Family Complaints
Chapter 15: Real Food Obstacle #5: Finding the Money
Chapter 16: Real Food Obstacle #6: The Long Haul
Chapter 17: 6 Real Food Recipes Your Family Will Love
Chapter 18: Closing Thoughts
Chapter 19: Helpful Resources and Links