Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog

Take the 28-Day Challenge

Want to eat healthier but don’t know where to start? Take the Health Starts Here® 28-Day Challenge!
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The Value of Shopping and Cooking with Kids

Involving your children in meal planning and preparation doesn’t have to be a recipe for disaster.

From the Field: Seasonal Salad Greens

Learn what winter hazards await the farmers who grow salad leaf lettuce from James, our resident produce expert. Try out his favorite winter salad recipe and share yours.

See Microcredit in Action in the United States

Watch how Whole Planet Foundation’s partner Grameen America puts microcredit into action right here in the United States. Donate at the register or online to help more people live a better life.

Cooking with Curry Spice

Most flavorful curry spice blends turmeric with black pepper, cayenne, cumin and coriander. Try some of our favorite recipes featuring curry and share yours.
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Who's Going To See The Lorax?

Thanks to everyone who entered our Kids for Our Planet essay contest. It was wonderful to read about all of the amazing things these eco-kid heroes are doing.

Crazy Helpful Recycling at the Office

Try this at the office! With a system in place, you can reuse (or recycle) the darnedest things

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Make your own earth- and wallet-friendly household cleaning products; it’s easy and you just might have everything you need around the house right now.

Heart Health and Essential Fats

  What fats are essential for heart health and how can we ensure high-quality, adequate intake?  Listen in to this encore podcast to hear about the critical role good fats play in a heart-healthy diet.

Get to Know The King: Parmigiano Reggiano

To honor this tradition and celebration of this beloved cheese – on Saturday March 10, 2012 at 3pm EST – wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano will be simultaneously cracked and sampled at Whole Foods Markets across the US, Canada and the UK.

Laurel Hill

“We listen to our customers and raise the bar on what’s out there.” Watch our slideshow to learn how Laurel Hill satisfies snackers who want healthy options without sacrificing flavor.

FAQs from Our Global Office

As the receptionist at the Whole Foods Market Global Support offices, I’m here to help set the record straight on recurring questions that I receive daily from interested investors, customers and potential new Team Members. Here are a few I’ve answered recently:

Q: “I’m so excited there is a Whole Foods Market headed to my area, how do I find out when they will be opening? Also, how do I apply for a job at the new store?”

Help a Million More People Change Their Lives

Do you believe that small change can bring big change? We do! Read on to find out how you can share your story in our Facebook essay contest for a chance to win a trip for two to India, courtesy of Intrepid Travel.

Eating Near the Poverty Line…at Whole Foods Market

Blogger Lisa Johnson set out to feed her family exclusively from Whole Foods Market for a USDA-calculated “thrifty” budget of $491.10 for 30 days. Read about her success.

Eating Near the Poverty Line

Blogger Lisa Johnson set out to feed her family exclusively from Whole Foods Market for a USDA-calculated “thrifty” budget of $491.10 for 30 days. Read about her success.

Ten Brilliant Breakfasts

It is said that it’s the most important meal of the day and arguably it can be the tastiest too! Here our favorite reasons not to miss breakfast.
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Cooking With Almond Butter

Almond butter makes a healthy, tasty addition to breakfast, snacks, meals, sauces, baked goods, dips and desserts. Try some of our favorite recipes and share yours.
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Project Green Challenge Plants Seeds

Raychel Santo is a sophomore double-major in Public Health Studies and Global Environmental Change & Sustainability at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Originally from Dayton, Ohio, her passion for everything “green” began with her discovery of the sustainable food movement in her last few years of high school.

Last fall Raychel participated in the Teens Turning Green Project Green Challenge and was selected as one of the 12 finalists to attend Green University. Here she shares the story of her experience.

Local Producer: Buchi Kombucha

Two moms from Asheville, NC shared a common interest in brewing kombucha. They combined their talents and Buchi was born. Learn more about this Local Producer Loan recipient.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Glaze

Sweet! A favorite decadent treat to enjoy with mmm-pleasure. It’s made for lovers [of chocolate] and for sharing.
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Just Beet It

Whether a featured solo or part of a symphony of flavors, the beautiful beet should play a part in your veggie repertoire. Here's how our healthy eating guru serves beets to her family.

Learn to Cook: Vegetable Bean Soup

Learn to make Vegetable Bean Soup; stretch your dollar and fill your pot with nutrition and satisfaction.

February's Flowers

I don’t know if there is anything I look forward to more than the flowers of February.

I love all flowers all the time, but there is something special about the first daffodils and tulips of the new year.

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Sweet Recipes for Sweet Potatoes

Around the world, sweet potatoes are baked, sautéed, boiled, fried and made into soups and desserts. Celebrate National Sweet Potato Month with a new recipe.

Simple Ways to Enjoy Cheese

Eating healthfully doesn’t have to mean giving up foods that you love, like cheese.

Putumayo Celebrates Carnival in Rio with Brazilian Beat

This new release uncovers the roots-influenced contemporary Brazilian music scene with Samba soul, bossa grooves and tropicália rhythms. Celebrate Carnival in Rio!
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Cheesy Lasagna Rolls

Who says gluten-free is no fun? This ooey-gooey, cheesy delicious meal is simple to make and simply the bomb for entertaining.

African Chapatti Bread for the Family

Learn how team member and first-time Mom Christine adds Tanzanian delights to her list of healthy meals that appeal to toddler and hubby.

Cucina Antica

At Cucina Antica, it really is all about the tomatoes. Watch our slideshow to learn about Neil Fusco’s family and their long-standing relationship with San Marzano tomatoes and simple, delicious tomato sauce.

A Parade of Pancakes

I’m a breakfast girl. I love breakfast for dinner, breakfast for lunch, breakfast in bed — you get the picture. And while I’m smitten with scrambles and flip for frittatas, my heart — and plate — belongs to pancakes.

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Share Your Love with Friends and Neighbors

There are all kinds of love, and no one said that Valentine’s Day has to be for lovers only.
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What's New in the Grocery Aisles: February

Our grocery team works hard to bring great-tasting natural and organic products to our stores that meet our shoppers’ needs.

Admittedly one of the best things about working at Whole Foods Market is being able to taste your way through these innovative products. I have happily played hooky from my to-do list for a taste of chips and dips, gluten-free cereals and decadent desserts. (Does it still count as a taste if you go back for seconds and thirds?)

Share Your Love with Flowers

Whether you want to send a coded message or just want to please your partner with flowers you know will be appreciated, this Valentine’s Day we’ve got you covered.
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A Visit With the Big Cheese at Vermont's Jasper Hill Cellars

While brothers Meteo and Andy Kehler were milking their own Ayershire cows to make cheese for Jasper Hill, they realized they might be able to help local farmers do the same thing.
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Chocolate: A Forever Romance

Whether plain or with nuts, spices, dried fruit, a sliver of cheese or a splash of wine, rekindle your chocolate romance with chocolate — the darker, the better!
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A Thoughtful Gift, a Thoughtful Deal

You know what’s sweet? Giving a Whole Foods Market gift card. You know what’s even sweeter, giving a gift card and then getting a little something special for yourself.

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Simple Ways to Enjoy Seafood

Get dinner on the table in a flash with quick-cooking seafood choices.

Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart

There are many effective ways to support a healthy heart through simple dietary and lifestyle choices.

Social Responsibility at 10,000 feet: A Whole Trade Story

Learn about the impact of Whole Trade™ flowers from a team member ’s South American trip visiting farms, meeting growers and seeing the benefits firsthand.
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An Elite Community: A Whole Trade Story

Learn about the impact of Whole Trade™ flowers from a team member ’s South American trip visiting farms, meeting growers and seeing the benefits firsthand.
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Flowers Uncut: A Whole Trade Story

Learn about the impact of Whole Trade™ flowers from a team member ’s South American trip visiting farms, meeting growers and seeing the benefits firsthand.
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GMO/Monsanto Buyout Rumors Untrue

Stop the insanity! I help with customer inquiries here at Whole Foods Market and we’ve been hearing some wild, off-base stories from folks around the country lately.

For brevity’s sake, I’m going to list them here in hopes of dispelling these rumors.

Rumor No. 1: Whole Foods Market has been bought by Monsanto. No! What crazy talk! We’ve never had any affiliation with that company. We are publicly traded; our majority shareholders are listed in documents filed with the SEC and, I promise, Monsanto is not on the list and never has been.

Share Your Love with Gifts That Give Back

When you choose Whole Trade products, you not only show your loved ones that you care, you also use your buying power to create new economic opportunities for workers in the developing world.
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Tackle Hunger During the Big Game

Don't get stuck in the kitchen when that great commercial – er, play happens! Try some of these high-scoring snacks and bench the artificial preservatives, flavors and colors.