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Six of Our Favorite Wholesome Snack Supplies

Whether you’re running errands around town, heading out on a hike, or rushing and skipping breakfast or lunch, snacking occasions can pop up with surprising freque

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Food52’s No-Cook Summer Recipes

Save yourself from the kitchen’s heat with recipes that require no cooking at all. We’ve chosen summer dishes that are refreshing, easy to put together, and will keep you far, far away from a hot oven or stove. And they’ll pack up well, too. Make these dishes ahead of time, store them in your fridge, and then find a cool, shady spot to enjoy your meal. 

Recipe: Zuccaghetti

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Best Ever Take-Along Snack: Trail Mix

Popcorn Trail Mix

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Eat This When It’s Too Hot to Turn On the Stove

I don’t know about you, but the summer heat definitely inspires me to find cooler things to eat. Anything to keep me out of a hot kitchen! Here are a few of our favorite no-cook meals. 

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Heat-Proof Your Summer Makeup

Photos by Kristen Arnett. Model is Adela Capova.

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Strange Food Trends: Raw Milk Cheeses

Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

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Six Secrets to Finding Hidden Wine Gems

WineRows of merlots. Scads of cabs. Chardonnays for days. Having lots of options in the wine department can be a beautiful thing. It can also turn picking out a bottle of wine into a confusing game of chance.

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DIY Ice Cream Social

Strawberries and Ice Cream with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

Homemade Chilly Treats

Coconut Milk Ice CreamNothing beats hot like cold! This summer, make time to chill out with homemade icy-cold sorbet, granita, gelato, ice cream and frozen yogurt.

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Let’s Cook: Marinating

Watch Healthy Eating Chef Chad make a simple marinade that you can use for your favorite lean protein, such as tofu, tempeh, seitan, chicken or pork. You’ll learn the basics and from there you can create your own flavorful combinations. After you’ve marinated, learn how to grill.

Food52’s Top 5 Tips for Planning a Picnic Menu

Picnics seem like such laid-back affairs until one day when you realize you’re -- by most accounts -- a grownup, and no longer want to eat soggy fried chicken that’s shrugged off its crust in the car ride over, potato salad that’s been mashed into oblivion with mayo, or bedraggled fruit salad that was made just a few too many days in advance. Just because you’re eating on a blanket and your food is literally lower to the ground doesn’t mean you have to lower your standards. Here are five surefire tips for planning a picnic menu.

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Popsicle Love

When it comes to summer heat, only icy treats will do. In sun-blitzed Texas, give me slushies, ices, snow cones (raspas here in San Antonio) or a double scoop of mint chocolate chip. This time of year, I’m a popsicle-a-day kind of gal.

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Stock Up for Effortless Summer Desserts

Whether sweet and chocolaty, delicate and creamy or bursting with ripe fruit, summer’s best desserts should come together with minimal heat and sweat. Keep a few versatile ingredients on hand and it’s easy to transform great fruits or simple ice creams or sorbets into celebrations. Here are my six top picks for indulging:

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No-Bake Desserts

Indulge your sweet tooth without heating up the kitchen. Healthy eating guru Mary shares her favorite no-bake treats for summertime.

12 Ways to Enjoy Strawberries

Is there anything more amazing than a basket of sweet, perfectly ripe strawberries? I don’t think so.

Berry Good for You

Nutritionally speaking, strawberries get high marks! They support heart health and are packed with powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which help keep cholesterol levels healthy. Eating just eight strawberries gives your body more vitamin C than an orange while also providing manganese and fiber. Strawberries are naturally low in sodium, low in calories and, like most fruits and vegetables, do not contain cholesterol or fat.

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Our Ramadan Tables

Friends and food bloggers, Fauzia and Fozia of Fauzia's Kitchen Fun, share their what's on their tables for Suhoor and Iftar during their holy month of Ramadan.
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Creative Ceviche

There are many ways to make ceviche, so let your imagination and creativity run wild. Try our sampling of seafood and vegetarian versions of this Latin American favorite.

Tasty Travel: Enter to Win a Trip to Switzerland!

Hungry for a foodie vacation? Looking for weekly inbox inspiration?

Right now, when you sign up for our email newsletters, you’ll be automatically entered to win an all-inclusive foodie trip for two to the Ticino region of Switzerland from Whole Journeys, our new travel company, and Switzerland Tourism.

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Explore Ticino with Whole Journeys

Read on for Heather’s travel notes from Ticino and find out how you could win an all-inclusive foodie trip for two!

Have you heard of the Ticino region of Switzerland? As the only Italian-speaking canton (district) of Switzerland, Ticino provides a unique culture and history to visitors with a perfect blend of Swiss alpine beauty and Italian atmosphere. At Whole Journeys, the new travel division of Whole Foods Market®, we knew we wanted to include this unique area in our tour offerings.

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Family Staycation

Sometimes the very best family vacation is right in your own city! Instead of spending a mint on airfare or driving for hours, spend a little time brainstorming with your family and plan a load of fun right where you are. These ideas can be strung together for a fun-filled week or used for family time anytime on holidays or weekends.

Steak of the Sea

July and August bring us some of the best (and most sustainably-caught) fish for the grill. Call them “steak fish” if you will. 

Homemade Organic Strawberry-Iced Sugar Cookies

As a budget-minded mom, I’m always exploring ways to create healthier, organic meals for my young son as well as my husband. Treats and desserts have their place too — in moderation, of course. Here’s my take on a cookie that is organic and homemade. The recipe requires a few simple ingredients rolled into an entire afternoon of fun. In celebration of summer, these sugar cookies are shaped like our favorite sea creatures.

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Grill-Ready Favorites

Load up on charcoal or gas up the grill! The heart of the summer awaits. From grill-ready favorites to the perfect ingredients for your cookout, we’ve got the good stuff for you in our meat case. Here are a few inside tips, on how we can help make the grilling easy on you this season.

Stuffed Burgers

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Food Trend Alert: Charcuterie

Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.

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Help a Child Thrive

Learn how Vitamin Angels is nourishing children across the globe, and how you can help.
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Gardening for the Greater Good

Kids in the GardenThere are plenty of things to love about having your own backyard or patio garden: fresh produce within an arm’s reach, the satisfaction of growing your own food, maybe even a few bragging rights on your block.

The Traditions of Ramadan

Arsalan Iftikhar is founder of TheMuslimGuy.com, senior editor for The Islamic Monthly magazine and author of the book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.  Arsalan is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio (NPR). 

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10 Recipes for Summer Swordfish

Swordfish is the kind of fish you want to have around in the summertime. Perfect for grill masters, it holds up beautifully over a flame and manages the coolest looking grill marks. Its robust texture and flavor are excellent with the concentrated punch of summer produce. In tacos, salads and alongside salsa as the main dish, swordfish is at its prime right now.

These are our favorite recipes for featuring this summertime great.

From Mild to Wild: 20 Yummy Salsa Recipes

Spice up your summer menu with over 20 salsa recipes and tips for dishing it up beyond the chips.
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Let’s Cook: Black Bean Hummus

Watch Healthy Eating Chef Chad make Mexican-inspired black bean hummus. It’s perfect for a summer dip or as a spread in a veggie wrap.

Make a Blackberry Lemonade Shandy

Try this refreshing twist on an old European beer cocktail for summer.
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What's New in July

Every month at Whole Foods Market®, we’re pleased to add many new products to our shelves that have passed the testing and tasting and met our strict Quality Standards. Here are some new products that we think you'll enjoy in July.
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No-Sweat Summer Sides and Desserts

Don’t sweat summertime entertaining. Here are a few scrumptious ways to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the fruits of summer.

This Dip’s a Winner!

Sweet, Juicy Cherries

Cherries are at their peak right now, so get on board and hoard what you can and freeze what you can’t. Here’s how.