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The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
July 24, 2017
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Calling mini gourmands and kids with persnickety palates; it’s time to up your responsibilities in the kitchen. We know you can do it. You’ll be proud when you do it. So let’s do this. 3, 2, 1… let’s pack lunches!
May 18, 2016
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Longer days, warmer temperatures, and plenty of fresh ingredients on hand — this time of year is ripe for getting the kids involved in the kitchen. And Summer Berry Pudding is fun to make and even more fun to eat!
September 9, 2015
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While I absolutely love cooking, trying to get dinner together after a busy day is more hustle and noise than calm slicing and beautiful music. Those of you with kids know what I’m talking about – getting dinner on the table can be a feat! That’s why I like to prepare in advance by doing make-ahead dinners. We keep the freezer and fridge stocked with foods we just need to heat and serve, removing a huge stress factor of the day!
September 2, 2015
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If you can’t eat gluten, the ease of snack time dissipates — at least initially. Here are a few tips and recipes to satisfy your hunger beyond cut up fruits and veggies.
August 28, 2015
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We asked Molly Siegler, our food editor, to share some of her favorite new recipes coming out of our test kitchen.
August 26, 2015
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Eating together is a big deal in my family, so I don’t want resort to take-out on those busy days. Thankfully, by using recipes that are simple to prepare, utilize a slow cooker, or can be partially prepped in advance, we can have a sit-down dinner together no matter our schedules.
August 24, 2015
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If your child has a peanut and/or tree-nut allergy (or doesn’t have an allergy but is in a nut-free classroom) packing a school lunch or snack can require extra thought and planning. Luckily, we’ve compiled some of our favorite lunches and snacks with tons of flavor — and no nuts!
August 21, 2015
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We asked Molly Siegler, our culinary content editor, to share some of her favorite new recipes coming out of our test kitchen. Here’s one that’s great for kids and grownups alike, because who doesn’t love a good tot? And this one has a twist!
August 13, 2015
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Ensuring your family has a good breakfast each morning helps them be able to focus until lunchtime, and keeps us adults from reaching for more cups of coffee or those tempting office treats. While we might not have much time in the morning, there are lots of options for getting a good, healthy breakfast together.
August 11, 2015
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More home-cooked meals, even on busy weekdays? Yes, please! Summer is winding down, fall is on the way, and it’s a natural time to ease into a fresh meal-planning routine. Here are some recipes and strategies for streamlined cooking.
August 6, 2015
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School is starting, and life is about to get a lot busier. The simplest way to make healthful cooking easier and less stressful is to have the right items on hand. Let’s make a shopping list!
July 22, 2015
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It’s hard for my kids to slow down in the summer, even when it comes time to eat. That’s why I try to keep a wide variety of snack foods at the ready, so we can keep going with the fun!
July 20, 2015
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My son always laughs at the thought of eating green food when I read him the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham. That’s so silly! But is it? Sounds like it’s time for another one of mommy’s cooking experiments: Green eggs, hold the ham!
July 8, 2015
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Are you looking for healthier tastier choices at mealtime this summer? I’ve put together a roundup of family-friendly recipes that include better-for-you takes on favorites such tacos, sloppy Joes and ice cream.
June 19, 2015
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With inquisitive kids underfoot in the summer, they might as well give you a hand in the kitchen! Getting them active in the kitchen may seem like a bit of work up front, but the payoff is well worth it. We have a few recommendations and delicious recipes to get you and your little one off to a good start.
May 1, 2015
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Every child deserves basic necessities, and a pack of diapers can have a big impact on a family needing to choose between buying food and buying diapers. That’s why we’re partnering with Seventh Generation to help babies in need in our shoppers’ communities throughout the US.
April 16, 2015
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Earth Month is the perfect occasion for parents to talk with kids about healthy ecosystems that sustain human beings and the food we eat. So we’ve broken up these complex issues into fun, kid-sized bites of information and games.
March 20, 2015
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When Easter rolls around and eggs are ubiquitous keep those cartons out of the landfill and keep little hands busy crafting fun spring decorations and doo-dads.
February 14, 2015
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My mommy motto is “keep it simple.” Mealtime is no different. My son likes carrots, peas and noodles, so let’s make a soup out of that!
September 13, 2014
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How does your kids’ school lunch program stack up? You have to see it for yourself. Join them in the cafeteria on October 15 for National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, sponsored by KIWI magazine and the School Nutrition Association.
September 2, 2014
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A kid-friendly lunch doesn't have to be peanut butter and jelly. Not only can foods like fruit and veggie kabobs, salads and veggie and hummus wraps be just as easy to make as a PB&J, you may be surprised by how much kids enjoy these healthier choices.
August 26, 2014
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When you donate to the Whole Kids Foundation® “Growing Healthy Kids” campaign every penny goes directly to help provide school garden and salad bar grants, as well as nutrition and wellness education for teachers. All of these programs further the nonprofit organization’s healthy mission: helping kids eat better and enjoy it.
August 25, 2014
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Whether you make breakfast from scratch or grab something to heat-n-eat, you can give yourself and your kids a better starting point when you shop with us. That’s because everything meets our standards; standards you won’t find anywhere else. No label reading required.
August 11, 2014
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Heading back to school is challenging enough without adding the whole “what’s-in-this-stuff-I’m-feeding-my-kid” thing. Let’s be honest: reading labels is a pain. At Whole Foods Market, we’ve done the homework for you. There are hundreds of ingredients found in food and body care products elsewhere that you will never find here.
August 9, 2014
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Midsummer days seem to linger even longer when the kids are bored. Keep them occupied with these activities packed with fun projects and healthy messages.
August 6, 2014
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Getting kids in on the cooking game makes lunchbox assembly lines, weekend breakfast preparations and dinnertime planning so much more fun for kids and parents alike. Tuck these safety tips under your belt to set the stage for a lifetime of cooking together.
August 4, 2014
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For a healthy twist on Grandma’s old recipe, try making these fun nut butter and chia seed faces with the family.
July 20, 2014
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If you’re looking for the best and best-tasting foods, here are 10 tips for healthier back-to-school food choices.
June 12, 2014
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I never wanted my daughter’s wheat sensitivity to keep her from experiencing all the joys and trials of summer camp. From packing the right snacks to getting chummy with the resident mess hall cook, here are some tips and tricks from a mom who’s hiked the path.
June 7, 2014
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June marks the end of the school year and the start of a summer full of fun learning opportunities for kids. Whole Kids Foundation® makes it easy with four hands-on activities.
May 6, 2014
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Whole Kids Foundation® has new kids’ activities to keep small hands busy and big minds growing. Take a bite out of a good book, get crafty in the recycle bin and learn a new way to pack more nutrition into every bite!
April 18, 2014
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In honor of Earth Month, Whole Kids Foundation® and Whole Foods Market® stores are throwing spring garden parties at 75 schools.
March 24, 2014
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Who says playground food can’t be healthy? Turn your next play date into a fun outing for the whole family with healthy snacks for adults and kids.
March 6, 2014
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Sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that add flavor, texture and contrast to a salad or sandwich. Most varieties go from seed to sprout in about five days making it a great project for kids.
January 29, 2014
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Dan Marek is the School Programs Educator for Whole Kids Foundation®. Prior to joining their team he was a Whole Foods Market® healthy eating specialist where he educated his community about healthy food.

Getting ready for Sunday’s big football game can be tricky if you are trying to keep things healthy. Greasy snacks can weigh you down and make you sluggish by half time. But we have some solutions that will keep your energy going until the trophy is handed to the winner.

October 23, 2013
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Feeding a tween is like riding a rollercoaster. Some days it’s exhilarating: we’re intrepid explorers, discovering new flavors together! Other times it’s the pits: we’re stuck in a rut and we’re going to be eating mac and cheese for the rest of our lives!

My 10-year-old son is by turns adventurous and avoidant. He loves sushi but hates sandwiches. He’s into spicy foods but refuses to taste bananas or mashed potatoes. As a busy parent, I’ve developed a few strategies to help my temperamental tween try new things and get the nutrients he needs:

October 11, 2013
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Adding greens and veggies to our own diets can be a challenge – introducing them to our kids can drive us mad! Some kiddos might cringe at the sight of carrots or kale initially, but introducing tasty meals that are healthy and engaging them in conversations around where vegetables come from can plant the seed for a lifelong salad-lover.

September 29, 2013
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Preparing a healthy meal for your family at the end of a long day might seem daunting. Factor in fickle taste buds, extreme opinions, and the ice cream fixations of a three-year old eater like my son’s, and I often just want to pour a glass of wine and order take-out around five o’clock.

September 27, 2013
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Britney Fitzgerald is the web editor for KIWI magazine. Growing up, her favorite school lunch was a veggie burrito.

Take Your Parents to Lunch Day

September 21, 2013
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Let’s avoid the label “picky eater” and instead keep food talk positive and encouraging. Here are our top ten tips for helping your kids try something new.
September 17, 2013
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Zucchini bread is a long-time family favorite. So, why not beet bread? Beets are like the forgotten vegetable. I’m ready to change that. That’s right. I’m talking about a beet revolution.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve always been a little bit hesitant to cook beets. I think it’s because I didn’t know what to do with them until I came up with the idea of creating blueberry beet bread.

September 2, 2013
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With the kids going back to school it’s a great time to refresh, restock and restart good eating habits. At Whole Foods Market® we’re excited to partner with many innovative small-scale food companies that are working hard to improve the contents of the American lunch box.

September 2, 2013
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I write about food for a living. I’ve vacationed in cities simply to indulge in the food. I may or may not have married my husband for his pancake recipe. So why is it so difficult to feed my preschooler nutritious meals without a suppertime standoff?
August 19, 2013
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Picking up a perfectly roasted and ready-to-eat chicken will make you feel like a true dinnertime hero. Rotisserie chicken is one of those instant meal savers that can be tailored to your family’s current cravings – tacos, soup, casseroles, salads and pot pies are all within reach.

August 16, 2013
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The bulk department can be a little intimidating for the uninitiated. When I first started shopping at Whole Foods Market®, all of the bins, item numbers, tiny writing utensils and the freeform, help yourself method made me a little nervous.

August 13, 2013
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I’m a fairly new mom (my daughter is 18 months old), and so far my observations  in the realm of babies and food are that: babies eat frequently throughout the day; babies are not known for their patience; babies tend to eat dinner much earlier than adults.