Whole Story

The Official Whole Foods Market® Blog
July 27, 2014
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You can fire up the grill once and cook enough for two meals ― tonight's dinner, plus extras that can be turned into a second, different meal.
July 25, 2014
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Planning a shopping trip is not a lost art—it’s a smart tool to get the most for your money. Here are six steps to plan the perfect grocery adventure on a budget.
July 16, 2014
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Here’s a cool party trick: Invite lemonades and limeades to your next summer gathering for a delicious versatile addition. Sure you can simply serve them as-is but why stop there? Freeze, blend and muddle…get creative for summer’s coolest treats.
June 17, 2014
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Cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, oh my! Don’t let these peak-season fruits pass you by. Here are five tips for making the most of melons.
June 2, 2014
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With peak-season fruit (berries, melons and stone fruit), pantry staples (beans and grains) and leftovers (rotisserie chicken, grilled steak and veggies), you can make a big impressive salad in just a little time.
May 27, 2014
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Cold-brewed coffee is all the rage and for good reason! It’s light and refreshing, an appealing alternative to hot coffee when the mercury rises. And it’s so darn easy and affordable to make!

February 12, 2014
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3…2…the countdown to Valentine’s Day is on. Luckily, with budget recipes and deals, it’s never too late to kiss a budget busting Valentine’s Day goodbye.
January 28, 2014
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With our quality standards ¬– no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners ¬– as the refs and your budget and taste buds as the MVPs, you can serve victorious game-day grub.
January 14, 2014
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Wondering how to save money and eat healthy? You can do both! Here are some smart grocery shopping tips for health and wealth.
December 15, 2013
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Here’s a taste of the party perfect foods that we’re making this season without financial fallout.
November 19, 2013
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Turkey Nachos with Cranberry SalsaThere’s a chance to celebrate savings with every occasion – even a big meal like Thanksgiving.

October 17, 2013
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Hosting a party — or séance — this Halloween? Hoping to serve palate-pleasing snacks to your ghosts and goblins without the scary prices? You’re not alone. (Bwahaha!)

For Lily Munsters and Daddy Draculas on the prowl for devilishly delicious recipes that don’t suck their savings dry, here are a few spook-tacular recipes that fit the bill:

 

October 1, 2013
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When you learn to cook, you learn to save. So when you’re talking about getting the whole family cooking, too many cooks in the kitchen can actually be a good thing.

Get cooking with the classic comfort dish Baked Pasta. Our version is a one-dish supper with a few healthful updates and a lot of easy options for what you’re craving or for what your pantry holds.

September 13, 2013
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If you can jazz up a party with a theme, why not do the same thing at your dinner table? Beat taste-bud boredom and take-out temptation with theme nights!

Plan ahead and make a meal schedule that takes into account the types of foods your family loves, then get creative. By planning ahead, you’ll cut down on the six o’clock scramble and be less likely to turn to take-out or eating out.

Bonus: theme nights are a great way to introduce new foods and flavors using the comfort of a familiar dish.

Here are a few theme night examples to get you started:

September 10, 2013
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Value is not what you pay, it’s what you get. With two of our Sure Deals you get wow-factor wines for under $13 a bottle plus money from each purchase will fund poverty alleviation around the world through Whole Planet Foundation®. What a deal!

August 10, 2013
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Healthy Lunch

Dining at your desk? Making school lunches for the little ones? Packing a meal to eat on-the-go? For lunching away from home, there’s no reason to be sandwiched between flavor and savings. Here are five of our favorite money-saving tips for bagging a better lunch.

June 30, 2013
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The leafy green + veggies + dressing combo is just the tip of the iceberg. So make every salad a super salad with just a little something awesome.
June 25, 2013
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Whether it’s poolside nibbles or refreshing drinks on the porch, don’t get burned by the price of summertime snacks. Enjoy delicious homemade savings by making your own smoothies and bars!
June 8, 2013
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After enjoying a multitude of summertime meals, don’t throw out those last tablespoons in the condiment jar or bottle. Make something new instead!
May 26, 2013
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Just because school is nearly out for summer doesn’t mean learning needs to be put on pause. Trying to introduce a wider variety of fruits and veggies or teach the joy of cooking? With the kids underfoot in the summer, they might as well give you a hand in the kitchen!
May 15, 2013
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Are you fired up for backyard barbeques but fearful of your budget going up in smoke? Thanks to The Whole Deal® value guide, it’s easy to get the fire going without burning a hole in your pocket.
May 1, 2013
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Add up the savings this sum-sum-summer with the Whole Deal value guide. Fresh seasonal flavors + coupons, Sure Deals and fast budget-friendly recipes = everyday savings. Take a look at our daily meal planner and get inspired.
April 17, 2013
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Love seafood but fear going overboard on spending? It’s time to turn the tide!
April 4, 2013
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Here’s a free tip: it pays to plan so make a list and a meal schedule before you go grocery shopping. Need inspiration? Our seasonally inspired daily meal planner below features fresh takes on family favorites. These ideas and deals are ripe for the picking!
March 21, 2013
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According to culinary mythology, the hundred folds in a chef's hat represent the hundred ways to cook an egg. While we home cooks don’t need to know a hundred ways to cook with this versatile ingredient, it sure pays to know a few. So rise and let your cooking and budget skills shine with eggs.
March 13, 2013
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Asparagus is one of the season’s superstars – freshest and at its best during the spring. Hot or cold, sautéed or steamed, roasted or grilled, this versatile vegetable can do it all so don’t waste a spear.
February 25, 2013
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When I was pregnant with my second child, I craved hardboiled eggs. At first, I ate them plain or with a sprinkle of sea salt flakes. Then I used them as a sandwich filling at breakfast or lunch. Finally I started making deviled eggs for one…well, technically two. My experimentations with deviled egg recipes ranged from using dry mustard to capers to bacon to chives. As many deviled eggs as I ate from one trimester to the next, I never did get sick of them.

February 16, 2013
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The trick to keeping up food-related resolutions past January is not to bore your taste buds or disappoint your budget. But how do you do that in a hurry? Plan ahead!
February 13, 2013
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Hello, is it me you’re looking for? If you need to make a big impression this Valentine’s Day without putting a dent in your savings….and fast!…then yes, you are looking for me, the Value Guru.
January 22, 2013
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If you’re new to quinoa, let’s get down to the basics. First things first, it’s pronounced KEEN-wah and is a high-protein, gluten-free ancient grain that cooks much like rice and has a texture similar to couscous (think simple and quick!).
January 16, 2013
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We’ve gathered 13 tips to help you in your quest for wellness — both fiscal and physical.
December 30, 2012
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Reap the health benefits of fish and the budget benefits of cooking at home with simple farm-raised salmon suppers. Fast enough for a weeknight and easy enough for a novice cook, these six recipes are…well, a great catch.
December 29, 2012
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Cook a batch of grains and a pot of beans on the weekend to use in these 20 simple suggestions for grains, beans or both.
December 26, 2012
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Sparkling attire. Fabulous cocktails. Elegant atmosphere. The kiss. With New Year’s Eve celebrations come high expectations – and sky-high spending. Luckily, if you’re planning a gathering and looking to save, you don’t have to drop the ball on party-worthy food.
December 12, 2012
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Tis’ the season for money-saving strategies — and we’ve got em’!
November 28, 2012
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Dashing through the snow in search of the best deals? Hoping to be the host with the most? Here are 17 Sure Deals to take you through the holiday season saving you money without compromising your values.
November 9, 2012
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SaleIf you’ve been following our “Eating Great for Less” blogger challenge, you’ll know that eating and cooking healthy doesn’t have to be pricey and difficult.

October 26, 2012
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One of our missions here at Whole Foods Market® is to not only provide our shoppers with tasty, good-for-you grub (though that’s certainly a big part of it!) — but we also aim to make eating the high quality, healthy foods affordable.

October 14, 2012
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We’ve compared our 365 Everyday Value® Organic Vanilla Wafer Cookies with the Major National Brand and found ours to have a better ingredient list, while still being absolutely delicious and affordable!
September 26, 2012
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This month’s Whole Deal value guide offers great money saving solutions for combining convenience and value for affordable and stress-free meals for the whole family.
September 17, 2012
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We’ve got great recipes for mac and cheese online, but when it came to one super simple method for making everybody's favorite comfort food this recipe elbowed its way to the top.
September 12, 2012
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Here are 18 sure deals to take you around the clock and the house saving you money without compromising your values.
August 15, 2012
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Summer may be winding down, but you can still serve the last of the season’s superstars at your table without worrying about making ends meet. The Whole Deal value guide has a week full of savvy meal solutions for summer’s last hurrahs or for any day. Here’s the plan:

MONDAY: Veggie Monday
Grilled veggie kabobs with peppers, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and eggplant wrapped in a pita with hummus will bring your family to the table. The promise of 365 Everyday Value® Organic Vanilla Wafers and yogurt for dessert will keep them glued to their seats until the final course.

TUESDAY: Grass-Fed Greatness
Easy and flavorful Grass-Fed Beef and Couscous Lettuce Wraps with Mint are…well, great and we think your family will agree. Pour smooth, sweet Thirst Tamer tea for the kids and Bubo Zinfandel for the grown-ups. Then delight your table with fresh peaches.

July 25, 2012
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From bacon grease as a combo styling gel and cologne to bacon cupcakes, we’re celebrating all things bacon by holding an online contest on Facebook to find the next big bacon idea.
July 17, 2012
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When you put quality standards at the center of the plate, 365 Everyday Value® Uncured Center Cut Smokehouse Bacon smokes the competition.
June 29, 2012
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Whether its grown-up grilled cheese, halvies for your half-pints or picnic perfect pita pockets, mastering sandwich-making is a must if you want to keep meals simple but flavorful this summer.
June 26, 2012
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Here are six simple recipes to help you load your fork with summer salads and enjoy the field’s finest without forking over too much green.
June 12, 2012
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From whole grain flours and shade-grown coffee to organic milk and multivitamins for kids, all 365 Everyday Value® products are formulated to meet all our quality standards and have value prices every day of the year.
May 30, 2012
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With homemade smoothies, you can hydrate healthfully without running out of steam or savings.
May 16, 2012
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With the fast approach of school’s end and summer’s start, one thing you don’t want to worry about is how to balance your grocery budget to keep up with the onslaught of cookouts, sleepovers and just plain hungry kids.

But don’t fret – in the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide, we’ve got recipes galore to keep mealtime simple, delicious and easy on the wallet.

May 16, 2012
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Try ten of our favorite ways to celebrate the true tastes of summer without a real burden on your budget.
May 2, 2012
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In the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide we have a week’s worth of meal ideas made with those seeking to save in mind.
April 29, 2012
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Share your best-dressed burger in the comments below and you could win a $50 Whole Foods Market® gift card.
April 29, 2012
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Here are a few everyday products that pull double duty around the house and your pet.
April 20, 2012
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Avoid spring spoilage and reap the season’s the spoils with these money-saving tips from the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide.
April 5, 2012
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It’s now possible to get a daily facial cleanser that works as well as a major national brand, but with better components and a better price.
March 28, 2012
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Don’t let high costs crash your celebration. The Value Guru shares seven ways to wisely save on seasonal soirees and let your savings grow.
March 12, 2012
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In the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide we have a week’s worth of meal ideas made with those seeking to save in mind.
February 28, 2012
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Involving your children in meal planning and preparation doesn’t have to be a recipe for disaster.
February 25, 2012
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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.
February 15, 2012
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Learn to make Vegetable Bean Soup; stretch your dollar and fill your pot with nutrition and satisfaction.
January 18, 2012
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Don't forget, no artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats are allowed in our stores, so you can always shop with peace of mind no matter what’s in your basket.
January 10, 2012
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In the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide we have a week’s worth of budget-friendly meal ideas to fill your family's plates without emptying your wallet.
December 29, 2011
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Choices count and you can choose good health and a healthy budget. Just follow these 10 money-saving tips for shopping in our stores.
December 14, 2011
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True party-perfect recipes should make a big impact on your guests, not your bank account.
November 30, 2011
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Does the list of people you need to buy gifts for this holiday season keep growing?
November 2, 2011
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Celebrate with our team members’ winning recipes for appetizers that are tasty on the palate and easy on the wallet. These all ring in at less than 50¢ a piece.
October 26, 2011
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Much easier to prepare than you might think, pot roast makes a fabulous one-dish dinner…and even better leftovers.
October 12, 2011
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Waste not, want not with these ten simple tips for preserving fall’s harvest from The Whole Deal value guide.
September 29, 2011
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Looking forward to some cool weather cooking? Then stock your pantry with these Sure Deals so you can whip up something warm this fall.
September 14, 2011
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Take the Slow Food $5 Challenge with a little help from The Whole Deal’s budget-friendly recipes and daily dinner planner and you’ll redefine the “value meal.”
September 1, 2011
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Celebrate the flavor and value of Organic Harvest Month with the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide and see if you can pass the organics quiz.
August 21, 2011
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Like with sports, practice means success in preparing healthy meals on a budget. This family dinner planner will earn cheers while saving you a pretty penny.
August 17, 2011
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The Value Guru shares her cheat sheet of daily breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert ideas that make the grade for flavor, quality and value!
July 27, 2011
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gets hot but you don’t have to! The Value Guru shares six tips to stay hydrated and stay on track with savings.
July 13, 2011
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Summer is made for sandwiches and savings. Here are 10 ideas for sandwiches on the grill that won’t cook your budget or heat up your kitchen.
June 29, 2011
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Throw a backyard barbecue bash without putting a dent in your wallet! Join our Value Guru at the grill for good times and great savings.
June 15, 2011
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Learn to cook and learn to save! Follow our Value Guru to summer savings with seasonally fresh, wallet-friendly and ultra-tasty grilled summer vegetables.
June 1, 2011
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Beyond s’mores: discover kid-friendly food fun that won’t cause summer budget meltdown. Our Value Guru shares a (potato) sack full of ideas for fun and games.
May 11, 2011
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Discover easy livin’ and cooking with summer meals for 4 on a budget. Our Value Guru shares meal-planning solutions for summer-fresh savings.
April 26, 2011
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Enjoy the sublime flavors of spring! Find out how to prepare a week of budget-friendly suppers and even have tasty leftovers for lunch.
April 13, 2011
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Celebrate Earth Month by throwing a party that not only teaches kids how to save our environment but also how to save some green with money-saving party tips from the Value Guru.
March 30, 2011
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Entertain for Easter, Passover and other spring festivities without breaking the bank. Our Value Guru shares spring fresh recipes that will save you some green.
March 16, 2011
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Stalking new ideas for cooking spring-fresh veggies? Try roasted asparagus! Our Value Guru reveals easy steps to delicious success and savings.
March 2, 2011
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Hooray for Spring! From Spring cleaning to celebrating Earth Month, we’re ready to help you save some green with the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide.
February 16, 2011
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Buy bulk for the health of it! The Value Guru tells you how to bulk up for healthy eating and budget savings.
January 26, 2011
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Score big and save with avocados for favorite game day nibbles. The Value Guru tells all!
January 12, 2011
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Learn to cook and learn to save! The Value Guru shares why cooking at home is more affordable and healthy.
January 1, 2011
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Here’s a New Year’s resolution we can help you keep – eat healthier on a budget! Save your way to a healthier you with the latest issue of The Whole Deal value guide.
December 29, 2010
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Got a few more hurrahs in store for 2010 before welcoming the New Year? These top tips from The Whole Deal value guide will have you entertaining the idea of using high-quality ingredients without high costs when you entertain.
December 15, 2010
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Our Value Guru shares our favorite holiday shopping tips for getting the good stuff — and the basics — at the best prices possible.
December 3, 2010
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Keep your personal Scrooge under wraps with our top five favorite tips for giving gifts with good in mind for all, including your wallet.
December 1, 2010
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Celebrate the holideals with The Whole Deal! Unwrap bright new coupons, fresh small bites recipes and 30 tips for shopping, entertaining and giving on a budget.
November 20, 2010
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Don’t break the bank by eating out between holiday feasts. Our week long meal plan for one or two keeps the cooking simple and delicious.
November 17, 2010
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Think Thanksgiving is all about overdoing it? Think again. Here are some ways to keep it simple, and save while you’re at it. 5 Simple Tips for Holiday Season Success 1. Make a Turkey Plan for when to buy, where to store, how to cook…and also for using leftovers. We’ve got guides, how-to videos and recipes on our holiday pages to help you tackle the turkey.
November 13, 2010
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Want to feed your family Fall’s fantastic flavors without failing your finances? It’s easy. Simply follow our week long meal plan for four.
November 2, 2010
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Spaghetti squash makes an excellent side dish or a fun substitute in thin noodle recipes, from Asian to Italian. It is loaded with nutrients, such as beta carotene and fiber, and is tender, with just a slight crunch.
October 11, 2010
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I don’t mean to be corny, but popcorn is a snack that is just bursting with value! Although, I have to admit it’s not exactly bursting with flavor, which is why folks typically take to drowning it in butter and salt. But I’m here to tell you there’s a better way to flavorize your popcorn.
September 29, 2010
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Welcome to the October/November issue of The Whole Deal. We’re “falling” all over ourselves to offer you the best of autumn on a budget.
August 10, 2010
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Our August/September issue of The Whole Deal value guide is full of bright ideas for back-to-school basics like brainy breakfasts.
August 1, 2010
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Tell us what’s for lunch and you might win a $50 gift card.
July 28, 2010
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Thirty years ago Whole Foods Market opened to make people happy—with better, healthier food choices. We're still listening to our customers' needs and desires and with your help every year these choices are better and more affordable.
July 24, 2010
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You could win a $50 gift card for a 50¢ idea!
July 14, 2010
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Cookouts, parties, picnics and travelling – when it comes to summer it often seems that more is merrier and busy is better. Of course, The Whole Deal value guide has great ideas for summer entertaining on a budget. But there are also times when you just need to slow the summer down and The Whole Deal is there for you too. Take this weeklong meal plan for one or two. It's got refreshing recipes and tips to savor summer affordably. Plus, it even leaves a little room to party.  
June 30, 2010
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It’s getting hot out there, so take off all your artificial additives and enjoy the season and everything it has to offer with cool homemade drinks.
June 15, 2010
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It’s grilling season, and for good reason. Who wants to turn on the oven if you don’t have to? Quick, light meals made at home with fresh whole foods are a health- and money-saver compared to going out.
June 2, 2010
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Summer’s here and it’s time to relax and have some fun! But that doesn’t mean you have to relax your health or budget standards for the sake of fun. If feeding your family well is important to you any time of year then turn to The Whole Deal value guide. This weeklong meal plan for four (or a few more) will help you keep your cool and avoid the summer meal meltdown by keeping your fun up and your expenses down.
May 12, 2010
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Congrats to Oscar whose comment (#414) was randomly selected to win the $25 gift card. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas for the best dog toppings!

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April 27, 2010
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Getting dinner on the table every night doesn’t have to be a drag. That’s especially true when you follow the weeklong meal plans in The Whole Deal value guide. Here are our simple suggestions for feeding one or two incredibly well, affordably.
April 14, 2010
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If you want the simple truth, your food choices make a difference to the health of the planet and all its inhabitants. Take our Gyro-Style Lamb with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce over Quinoa recipe, for example. Here’s how you can save so much more than money by shopping for the ingredients at our stores.

March 29, 2010
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Cooking quinoa is easier done than said! All it takes is fire and water and about 30 minutes with very little attention. And really, “KEEN-wah” is not any harder to say than it is to cook. Check it out. Why Should I? Quinoa is a complete protein containing all eight essential amino acids. It’s light and fluffy in texture but has that whole grain ability to fill people up—and if you’ve got company coming, this recipe easily doubles to serve eight people.
March 17, 2010
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Don't get caught in a dinner pinch. You'll save some green and some time by following our weeklong meal plan for four (or a few more). These ideas, recipes and tips are designed to help you get the most from your grocery budget. How lucky is that? MONDAY: Veggie Monday
March 3, 2010
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Are you ready for a budget shakeup? We’ve got your back with big ideas and small changes for spring in the March/April issue of The Whole Deal value guide.
February 3, 2010
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Sure two's company but coming up with ideas for feeding two on a budget every day may turn the best of us into someone it's best to avoid. That's where The Whole Deal meal planners come in. Our week long meal plan for two paves the way for delicious, affordable meals and takes the pressure off of you. Sit back and enjoy:

MONDAY: Veggie Monday

January 13, 2010
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Learn To CookHere’s something you can really dig your spoon into: Learning to cook can really cut your costs, but not your nutrients.

January 1, 2010
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WD_blogpost_cover2Happy New Year savvy shoppers!
November 4, 2009
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spice_aniseI was flipping through the October-November issue of The Whole Deal and this money-saving tip caught my eye (I wrote the piece months ago, so I'd almost forgotten it):
November 3, 2009
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Wow, we've got some creative shortcut chefs out there, chock full of creative ideas for saving time in the kitchen without sacrificing quality. From stocking up on fresh veggies in season and freezing them yourselves to inventive uses of rotisserie chicken to "cheating" with our Prepared Foods and Bakery selection - there's lots of wonderful ways to save both time and money in our dinnertime pursuits. And without further ado, this week's randomly selected* winner…
Denice H:
October 28, 2009
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Your "Buy-Some-Make-Some" Ideas Could Make you a Winner RotisserieChicken
October 27, 2009
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With tight budgets, lots of cooks are turning to their home kitchens to recreate their restaurant favorites. We're happy to hear lots of you out there being ambitious and creative with your culinary endeavors! Check out our winning entry for this past week's Value Guru contest: Congratulations to our randomly selected* winner...
Docletic:
October 21, 2009
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Let’s Hear about Restaurant Meals Made at Home

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October 20, 2009
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Last week, we thought we did pretty well with over 300 responses to the "Get the Good Stuff for Less" Value Guru giveaway. This week, we had over 1000 responses to the "What is your favorite 365 Everyday Value product?" question.  A big thanks to you all for sharing your faves with us! Congratulations to our randomly selected* winner...
CadesMom: I love your 365 semi-sweet chocolate chips! I make the 30 mile trip to get them whenever it’s time to bake cookies and brownies. I also buy in bulk! They have the richest, chocolaty-est taste. Wonderful!
October 14, 2009
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Tell Us About Your Favorite 365 Everyday Value® Product and You Could Win
October 13, 2009
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Wow!  We received over 300 responses to this past week's Value Guru giveaway, where you shared how you get the good stuff for less.  Thank you all for your great tips and congratulations to our randomly selected* winner...
October 7, 2009
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Share your Ideas and You Could Get Some Good Stuff Free!

BetterBag In a recent Harris Interactive survey, 76% said they don't want to compromise on the quality of the food they buy and 65% say they would like to find ways to be able to buy natural and/or organic foods on a budget.
October 6, 2009
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Congratulations to Susan K for her Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms recipe! To see Susan’s simple, tasty recipe, check out our upcoming special Giving & Entertaining issue of The Whole Deal value guide when it appears in stores and online December 1st.
October 3, 2009
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wholedeal-1009Are you ready for fall foods and fresh value ideas? The October/November issue of The Whole Deal value guide is in stores now.
September 30, 2009
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Are you a fan of The Whole Deal in-store value guide? If so, here's a sneak preview of the special December issue we're putting together.

August 1, 2009
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Whole Deal 08-09

Heads up! The August/September issue of The Whole Deal value guide is in stores now - ready to help you wrap up the summer and head back to school. Consider The Whole Deal your cheat sheet for shopping our store.

July 29, 2009
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Holiday CheeseI know food lovers who create incredible meals out of what appears to be a chaos of abundant ingredients covering every kitchen surface, coaxing from each ingredient the very best it has to offer and…leaving t
July 6, 2009
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Summer's outdoor activities often mean I return home exhausted and hungry in the way that one's brain doesn't function well enough to put a complete meal together from scratch. This is when I grant myself full permission to take urban shortcuts vs. the scenic route, so to speak, in the kitchen. Pizza
June 10, 2009
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Brazilian Cobb SaladNo matter what was else was on the table, my grandmother served an iceberg lettuce salad at every evening meal.
June 4, 2009
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Whole Deal June July

Heads up! The new summer issue of The Whole Deal value guide is in stores now, ready to help you out with great ideas for a great summer...without great expense.

April 29, 2009
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I have to admit, Sunday afternoon I was beat from an active day that began with a big dog walk then progressed into grocery shopping, a yoga class, cleaning house and working in the garden, followed by a very welcome shower. All would make for a fantastic spring day if I didn't then have to make dinner! I was too tired and broke to consider going out to pick something up, so I took an exploratory tour of cupboard, fridge and freezer, grumbling all the while that I hadn't followed my own oft-preached advice and planned tonight's meal when I shopped just that morning!
April 1, 2009
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SausageI am more than happy eating vegetarian meals about 80% of the time without even thinking about the fact that they're vegetarian. But I do like meaty texture and flavor in a meal more often than I can afford a steak. And, it usually doesn't take much, so steak is not always the answer anyway.
March 18, 2009
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It was one of those days where time gets away from you and everyone is hungry and you know if you don't act fast, hungry turns to cranky turns to worse. Dinner had to happen PDQ and I was so tempted to do the drive-thru. I stuck it out, though, and headed home to my own trusty kitchen.

February 19, 2009
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When I opened the fridge Sunday morning to a whole lotta "nothing to eat," I felt like that mostly-blank white interior was challenging me, blowing a cool dare right in my face. "Go ahead, try to make a meal from what you see here." I knew I had to go grocery shopping that afternoon, but I didn't want to waste anything that might be lingering. I also wanted to get my dinner plan squared away early. I'd be out all afternoon and knew I wouldn't want to cook much. I began digging.
February 7, 2009
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Thanks to all of our customers who take the time to share their thoughts with us. From time to time, we'll share some of your feedback on our Whole Story blog. This one comes from J.S., a customer in Massachusetts.
To Whom It May Concern, My favorite chore of the week is shopping at Whole Foods in Hingham, Massachusetts. I am dedicated to quality food for myself and my family and enjoy my shopping experience there (the employees are awesome, especially Cheryll in the Deli!) and also the quality of the foods that I serve to my family.
January 22, 2009
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What’s that they say about necessity being the mother of invention? You guys have it down pat. I love picking up ideas from you that I can put into practice in my own kitchen and with my family.

January 15, 2009
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The whirlwind of the holidays (and my own post holidays travel schedule) have finally settled and in its wake, I find a messy house in desperate need of a good deep clean.  Pots and pans in my sink, spots on all my mirrors and

January 8, 2009
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Hello 2009! I still can't believe how quickly the holiday season passed and now, as we recover from weeks of decadent eating, it seems like healthy, budget-conscious eating tops most everyone's New Year's Resolutions list.

December 18, 2008
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Especially in the midst of a busy holiday season, it's easy to forget the basics.  Every day, Whole Foods Market offers excellent ways to help you shop smarter and within your budget.  Did you know we offer case discounts or that you can ask for samples 
December 11, 2008
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Many of us throw parties and entertain guests over the holidays.  Maybe it's my inner Martha Stewart - but even at my most casual gatherings, I want my guests to have a good time and be impressed by the food I'm serving.  This week's cust
December 4, 2008
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Allow me to introduce you to our bakery department.  This beautifully arranged and often deliciously fragrant part of the store is filled with cakes, pastries and breads - perfect for your holiday entertaining needs, as well as your everyday needs.  Di

November 20, 2008
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Yes, I couldn't resist posting a Whole Deal tips post featuring Thanksgiving tips.  As you can see from our chosen tips below, we've got some creative customers out there!  From using whole turkeys year-round to spreading out

November 13, 2008
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I'm one of those people who can wander a grocery store for hours, weaving in and out of the aisles, often times doubling back just because.  However, this means that sometimes wonderful and unintended purchases end up in my gr

November 6, 2008
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One of the great pleasures in life is enjoying a memorable meal with your loved ones. Restaurants eliminate the work that goes into preparing a great meal - but at a price.

October 30, 2008
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One of my favorite aisles to walk down in any Whole Foods Market is the bulk section.  Towering clear bins brimming with grains, dried beans, dried fruits, nuts, spices and more - all waiting to be weighed out and taken home -

October 23, 2008
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In our Budget Recipe Challenge, we got some excellent recipes and money-saving tips from a seasoned group of food bloggers.  After going through our comment

October 22, 2008
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We know you've all been eagerly awaiting the results of our Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge and we're pleased to announce that the winner, by overwhelming audience voting is....

October 16, 2008
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Can you say great deal?! Print out our new coupon — $5 off any $25 or more purchase in any of our U.S. stores – good from now until October 22, 2008. This coupon has now expired!

October 9, 2008
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We often get stuck in our own ruts without realizing.  We buy the same grocery items week after week, make the same dishes again and again and wonder why we get bored with eating at home.  This week, we challenge you to look a

October 3, 2008
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Each of our six of our finalists for the Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge will be featured in a blog post here. Read about them and check out their featured recipe. By posting a comment on their recipe page, you help determine the winner in our Challenge AND you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card!
October 2, 2008
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Each of our six of our finalists for the Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge will be featured in a blog post here. Read about them and check out their featured recipe. By posting a comment on their recipe page, you help determine the winner in our Challenge AND you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card!
October 2, 2008
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You've all surely heard the saying that 'less is more' - and while in many cases, this little cliche rings true, Ideal Bite's Tip Library challenges this idea with its post th

October 1, 2008
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Each of our six of our finalists for the Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge will be featured in a blog post here. Read about them and check out their featured recipe. By posting a comment on their recipe page, you help determine the winner in our Challenge AND you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card!
September 30, 2008
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Each of our six of our finalists for the Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge will be featured in a blog post here. Read about them and check out their featured recipe. By posting a comment on their recipe page, you help determine the winner in our Challenge AND you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card!
September 29, 2008
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Each of our six of our finalists for the Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge will be featured in a blog post here. Read about them and check out their featured recipe. By posting a comment on their recipe page, you help determine the winner in our Challenge AND you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card!
September 26, 2008
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Each of our six of our finalists for the Food Blogger Budget Recipe Challenge will be featured in a blog post here. Read about them and check out their featured recipe. By posting a comment on their recipe page, you help determine the winner in our Challenge AND you'll be entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card!
September 25, 2008
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Yes, it’s our weekly post with customer tips about saving while shopping at Whole Foods Market. Some of these tips talk about coupons and our Mambo Sprouts coupon booklets. Here’s a reminder that the Mambo Sprouts coupons are now in our quarterly Whole Deal booklet.
September 11, 2008
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Last week I made a super simple budget-minded meal that I wanted to share with our Whole Deal™ readers. I’ve already added it to my “make-this-meal-when-everyone-is-starving-and-you’re-running-late” list.
September 4, 2008
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Okay, I can be wrong. A couple of months ago someone asked me, “Do you really think you are going to gain new customers with all of this value and Whole Deal stuff?
August 28, 2008
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I had a conversation with a girl about my age (mid-twenties) recently who, seemingly oblivious to the current economic conditions, was fawning over the window displays of haute couture shops in San Francisco. She commented that she spent most of her income on clothing.
August 21, 2008
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Value tips from our shoppers continue to roll in. Thanks! You guys totally have this saving-while-shopping thing worked out.
August 14, 2008
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As you've seen on some of our other blog posts, it's back to school time! Do you have favorite value tips that keep your food budget on track when heading back to school? Share them with other customers on The Whole Deal™.
August 7, 2008
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There have been some media stories lately about how people are trading down to save money on food in these uncertain economic times. To me, that seems like such a poor trade off.
July 24, 2008
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Today, In addition to our featured customer tip, we wanted to share some links to what other media folks are saying about Whole Foods Market's pricing.
July 17, 2008
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Hey there. It's The Whole Deal™; value tips time again! If you haven't checked out all of the fantastic tips for saving while shopping at Whole Foods Market, you've got to go to The Whole Deal™.
July 10, 2008
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Time for our weekly The Whole Deal™ post. If you're just joining us, these are tips from real live customers who are sharing their ideas about saving while shopping at Whole Foods Market. Got a tip of your own?
July 3, 2008
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Yep, we're back with more awesome customer tips for saving while shopping at Whole Foods Market. You keep sending them, and we'll keep picking best of the best tips to feature in our Whole Story blog. Customers with featured tips each receive a $25 gift card. Here are our three faves for this week.
June 26, 2008
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Oh man, you guys made this hard! You shared hundreds of great tips for saving while shopping at Whole Foods Market. We picked three to feature in this blog post and these customers will each receive a $25 gift card.