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Mother's Day is coming up on May 10. Looking for ideas on how to celebrate this special day? Follow Mara Fleishman, a Team Member and mom of two, around the store to find out her favorite picks for celebrating being a mom Mother's Day and every day. Then, share with all the moms reading this blog your tips on celebrating yourself and motherhood! Post a comment to let us know your product recommendations. You'll be entered for a chance to win a $100 Whole Foods Market gift card and a FEED 100 bag, one of Mara's top picks. Please post your comments by midnight Wednesday, May 6. The winner will be selected by our panel of Team Member moms and posted in this blog on May 8. Stop by participating Whole Foods Market stores for more great product picks from Team Member moms. Just look for signage throughout the store.

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Martie Schoener says …

The Floral Department rocks! I suggest a nice bouquet of flowers for Mom (so many to choose from, too), and definitely, a box of Truffles! Now, my Mom loves hand lotion - so, off to Whole Body to find the perfect scent! Again, lots of options! Thank you for Whole Foods for making it so easy to please Mom.

Rosie says …

I rely on Jarrow Probiotics too! I take the Jarro-Dophilus +fos. And my pick me up is Guayaki Yerba Mate loose tea. Lastly, I can't seem to live without my Weleda skin care products :)

Jake Jeffredo says …

My mom's favorite product at Whole Foods Market is the Pink Kleen Kanteen water bottle that I got for her. It rhymes with her name...Kathleen. She takes her water bottle to the gym with her every day. She also takes it when she's on her kayak or out for a bike ride.

Elaine Lipkin Gardner says …

I don't know what I would have done all these years without Whole Foods. I've been a mom for 21 years, and went to Mrs. Gooch's originally, which was bought out by Whole Foods. I am convinced that my daughter eats as well as she does and has the food sensibilities that she does from our shopping excursions there. She looks for organic, fair trade, sustainable, locally grown labels wherever she goes now. She is an expert on reading labels. She knows that when there is no time to cook, she can go to Whole Foods and pick up delicious and healthy foods. She loves the mango/raspberry dish, the pizzas, fresh breads, cereals, well, just about anything. Oh, and the table of soaps! She is a marine biology major and scrutinizes the seafood section. It passes. So, on Mother's Day, even though she is away at school, my gift is knowing that my child will be eating healthy food and that we can share fond memories of shopping trips to Whole Foods and learning together.

Briana says …

Kombucha!

Craig says …

My family's favorite desserts have to be the raspberry cheesecake, the creme brulee, and espresso gelato. When we need a nice refreshing drink, especially during the summer heat, the 365 lemonade is perfect. It's not too sweet and is as close to fresh squeezed as anything you will find in any store.

Brucette says …

I am an older mom and a raw foodist in progress. I love that I can go to Whole Foods with my whole family and we can all get what we want to eat. We like to make a day of it, eating, sitting outside listening to music, going back in the store for dessert and finishing up our visit together by grocery shopping before we go home. The store is great! The people are so helpful and I have never left empty handed! Thanks for all you do for me and our Austin community!!!

Kate Gibbons says …

My favorite product at Whole foods are the bison "burger" patties. They cook up real nice in my George Forman Grill.

LINDSAY-NICHOLE FERRIS says …

I was so excited to go into Wholefoods this past week & see blueberry plants, strawberry plants & native plants on sale. This is the perfect gift to compliment my mother's day gift basket. My mother loves gardening & she loves it when "us kids" contribute to her gardening. I have actually painted planter pots with my hand-prints for her to put in her garden. She will love the idea of blueberry plants for her garden. Especially one of my greatest memories was going to grandmothers house and picking fresh blueberries. Now that my mother is a grandmother, I know she'll enjoy passing on this tradition to the newer generation. Thanks wholefoods! Cheers! LINDSAY-NICHOLE FERRIS

Wendy Bennett says …

All your 365 products are great! Helps to keep costs down and still buy good quality. I love your supplements dept. Hot Flash meds are wonderful.

Natali says …

I recommend the chicken sausages...much lower in fat and they have delicious varieties! I just bought the spinach and feta this week! The sweet apple ones work great as breakfast sausages as well.

S Dashner says …

I love the meat substitutes. I originally bought Gimmie Lean sausage for the name, but I get it regularly now for the taste. I'd love to give my mother a chance to shop at Whole Foods for Mothers Day. She is in assisted living now, but she misses meal planning and shopping. She loved going to Whole Foods in Silver Spring, MD even after she lost the ability to handle food preparation. I'll check back for ideas that won't get her in trouble buying things she can't use. I live in the midwest and am unable to take her shopping.

Joan says …

I could live on the fresh guacamole. Scooped up on the 365 Organic Tortilla Strips, of course. Sounds like dinner on Mother's Day to me.

Judith Wink says …

I have fallen in love with your in-store fresh squeezed Whole Foods tangerine juice. My neighbor's son helps me with odd jobs and we enjoy frequent discussions of world affairs. I introduced him to the tangerine juice as it is sooooooooooooooooo refreshing when you're hot, drained, and exhausted! It's a great incentive to get him to help his senior citizen neighbor!

Michele says …

Love the olive bar! Can pick out a few different kinds to try each time. Also the baby onions and other veggies are to die for! Tandoori bread is also one of my favorites! I worked with a man from India who was here on a one year internship and he swore that your bread was the only brand which could even come close to what he had at home. For a quick meal (when I don't have my son!) my boyfriend and I love to go grab a slice of pizza and an ice, cold beer from the tubs. Great quick meal on a Friday after work and a wonderful way to try new beers without being committed to a six pack! Your deli and fresh food areas rock!

Barbara Shoap says …

Where to begin? I consider myself blessed to have a Whole Foods 10 minutes away. My list of favorites is long -- I'll highlight a few. First of all, the Bell and Evans rotisserie chickens allow me to have a delicious dinner in minutes when I don't have time to cook -- I alternate between the herb rub and the barbecue. My fave and only bacon is Willshire Farm Turkey bacon -- fantastic flavor! General Tao chicken at the deli counter is my daughter's favorite. The Archipelago candles are the ONLY ones that I buy -- HAVANA, my preferred scent for years has been replaced by PARAMOUR. Amy's Mac&Cheese has been in our freezer for more than a decade. I LOVE the Boiron display, the POWER BAR variety, and STAEZ Energy drinks. I keep ZAND INSURE in my home at all times, just in case one of us starts to feel a sore throat or sickness starting. I could go on and on, but I think that I shall end with frozen MARROW BONES for my chocolate lab! Oh wait !! Sumatra coffee! Stuffed frozen pastas!! berries, cashews, bananas!! Cereals! You get my drift! Okay, FINAL ENTRY -- exotic plants and fresh flowers -- what a great variety. Gift fruit baskets are beautiful and thoughtful. Enjoy!

Molly Beth says …

My dairy free family absolutely loves the So Delicious Coconut Milk Ice Creams. The mint chip is amazing and the coconut almond mini bars are fabulous. They are also sweetened with low glycemic agave nectar. We also love Innocent Chocolate (which is made locally) for this same reason. It's in the freezer section as well.

Bryna Bear says …

Last year my son and his two roommates invited all the parents over on Mother's Day and made us a lovely brunch. Each roommate made a dish and they set a beautifully decorated table with nice touches such as fresh picked flowers. It was great to meet the other parents and spend the afternoon together with our children. All of us truly appreciated the thoughtfulness. This was a very special day and one that I will always remember. Chocolate is always welcome on my Mother's Day as well.

Lisa Staplin says …

With two teen-age boys to feed, I love all the 365 products that I can buy at Whole Foods! From cereal, milk, canned goods and more, I can stay within my budget and still give my family healthy options. I personally love the turkey meatloaf and broccoli crunch from the deli! Then I can follow that up with a truffle or two!

Hang says …

I love Wholefoods and it is the must go place for me every weekend. I love the fruits and vegitables here, they are so fresh. Their dairy product is the best. We love their milk, cheese and yogurt. Wholefoods provides the best variations. Best of all, the meat department offered the best tast pork, beef and chicken. I love wholefoods and I am sure mom will love to have a Mother's day celebration at whole foods.

Barbara Bibel says …

I love all of the fresh organic produce. Tomatoes, eggplant, zuccini, onions garlic, basil: everything necessary for making a wonderful sauce for pasta. Bear Naked Granola mixed with Oikos Greek yogurt makes a great lunch. My mother is no longer with me, but I know that she would enjoy both of these things. My daughter loves them, too. Barbara Bibel Berkeley, CA

Lynn says …

I love to watch the Martha Stewart show and see what they recommend from Whole Foods. That is how I got signed up for your newsletter in the first place. Awesome stuff!!

Kristy Wilson says …

I am going to take my Mom to our local WholeFoods and treat her to some wonderful Gelato!!!!

Sean says …

I love Italian sausage cooked on the grill. It can then be sliced for your spaghetti sauce or placed in a sandwich roll.

Pat Olsen says …

I love the local fresh fruits and veggies, the bakery breads, and the organic natural fresh meats. The fruits and veggies taste better without the toxins and I know they are better for my family, but I love the taste. The organic meats also taste so much better than meats purchased at other stores. One last thing I can't pass up are the deserts.

SALLY O'CONNELL says …

THE STAFF ALWAYS GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP ME FIND WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR. I GIVE THEM AN A+.

Julie says …

I just love Whole Foods. I am so much into natural health and alternative medicine. I love the fact that you carry so many vitamins and herbs. I love Quantum Health's Super Lysine+ for cold sores. Works better than any other commerical cold sore product out there and it is WAY less expensive. I also love the natural lotions including Giovanni. The list goes on...

Molly Loftus Miller says …

I go to Whole Foods for the great choice of fruits, veggies and seafood. But my favorite "Mom" treats are: if you go to the bath products they have Aromatherapy Mineral Bath products by Aura Cacia. I make the packets last by pouring a small handful in the shower and rubbing along my Chakras, especially the bottom of my feet, while I pray and try to get centered. Rinse and ready to go!; I also buy Wheat Grass to make sure I am getting my supply of Vegies in for the day; and finally if the family is happy...I am happy. So sometimes I will treat my husband to a meal from the Prime Rib buffet, my teenager with the sesame chicken buffet and my seven year old with a special cereal that is healthy and real fruit snacks for school. This Mother's Day, I would love to buy a pair of the comfy shoes for not only to wear to work(Kindergarten Teacher) but to just be me in! Thanks for having healthy choices that I can trust! Molly L. Miller

sandy g says …

Would you believe - organic Kale? It's a fast, easy and delicious side dish. The whole family loves it sauteed!

Nora McClymer says …

I love to celebrate on occassional Saturday's by treating myself to the fabulous salad bar and get all sorts of nice fixings like coucous with cranberries, delicious tofu, sundried tomatoes etc.. The salad bar is an indulgence with a restricted budget and 2 children.. I also have been eyeing a Sigg water bottle which is better for the environment but the price tag of $25 has still prevented me from purchasing one! I would like to get each of my daughters one too! I love the cute patterns like Hello Kitty for Girls.. I love how the food at Whole Foods provides one with a feeling of being good too yourself inside and out and avoiding chemically enhanced meat and produce.. I also love the floral section and would really like to finish the day with some uplifting flowers like roses or sunflowers or a potted plant like a bonsai~ Cheers and Happy Mother's Day! Nora McClymer

Lara says …

My mom follows a vegan diet, and the vegan chocolate cake from your bakery is her favorite! I am not a vegan, but I still look forward to it! Our love of Whole Foods is something we can both agree on!

Rebecca Swartz says …

I suggest giving mom some of the chocolates with extra calcium for strong bones, a beautiful bunch of flowers from the floral department (peonies should be in stock about now), and a lovely scarf from the World of Good rack or maybe a great new design Sigg bottle. I'd wrap it all up in some recycled tissue paper and put it in one of the Whole Foods Sheryl Crow designed reusable lunch bags!

Whitney Frack says …

I would love to take my mom to Whole Foods and buy her some Chocolate Gelato. She would LOVE that!

Kim says …

I recommend Coconut Bliss ice cream! It's a delicious way to indulge that's also vegan and way healthier than dairy-based ice creams. My favorite flavors are the Dark Chocolate, Naked Coconut, and Cappuccino.

TD says …

I love the ready made foods. Sometimes I want a snack and I love to pick up the chips and fresh salsa. My favorite is the mango salsa. It tastes like homemade but without the hasle.

Maddy says …

I eat healty and love your walnuts and almods. The packaged salmon is the best I tasted in Palm Beach. I went to a luncheon at Whole Foods and it was so delicious, I would love to eat the same things served to me at Whole Foods on Mothers Day. Eating healthy and naturally is the easiest thing to do now that we have Whole Foods in my neighborhood.

Hannah says …

My mom loves a good bath, so I'm heading right to whole body to make up the perfect gift basket for her. I'll start with EO Lemon Verbena shower gel, Giovanni hair products, and finish with my new favorite—Everyday Shea Moisturizing Body Lotion in Lavender. Happy Mother's Day!

Sharon says …

Way too many product recommendations to list here. I like the variety in each department so much that I can't just run in and out for stuff in 5 minutes. I think that the 365 products are great because it offers up alternatives to the branded products.

Josephine says …

Whole Foods is my favoite store. My favorite is the Chocolate Mousse for Two, I buy them for gifts and try to keep one in the freezer for myself. Everyone loves getting one. Farmers Bread is another favorite, always go home with a couple of loaves, I wrap each slice separate and take them out as I need them. Turkey sausage is another favorite love to cook them separate or put them in my pasta sauce. Rice pudding is another favorite, love that I can now get it without regular sugar, its to die for.

SJDerian says …

I discovered that the San Francisco Franklin St. Store's prepared hot food counter sells cheese pizza that tastes exactly like Boston's brick oven Pizzeria Regina pizza. I love it! It's the best $2.99 slice in the city!

Amanda says …

A great gift for moms would be any of the great 365 hair care products! They are all cruelty free, so your present will be guilt free.

Sandra Coman says …

I love the bulk foods and bulk spices, it gives me culinary freedom of expression and experimentation. Yum!

Anne Stericker says …

Sunflower Seed Butter! Delicious! Great Peanut Butter substitute. Delicious on celery, bananas, bell peppers, and, of course, bread. :)

Carol Early says …

My favorite healthy snack of all time is found in a box of 365 Baked Woven Wheats. When I totally run out of energy at the end of the day, a handful of Woven Wheats and a little 365 Organic butter gives me the instant boost I need to put dinner on the table.

Andrea Melton says …

We have a lot of favorites. Some of the best are the Allegro organic coffee, the Rigoni di Asiago Wild Blueberry fruit spread(and all the other fruit flavors they have), the feminine chlorine free products, Reed's premium ginger brew, Charlie's Soap, Zum soap, the fruits and vegetables, the raw milk cheeses from Organic Valley, the ice cream from Julie's and So Delicious, and I could go on and on!! I have appreciated all that Whole Foods has to offer. Our family has chemical allergies and food allergies and this store has helped us tremendously. Thank you!!

Carol Adams says …

When I travel to cities in the USA, I always try to book a hotel close to a Whole Foods Market. This makes everything on the trip more convenient and delicious. So much better than room service, while preparing for business meetings. Since I am allergic to all grain (wheat, corn, rice, soy, etc.), I really appreciate some of the options offered in the Whole Foods Bakery. The Chocolate Decadence Cake (flourless), the Almond Horns (flourless), and the Chocolate Chewie Cookies (flourless) are my celebration deserts. I hope Whole Foods Bakery will offer more flourless goodies in the future. I love the choices of ground meats and sausages as well. The grass-fed ground beef and the ground lamb are my favorites. So many delicious meals at my house come from the meat and seafood department.

Jennifer Woosley says …

Me and my mom got to church then spend the day planting our own organic garden. Something we both love.I would love to make her this year some curry chocolate and buy her some organic honey too.

sue says …

I love the variety of products, both unusual and everyday. I indulge myself with different teas, and cheeses. I will give my Mom a gift certificate, with instuctions to indulge in something for her to enjoy. There's so much to choose from, I couldn't pick.

Corinne says …

I love the family-sized packaging on certain Whole Foods products (especially brownies!) A good value and easy to please the whole family.

cynthia melendez says …

Every week I head down to whole foods and buy myself some sorbet that is freshly scooped by a whole foods employee. My favorite combo is strawberry and lemon!! I have the biggest sweet tooth so I never leave with out buying some vegan chocolate caramels. My favorite is the chocolate and ancho chili caramels! They are metallic colored and really delicious!! :-) Trust me once you try one you will be hooked!!

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