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Win a Healthy Pantry Makeover

By Rebecca Joerres, January 2, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres

To celebrate the New Year, we’re giving away ten $99 gift cards to help stock healthier pantries in 2011. Why? Because eating healthy can be done on a budget, and we’re going to show ten winners how! Each of the ten winners will be chosen at random from the comments below. Each winner will receive a $99 gift card, a list of suggested products, and will be put in touch with one of our Healthy Eating Specialists.

Our Healthy Eating Specialists are well versed in our Health Starts Here program and can help guide a shopping trip, suggest recipes and give cooking tips, or simply answer your questions about making healthier choices when it comes to food. We’ll notify the winner by email during the first week of February to let them know how to get their gift card, and how to get in touch with a Healthy Eating Specialist at their local store. The $99 gift card will cover your shelf-stable basics for stocking a healthier pantry. You'll need to shop for some of them two or three times a month, depending on how many people you are cooking for. Then, once or twice a week, you’ll shop for perishables and specific recipe ingredients. So tell us, what healthy eating changes do you plan to make in 2011? Where do you find your motivation and inspiration?  We want to hear it all! Share a bit about your approach to healthy eating in the comments below by January 31st for a chance to win.

 

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Carla says ...
We're trying to get on the green juice a day habit. We love how yummy they are & how good they are for you. We're doing away with frozen meals and cooking as much from scratch.
01/06/2011 11:26:54 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
My spouse has Diabetes, and I try to cook as healthy as I can. So far, they have lost almost 80 lbs, but we still have a lot to go. I would love to be able to outfit my pantry with staples that would make it easier for me to put together healthy, reasonably quick meals when I get home before we head to the gym we joined a 2 months ago. It would definitely make it so I don't have those nights where I say, lets get a burger on the way to the gym, knowing I can't justify working that off!
01/06/2011 11:33:02 PM CST
Miriam Imerman says ...
I want to go back to making my own soup from scratch, and to use fewer prepared foods overall. That way, I will have more control over the ingredients I eat. Trying to drop ten pounds too (like everyone else does, in January!).
01/06/2011 5:04:30 AM CST
Liz says ...
In 2011, I want to try introducing color into my meals... dark green vegetables, red fruits, orange sweet potatoes, white turnips, brown and black rice, purple eggplant, blueberries... wherever the color wheel and season takes me. Seeds and nuts. And, back to the spice cabinet to add layers of taste. My hope is to try something new each week, and to add my favorites to a regular cycle of meals.
01/08/2011 6:22:41 PM CST
Emily says ...
I want to add more greens to our diet!
01/08/2011 7:01:43 PM CST
Sarah says ...
I'm going to try to eat more of a rainbow every day, really letting the fruits and veggies shine on my plate or in my bowl.
01/08/2011 7:08:25 PM CST
Ellen says ...
I need to eat dairy-free, gluten-free foods. I am so glad Whole Foods is in Chattanooga!
01/08/2011 7:10:48 PM CST
Sheila says ...
I have committed to increasing my households use of vegetables, fruits and nuts. I also gave up baking and am cooking more especially with beans and legumes. They are nutritious, easy to prepare and if you purchase them dried they are cost saving as well.
01/06/2011 5:14:14 AM CST
Marilyn says ...
My husband is sensitive to wheat and many other foods. I believe some of the problem is the GMO foods. Would love to restock without all the GMO.
01/04/2011 8:08:23 PM CST
Linda Dietz says ...
With 2011, comes the realization my husband & I are growing older. While we can't stop the aging process, we CAN control how we take care of our bodies...to be the best we can be at any age! We are excited to adventure into the "land of untried super foods." Whole grains have resided in our pantry for a long while now...but could I get "whole-er" by using steele cut oats instead of old fashioned? We vowed to drink more water & are thinking about filtration systems. Kale is at the top of my "must try" list...as is quinoa. 2011 is shaping up to be a year of adventures in the "land of untried super foods!"
01/04/2011 8:59:34 AM CST
Anne says ...
I am trying to cut down on simple carbs and incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into family meals.
01/10/2011 1:38:31 PM CST
Robert Harris says ...
My wife and I try to eat healthy whenever posible. Weekly trips to Whole Foods Market helps keep us on track.
01/09/2011 2:10:08 AM CST
Larilyn Garland says ...
i already love whole foods! a $99 gift card would be welcomed on my next grocery trip.
01/09/2011 2:08:47 AM CST
Missy Lopez says ...
I've been making big changes in my family's diet especially in my twin infant boys, and my daughter. My daughter is in elementary and she is doing great with the changes. Her friends eat lunchables, and other nitrate's and fillers yuck. My daughter always takes home cooked food and always asks me "mom, this is organic right??" Ive made the switch to organic for my whole family. My motivation is really my kids. Since ive had my children, I am very careful of what they eat. I hope I win so I can have a healthy pantry and I would love to be put in touch with one of the healthy eating specialists!!!
01/19/2011 11:22:56 PM CST
Laura Scobey says ...
Less meat. Less sugar. More veggies. It's hard though!
01/19/2011 11:23:12 PM CST
Alyson says ...
This year I am trying to go as raw as possible and drinking more green tea. We have a 7 year old son which makes it more challenging but we just want to eat more healthy and would greatly appreciate any tips.
01/09/2011 5:33:32 AM CST
Jean says ...
I am very interested in the raw foods way of eating. I live in Kissimmee and find it difficult to find all the fresh, organic ingredients that I need to do this. Whole Foods market provides these for me, and is worth driving the extra miles. I am grateful for this store.
01/09/2011 5:45:38 AM CST
Carlos Roman says ...
I decided that the only way to help change my eating habits is to change my environment and Whole Foods seemed like the best place to start besides my pantry. Yesterday I stopped into Whole Foods and purchased ingredients for a cod fish dinner Rachael Ray was cooking that afternoon on one of her segments and I was able to find all the exotic things that I was not able to find at my local grocery store. I plan to plan my healthy dinners and change my pantry for better health habits that will improve my life, my partners life and our 4 dogs.
01/24/2011 5:48:32 AM CST
Tina Watson says ...
I'm planning to eat more fruits and vegetables. I'm also going to do more organics foods and stay away from the badly processed foods that are out there. I'm going to exercise more and stay away from the bakery...
01/09/2011 5:48:56 AM CST
Elizabeth says ...
As a family we have been trying to cook healthy for the last 30 years, but there is always room for improvement. I remember the days of buying fresh tofu at the co-op and trying to make everything out of it...meat balls, meat loaf, sloppy joes, fake bacon , fake fish sticks. Life is easier now with the substitutes but still, nothing like fresh tofu in a stir fry.
01/16/2011 12:26:09 AM CST
Stephanie says ...
As I would guess many folks feel, I need to start cooking more for myself. Being single its easy to relay on frozen or prepared foods. Prepared foods from Whole foods though, are certainly a good inspiration - a pleasure and not even a guilty one ! I will make it a point to buy and eat more fresh fruits and veggies.
01/16/2011 8:49:54 AM CST
jill stephenson says ...
I'm moving towards more -- green vegetables, fresh, organic foods and whole grains and less -- empty calories, salt, fat and chemicals (artificial sweeteners, preservatives etc.)
01/16/2011 9:05:37 AM CST
Jane Kloner says ...
In a time when our family is going through substantial financial challenges we are trying to get the best "bang for our nutritional buck" and I am cooking, rather than eating out more than ever! Using high quality ingredients has always been a hugh priority and using this website helps me and my family be aware of the best ways to fulfill that goal and continue our active and healthy lifestyle.
01/16/2011 9:06:42 AM CST
Philip Mandel says ...
After seeing "Forks Over Knives", I'll be shifting more towards a whole foods, plant based diet.
01/16/2011 8:37:42 AM CST
Sharon says ...
I want to bake all of our baked goods (bread, muffins, etc.) from scratch using healthier ingredients like unbleached flour and sucanat.
01/16/2011 8:35:41 AM CST

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