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Get to Know Poke

By Megan Myers, July 22, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, chances are you’ve enjoyed a poke bowl. Poke (pronounced pok-eh) is popular island fare thanks to its simple preparation and fresh taste. Luckily for those of us who don’t live on an island, poke is making its way across the country and is easy to make at home.

What are Poke Bowls?

Poke originated from fishermen who were using leftover pieces of their catch to make snacks. Influenced by Asian cuisines, it then began making its way to the seafood shacks and restaurants of Hawaii, feeding residents and tourists in the know alike.

They're traditionally made with ahi tuna or octopus, but you can use many other kinds of fish. Poke is a Hawaiian word meaning “to cut,” which describes the preparation of the fish, which can resemble a tartare.

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DIY: How to Make a Flower Crown

By Whole Story Editors, July 19, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Weddings, baby showers, music festivals — flower crowns cap off any summer occasion. We asked New York City floral designer Christy Doramus (@CrownsbyChristy) for advice on how to DIY the popular accessory using fresh, seasonal blooms from Whole Foods Market. 

Step 1

Gather your supplies. You will need:

  • Fresh seasonal flowers of your choice
  • Florist wire
  • Garden shears or scissors 
  • Thick and pliable craft wire
  • Florist tape 

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Kids in the Kitchen: Picnics

By Anna Medica, July 16, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Anna Medica

The “Kids in the Kitchen” blog series, brought to you by Whole Kids Foundation®, includes tips and tricks to encourage kids’ participation in all kitchen activities—especially in meal planning, prepping, serving and eating. Give kids good choices, and they’ll make great choices!

As weather warms, inspire your kids to lead the way in preparing nutritious foods for a picnic at your family’s favorite outdoor space.

Find Your Spot in the Sun

Give children options on where they’d like to picnic.

  • Whether it’s your own backyard or a local park, any outdoor space provides opportunity to spend quality time relaxing with your kiddo. Consider a school or...
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Get to Know Freekeh

By Megan Myers, July 15, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

It seems like every day we’re hearing about a new — but actually old — grain. We’re all for rediscovery, so let’s learn about freekeh!

What is Freekeh?

Freekeh (pronounced free-kah) is a roasted green wheat that is harvested while the seeds are still soft. It is stacked, dried, and then the chaff is burned away. Because the seeds are soft and moist, they are roasted and not burned. Once roasted, it is dried in the sun and the seeds are rubbed for uniform flavor. This rubbing process is where the original Arabic name comes from: farik means “rubbed.”

Freekeh is eaten mainly in the Mediterranean, North Africa and Middle East. As interest in ancient grains has grown in the United States, so...

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Check Out Our 10 Most Popular Summer Recipes

By Megan Myers, July 13, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Our top summer recipes have been tried, tested and declared delicious—by you! They’re beloved for their simplicity and fresh flavors, as well as their status as summer staples! From classic dishes for your backyard barbecue to perfect dessert and drink recipes for chilling out, these recipes should be on your must-make list.


1. Banana Nice Cream
Smooth, creamy perfection is ready in seconds. Go ahead — you’ve earned this sweet dessert.

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