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Bento Box Lunch Ideas: 6 Easy (and Insta-worthy!) options

By Whole Story Editors, August 18, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Bento box lunch
Photo: Marvelous Mommy

Looking for a new way to expand your children’s lunch menu? Hoping to introduce new-to-them nutritious foods? Meet the bento box. Although it has a long history in Japanese cuisine, it has been embraced as a fun and creative approach to packing to-go meals around the world. Bonus: It can be as elaborate or simple as you want. We asked a few of our favorite experts for their top tips on packing a bento box. Do try these at home!

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Meet the Wild Kratts! (And Check out the Wild Kratts Collection for Back-to-School ... )

By Whole Story Editors, August 16, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Whole Story Editors

Whole Foods Market teamed up with the hit PBS KIDS show Wild Kratts to create a line of products perfect for back-to-school. We sat down with brothers and co-stars Chris and Martin Kratt for an interview to find out about how they created the wildy popular program, their very favorite "creature powers, what kids can do to help protect animals, and so much more. Find the collection of products in Whole Foods Market stores now — shop now until August 23 and score 25% off!


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Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About Coconut Oil

By Anne L. Fritz, August 12, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Anne L. Fritz

Coconut Oil in small bowl

Coconut oil is (still!) trending — and for good reason. It can be used in sautés, in cakes and cookies, or even in place of butter on your toast. But if you’re only using coconut oil in the kitchen, you're missing out. It’s also an all-purpose beauty solution, a must-have for pets, and a total lifesaver at home. Read on to learn absolutely everything you ever wanted to know about the tropical essential.

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Get Pretty Hair: 3 DIYs for Shine, Texture and Strength

By Jennifer Cheng, August 12, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Jennifer Cheng

Back-to-school season is the perfect time to try something new. We’ve got three ways to have fun experimenting with your hair — starting in the kitchen!

 

Shine

This subtly scented hair oil has a light feel that adds moisture without being heavy or greasy. Smooth onto damp ends to condition or dry ends to control flyaways.

Neroli Vanilla Hair Oil

Makes 1 4-ounce bottle (120 ml)

Ingredients
2 ounces (60 ml) virgin coconut oil
2 ounces (60 ml) apricot kernel oil
½ vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) neroli essential oil in jojoba

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Get to Know Switchel

By Megan Myers, August 12, 2016  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Tart and tangy drinks are trending — we’ve already seen the rise of shrubs, and now we’re ready to embrace the resurgence of a historic American drink: switchel.

What is Switchel?

Similar to a shrub, switchel, also known as “haymaker’s punch,” is made by mixing vinegar (often apple cider vinegar) with molasses or maple syrup, lemon, ginger or other ingredients. It is diluted with still water or sparkling water.

The origins of switchel are debated between the Caribbean and New England, but no matter where it came from, switchel was a popular drink in the 17th century and became the go-to for farmers working in the hot sun. Some say it was the first energy drink!

Switchel has been making a comeback thanks in part to the trends of Prohibition-era cocktails, house-made...

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