Alana Sugar

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January 26, 2015 @ Whole Story
Guacamole recipes are a matter of personal taste and preference. Always start with mashed avocado, then vary the rest of the ingredients as you like. With diced veggies, spices, chopped herbs, legumes or even Greek yogurt, the possibilities are endless!
January 19, 2015 @ Whole Story
Treasured by health researchers, doctors and nutritionists for its beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, flaxseeds are practically a pantry staple. Slightly sweet and nutty, flaxseeds are easy to add into your favorite foods like muffins, smoothies, yogurt, cereals and more!
January 12, 2015 @ Whole Story
If you’ve only had cauliflower raw on a crudité plate, it’s time to try it mashed, steamed, roasted and pulsed.
January 5, 2015 @ Whole Story
If you enjoy leafy greens but haven’t ventured much past lettuce, spinach and kale, it’s time to meet mild and tender Swiss chard.
December 29, 2014 @ Whole Story
The superstitious ritual of eating specific “lucky” foods on New Year’s Day is believed to confer health, wealth and longevity. One great fortune is that these foods — among them greens, fish, noodles and beans — are delicious!
December 22, 2014 @ Whole Story
From Baked French Toast Sticks with Orange Maple Syrup and Cinnamon-Almond Olive Oil Cake to Champagne Baked Eggs with Spinach and Crispy Ham and Tortilla Breakfast Strata with Sausage and Green Chiles, here are tasty and easy brunch ideas for the holidays.
December 15, 2014 @ Whole Story
Baked, cooked, poached, sliced in salads or eaten out of hand, pears can make a meal. Luckily, autumn and winter are the perfect time for pears.
December 8, 2014 @ Whole Story
Not sure how to tackle holiday noshing in the face of endless buffets, dessert parties and drinks? Relax, and make up your mind that this year you are going to celebrate deliciously and healthfully while having a good time. These survival tricks will help you do just that.
December 1, 2014 @ Whole Story
Oranges. Grapefruit. Lemons. Limes. Tangerines. Satsumas. Although a lot of people think of citrus as a summery-sunshine fruit, it’s really at its peak now, making these juicy, delicious fruits available for a variety of cold-weather menus and holiday dishes.
November 24, 2014 @ Whole Story
Avoid bumps in the road during holiday travel by packing your own food. Whether your traveling by car or plane, a little preparation goes a long way to ensure tastier, better-for-you bites.
November 17, 2014 @ Whole Story
Deeply rich flavorful broth is a foundation for delicious soups, stews, sauces and stuffings. Learn how to make it and our favorite ways to use it.
November 10, 2014 @ Whole Story
Although a summer vegetable, green beans have been gracing our holiday tables since the mid 1950’s thanks to the popular green bean casserole. Today autumn meals include a wide variety of green bean recipes from salads to stir-fries.
November 3, 2014 @ Whole Story
This year, I’m in the mood for cranberries all the time, and I’m getting creative with how to sneak them in! Here are some unexpected ways to use cranberries.
October 27, 2014 @ Whole Story
Each fall, I look forward to indulging in a variety of butternut squash recipes, some simple staples like Roasted Butternut Squash, some popular like Classic Butternut Squash Soup and others that are more experimental, like butternut squash pancakes.
October 20, 2014 @ Whole Story
Curry dishes can be made from a variety of meats, fish and poultry, vegetables and legumes. Cooks around the world rely on an assortment of spices and varying flavors, creating inspiring delights.
October 13, 2014 @ Whole Story
While we most often associate cocoa with sweet treats, it’s a fine addition to some savory dishes as well. Some cooks like to add a bit of cocoa powder to a pot of chili, a rich savory sauce or bean soups and stews. Here are some more delicious ways to enjoy cocoa.
October 6, 2014 @ Whole Story
Shallots are valued for their mild flavor, which has been called a perfect union of onion and garlic. Although they have many similarities to onions and garlic, their flavor is more sweet, mild and delicate. Shallots add flavor to a wide variety of recipes from soups and sauces to dressings and stuffings.
September 29, 2014 @ Whole Story
Rich cashews are lower in total fat than most nuts, always a crowd favorite and particularly flavorful in baked goods and curries and as a spread or dip.
September 22, 2014 @ Whole Story
A warming bowl of Miso Soup with Garlic and Ginger served with a hearty sandwich of raw milk cheese or sliced marinated tempeh with kimchi on whole grain sourdough bread is more than delicious and satisfying. It’s a probiotic-packed meal that supports a healthy digestive system, which in turn supports a well-functioning immune system.
September 15, 2014 @ Whole Story
I am never without a jar of organic tahini in my refrigerator. It’s nutritious, delicious and filling, not to mention perfect for back-to-school lunches. You can enjoy it on its own as a spread or mixed with a variety of other ingredients.



Alana Sugar is a Certified Nutritionist with many years experience as a Dietary Consultant. She resides in Alexandria, Virginia where she works teaching classes, facilitating seminars, consulting with individual clients, writing articles, and creating healthy, all-natural recipes. Alana’s currently works with The American Institute for Cancer Research, Whole Foods Market, The United States Federal Government, the City of Alexandria, VA, and the City of Rockville, MD. She has been working with Whole Foods Market for 25 years.