Alana Sugar

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August 24, 2015 @ Whole Story
If your child has a peanut and/or tree-nut allergy (or doesn’t have an allergy but is in a nut-free classroom) packing a school lunch or snack can require extra thought and planning. Luckily, we’ve compiled some of our favorite lunches and snacks with tons of flavor — and no nuts!
August 3, 2015 @ Whole Story
With a few simple steps and tasty vegan recipes, you can plan a delicious meal with a variety of healthy, plant-based foods that will leave you feeling refreshed and well nourished.
July 27, 2015 @ Whole Story
Each summer I give thanks to the watermelon. It’s a summertime gift from nature, delicious on its own or in beverages, soups, salads, salsas, mains, desserts and even condiments.
July 20, 2015 @ Whole Story
When it comes to berries, I lose my boundaries. While berries are wonderful in fruit salads, smoothies and muffins, I want to show you how awesome they are in salads, sauces, salsas, and summer desserts.
July 13, 2015 @ Whole Story
I get excited thinking about earthy-sweet and crunchy, hot buttered corn on the cob. But I don’t stop there. Corn also makes a wonderful addition to soups, salads, salsas, baked goods, casseroles and more.
July 6, 2015 @ Whole Story
A pluot is a remarkably sweet juicy stone fruit that combines the best qualities of plums and apricots. And now is the time to enjoy them!
June 29, 2015 @ Whole Story
Sweet juicy plums are delicious in beverages, appetizers, salads and desserts. They’re wonderful grilled, sautéed, poached, baked or broiled. Experiment by swapping them out for other stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, cherries and apricots in your favorite recipes.
June 22, 2015 @ Whole Story
Perfectly ripe peaches are exquisite, adding charm and flavor to cold summer soups and beverages, salads, salsas, snacks and desserts. Have you tried peaches on the grill? Now is the time!
June 15, 2015 @ Whole Story
Nectarines have a smooth skin, juicy flesh, delicate aroma and sweet-tart flavor. And now is the time to experiment with them in salads, salsas, grain dishes, appetizers, desserts, dips, sauces, and beverages!
June 8, 2015 @ Whole Story
Sweet, juicy, heavenly cherries! They’re a favorite summer treat I can’t wait to get my hands on. Since their growing season is so short and they only come around once a year, make the most of them with these tasty recipes.
June 1, 2015 @ Whole Story
Fresh apricots have a mild, sweet aroma and are fabulous grilled, sautéed, poached, baked, broiled or glazed.
May 25, 2015 @ Whole Story
Versatile potato salads are one of summer’s staple dishes. So if you haven’t experimented beyond the basic recipe, now is the time!
May 18, 2015 @ Whole Story
Pasta salads are fun, versatile and portable, making them ideal for summer gatherings. With a wide range of pastas made from a variety of whole grains, including gluten-free options, there’s something for everyone.
May 11, 2015 @ Whole Story
Savory tamari and slightly sweeter shoyu impart flavor to soups, dressings, marinades and meat, fish and vegetable dishes making these soy sauces delicious additions to your pantry.
May 4, 2015 @ Whole Story
Made with goat’s milk (of course!), goat cheeses range in taste from strong and pungent, to delicate and mild. They come in many shapes and delight with textures from creamy to crumbly to semi-firm. And who knew that something so simple could taste so good?
April 27, 2015 @ Whole Story
When it comes to tortillas, many people haven’t experimented beyond standard wraps and Mexican food. That’s why I’m eager to share my favorite non-traditional ways to enjoy tortillas such as pizzas, dessert burritos and tortilla strips.
April 20, 2015 @ Whole Story
Cilantro can be an acquired taste for some, but the more you eat irresistible treats such as Black Bean and Cilantro Quesadillas, Salmon with Cilantro Pumpkin Seed Pesto and Cilantro Chutney, the more it grows on you. You’ll love it in sauces and salsas, spreads and dips, salads and dressings and as a garnish to a wide assortment of foods.
April 13, 2015 @ Whole Story
Lemons’ tartness enlivens beverages, vegetables, soups, salads, main dishes and desserts. When blended with other ingredients such as oils in salad dressing, honey in tea, or butter and seasonings in sauce, lemons brighten up dishes and add balance.

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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.