Alana Sugar

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November 11, 2012 @ Whole Story
Fresh, frozen or dried, cranberries are one of our season favorites. Try them in these recipes for quick breads, desserts, stuffings, salads and more.
November 7, 2012 @ Whole Story
This holiday season, don’t get caught off guard with guests who have food allergies, sensitivities or any number of special dietary needs that are so prevalent these days.
November 5, 2012 @ Whole Story
Go beyond French fries with our favorite recipes for roasting, steaming, mashing, dicing, slicing and grating the humble spud.
October 23, 2012 @ Whole Story
Whether you roast your own or purchase a bag full, try these recipes and tips for getting creative with pumpkin seeds.
October 22, 2012 @ Whole Story
Tempeh, made from fermented soybeans, has a hearty flavor and is the perfect substitute for meat in your traditional favorites. Try these tempeh dishes.
October 15, 2012 @ Whole Story
Dark, rich molasses is perfect for cool weather dishes like cookies, gingerbread and baked beans. Try our favorite recipes.
October 8, 2012 @ Whole Story
Not just for pesto! Use mild, buttery pine nuts in combination with our in place of other nuts and seeds. Try these favorite ideas for pine nuts.
October 1, 2012 @ Whole Story
When it comes to busy weeknight meals, you can’t beat a simple pasta dinner. Try an assortment of whole grain and gluten-free pastas in these easy recipes.
September 24, 2012 @ Whole Story
Replace some or all of the liquid in your recipes with your favorite brew. Try these creative ways to celebrate Oktoberfest in your kitchen.
September 17, 2012 @ Whole Story
Whether you buy ready-made or try one of our simple from-scratch recipes, applesauce is perfect for escalating your standard breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert fare.
September 10, 2012 @ Whole Story
On busy weeknights, healthy food choices can be tossed out the window in favor of junk foods. Learn how a little creative planning can help you get good food on the table in a flash.
August 27, 2012 @ Whole Story
Who doesn’t love cookies after a hard day at school? Just the thought conjures wonderful childhood memories.
August 20, 2012 @ Whole Story
Fee-fi-fo-fum! Remember the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, the English folktale about a boy who goes to market to sell his cow and ends up with magic beans that grow into a gigantic beanstalk? As a child I was fascinated by that story, only to become spellbound once my mother told me my green beans came from beanstalks. Could the green beans I was having for dinner possibly be from the same beanstalk that Jack had climbed? Originating in Peru, green beans spread throughout South and Central America, and eventually Europe and the...
August 13, 2012 @ Whole Story
Sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and soy nuts work great as alternatives to nut butters. Learn how to make your own seed butter.
August 6, 2012 @ Whole Story
The mild, delicate flavor of zucchini is makes it an ideal addition to summer salads, simple side dishes, light dinners and even yummy desserts!
July 23, 2012 @ Whole Story
A favorite during hot weather, couscous cooks so quickly, you’ll hardly heat your kitchen. Look for whole wheat varieties for a nutrition boost along with the ease of prep.
July 16, 2012 @ Whole Story
Perfect for dairy-free cooking, cashews are a flavorful addition to all types of appetizers, main dishes, salads and desserts. Try cashews in traditional as well as contemporary recipes.
July 9, 2012 @ Whole Story
Used as a sauce, spread or dip, flavorful pesto enhances pasta, grains, potatoes, vegetables, legumes, tofu, seafood, chicken and more. Try our favorite pesto recipes.
July 2, 2012 @ Whole Story
The perfect pick-me-up for hiking, biking, boating, traveling and just about any outdoor adventure. Follow these steps to make your own trail mix.



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.